Afghanistan March 31, 2009

Afghanistan have World Cup in their sights

Afghanistan will begin their bid to secure a place in the 2011 World Cup by taking on Denmark in the opening game of the World Cup Qualifiers on April 1

Afghanistan will begin their bid to secure a place in the 2011 World Cup by taking on Denmark in the opening game of the World Cup Qualifiers on April 1. It is the first of their five matches and upcoming opponents include Bermuda, Kenya, Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates.

If Afghanistan finish among the top four in Group B, they will progress to the Super Eights stage and, if they are among the top four at the end of the tournament, they will qualify for the World Cup

"Denmark is a must-win match because it would leave us needing one more victory to reach the Super Eights phase," Afghanistan coach Kabir Khan told AFP. "Afghanistan have progressed by leaps and bounds and, if we play to our potential, qualification for the World Cup is possible. Being a largely unknown cricket entity can only help us.

"We have not played much cricket at international level so other teams do not know much about us, but we know a lot about them, especially the United Arab Emirates as I coached them for two years.”

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • testli5504537 on April 20, 2009, 3:04 GMT

    Salam to All Muslim in the world you know Afghanistan is the country of pace and brotherhode the cricket team is abviously example, I am proude to be afghani and proude on our National cricket team in their bravness to achive and beat those teams which has aready plied international oneday and test and beat like Australian team. I respect ICC and request that please give to Afghanistan cricket team chance in worldcup 2011 because the are much stragaling and have dream to achive their goal.Thanks from the owner of site to giving chance to every one showing their openion.

  • testli5504537 on April 17, 2009, 15:36 GMT

    Salam,I am in Russia but I am Pakistani i am keen to follow news of Afghan cricket team, I love my Pashtoon brothers, I love to see my Afghan team getting one day international status, I am sure the day is not far when ICC will announce them as emergent team, my best wishes are with them congratulations to Afghanistan cricket fans, whole Afghanistan specially thier captain by beating Scotland and Nimibia.....Today I am so see news Afghanistan winning against Nimibia....I hope Pakistani cricketers will help thier Afghan brothers to becoming a great cricketing nation......Inshallah.......Kabul must start celebration......because they desereve it....Long Live Afghanistan cricket.... Arshad Ali Swabi-Peshawar..

  • testli5504537 on April 15, 2009, 21:19 GMT

    salam.the fist time I hear som good newes about my country Afghanistan in internatinal media which make me very happy.keep it up my lovely brohters.what ever the outcome is you are the real championes.May ALLA help you.

  • testli5504537 on April 13, 2009, 17:14 GMT

    I would love to see Afghanistan's team qualifying for WC2k11. Make a name for Afghanistan and make us all proud... No matter what, we are still proud of our team and our dear citizens who are backing them up... Stand as one nation & long live Afghanistan.

  • testli5504537 on April 12, 2009, 8:33 GMT

    i really love my patriats afghan cricket team players insha AHLLAH they will win the world cap 2011

  • testli5504537 on April 11, 2009, 18:31 GMT

    afghanistan is going to be 2011 champion that is what i belive and will be!!! long live afghanistan

  • testli5504537 on April 9, 2009, 8:31 GMT

    So sad that Afghanistan will not be able to qualify for the world cup 2011 as it's not easy now...they did not carry any point to the super eight...the lost to Kenya, Netherlands, and then UAE,after winning Denmark and Barmuda, They shouldn't have lost to UAE, to carry at least 2 points...I hope Afghanistan qualify to the Super 6 at least. to play ODIs for four years. Good Luck.

    Salim Mushfiq

  • testli5504537 on April 9, 2009, 6:55 GMT

    I am very happy about, actually all AFGHANS and Afghan's friend countries are happy to hear it... I pray that they come to top 4....

  • testli5504537 on April 8, 2009, 15:29 GMT

    Goodluck afghan teams

  • testli5504537 on April 7, 2009, 6:55 GMT

    hello to every body I am very happy to afghanistan reached world cup qualifying macthes and i pray to my Allah that our team win this cup

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