Afghanistan March 2, 2009

Afghanistan gear up for 2010 South Asian Games

Tony Munro
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Tony Munro

Regardless of what happens at next month's World Cup Qualifiers (WCQs), Afghanistan will play against at least of two of Asia's Test nations in 2010, when cricket makes its debut the South Asian Games next year in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The matches, to be played according to the Twenty20 format, will be contested by under-21 teams from Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Asian Cricket Council chief executive, Syed Ashraful Huq, said the Twenty20 format would surely help "the developing countries put up a good show". "Twenty20 is a great leveller and should Afghanistan, Bhutan and Maldives and Nepal come up against the ODI countries, the matches should be quite competitive," Huq said.

Nepal have beaten Bangladesh, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa in Under-19 World Cups.

Cricket will also debut at the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China from November 11-27, 2010 and will be played in the Twenty20 format as well. Asia's non-Test countries will contest the qualifying event for that tournament, the ACC Twenty20 Cup 2009, in the United Arab Emirates from November 4-13, 2009.

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  • Nepali. on June 24, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    Afg will lose. Nepal will win

  • Naveedbarasht on May 30, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    I'm so that i watch my team in asian game and i know they are the best i want to be in team one it's my dreaam good luck! AFGHANISTAN

  • Naseem dilsoz on May 2, 2010, 2:59 GMT

    hello salaam my afghan brothers. I am so pleased to see my afghan brothers in this 20twenty world cup. it was my dream but inshallah they will be world champions one day.

  • Naseem dilsoz on May 2, 2010, 2:59 GMT

    hello salaam my afghan brothers. I am so pleased to see my afghan brothers in this 20twenty world cup. it was my dream but inshallah they will be world champions one day.

  • Razmal on March 26, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    Dear players. I really apreciat your tallent. and I hope you success in other races also I congretualate all afghans for this victory. Razmal"Sultani" From kabul Afghanistan

  • Matiullah Stanikzai on February 13, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    Dear All, Thanks for the great news about Afghanistan's great cricket team, i think Afghanistan cricket is performing outstandingly well, they are now, they will be 100% successful Inshallah thank you

  • Alyas on December 2, 2009, 6:57 GMT

    My dear friends as i know that afghanistan is showing an outstanding performance in every matches i am very happy and thankfull af my dear cricketers so i wish them a very great with success matches i pray for them to get success. and i am happy that our country developing by them. and plz we all should support them and gave all of them a kind motivation...afghanistan is the best

  • Samim on November 25, 2009, 6:49 GMT

    Dear all,

    as I read the above comments about Afghan Team, Afghan team is really a great team and won the famouse countries like china and etc, I hope that all Afghans give thier support to thier team to get the best result in 20/20 in Dubai and also in world cup, Afghan team is the best.

  • Hassaan Mehmood Durani on October 26, 2009, 4:39 GMT

    I Love my green and white country Afghanistan..... I am really happy for afghan cricket team. Afghan cricket team is enter in next 2011 worldcup Its really amaizng.plz any body mail me that next match of Afghanistan when will be play? my Email is Hassaan_star@yahoo.com about Hassaan Mehmood: I am from kandahar Afghanistan 16 years old boy.

  • waheed ullah ahamdi on October 3, 2009, 18:06 GMT

    hello sallam to all my afghani brothers i wish all of them will be ok please some body tell us that the next match of Afghanistan when will be play and against which countries ?

  • Nepali. on June 24, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    Afg will lose. Nepal will win

  • Naveedbarasht on May 30, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    I'm so that i watch my team in asian game and i know they are the best i want to be in team one it's my dreaam good luck! AFGHANISTAN

  • Naseem dilsoz on May 2, 2010, 2:59 GMT

    hello salaam my afghan brothers. I am so pleased to see my afghan brothers in this 20twenty world cup. it was my dream but inshallah they will be world champions one day.

  • Naseem dilsoz on May 2, 2010, 2:59 GMT

    hello salaam my afghan brothers. I am so pleased to see my afghan brothers in this 20twenty world cup. it was my dream but inshallah they will be world champions one day.

