ICC World Cup Qualifiers April 17, 2009

'The most famous day in Afghanistan cricket' - Hassan

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Hamid Hassan

It is the proudest day of my life knowing that I am going to have the opportunity to play one-day international cricket for Afghanistan. I feel absolutely wonderful – it is a brilliant achievement for our country.

A couple of years ago we could never have dreamed that we would have ever had the opportunity to play at the World Cup Qualifiers and now we are going to be a one-day international team. It is the most famous day in the history of Afghanistan cricket.

I was so proud to take the final wicket to seal the victory and when I realised what had happened I just threw myself to the floor and started crying. I have never felt so much emotion in my life and I just couldn’t control my tears.

These tears were for all the people in Afghanistan who have been supporting us as I know they will be so proud of our achievements and I want to thank everybody for all their inspiring messages in response to my columns. They have been a real boost to me and the team throughout the tournament.

To beat teams like Scotland, Ireland and Namibia in the Super Eight stages shows how far we have come as a cricket team in the past year and it is very important that we have a chance to play against the top Associate teams in ODI matches, as I think we have shown how much we have learnt just by taking part in this tournament.

We were not too disappointed that we didn’t qualify for the World Cup, as it was very important that we have the opportunity to play ODI cricket on a regular basis in the next four years, although I do hope that I will have a chance to play at that event one day.

I am also really looking forward to playing in the ICC Intercontinental Cup as I think that we will learn a lot from playing four-day cricket for Afghanistan. We will have a lot to learn, as we haven’t played that much one-day cricket, but we are all keen to learn as quickly as possible and do well against the top teams.

We will also be playing in the ICC World Twenty20 2010 Qualifier later this year and it would be amazing if we can qualify for the Caribbean next year.

My perfect day was also rounded off when I found out that my visa for the UK for this summer came through today, so I am going to be playing some club cricket in England this summer. That is very exciting and will be another great experience for my cricket career.

While we will obviously celebrate our achievements in reaching ODI status, what better way would there be to finish the tournament than if we beat Scotland on Sunday and come in fifth position. I am really determined for us to do well in that match.

Thank you again for all your support and I hope you will continue to follow the fortunes of our team as we begin to take the next step on our incredible cricket journey!

Hamid Hassan has been blogging the World Cup Qualifiers (and is an avid reader of your comments). Click here for more on his rise

Will Luke is assistant editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Yousaf on February 11, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    Wow...boy..you did it again...Beat USA....Afghanistan and USA are rivals as Pak and India are.

  • Muhammad Arman on September 13, 2009, 11:18 GMT

    Dear, non afghan brothers nd sister thank u ever so much for supporting the afghan national cricket team God bless .

  • Obaid Momand on August 28, 2009, 6:30 GMT

    Deer Hameed thanks alot from u.we want to see your performance in your cricket life.and to do alot of things for our country AFGHANISTAN

  • Nick Brown on August 7, 2009, 20:44 GMT

    well done afganhistan now australia and new zealand 2015 awaits you I think

  • Shams Ahmad on June 24, 2009, 7:06 GMT

    I readly proud my country boys and i congrat their sucess.

    thank you for all of the people who post comments this site, and i realy proud our team that they have such support worldwide, when i read below message which post by Stogy it made me more proudes. Posted by: stogy at April 18, 2009 1:51 AM

    I am a long-time supporter of Australia, but the day the Afghani team beats Australia for the first time, I will cheer and cheer and cheer.

  • farhad khan on May 31, 2009, 12:30 GMT

    hammed hassan in the uk my frinde is coming back in two week to live with me for two weeks we will have fun

  • farhad khan on May 29, 2009, 23:07 GMT

    what agreat day for a cricket lover then practes in the nets and you been watched by none other then hameed hassan him self . iwas leterly shaking i couldnt belive it. but for me lakely it realy was him we invited him for a dinner party had dinner he was greath i am so impresd by him . and before he left he promesd that he will come back after 2week for good 2 week and he said we will have some BBQ he has promesde and i am looking forwared to it

  • faisal on May 9, 2009, 10:30 GMT

    very lovely play by afghanistan you player made us proud being afghani dear Hamid Hassan i am your classmate faisal whic we studied in Shah Bullddin Ghori high school peshawer do u remember.i realy proud that our team achieved some remarkable win i am really very happy and i really wish u alot of best wishes.plz dont forget that its not the end its the beggining Inshallah you all will shock the world love u all.

  • Eng.Waheedullah Sulimankhail Logari on April 27, 2009, 5:48 GMT

    Salamoona , Congratulations to Afghanistan Under 19 Team for their Successful Victories. Hope Afghanistan Plays against the World Class Teams and Have Victories over them.

