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
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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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  • Naseer Ahmad Abdul Rahimzy 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.

  • Arshad Ali 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 glad......to 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..

  • pamir shansab 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.

  • mujtaba sabri 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.

  • Ahmad Samim 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

  • hidayat 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

  • Salim Mushfiq 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

    AfghanStar786@yahoo.com

  • Mohammad Saleem Anwar 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....

  • Tazakhan pashton kabul on April 8, 2009, 15:29 GMT

    Goodluck afghan teams

  • faisal 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

  • Naseer Ahmad Abdul Rahimzy 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.

  • Arshad Ali 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 glad......to 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..

  • pamir shansab 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.

  • mujtaba sabri 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.

  • Ahmad Samim 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

  • hidayat 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

  • Salim Mushfiq 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

    AfghanStar786@yahoo.com

  • Mohammad Saleem Anwar 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....

  • Tazakhan pashton kabul on April 8, 2009, 15:29 GMT

    Goodluck afghan teams

  • faisal 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

  • assadullah on April 5, 2009, 7:24 GMT

    hello to every one, I am very happy with the performance of our team and keep going like this and easily you can bring the world cup throphy to afghanistan.

  • Munir Khan on April 4, 2009, 5:57 GMT

    Salam to all, I am very happy with the performance our team and hopping it continues its good work. It is my dream to see our team playing and winning the biggest teams in world cup and after that. Inshalah my dream becomes realty. Munir Khan from Kabul

  • Indian on April 3, 2009, 5:58 GMT

    Hi/Salaam/Namaste to all, It's really nice to see afghanistan winning. See you at the 2011 World Cup. We Indians would be waiting with open arms for all you afghan bros. Long Live India-Afghanistan friendship.

  • Shoaib on April 3, 2009, 1:56 GMT

    Salam Alakum Wa rakhmatuallah

    Dear afghan brothers, It is a deeply and heart rattling news to see our country Afghanistan is being represented in the world stage after what our country has gone through, May Allah (SWT) bestow this honour, Blessing and happiness on the people of Afghanistan, Inshallah, We should all pray for victory inshallah.

    Ameen

  • Nazhand on April 3, 2009, 0:57 GMT

    Dear Afghans one thing i want to mention is beside our pray lets make account for donation for our national cricket team if 1/100 our nation donates 10$ a year will be more than enough for our team. This is the only news i read my country's name is mentioned in a positive matter whereas always used to be mentioned in a war , killing and fighting news. I'm very proud now we are proving our talent to the world that we are a talented nation as well not only war.

  • Asadullah Dashti on April 2, 2009, 20:07 GMT

    Salam to all the Afghan people around the world, Hey all dear brothers and sisters raise your hands and pray for Afghanistan cricket team to qualify for cricket world cup 2011 and I am sure it will happen inshallah

  • zabeih mujaddidid on April 2, 2009, 15:15 GMT

    Congratulations we have surpassed another hurdle in bet to win a place in world cup let us pray we win four remaining games that will make whole a lot easier in super eight.

  • Hanif Ayubi on April 2, 2009, 13:26 GMT

    My dearist muslim afghan players, this is to assure you that you will win, victory is always at our door. The team has approached and qualified for the 2011 World Cup this we can gaurantee. We greatly appreciate your hard work. Living with 30 years war in the country, your rise is remarkable in the world. Our prayers are with you, each Afghan especially the Pashton trib are praying for your victory.

    Mr. Vikram go back to the history you will find only victory credited to this nation. Don't be hopeless and worried about this nation they will bring prizes in their hands, as they showed already.

    Allah Mo Hosa, Takra, Kamyaab, Baa Shoojaata, Pa Deen Aw Watan Maeen Lara Da Stargo Toro, Mong Taso Sara Yoo.

  • Mohammad Ismail on April 2, 2009, 12:51 GMT

    Dear Afghan Team, First of all i thank you all that you have showed once again to the world that Afghans Can do thier best even they have less facilities on hand. Dear Brothers Go Ahead you can do your best. The prayers of all the Afghans are with you especically the preayers of the kind mothers, and the mothers' pray always bring success. GOD LEAD OUR TEAM TO SUCCESS TO MAKE IT TO WC 2011. AMEEN

  • jawad ullah " shirzai " on April 2, 2009, 10:45 GMT

    Aslam-u-alikom too all muslim people in the world and also i congratulate to all afghan people and to our cricket team for victory in south africa. i will pray for other four leg matches to they get vitory . inshah ullah they will be go forward . jawad ullah "shirzai" from konar

  • farid on April 2, 2009, 7:24 GMT

    hi guys i,m farid. to be honestly i was waiting to see afghanistans team in world cup ages ago. but now only think that i can do is pray for them and hopefully they gonna get to world cup. i mean we as an afghan can do anything, but we need to be patient. inshalluh we gona qualify.

  • Sohrab on April 2, 2009, 5:54 GMT

    It is good to see Afghan's all rounders Nabi and Karim Khan doing well with both bat and ball in the match on 1st April. Afghans are already heroes.

  • jahanzeb on April 2, 2009, 5:40 GMT

    i congratulate our team and all Afghanistan for their first victory in the qualify round and i pray for them for next victory

  • Fareed-ud-Din Noori on April 2, 2009, 5:34 GMT

    Great Afghanistan and Great team.

    We are proud of you and do not worry, go a head with full strenght and struggle. we all are sure that Afghanistan team will be the winner in this around also because the whole Afghan nation is praying for them and it means, they are not alone.

    Pa Daranawee.