  • Razmal on March 26, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    Dear players. I really apreciat your tallent. and I hope you success in other races also I congretualate all afghans for this victory. Razmal"Sultani" From kabul Afghanistan

  • Matiullah Stanikzai on February 13, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    Dear All, Thanks for the great news about Afghanistan's great cricket team, i think Afghanistan cricket is performing outstandingly well, they are now, they will be 100% successful Inshallah thank you

  • Alyas on December 2, 2009, 6:57 GMT

    My dear friends as i know that afghanistan is showing an outstanding performance in every matches i am very happy and thankfull af my dear cricketers so i wish them a very great with success matches i pray for them to get success. and i am happy that our country developing by them. and plz we all should support them and gave all of them a kind motivation...afghanistan is the best

  • Samim on November 25, 2009, 6:49 GMT

    Dear all,

    as I read the above comments about Afghan Team, Afghan team is really a great team and won the famouse countries like china and etc, I hope that all Afghans give thier support to thier team to get the best result in 20/20 in Dubai and also in world cup, Afghan team is the best.

  • Hassaan Mehmood Durani on October 26, 2009, 4:39 GMT

    I Love my green and white country Afghanistan..... I am really happy for afghan cricket team. Afghan cricket team is enter in next 2011 worldcup Its really amaizng.plz any body mail me that next match of Afghanistan when will be play? my Email is Hassaan_star@yahoo.com about Hassaan Mehmood: I am from kandahar Afghanistan 16 years old boy.

  • waheed ullah ahamdi on October 3, 2009, 18:06 GMT

    hello sallam to all my afghani brothers i wish all of them will be ok please some body tell us that the next match of Afghanistan when will be play and against which countries ?

  • aminullah ahmadi on May 27, 2009, 22:04 GMT

    salam to all my afghans nations firstly i would like to say thanks to god. he give us chance to play international match. i am so proud of our cricket team. i am quit sure our team will qualify for t20 world cup in 2011 insullah we all pray for them salam alakum thanks east west afghan are the best

  • Eng.Waheedullah Sulimankhail on April 29, 2009, 15:40 GMT

    WOW Thanks to my god. and also thanks to Asian Cricket council to give a chance to Afghans to play the Test Nations.

  • tayyeb safi on April 28, 2009, 14:58 GMT

    Salam to all brave afghans! It,s pleasure and happiness for all afghans to hear such a good news for whom we were waiting . God put the sucess of each corner in the lap of afghans.Allah pa Aman

  • shabir on April 20, 2009, 0:40 GMT

    afghanistan got one-day status. Soooooo WaTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTttttttttttttttt. lol just joking that is a gr8 new i have been fowling our team and i m very pleased for them.. cheers guys

  • Ishfaq Safi on April 19, 2009, 7:20 GMT

    Dear brothers and Sisters, Congradulation upon the victory of Afghan national cricket team , the team is realy proud of all afghans all over the world. I appreciate thier high morals and pray them for more success and good luck in the coming contests. " La tar osa ye maghza pa qarar na di , cha chi ma sara vahali sar pa sang di" Long live Afghanistan, Long live Afghan National Cricket Team.

    Manana

  • AHMAD WAQAR RIZWAN on April 18, 2009, 8:08 GMT

    CONGARTS TO THE ALL AFGHANI BROTHER AND SISTERS IT 'S VERY HAPPY DAY FOR US we are very proud of oue coutry cricket AFGHANISTAN CRIACKET TEAM WILL BE SUPAR POWR IN FUTUAR INSHAHALLAH-----eagle_afghani

  • Baswar u Din Afghan Khost on April 18, 2009, 8:04 GMT

    Me too pass my best regards to the viewers of my mail. I request my respected afghan people to do pray for the Asia cup victory to achieve it too with a nice performance (prince_from_nice_khost@yahoo.com)

  • Baswar u Din Afghan Khost on April 18, 2009, 8:01 GMT

    Me too pass my best regards to the viewers of my mail. I request my respected afghan people to do pray for the Asia cup victory to achieve it too with a nice performance (prince_from_nice_khost@yahoo.com)

  • Happy Subedi on April 17, 2009, 18:49 GMT

    Rise up Nepalese team and make the nation proud by defeating the cricket giants of Asian in asian games.....Let the world know that you are a real Giant killers.