  • salina on April 26, 2009, 3:34 GMT

    Salam.congratulation hamid n team cricket afghanistan!!! hop to c u soon

  • Yousaf on February 11, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    Wow...boy..you did it again...Beat USA....Afghanistan and USA are rivals as Pak and India are.

  • Muhammad Arman on September 13, 2009, 11:18 GMT

    Dear, non afghan brothers nd sister thank u ever so much for supporting the afghan national cricket team God bless .

  • Obaid Momand on August 28, 2009, 6:30 GMT

    Deer Hameed thanks alot from u.we want to see your performance in your cricket life.and to do alot of things for our country AFGHANISTAN

  • Nick Brown on August 7, 2009, 20:44 GMT

    well done afganhistan now australia and new zealand 2015 awaits you I think

  • Shams Ahmad on June 24, 2009, 7:06 GMT

    I readly proud my country boys and i congrat their sucess.

    thank you for all of the people who post comments this site, and i realy proud our team that they have such support worldwide, when i read below message which post by Stogy it made me more proudes. Posted by: stogy at April 18, 2009 1:51 AM

    I am a long-time supporter of Australia, but the day the Afghani team beats Australia for the first time, I will cheer and cheer and cheer.

  • farhad khan on May 31, 2009, 12:30 GMT

    hammed hassan in the uk my frinde is coming back in two week to live with me for two weeks we will have fun

  • farhad khan on May 29, 2009, 23:07 GMT

    what agreat day for a cricket lover then practes in the nets and you been watched by none other then hameed hassan him self . iwas leterly shaking i couldnt belive it. but for me lakely it realy was him we invited him for a dinner party had dinner he was greath i am so impresd by him . and before he left he promesd that he will come back after 2week for good 2 week and he said we will have some BBQ he has promesde and i am looking forwared to it

  • faisal on May 9, 2009, 10:30 GMT

    very lovely play by afghanistan you player made us proud being afghani dear Hamid Hassan i am your classmate faisal whic we studied in Shah Bullddin Ghori high school peshawer do u remember.i realy proud that our team achieved some remarkable win i am really very happy and i really wish u alot of best wishes.plz dont forget that its not the end its the beggining Inshallah you all will shock the world love u all.

  • Eng.Waheedullah Sulimankhail Logari on April 27, 2009, 5:48 GMT

    Salamoona , Congratulations to Afghanistan Under 19 Team for their Successful Victories. Hope Afghanistan Plays against the World Class Teams and Have Victories over them.

  • salina on April 26, 2009, 3:34 GMT

    Salam.congratulation hamid n team cricket afghanistan!!! hop to c u soon

  • Vikram Maingi on April 23, 2009, 10:57 GMT

    Congratulations to Team-Afghanistan. If Afghanistan gets good exposure from other Asian Teams like Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and SriLanka, then I am sure that it strongly come up in international circuit and may even get the full ICC membership.

  • Rob (UK) on April 22, 2009, 22:10 GMT

    Sri Lanka went from a position similar to where Afghanistan are now in world cricket levels to World cup winners in about 20 years. This proves that anything is possible!! Well done on your amazing achievements to-date; keep at it guys. Sincerely hope your wonderful success brings great joy to all people of your country.

  • Moose on April 21, 2009, 10:47 GMT

    I have been reading a lot about your country's recent history and it makes me very emotional to see how far you have come. I have been following your rise from Division 5 and never before have I kept track of the World Cup Qualifying tournament, or ICC Trophy as it was known as earlier (To put this into perspective, I have not bothered to keep track of the IPL). I am certain that you will play in the World Cup pretty soon and I am looking forward to it already. I shall keep track of your team's performance for the next 4 years and I am really happy for what you have done for your country and all your people who really deserve this victory and a lot more.

    I wish you and everyone in your country all the very best and hope for a lot more victories in the future. I am currently awaiting the day when the Indian cricket team travels to Kabul to play Afghanistan. That day doesn't seem too far away now.

    Regards from Auckland, NZ

  • AG on April 21, 2009, 2:58 GMT

    I am an Australian and I am stoked about what Afghanistan has done. Should make a movie about what you guys did - except everyone would think it was made up!

  • Waqqas on April 20, 2009, 17:36 GMT

    Congratulations to the Afghanistan Team. I wish someone from the ICC will hear and give a WILD CARD Entry to Afghanistan since they rose from Division 5 to the top 6 of ICC Qualifier

  • moien wahidi on April 20, 2009, 12:13 GMT

    wowooooooo congrats man wallah im soo happy i fell like crying i have been watching every run of every game online untill late night as i live in australia the time diffs and i was lucky i was on holidays so yer omg i just wana hug u man well done and i watch shamshad tv and all the people in jalabad were celbrating the win whens ur 2st game like in ODI?

