Afghanistan February 20, 2009

Afghanistan turn to Miandad for help

Afghanistan have approached the former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad to help them qualify for the 2011 World Cup in the subcontinent

Afghanistan have approached the former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad to help them qualify for the 2011 World Cup in the subcontinent. The team won the World Cricket League (WCL) Division 3 tournament in Argentina in January and booked their place in the World Cup qualifiers in South Africa this April.

Miandad quit as director general of the Pakistan Cricket Board last month and he's set to go to China in March as a cricket ambassador.

"I have been approached and since I greatly appreciate their rise in international cricket, I will definitely go there and help them get a place in the World Cup," Miandad told AFP. "Pakistan has always supported Afghanistan. Their team practiced in Lahore before they went to Argentina and as a Pakistan cricket official I did what I could do to help them.”

Afghanistan’s rise is remarkable for a war-ravaged nation and it’s no surprise they are a rage among the minnows. Pakistan have played a significant part in their growth, providing them training and equipment, something their own government failed to do. The team, which came together only in 2002, also won Divisions 4 and 5 in the WCL.

Afghanistan need to make it to the semi-finals in South Africa to ensure a place at the World Cup. Their first game is against Denmark on April 1 at Vanderbijlpark.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • testli5504537 on April 17, 2009, 12:53 GMT

    we thanks from our brothers of pakistani cricket team and cricket board .we want also to help them in the future

  • testli5504537 on April 15, 2009, 10:57 GMT

    This is my brotherly request to all the Afghan Nationa to pray for the success of their team. As now Afghanistan stands in a bit difficult position, and only all our prayers and the hard work of the palyers can reach us to the finalists. Again please come together, be one with sincerity and brotherhood.

    Once agin thanks to all of you

  • testli5504537 on April 4, 2009, 0:21 GMT

    Awesome. Our team has made this far, Geez man I'm excited as. Hope it makes to the final 4. InshAllah.

  • testli5504537 on April 2, 2009, 7:56 GMT

    Subhanallah I read about uper news realy I was Surprised that great JM provide the training for our team. By my opinion his direction effect allot and more then 50% on the to get the success in the matches. At the end thanks allot from our Muslim Brother Dear Javid Maindad who was the great personality in his country team especially in Point of view of Islam which he did in the Mount of Ramadan in the Series’. Have a good time with fine health to GJM,AFG Cricket Board And all stuff of Benawa Site. Inshallah we will have a good team,Cricket Stadums and allot of Peace in our country.

  • testli5504537 on March 28, 2009, 6:22 GMT

    If Afghanistan cricket team win the first match from Denmark it will be great and afghan cricket team will be take a great poistion in this tournament and also take second or thried position in south africa W C Q tournament>

  • testli5504537 on February 24, 2009, 10:18 GMT

    Thanks to Javid Miandad for showing his interest for training afghan cricketers. I do hope if we have Javid Miandad experience with our afghan players we can easily qualify for the 2011 world cup. I pray for all those generous people who give their support to afghan cricket team. Meanwhile I request Afghan Cricket board and other relevant officials to forget who is from where and who speak Dari or Pashto, this the time of unity and honestly concentrate their efforts on improvement and development of Afghan cricket team.

  • testli5504537 on February 23, 2009, 21:07 GMT

    Javed Miandad is a great cricketer and if he even provides a few weeks training to Afghan cricket team it will really help Afghanistan in reaching to the top 4 places of World Cup Qualifying round.

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