April 11, 2009

ICC World Cup Qualifiers

'This is our greatest win'

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Hamid Hassan



It is hard to describe how I feel after helping Afghanistan beat Ireland at Krugersdorp – probably the greatest win in the history of Afghanistan cricket. To take five wickets in such an important game for my country if a fantastic feeling and I am very proud of all my team-mates.

When I came back onto bowl with six overs of the match remaining, we knew that we had to get some quick wickets if we were to have any chance of winning the match.

They were trying to score quickly and playing quite a few cross batted shots so my focus was on trying to bowl the ball as full and straight as possible. I managed to build up a really good rhythm and was bowling as quickly as I could.

Once I had got out Andrew White, my focus was then just trying to bowl a maiden over, but somehow I ended up taking three wickets – it was unbelievable! I enjoy bowling in pressure situations at the end and I think my yorker is very useful at that stage of the game.

I believe this victory shows the potential of the Afghanistan team. It is hard to think just under two years ago, we lost to Singapore in the World Cricket League Division 5 on a cold day in Jersey and now we are beating a team that defeated Pakistan and Bangladesh at the last ICC Cricket World Cup. That is incredible progress and I don’t think anybody could ever have predicted that this would happen to us.

Not only are we developing our cricketing skills, as I think we have learnt a lot about our batting, bowling and fielding, but we are developing the mental side of our game as well as we have showed great character to respond from three defeats.

Only by having the chance to play against the best sides on a regular basis will we develop the consistency that we need to compete against the biggest Associate teams on a regular basis. That is why it is so important for us to do well in our remaining three matches and try and qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup or at least finish in the top six of the table to gain ODI status.

It is a massive game for us on Monday against Canada and we will certainly be approaching that match with a lot of confidence. After everything that has happened to this team, I don’t think anybody can predict what will happen.

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Posted by Jalal uddin Shinwari on (October 3, 2009, 19:51 GMT)

I Congratulat Afghan Cricket Team and all Afghans all over the world for this great success, all these were your pray and best wishes. Nothing is impossible our team has a long way to go, they need all afghans Duwa and Pray to Allah Almighy to make it eazy for them to win next games with big margins and making new world records. We were, We are and we will be a Proud Nation Inshallah. Our Team showed to the world that we are alive despite of war and we can make impossible, possible. May Allah Almight give you more and more success. Ameen

BeSt WiShEs FoR sAmIuLlAh ShInWaRi...

Posted by Sridhar Kalyan, Lagos, Nigeria on (April 16, 2009, 10:37 GMT)

Congratulations, Afghanistan!!

I was recently in Paris and mistook a waiter at a hotel to be an indian, only to be informed that he is from Afghanistan - and what did he tell me? That he was proud to be an Afghan - as his country is going to qualify for the WC 2011!!!

You guys have not only made fellow afghans proud, but every cricket-lover in the world proud.

We salute your talent and more so, your spirit - with which you have displayed your exemplary character so far.

May the Almighty continue to guide you, your team and your lovely country to more and more successes and fortunes.

Sridhar Lagos, Nigeria.

Posted by lakesidey on (April 15, 2009, 6:41 GMT)

I was so sure you'd beat Canada, the way you folks played....but it was not meant to be! But very well played all the same - and if you win the last match today you should be able to make the top 6 and get ODI status. All the very best!

I shall continue to watch your team with interest....your journey has been an eye-opener and a pleasure to follow!

Posted by Dan on (April 14, 2009, 12:02 GMT)

Great effort but bad luck against Canada - the World cup needs you for 2015. Sure you'll be there.

Posted by Zohra Safi on (April 13, 2009, 12:44 GMT)

Wonderful job Hameed. We are truly proud of your achievement. I can't wait to see you guys win against Canada. My best wishes and thoughts are with every player of Afghanistan cricket team. Tumbs up for Afghanistan!

Posted by Zohra Safi on (April 13, 2009, 12:43 GMT)

Wonderful job Hameed. We are truly proud of your achievement. I can't wait to see you guys win against Canada. My best wishes and thoughts are with every player of Afghanistan cricket team. Tumbs up for Afghanistan!

Posted by hashim on (April 13, 2009, 10:33 GMT)

on behalf of alla fghans ....ould like to congratulate all afghan team for thierstunning victory over Ireland.....and i ask everyone to pray for victory of Afghanistan in ICC world cup qualifying round....inshallah........Long live to Afghan Cricket team.......ameen.....

Posted by Hamid on (April 13, 2009, 8:54 GMT)

Dear Hameed, I am so glad that u r playing from afghanistan side, and i will pray you to have success fo ryou and afghanistan. And i hope you remember me,I was your collegue playing with you in peshawar tehkal

Posted by salina on (April 13, 2009, 8:12 GMT)

Congratulation to Afghan team cricket.All the best 4 you hamid hassan...well done! Keep it Up

Posted by M. Arif Sahil on (April 13, 2009, 7:59 GMT)

Great job, we are really proud of you and the entire team. Wishing a succuss with today's match. Arif Sahil from Monrovia, Liberia

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