  • Eng.Waheedullah Sulimankhail on April 20, 2009, 6:19 GMT

    Salmoona , Thanks to my god the greatest once again. Well done all the team you did it with a team work that you one the first ever ODI for Afghanistan i will once again really appreciate Hameed's Yorkers and as well some all round performances of nabi , nowrooz , raes and samiullah and all the team and i will be very keen to see karim sadiq smashing Australian bowlers big big sixes and hameed bowling superb yorkers to world star batsman plz plz arrange some ODI's for Afghanistan against India Australia , Pakistan and South Africa the top 4 countries of the world than see do we have talent or not? with thanks

  • Ganesh on April 20, 2009, 5:35 GMT

    Congratulations to you and Afghanistan on the great achievement.

    Though initially I was little sad that you could not qualify for the World cup, I'm overall happy with your fantastic performance.

    I pray that you and Afghanistan go on to greater achievements.

    'May your tribe increase'.

  • ehsanwardak (KABUL) on April 20, 2009, 5:15 GMT

    Salaam to all afghans, Congratulations it really is a dignity to us we are proud of you guys please don't lose the momentom keep it up! we all want to see you on the peak of the rinkings!!!! it's not very far that we will be the best ODI team in the world we are here to pry for you all don't worry we are with you almighty allah is with you all.............. it really is unforgetable winns over the year we have the ODI status!!!

    THANKS for bringing up the afghan's flag and name all over the world..

    wish you all the best i am sure we will have a bright future!!

    ehsan

  • Abdullah Siddiqui on April 20, 2009, 4:58 GMT

    WONDERFUL and Congratulation to our team for the wonderful achievement just can not believe that in such a short time you can achieve so much. It is definitely more than what can expect! I am very happy from the bottom of my heart. You made us proud. I wish you more success and more achievement. May God be with you.

    I hope our government and ICC put more effort in supporting and encouraging our beloved sportsmen. Kind Regards, Abdullah Siddiqui Kabul-Afghanistan

  • Mustafa seddiqi-Kabul on April 20, 2009, 4:11 GMT

    Mashallah. I really proud of you all. Thank you soo much for your hard working. You all made me us happy I can't stop my tears of happiness because I have had dream to see Afghanistan Cricket Team to reach in ODI status and now you all made it. Thanks to all Mustafa seddiqi Kabul- Afghanistan Zinda bad ACF

  • Ghafoor on April 20, 2009, 2:12 GMT

    Hi guys,

    Weldone for the great performance. We are waiting your next blog on the first ODI and the victory over Scotland.

    Weldone

  • qazah on April 20, 2009, 1:58 GMT

    congrats bro!

    i really never thought a team from nowhere could reach the top...but its wonderful to see talent rising from each country, and again congrats on making the ODI status....you guys will one day make the World Cup

  • jim smith on April 20, 2009, 1:18 GMT

    wow well done afghan'stan!!

    Iam an Australian and i love to see AFGHANS win the WORLD-CUP they like the under dog.

    Well done for an amazing achievement!! Hope to see you soon in Australia.

    Thanks

  • Fawad Saleh on April 19, 2009, 21:57 GMT

    Congratulations to my AFG cricket team u guys r the best. i want to say thanks to all other afghanistan funs from other countries i want to tell them this is afghans we r afghans and we want peace and love we dont want war its the others (Talibans Americans and Russians) that come in our country and fight we dont want war and we love all the people of th world once again thanks for following afghanistan cricket it's not just afghans team anymore it's all world's team Afghanistan Cricket Team = World's team (India, Pakistan, Bangladish, Srilanka, Nepal and ETC)

  • Ajmal Zarmal on April 19, 2009, 17:33 GMT

    Salaamoona

    Let me take the opportunity to congratulate and thanks you, for the inevitable achievement. This is really a none forgettable day for our vagrant people, and I am sure every AFGHAN whether in AFGHNIATN or abroad is happy and praying for your further victory. Let me tell you guys that THIS MIGHT BE A GAME FOR OTHERS, BUT FOR US, IT IS MORE THAN A GAME, IT IS A RECOGNITION AND REVIVING THE GREAT NAME OF OUR NATION AND BRAVE AND TRUE AFGHANS, WHO CAN ATTAIN ANYTHING WITH A GREAT PASSION AND SOLID DETERMIONATION. And thanks all our other brother and sisters from other nations for their comments and interest in our team.

    PLAY WITH YOUR HEART, AND JUST THINK OF YOUR COUNTRY AND ITS PEOPLE, I AM SURE THAT WILL GIVE YOU A SOLID REASON WHY YOU THERE AND WHY YOU HAVE TO KICK OFF OTHERS…..