  • mohd.ramin on April 17, 2009, 3:45 GMT

    salam to all my brothers when i checked this comments i just saw soo many people had given comment for our team afghanistan i could stop crying i fell so proud what our players have done for our country may allah bless them:)

  • mohd.ramin on April 17, 2009, 3:44 GMT

    salam to all my brothers when i checked this comments i just saw soo many people had given comment for our team afghanistan i could stop crying i fell so proud what our players have done for our country may allah bless them:)

  • naqibullah on April 13, 2009, 22:14 GMT

    Asalam o alikum dear readers I am happy like I was wishing when I was in pakistan watching pak team and my afghans was happy for pak to win and now our dream is coming true inshallah afghans will go faster and to achieve my and other afghans dream I Dont know these players are awesome they are heroese of the time becouse they do not even have a simple facielite so they are great up to now and the will be I love to talke about them allot I am excited when I hear about them I know they achieve something Thank YOU ALL Es,Those who read my comments. Naqiullah Hakim. from Nanagarhar PRT. ariana_heartasia@yahoo.com 0700136375

  • jamil.wardak on April 12, 2009, 8:43 GMT

    in the name of allah first of all salamona for everyone to read my mail , so i am very glad for afghanistan cricket team to won ireland national team .so i am congratulation for all afghan people to celebrate this tremendouse even. jamil wardak western union officer /kabulbank

  • Farid ahmed on April 10, 2009, 18:32 GMT

    salam afhan brothers every were in the world im a afghani and i proud my country an our cricket team brialent our cricket team are playing last tournament matches but after two match in world qualifing matche we have a very good batsman and bowlar but not used in corect time i pray for my team for next mathes please try to best afghanitsan cricket team to contest at next comming asia cup because they beat hong kong many time so how can afghanitan out of next asia cup in indian they must think about this and to give afghaniatan more chances then other aisian contries to compete against the test nation like indian sri lank pakistan and bangladesh that the fan of cricket will have close matches pleas think about it if you are realy working for the development of the cricket at asia thanks farid ahmed from pakistan karachi

  • Khalilullah KUNARI on April 7, 2009, 16:25 GMT

    Good news from Mr.Ashraful Haq about joining afghan team in twenty format i hope our team can play againt each team in Asia because since last year we achived good results.

  • MASOOD BAQA on March 31, 2009, 9:14 GMT

    HELLO!Afghanistan. i feel great that afghanistan won that T20. and they will qualify for worldcup 201. i'm studen of Preston University and i have played cricket for long time for Greenland cricket club and still i'm playing and i want to be a part of afghanistan team that is my dream when it come true i dont know but i work harder to achieve that place IN LAST I WISH AFGHAN TIGER BEAT ANY TEAM AND QUALIFY FOR WORLDCUP. ROCK ON BOYZ

  • AHMAD MASOOD on March 31, 2009, 9:03 GMT

    this is ahmad masood from afghanistan and i'm very happy to see afghanistan cricket team developed back and i wish the qualify for ICC world cup 2011 and they can beat any team best of luck and also i'm student of Preston university& i play cricket for long time from GREEN LAND cricket club and others .i make my self ready to be a part of afghanistan team this is my first and last ambition . ROCK ON AFGHANISTAN TIGERS

  • AHMAD MASOOD on March 31, 2009, 8:55 GMT

    this is ahmad masood from afghanistan and i'm very happy to see afghanistan cricket team developed back and i wish the qualify for ICC world cup 2011 and they can beat any team best of luck and also i'm student of Preston university& i play cricket for long time from GREEN LAND cricket club and others .i make my self ready to be a part of afghanistan team this is my first and last ambition . ROCK ON AFGHANISTAN TIGERS

