January 31, 2009

World Cricket League

Afghanistan and Uganda through to World Cup Qualifiers

Martin Williamson

Afghanistan booked their place in April's qualifying tournament for the 2011 World Cup on Saturday when they defeated the Cayman Islands by 82 runs to finish top of the World Cricket League Division 3. Uganda beat Argentina by 99 runs to secure the second place in the qualifying round to take place in South Africa. Papua New Guinea, who also finished with eight points, missed out on qualifying on Net Run Rate.

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Posted by Nail on (February 1, 2009, 18:15 GMT)

Congratulations to the Afghan Team and watch out everybody, with proper structure and financial support Afghanistan will be a team to reckon with in the future as they have all the talent and desire to win games. Nail,US, www.vikingscricket.org

Posted by Sohrab on (February 1, 2009, 13:58 GMT)

Extremely happy for Afghanistan. Hard work and commitment is making a dream, a reality.

Posted by Bob Gainford on (February 1, 2009, 9:29 GMT)

I love it !!! Afghanistan winning WCL 3 in BA. I hope you get to the World Cup.

Posted by Noor Ullah on (February 1, 2009, 8:17 GMT)

Thanks Allah,for giving us the victory.i cant explain my feelings in words.oh dear what joy,this is unbelieveable,keep it up guys,i want afghan flag in world cup 2011,we belive you can do it.thanks pakistan cricket academy in lahore for arranging a camp for players and for the support that your country is providing us. Afghanistan Zinda Abad Noor Ullah Shaoxing China

Posted by Ron -- London on (February 1, 2009, 0:34 GMT)

Great job Afghanistan and Uganda! Your victories are very important to the sport of cricket, as it looks to spread beyond it's traditional nine-country commonwealth base. Hopefully you guys will make some noise in the April tournament, and hopefully even make it to 2011.

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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