    ENSHALLAH YOU WILL PROVE IT TO THE WORLD THAT WE ARE BEST IN EVERYTHING……… IT IS JUST A MATTER OF TIME……

    WASALAAAAM

    Ajmal From Finland

  • Salim Mushfiq on April 19, 2009, 15:29 GMT

    Wow...Afghanistan beat Scotland once again by 89 runs...Afghanistan scored 295-8 Scotland scored 206 All Out, What a superb performance...You showed how quick learners we are...and how talented we are. we came from Division 5 to this stage with hope to beat stong teams, We beat Denmark, Bermuda, Ireland, Namibia and Scotland twice,We can beat more countries...It's start of our journey, We amazed all countries...

    Good luck

    Salim Mushfiq

    AfghanStar786@yahoo.com

  • Salim Mushfiq on April 19, 2009, 15:26 GMT

    Wow...Afghanistan beat Scotland once again by 89 runs...Afghanistan scored 295-8 Scotland scored 206 All Out, What a superb performance...You showed how quick learners we are...and how talented we are. we came from Division 5 to this stage with hope to beat stong teams, We beat Denmark, Bermuda, Ireland, Namibia and Scotland twice,We can beat more countries...It's start of our journey, We amazed all countries...

    Good luck

    Salim Mushfiq

    AfghanStar786@yahoo.com

  • Kabeer Haqmal on April 19, 2009, 13:25 GMT

    Hameed you are really afghan young, you have mad plce in every Afghan's heart and all Afghans proud of you and your friends. we will be waitting for seeing you in Kabul with High emotion.Hope all the time bring the proud to your Poor coutry and your pretty people.

    Thanks

  • Saleem Noorani on April 19, 2009, 11:18 GMT

    Mashallah. I really proud of you all. Thank you soo much for your hard working. You all made me soo happy I can't stop crying becouse I have had dream to see Afghanistan Cricket Team to reach in ODI status and now you all made it. Thanks to all Saleem Noorani Doha,Qatar

  • Bob Gainford on April 19, 2009, 9:33 GMT

    Congratulions from Melbourne, Australia. Hope to see you in Australia soon.

  • Ataee on April 19, 2009, 8:50 GMT

    Zindabad Afghanistan!

    Congratulation to our team for the wonderful achievement.

    I just can not believe that in such a short time you can achieve so much. It is definitely more than what can expect! I am very happy from the bottom of my heart. You made us proud. I wish you more success and more achievement. May God be with you.

    I hope our government put more effort in supporting and encouraging our beloved sportsmen.

    Keep on and good luck!

  • Nick on April 19, 2009, 8:40 GMT

    To Hamid and the rest of the Afghanistan team: your story is one of the greatest. Forget the Aussies winning 16 Tests in a row... you guys have achieved more than that. You've changed the way people look at your country and for that you should be proud.

    I'll be barracking for you at the 2015 World Cup!

  • Tamim (Sydney) on April 19, 2009, 3:26 GMT

    Congratulations for Afghanistan Cricket team to achieve ODI status. Whenever I read comments about Afghan team they always talk about playing in the world cup and the hunger to succeed at the highest level. SO now that they couldn't reach the world cup I think the hunger for playing in the world cup well be there even more for the next four years to come. Hope to see Afghan Cricket team on TV or if they come to sydney to play Against Australia I will be the first one to go to the ground with Afghanistan flag in my hand and watch the match.It will happen but we have to wait for a wile until next Australian summer I reckon. Ok I have to go now I have a match today. Thank you Hamid for your blogs hope you blog more for us PROUD TO BE AN AFGHAN (WHICH I AM) ALLAH HAFIZ KHUDA NEGAHDAR

  • Masih on April 19, 2009, 2:55 GMT

    A BIG Thank you to all our non-afghan brothers and sisters who have been supporting and following Afghanistan's development in cricket over the last few years. Iam very proud of what our boys have achieved and with the will of God we will go very far.

  • ehsan on April 19, 2009, 1:10 GMT

    hi hamid,, thanks brother for your super performance and for ur spirit , and thanks the whole team ,, that you guys give us the oppertunity to take afghan flag in stadium and cheer for our own country ,, it was a dream ,, i lived in kacha gari and played against rais and karim,in 96 so i am proud of u , and inshallah i will be the first to come and see ur match and take my afghan pride and flag in stadium .thanks hamid and whole team, ehsan from münich germany

  • ehsan on April 19, 2009, 1:03 GMT

    hi hamid, you know how happy i am ,, and its because of u and nowroz and karim, and the whole team ,, and because of ur spirit and performances ,you know we have lived in kacha gari ,, and i played against rais, and karim and his brother, and i am really proud of that,because these guys from kacha gari , our neighbourhood, and our fellows are now in international cricket ,,its a pride for us,you know wenn i was there in kacha gari i have cheered for pakistan ,, because we didnt have our own national team , and as we lived in pakistan we taughtt the pakistani team as our team ,, and i dreamed ,that there will be a day that i can take my afghan flag in stadium and cheers for my own country , and i am so happy that because of u guys , i will go to stadium with my afghan flag , and cheer for my own country , gran aughanistan, so i love u and our whole team ,, and i am waiting for the moment that u guys playing against australia and sud africa ,and england and pakistan ,india,, and we all

  • Rabbani on April 18, 2009, 19:04 GMT

    Congrats!...but who is going to visit Afghanistan if nobody visits Pakistan?