  • Eissa khan afghan on March 30, 2009, 17:27 GMT

    It is good for afghanistan cricket team to play 20-20 cricket and the will get much experiment of it and i m really happy that afghanistan is getting promotion in the cricket world as well as in other sports thanks from ur comments broters

  • Sher Agha Hamkar on March 15, 2009, 7:45 GMT

    First of all congratulation to all Afghans brothers and sisters who are inside or out side the country, because Afghanistan Cricket Team did tremendous performance in last couple of series, its all about Afghans pray and best regards, I would like to request from all Afghans to pray for their team in World Cup Qualifier Round, that our dream become true and we qualify to World Cup, As i know better about my team, so i can surely say that if our team qualify to World Cup, we can better fight with Pakistan and India.and Inshallah our team will win this World Cup 2011.and the Champion of South Asian game will be Afghan Team. Thanks Cricinfo for providing this comment process. Sher Agha Hamkar Afghanistan Cricket Board Office Manager Email: shamkar@gpfa.org

  • mohammad anwar on March 12, 2009, 11:24 GMT

    hi evry one by seeing the afghan cricket i jst got boosted...they r the best i couldn't believe when they defeated jersy in england......i wanna play for the team when will my dream come true.....i love my countryy....AFGHANISTAN WILL ROCK IN FUTRE.......i wanna play for the team can any one help me how to get in the team........plzzzz.........

  • Sohail Yusufzai on March 11, 2009, 9:57 GMT

    i 100% beleive that Afghanistan cricket team will inshallh qualify to the 2011 WC bcoz they r so talented and the have much more skills, they need some support from the afghan government, it was really our dream but inhshallah our guys will make true. ofter qualifiying my big dream is to beat Pakistan

  • M Salim Mushfiq on March 7, 2009, 8:27 GMT

    Wow, what a wonderful news, It was our dream in the past and now it's only our aim, target and goal that Afghanistan will play against stong teams like Australia, India, England, Pakistan one day...I hope our dreams will come true, It's all Afghans pray that we first qualify for the world cup 2011,Insha Allah Afghanistan will do it again as they are talented...Insha Allah our talented Afghan team will qualify...Aaameen.

  • Rohullah Stanakzai on March 7, 2009, 6:01 GMT

    Thanks Cricinfo for the good news and thanks you all afghans and specialy Neda who put her comments for our team may Allah bless all of us Thank you all.

  • Sayed Yaqoob Shah on March 6, 2009, 8:30 GMT

    I realy got pleased when I read this fantastic news,ofcourse we have been waiting for this kind of news so long ago and hope we win the matches and i will pray for my brave and great afghan cricket players. best wishes,

  • Hedayatullah rahmati on March 4, 2009, 21:50 GMT

    I am very much pleased getting information on new developments related to Afghan cricket team,they are the real struggler they stand on their aim firmly they won almost all the matches from division 5 till the moment thats why they must be given all the opportunities(good support,enough salary)for their more successes.

  • neda on March 3, 2009, 11:40 GMT

    it is nice but there must by something special for afghanistan national cricket team as they achieved division one < two, and three so how they can equal them with bhuthan and other asian contries they must play and have some special format for afghanitsan cricket team to contest at next comming asia cup because they beat hong kong many time so how can afghanitan out of next asia cup in indian they must think about this and to give afghaniatan more chances then other aisian contries to compete against the test nation like indian sri lank pakistan and bangladesh that the fan of cricket will have close matches pleas think about it if you are realy working for the development of the cricket at asia thanks neda nadia from ningrahar afghanistan neda.nadia@hotmail.com

  • Spinghar Safi on March 2, 2009, 21:26 GMT

    Thanks for the good news. I thank Afghaistan players are more comfortable in playing Twenty20 format games and with cricket already boosting so much in Afghanistan. The future seems to be very bright for Afghan Cricket both in ODI and Twenty20 and the day is also not for that Afghanistan will play Test matches as well! I wish them all the best to the future all our prayers are with them!!!

