Afghanistan January 7, 2009

Afghanistan amongst famous names at Lahore camp

Tony Munro

Tony Munro

Afghanistan, sentimental favourites for this month's World Cricket League Division 3 tournament, are currently mingling with some famous names at their training camp in Lahore.

Leading batsman, Raees Ahmadzai, told Cricinfo this week that Shoaib Akhtar, Aamir Sohail, Rashid Latif, Ijaz Ahmed and Aaqib Javed, were amongst those providing guidance to the Afghans during the two week camp which finishes this Saturday.

Ahmadzai said the team had enjoyed the camp and the chance to tap into the expert knowledge of their mentors.

"We have discussed a lot of cricket,”Ahmadzai said. “Now the players are very relaxed, They feel better and look like complete cricketers. We worked a lot on temperament in camp. Our fast bowlers worked on how to control the new ball and batsmen on how we make partnerships to chase big targets."

Ahmadzai said the players were well rewarded after winning the WCL Division 4 title last year. "The Governor of Ningrahar Province [in the country's east] gave all the players land for houses."

During their march along the World Cricket League, Afghanistan won the Division 4 and Division 5 tournaments, playing 12 games, winning 10 and losing just one. They were unbeaten in the stronger Division 4 tournament. Standing in its way in Division 3 are Argentina, Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea and Uganda, whom Afghanistan plays in its first match on January 24.

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  • testli5504537 on July 6, 2009, 9:27 GMT

    first of all i would like to thanks my allah because i saw our flag moving in the ground where their no one knows neither expect that afghanistan can also play cricket besides war.our team(afghan)could not qualify for the world cup upset but not hopeless.Inshallah next time afghan tiger will perform, in more better way to join the international cricket prayer are with the afghan cricket message to my team :nerver decide to do nothing,because you do a lettle. do what you can..luck has knocked at your door,avail this oppertunity, be luky,be glorious ,and be happy."LONG LIVE AFGHANISTAN"

  • testli5504537 on February 27, 2009, 18:52 GMT

    AOa. Dear brothers ,I am first class cricketer from Pakistan.I am ready any where ,any time to help my Afghan brothers and their cricket team free of cost.Believe me ,I have a very great coaching plan of such teams and it always worked out very effectively.It will take just 0ne month and I can make Afghan team as regions best team. God Bless You.Allah Hafiz

  • testli5504537 on February 1, 2009, 4:12 GMT

    Thanks to Pakistans players who are providing us such a support in cricket and I hope that Afghanistan win Cricket world cup 2011 and they can do it if they try hard and it will be a great achievement inspite of not having a basic ground with a grass and all our afghans are praying for thier team. Thanks Shafiqullah Nijrabi, Mazar Afghanistan

  • testli5504537 on January 24, 2009, 8:01 GMT

    Thanks to all the pakistani brothers; especially those who are trying to develop the cricket skills in our players. I wish Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Akhter to come to Afghanistan and play with out team. Afridi rora rasha dalta Chakey wo waha, Rawalpindi express or Shaoib Pitch cruiser, Kabul aajau kabhi

  • testli5504537 on January 24, 2009, 0:18 GMT

    I whish conclussive and rejoicing vectories to this talented,hardworking and brave team in thier upcoming matches of div3 in Argentania. I will never forget their 20twenty ACC semifinal match triumph against UAE in Kuwait at Ahmadi ground,they really outplayed them by thier heroic efforts unblievable catches,infact they were playing like RAMBO in his full action. i have full confedence in this team and with the grace and well of almighty ALLAH they will qualify to the final rounds. I think it is always great honour,pleasure and helpfull to be in association of great pakistani stars and heroes,it will definetly add immensely an extra knowledge and indeed will help if their guidance is seriously followed.we expects more experties fromour brothers in future. we all pray success for our young team and may ALLAH return them home safely successfully. Long live great AFGHANISTAN. ENG;HAROON.

  • testli5504537 on January 23, 2009, 9:24 GMT

    I have planned if they reach the world cup 2011. I will go to Pakistan/India to watch them and support them!

  • testli5504537 on January 23, 2009, 7:39 GMT

    Afghans are our brothers. It is our duty to help them to build a strong cricket team. Many Afghan those I met had experience in living in Pakistan and know language food and cricket.

  • testli5504537 on January 21, 2009, 23:02 GMT

    I wish our dreams come true and Watch Afghanistan online on TV in world cup 2011. Every Afghan must pray for the team,to show the world once more that we are AFG's and we are expert in everythings.


  • testli5504537 on January 20, 2009, 18:25 GMT

    Being in the midst of such great players from the past, I am sure it will boost the moral of the young afghan players. I hope by providing with usable tips the former pakistani greats have helped the Afghans to come one more step closer to be an A-nation in cricket. I as an Afghan thank my fellow pakistani brethern and specially the pakistani cricket player for extending their experties to our team.


  • testli5504537 on January 15, 2009, 8:46 GMT

    We are in war, we are hurt, we are destroyed but we never let the time go unless to deter some moments for our triumph. Our honor is that we never visualize things; we do it in practical with full sensations. We have no tolerance to lose, that’s we are always winner, we are really thankful to the neighbor country Pakistan who are providing us with the foremost support in all aspects especially in cricket I am sure this camp will be so useful for afghan players cricketing skills “Amir Sohail” and the other players are well-known personalities in cricket world their advices and concern will place the team in a good spot looking forward for another historical Victory of WCL Division 3.


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