  • ZIVONzivon on April 18, 2009, 17:38 GMT

    Fantastic new for Afghanistan and all Afghans, we know Afghans can do it very well when they put their minds to it instead of their muscle. But this time they used both and worked well and many many congratulations to you loving people.

  • Laghman on April 18, 2009, 15:45 GMT

    Grano Watanwalo!! I can't believe this.. this is the biggest achievement, but this is not enough you guys are afghans and this doesn't satisfy you and your nation, you have Afghans praying for your success in whole Afghanistan from Kandahar to Kabul from Kabul to Khyber and all pakhtoonkhwa

  • ajaya on April 18, 2009, 15:19 GMT

    the qualifier cycle is over. with their new-found odi status, who will afghanistan play against?

  • yaman on April 18, 2009, 15:04 GMT

    congratulation to our team. Now we have our own team, and im waiting to have a match with pakistan poor team and to beat them.

  • Eng.Waheedullah Sulimankhail on April 18, 2009, 14:51 GMT

    Salmoona aw Naikay Helay , First of all i will thanks to my god that my Brothers won an international status for their country. after this i will tell my all afghan national team players you are all proud of Afghanistan we are all proud of you guys. and specially a very handsome captaincy by Mr.Nowrooz , and very excellent all round performance of Karim with bat ball and gloves i love it. and i will say as a (fun) MR.Yorker i love you and all the Afghan's love you (hamid hassan). I love your yorkers and i would love to see you bowling to world star batsman. Waheedullah Sulimankhail from Logar Afghanistan.

  • Idrees Mohmand on April 18, 2009, 14:28 GMT

    Ohh my Heroes, you all have done a great job 4 our country. Thanks 4 giving this much happiness 2 our heavily war suffered nation. EACH & EVERY player put his great effort in this victory including our great coach mr. Kabir Khan(K.K). Thanks 2 all of u. V hope u guys will continue ur journey of success 4ever.

    Keep in mind that it is NOT UR FINAL DESTINATION, its just the beginning of ur real journey where each n every event of ur career ll b saved 4ever under The Team Afghanistan. U hv made gr8 achievements 4 Afghanistan but be ware not to bcome overconfident wh ll have a very severe impact on ur performances. I recommend to watch indian move Victory wherein therez alot of lessons for EVERYONE.

    In the end i would like to thank all those Non-Afghans who have been and are supporting our team Particularly our Indian and Pakistani brothers and well wishers.

    See guys, u've made tens of thousands of fans even before stepping in on ground 4 ur 1st ever one day :D.

    Well done Lions

  • Mohammad Amin Saraj, Kabul. Ministry of Education on April 18, 2009, 14:24 GMT

    I am very much excited how to thank you guys for gaining ODI status, I and my all colleague congrating you from the core of our hearts. Best of luck for the up coming matchs and tornaments.

    Khudai Mo Tal Zhoundi Lara.

  • Mohammad Noman on April 18, 2009, 14:14 GMT

    Thanks Allah Sub hanaho Tala, who give us an opportunity to celebrate the victory of our nation in our life. i really can't express my feelings except to have tears in my eyes and say thanks Allah for giving such victory.

    Let me congradulate this victory to all Afghans.

    i hope this winning will provide opportunity for the unity of our Afghans.

    BEST WISHES FOR YOU Hamid Hassan and all our team members.

    regards,

  • Wali Khan From London.England on April 18, 2009, 14:09 GMT

    Salam My Dear Afghan Team.First i am very thankfull from ALLAH.that our hit war nation comes the international team and the i wanna congrates to u guys and for all our afghan brothers and sisiters.at the i wanna give one advice i have followed ur all tournaments but i will definitly u could win the matach against the CANADA but ur miss management was couse u to lost,so please make ur managment of playing and from ur up managment guys

  • Amin on April 18, 2009, 13:29 GMT

    Congradulations. Well done, hope you beat Scotland to finish 5th that will add to a good tournament for your team. Once again all the best for Afghan team for their future.

  • ali nawaz on April 18, 2009, 13:25 GMT

    hey u guys will get hammered so don't get to happy, terrorists, teams will destroy like america did haha

  • Arni on April 18, 2009, 12:52 GMT

    congrats to the Afghan team.Hamid i hope you will truly inspire the Afghan youth, who would look upto you as a leader and well its a great day for Afghanistan and cricket lovers all over the world.