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  • Spinghar Safi on March 2, 2009, 21:26 GMT

    Thanks for the good news. I thank Afghaistan players are more comfortable in playing Twenty20 format games and with cricket already boosting so much in Afghanistan. The future seems to be very bright for Afghan Cricket both in ODI and Twenty20 and the day is also not for that Afghanistan will play Test matches as well! I wish them all the best to the future all our prayers are with them!!!

  • neda on March 3, 2009, 11:40 GMT

    it is nice but there must by something special for afghanistan national cricket team as they achieved division one < two, and three so how they can equal them with bhuthan and other asian contries they must play and have some special format for afghanitsan cricket team to contest at next comming asia cup because they beat hong kong many time so how can afghanitan out of next asia cup in indian they must think about this and to give afghaniatan more chances then other aisian contries to compete against the test nation like indian sri lank pakistan and bangladesh that the fan of cricket will have close matches pleas think about it if you are realy working for the development of the cricket at asia thanks neda nadia from ningrahar afghanistan neda.nadia@hotmail.com

  • Hedayatullah rahmati on March 4, 2009, 21:50 GMT

    I am very much pleased getting information on new developments related to Afghan cricket team,they are the real struggler they stand on their aim firmly they won almost all the matches from division 5 till the moment thats why they must be given all the opportunities(good support,enough salary)for their more successes.

  • Sayed Yaqoob Shah on March 6, 2009, 8:30 GMT

    I realy got pleased when I read this fantastic news,ofcourse we have been waiting for this kind of news so long ago and hope we win the matches and i will pray for my brave and great afghan cricket players. best wishes,

  • Rohullah Stanakzai on March 7, 2009, 6:01 GMT

    Thanks Cricinfo for the good news and thanks you all afghans and specialy Neda who put her comments for our team may Allah bless all of us Thank you all.

  • M Salim Mushfiq on March 7, 2009, 8:27 GMT

    Wow, what a wonderful news, It was our dream in the past and now it's only our aim, target and goal that Afghanistan will play against stong teams like Australia, India, England, Pakistan one day...I hope our dreams will come true, It's all Afghans pray that we first qualify for the world cup 2011,Insha Allah Afghanistan will do it again as they are talented...Insha Allah our talented Afghan team will qualify...Aaameen.

  • Sohail Yusufzai on March 11, 2009, 9:57 GMT

    i 100% beleive that Afghanistan cricket team will inshallh qualify to the 2011 WC bcoz they r so talented and the have much more skills, they need some support from the afghan government, it was really our dream but inhshallah our guys will make true. ofter qualifiying my big dream is to beat Pakistan

  • mohammad anwar on March 12, 2009, 11:24 GMT

    hi evry one by seeing the afghan cricket i jst got boosted...they r the best i couldn't believe when they defeated jersy in england......i wanna play for the team when will my dream come true.....i love my countryy....AFGHANISTAN WILL ROCK IN FUTRE.......i wanna play for the team can any one help me how to get in the team........plzzzz.........

  • Sher Agha Hamkar on March 15, 2009, 7:45 GMT

    First of all congratulation to all Afghans brothers and sisters who are inside or out side the country, because Afghanistan Cricket Team did tremendous performance in last couple of series, its all about Afghans pray and best regards, I would like to request from all Afghans to pray for their team in World Cup Qualifier Round, that our dream become true and we qualify to World Cup, As i know better about my team, so i can surely say that if our team qualify to World Cup, we can better fight with Pakistan and India.and Inshallah our team will win this World Cup 2011.and the Champion of South Asian game will be Afghan Team. Thanks Cricinfo for providing this comment process. Sher Agha Hamkar Afghanistan Cricket Board Office Manager Email: shamkar@gpfa.org

  • Eissa khan afghan on March 30, 2009, 17:27 GMT

    It is good for afghanistan cricket team to play 20-20 cricket and the will get much experiment of it and i m really happy that afghanistan is getting promotion in the cricket world as well as in other sports thanks from ur comments broters