Afghanistan news April 11, 2014

Afghanistan team to train in Pakistan

ESPNcricinfo staff

Afghanistan will prepare for the 2015 World Cup with a two-week camp in Pakistan, coach Kabir Khan has said. The camp is scheduled to begin on April 15 in Karachi and former captains Aamir Sohail and Rashid Latif will also be working with the side's batsmen and wicketkeepers.

"We have a full year of events starting with the Asian Cricket Council Trophy next month and the excitement will reach the highest point with the World Cup, and we have planned a two-week camp in Karachi from April 15," Khan told AFP.

Afghanistan secured their maiden World Cup qualification in October last year, after finishing second in the World Cricket League Championship with a victory over Kenya. The win capped off a remarkable run for Afghanistan five years after they began their cricketing journey by winning Division Five of the World Cricket League.

Earlier in March, Afghanistan participated in their first Asia Cup and beat hosts Bangladesh. They had a poor World Twenty20, though, winning only one of their three first-round matches, and failed to qualify for the main draw. They also went down to Nepal in the league stages.

"We had a few good results in the Asia Cup where we beat the hosts Bangladesh," Khan said. "But our batsmen did not handle pressure well in the World Twenty20."

Sohail said he was aiming at making the players more competitive at the World Cup next year. "It will definitely be fun to coach the exciting players from Afghanistan and I will try to make them competitive enough to play against the world´s best teams next year," he said.

Afghanistan were given a grant of $1 million by the ICC after qualifying for the World Cup and the governing body has also arranged camps in Australia and New Zealand later this year. Afghanistan are placed in Group A of the draw alongside Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and England and will play their first match on February 18, 2015 against Bangladesh.

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  • sohail on April 15, 2014, 3:20 GMT

    Afghan Teams continuous firework after their maiden victory over an under powered Bangladesh Team in the recent Asia Cup says a lot, their actual status came out when they were out classed by a full powered Bangladesh Team in the next encounter at T-20 world cup, all out for 72. To me this Afghan Team has started at the wrong side of history and not quiet understandable how or what their Pakistani Coaches are teaching them. They started with sledging Bangladeshi openers not once but twice and got the wright answer by Bangladesh Team, a defeat by 9 wickets in T-20 world cup. This attitude doesn't suite at their level and they have a long way to go. @ Mohsin Sayyad, not sure what did you mean by "bench strength" but if the Afghans keeps following this path, they will be gone in less than four years. To me it looked like UNSUITABLE ARROGANCE is already in their mind. Their passion for CRICKET just may not be enough. I want to say it again, they can expect a white wash playing BD next time

  • Dummy4 on April 14, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    This in not good for afghanistan cricket

  • Mohammad on April 14, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    @ Mohsin Sayyad: What do you mean by bench strength??? We have enough players to fulfill the gap after our seniors retire or get old. Our U19 beat Australia and Sri Lanka in the recently concluded world cup. We have depth in our bowling line up as new guys like Fareed Malik, Abdullah Adil and Sayed Shirzad are already knocking the door of national team. The batting is a real concern for Afghanistan, but there are batsmen who can do well (need tips from coaches). Shabir Noori, Najeeb Tarakai, Samiullah Agha, Hashmatullah Shaidi, Mohammad Mujtaba, Osman Ghani are players who can bat longer enough and are young guys as well.

  • Dummy4 on April 14, 2014, 1:09 GMT

    It's a great move. Nice of Pak doing so. BUT WHY dont Sohail and Latif focus on its own men. ??? Curious. , if you think practically, AFG team has a long way to go. Or should I say no way to go. The current team is okay, but they don't have bench strength. And it's super important to have it. BAN is an example. Teams like Aus Ind struggled right after their BIG players are gone but re covered eventually because of the bench strength. SRL will struggle the next few years for sure for the same reason. Sorry Afghanistan, I love your passion but it's not enough to do well for along time. You will be gone in just 4 yrs.

  • ansar on April 13, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    we have best wishes our Afghan brothers team other hand that our second team...but always we Pakistani Nation help and will in hard time every team like we did support ..SLC,BCB,BCCI also other too cricketing nation...but when ever need some support from some one they just grab stairs under our feet....i hope afghani will be opposite can you do different.....but cricket without Pak not complete.

  • Dummy4 on April 13, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    I am sure that Amir Sohail and Rashid Latif will play a vital role in preparing the Afghan team. However , two weeks is not enough but Afghans have to cash in on.

  • Dummy4 on April 12, 2014, 21:22 GMT

    Pakistan has just secured a series with Sri Lanka in August and then they play Australia in October in UAE. Why don't they play Afghanistan for three ODIs in Pakistan. Afghanistan will already be training in Pakistan. 3 ODIs will go a long way for Afghanistan's preparation towards the 2015 World Cup. Pakistan will get some match practice as Afghanistan are no push over. Pakistan fans will get to see their stars in their home ground in international games. PCB are you reading this?

  • ESPN on April 12, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    Pakistan helping Afghanistan in the way SL has done with Bangladesh. Seems those countries have a better idea of what cricket should be about compared to a certain other 3... Hope Afghanistan do well in the World Cup, can't wait.

  • Derek on April 12, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    @Mark there is an assumption that the training does involve cricket. It is about time the likes of Imran and all other former Pakistani sports personnel who have political connections use their influence to separate the two. I want to read that Pakistan is hosting it neighbour and even some of the IPL games...

  • Dummy4 on April 12, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    Thank you all for such nice comments.. Let's put politics aside and truly help each other improve the game (Cricket) and show the rest of the cricketing world how united Asian Cricketing countries are in term of developing the game and helping each other out. We do know that Pakistan , SriLanka and India are the best sides now in Asia and the world, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are after them in Asia. Them top three needs to help the bottom two by holding one day and 20 matches series. This is the only way to improve.

    Hope all 5 Asian countries have a some cricket series with each other in the future.and will show the world their unity and best performance in the World Cup 2015.

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