  • ahmadullah lawang on April 18, 2009, 12:42 GMT

    asalam u alikum my dear brothers 1st i proud u n i proud my country.CONGRATULATIONS to all of u, im vry hapy 4 ur victory n 4 our international team, we keep pray 2 allah give u success in the future inshallah,i am looking forward to c u bring more success to afghanistan,event afghanistan proud on your success, our pray n support always with team,2marw 19/04/09 u wil beat scotland again inshallah,ahmadullah, paghmani,kabul,liveing in london now

  • Walid on April 18, 2009, 12:09 GMT

    Ohh God. You were crying after the match and tears are in my eyes right now reading this. Tears of joy. You guys gave us the pride we never dreamed of. At least me. I have been following the matches on cricinfo as unfortunatly couldn't find any source to watch them live. Also watched clips on YouTube and you guys are like greatttttttt. Unluckily you couldn't make it to WC but T20 will sure welcome you if you continue playing like this. I can only pray for you guys right now. Great playing. I have to celebrate this day fellows. I really have to celebrate this day. A great day in the history of our country. I remember in years 97 we watched cricket on TV and used to play with a piece of wood. And guess what was our ball?? A pine. Throwing it under arm. Then went to Pakistan and learned the real cricket and now you guys with this great show. wowoowow.

  • dargent on April 18, 2009, 11:55 GMT

    Well done.

  • Sayed on April 18, 2009, 11:52 GMT

    Kabir Khan will always be remembered as the architect of Afghanistan's cricketing history. We, all Afghans, thank him for his efforts for making it all possible. Thanks Kabir

  • Latifullah Ghafoori on April 18, 2009, 11:26 GMT

    waaaaaaaaaw what a vitory! i was sure at the beginning of the matches that our beloved country will certainly show some spicail qualities in game. in the results of the game the glory finally came to Afghan nation in the base of ODI status. i really very happy for our international team and i am sure again that Afghan cricketers will beat again scottland in the match that will held in 19.04.2009. Latif Ghafoori

  • Afzal on April 18, 2009, 10:39 GMT

    Congratulation for you and for all afghan people. This is a very big victory. I am really proud of you guys. You really worked hard. I as an afghan apriciate your hard working. I belive that this victory will change afghanistan situation. Be always succes.

  • Hamed on April 18, 2009, 10:27 GMT

    well done every one. i am afghan. it is really proud moments for me. i was too disappointed that we could not quality for World cup but still we have a great achievement of getting ODI Status. May Allah be with You.

  • Douglas on April 18, 2009, 10:20 GMT

    Congratulations to Hamid and the Afghanistan team. This shows that dreams can come true even if you have had to work very hard to achieve them. We hear many things that wrong in your country, your endeavours show that there are many things that are RIGHT and good. Good luck in the future and I look forward to seeing Afghanistan playing England here in England. Again best wishes to Afghanistan as a whole nation and the cricket team in particular. Regards Douglas

  • Erfan Noor on April 18, 2009, 10:07 GMT

    Dear Hamid many many congratulations on your sensational performance. You and your whole team are the true proud of Afghanistan. Your team is a once in a liftime inspirational story, not only for Afghans but for the whole world. You showed to Afghans that with hard working, perseverance and unity you can achieve the impossible. I think Afghans will realise that they have talent and that with unity they can achieve more. Indeed you were not alone in letting your emotions go. I, and some others I know, shed a few tears of happiness when we realized that you reached ODI status (something other countries with much more resources coud not achieve in decades). But, demanding as the Afghan nation has already become, there was also a little bit of sadness that you lost the close match against Canada. Hoping and praying for many more successes of your team and to be able to watch your games in a full stadium, as I can't work anyways when you guys play. Pa dranawee, Erfan

  • Abdul Hadi Sabir on April 18, 2009, 9:33 GMT

    Congratulation to all the entire nation, specially to the people of Nangarhar who really support our beloved team, who left their works, sleeping, eating, and so on, and just kept their hands across for the success of Afghans, i must say that it is not just the success of Afghanistan team, indeed a success for the whole nation.

    At last I must thanks all the people, whether they are Afghans or any outsider, who prayers for the success of our team, and we believe that it was just the prayers who helped Afghanistan to win this crucial match against Namibia and get ODI status.

    We really showed the world that we are peaceful and tenanted People every where.

    Wish you all the best in Future, and keep your prayers.

  • Savi on April 18, 2009, 9:26 GMT

    Hi Hamid. I'm really happy to see how far the Afghanistan team has come, and I'll definitely be watching out for the team. You guys are an inspiration to us all. Wish you all the very best and hope to see you in a World Cup playing India soon!