  • Noor Ahmad Hamid on April 2, 2009, 5:22 GMT

    Finding waying WC is going to be very sufisticated but can be made easy with harding and passionaly playing of players and with the pray. If there is hill there is a way. Wish them best victory in the tournment!

  • zia on April 2, 2009, 3:27 GMT

    no matter what happens, We are proud of you all long live Afghanistan.Zindabad team milly mardom Afghan

  • zia on April 2, 2009, 3:11 GMT

    no matter what happens, We are proud of you all long live Afghanistan.Zindabad team milly mardom Afghan

  • Walid on April 1, 2009, 17:08 GMT

    Salam to all I am a proud Afghan and our team made me more proud today by winning the game from Denmark. Inshallah we will make it to WC2011 easily. Our team need our prayers. May Allah help them reach the gaol. Amen!

  • Ahmad Mustafa on April 1, 2009, 11:28 GMT

    I am very Proud and I very very Happy for seeing the Afghan Cricket Team in this stage. It is our duty and WE all MUST Pray for OUR OWN VICTORY, Yes it is the time that we can show the world that we are not far from you even in sport with having so less facilities, but strong feeling, self power, and Solidarity. We have that much VIGOR that we can fight till our Lastmen.

    YAA RAABUL AALAMIN, bestow the Vicotry to Afghan Cricket Team.

    AAMEEEEEN.

  • Khan on April 1, 2009, 9:04 GMT

    I am very proud of our team. Inshallah we will make it to the world cup. I am sure afghan team will make cricket more exciting. Plus to Mr Vikram, we are born winners. you will be surprised. Allah mo jamde lara zwanano

  • Waleed Safi on April 1, 2009, 8:30 GMT

    Salam to all Afghans around the World ! I ask all of you to raise your hands and pray before Allah for the Victory of Afghanistan.We will Insha-Allah take the ICC WORLD CUP QUALIFIER TROPHY TO AFGHANISTAN. LOVE LIVE AFGHANISTAN.

  • Vikram Maingi on April 1, 2009, 6:40 GMT

    I feel making it to WC-2011 will be difficult for Afghanistan. If they perform as per their potential and do not succumb against stronger opponents, they should be able to get an ODI status for the next four years.

    Good luck to Afghanistan.

  • Sayed Yaqoob Shah on March 31, 2009, 18:42 GMT

    Best regards and huge salam, hope afghanistan team finish on top as they have been doing since the started their worldcup dream from division five,best luck afghanistan player

  • Spinghar Safi on March 31, 2009, 12:08 GMT

    I think Afghanistan needs to win atleast 3 to 4 matches in the group round to make their chances of securing the place in top 4 of the tournament. the strongest opponent the will face is Kenya and if they beat Kenya then I think no one can stop them from getting the 1st place in this tournament.

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  • Spinghar Safi on March 31, 2009, 12:08 GMT

    I think Afghanistan needs to win atleast 3 to 4 matches in the group round to make their chances of securing the place in top 4 of the tournament. the strongest opponent the will face is Kenya and if they beat Kenya then I think no one can stop them from getting the 1st place in this tournament.

  • Sayed Yaqoob Shah on March 31, 2009, 18:42 GMT

    Best regards and huge salam, hope afghanistan team finish on top as they have been doing since the started their worldcup dream from division five,best luck afghanistan player

  • Vikram Maingi on April 1, 2009, 6:40 GMT

    I feel making it to WC-2011 will be difficult for Afghanistan. If they perform as per their potential and do not succumb against stronger opponents, they should be able to get an ODI status for the next four years.

    Good luck to Afghanistan.

  • Waleed Safi on April 1, 2009, 8:30 GMT

    Salam to all Afghans around the World ! I ask all of you to raise your hands and pray before Allah for the Victory of Afghanistan.We will Insha-Allah take the ICC WORLD CUP QUALIFIER TROPHY TO AFGHANISTAN. LOVE LIVE AFGHANISTAN.

  • Khan on April 1, 2009, 9:04 GMT

    I am very proud of our team. Inshallah we will make it to the world cup. I am sure afghan team will make cricket more exciting. Plus to Mr Vikram, we are born winners. you will be surprised. Allah mo jamde lara zwanano

  • Ahmad Mustafa on April 1, 2009, 11:28 GMT

    I am very Proud and I very very Happy for seeing the Afghan Cricket Team in this stage. It is our duty and WE all MUST Pray for OUR OWN VICTORY, Yes it is the time that we can show the world that we are not far from you even in sport with having so less facilities, but strong feeling, self power, and Solidarity. We have that much VIGOR that we can fight till our Lastmen.

    YAA RAABUL AALAMIN, bestow the Vicotry to Afghan Cricket Team.

    AAMEEEEEN.

  • Walid on April 1, 2009, 17:08 GMT

    Salam to all I am a proud Afghan and our team made me more proud today by winning the game from Denmark. Inshallah we will make it to WC2011 easily. Our team need our prayers. May Allah help them reach the gaol. Amen!

  • zia on April 2, 2009, 3:11 GMT

    no matter what happens, We are proud of you all long live Afghanistan.Zindabad team milly mardom Afghan

  • zia on April 2, 2009, 3:27 GMT

    no matter what happens, We are proud of you all long live Afghanistan.Zindabad team milly mardom Afghan

  • Noor Ahmad Hamid on April 2, 2009, 5:22 GMT

    Finding waying WC is going to be very sufisticated but can be made easy with harding and passionaly playing of players and with the pray. If there is hill there is a way. Wish them best victory in the tournment!