  • Abdul Hadi Sabir on April 18, 2009, 9:25 GMT

    Congratulation to all the entire nation, specially to the people of Nangarhar who really support our beloved team, who left their works, sleeping, eating, and so on, and just kept their hands across for the success of Afghans, i must say that it is not just the success of Afghanistan team, indeed a success for the whole nation.

    At last I must thanks all the people, whether they are Afghans or any outsider, who prayers for the success of our team, and we believe that it was just the prayers who helped Afghanistan to win this crucial match against Namibia and get ODI status.

    We really showed the world that we are peaceful and tenanted People every where.

    Wish you all the best in Future, and keep your prayers.

  • Eyesy on April 18, 2009, 9:16 GMT

    Well done Afghanistan!! I have been following your progress with great interest and it's a tribute to you and your team that you have achieved what you have. All the best for your English stint, for your continued success, and for the continuing rise of Afghanistan Cricket. You have done your country proud.

  • Ali Sajawal on April 18, 2009, 8:52 GMT

    Hello Hamid. Congratulations to you and the Afghanistan team. We in Pakistan are very pleased and proud to see you rise to the status of ODI team. May Allah bless you and you reach even greater heights. It will be a pleasure to see you playing in Pakistan and competing with the men who had been your supporters in your struggle for gaining recognition as a cricket playing nation. Your performance against some of the more experienced teams was excellent and promises a lot for the future. Now concentrate on improving discipline in the team apart from training for batting, bowling and fielding. You must have your feet on the ground and eyes at the top position. Sometimes early success spoils a team's progress. Beware of that. Work hard. Be humble in success. Remeber the good work that your Coach Kabir Khan has done for you (I have not heard anyone making a mention of his contribution to the team's success). Good luck to you for Sunday's match against Scotland.

  • Naseer from Shakardara/ Tajabad on April 18, 2009, 8:45 GMT

    Hello,

    I want to see Afghanistan play against teams like India, Pakistan, Australia, South AFrica.

    Congratualations on winning. Hope you win tomorrow as well against scots. I am looking to find a way to encourage some businessmen to make a cricket/ football playground in kabul. Hope cricket can reach to people of the world and give Afghanistan a good name. And hope this sport can do a little to stop the war in this war torn country. Pathans are furious, I am sure in a short time they can do much. As cricket is not a popular game in this country, we wont find talents easily like Pakistan and India. But remember guys if we do they will be tigers. Pathans in other times like India, Pakitan etc have been doing very well. Now they have know that the real Pathan country has started playing this game and it will surprise the world with just few more years. They just need alittle support both financially and physically.

  • delawar sahak on April 18, 2009, 8:41 GMT

    congrats hamid,we all afghans are proud of you guys. mashallah you guys are just amazing, you've done what no one could even think of. i'm also happy about you playing club cricket in england i'm based here in south east london so drop me an email when you are here in london i would love to hear from you. YAWA MELMASTYA ZAMUNG DA TARAFA, KA TASO DA QABULA KRA NO MUNG BA DER MASHKUR YU. zama email address dar sara note kra dksahak@yahoo.co.uk yaw zal bya dera ziata manana.

  • Syed Muhammad Azmat Shah on April 18, 2009, 8:39 GMT

    Congratulations Afghanistan... Its a huge achievement... i am from NWFP IN PAkistan..a pukhtoon dominant region..so very happy and proud to be a Pukhtoon even more...Pukhtoons going to have their own team to compete at international level...But one thing guys.. you must be thankful to Pakistan as well.. You have learnt all your cricket here ..and to be honest had you not played competitive cricket in Pakistan... Maybe Afghanistan wouldnt have achieved this status...At the end i must CONGRADULATE THE AFGHANS in their own language...DAIR DAIR MO UMBARAK SHA.....PAKISTAN AND AFGHANISTAN ZINDABAD

  • Mohammad Fawad (From Kabul) on April 18, 2009, 8:12 GMT

    Hello Bros or I should say heros? Like everyone congragualated you guys and said you made them proud. The same goes for me. I tried to follow your last 3 matches every minutes. I even bought a simcard to activiate internet on my phone to just follow this match. Your every winning made me cheered up not only me the whole guys in my village. I used to live in Kachagari too (Char Maro) I have seen some of you guys in persons. I was a bit disappointed that you guys didnt make it to WC2011 but never mind. You have gained ODI status thats alot. Remember one thing. Never and ever sell yourself. At least, I want to see my cricket team pure and after all that has been happening in this Holy land. So reject offers from other countries. Please be aware of tricks from other countries. You are the people that have done too much with nothing. I know most of U have even hav no good income to support yourself. All Afghans are with you.

  • AHMAD WAQAR RIZWAN on April 18, 2009, 8:06 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

  • karthik on April 18, 2009, 8:02 GMT

    Congrats from India. Looking forward for the day when India plays Afghanistan in an ODI.

  • karthik on April 18, 2009, 8:01 GMT

    Congrats from India. Looking forward for the day when India plays Afghanistan in an ODI.

  • Mahesh on April 18, 2009, 7:58 GMT

    Guys, Congratulations for your elevation to ODI status. I have been following your cricket sitting here in Belgium. I sincerely wish every one of you the very best. I would like to see you guys travelling to India as our guests and play a few games. You are being closely followed by people here in Belgium. Our national team coach has great praises for you and in every meeting we have, we look up to you guys for inspiration. Rock on guys. I just pray peace comes soon to your beautiful country. Best wishes from an Indian from Belgium.

  • Samundra Ghimirey on April 18, 2009, 7:58 GMT

    Congrats, Hameed for good performance in the world cup qualifiers.

  • Adnan on April 18, 2009, 7:44 GMT

    My comment is for ICC. Any team capable of playing ODI is very surely able to play T20 international. Why dont they accomodate all 6 assosiates in T20 worldcup, as I am sure when its about 20 over game, these guys can surely beat the heavyweights.

  • Pradeep on April 18, 2009, 7:32 GMT

    this gr8..i hope u guys get plenty of exposure..

  • Dr.Fraidoon Afzaly on April 18, 2009, 7:23 GMT

    I'm sending you this massage from a far village in Ghor province of Afghanitsan, where the people even don't have raods, But they have a great prayeer for you, when i heard the news of your wins I couldn't stop my tears, That a team from a country that doesn't have enough food for thier people but they have great honor & can reach to high parts of the promotion mountins. I & people of Afghanistan are proud of you & your all team members. Wish you best of luck. Allah hamraye tan bashad. Sarfaraz bashid.

  • Mayur Baruah on April 18, 2009, 7:11 GMT

    hey guys..!! Congrats..Hoped to see you guys do well and you lived up to your dreams truly and deserve an ODI status..Its an emotional feeling for a cricket addict like me...All d very best for the future of Afghan Cricket...!!

  • Ajmiry on April 18, 2009, 7:10 GMT

    Guys you really did gud job, I pray for you all and i hope to c u guys on ODI, Kardan Education is going to make a party for you all we are waiting for you, and thanks for posting comment Dear all Beloved brothers and sister Peace

  • Said Abdul Sami Khushbin on April 18, 2009, 6:56 GMT

    Amazing Afghanistan Team!! Congrats! And Now ICC should take specail care of your team and also must preper some good cricket grounds around Afghanistan. ( Zindabad Afghanistan )

  • Said Abdul Sami Khushbin on April 18, 2009, 6:55 GMT

    Amazing Afghanistan Team!! Congrats! And Now ICC should take specail care of your team and also must preper some good cricket grounds around Afghanistan. ( Zindabad Afghanistan )

  • Irfanullah on April 18, 2009, 6:53 GMT

    congrats !!!! LONG LIVE GREATER AFGHIANISTAN !!

  • bashir umar shirzad on April 18, 2009, 6:48 GMT

    hey this is bashir umar from ningrhar city congratulations hamid u hane done it u r job and we proud of u u r the orign son of pashtun keep the focus for the rest and keep cnfidindly all the best we proud of u r encorge and u r talent keep and touch and also tell aboud next matches with which country ingurate the first match every thing is finr over there have safe trape

  • bashir umar shirzad on April 18, 2009, 6:44 GMT

    hey this is bashir umar from ningrhar city congratulations hamid u hane done it u r job and we proud of u u r the orign son of pashtun keep the focus for the rest and keep cnfidindly all the best we proud of u r encorge and u r talent keep and touch and also tell aboud next matches with which country ingurate the first match every thing is finr over there have safe trape

  • wahab hamidi on April 18, 2009, 6:39 GMT

    congralulation to all afghans.i have read all the comments from all writers frist of all i ll thank all the writers whom were wishing and suporting afghan cricket team it was nice of u guys,let me to tell yous somthing i personely i like succer i hated cricekt it was verry boring for me since afghans playng i become fan of cricket i was checking the score on de net all de time see wat happen,still i duno much abt this the frist time i eva in de past afew days how badly i want to see the reslut to see our beloved country is achivment, this ll bring the uniy among our nation when i read all commnets i couldnt control my tears from happines that we r now in de world stage.2Years ago i wasnt even sure if afghanistan has a cricket Team i used ask my friend ISMAEL why afghan is not playing against austrlia I living in Australia i didnt no much abt criket, his answer was they ll one day.so proud of all afghan team and it is pple at the end GUD LUCK HAMID all other players too we r proud of u

  • Tameem on April 18, 2009, 6:34 GMT

    (Proud to be an Afghan) Slogan of our Great players, I Personally and my fellow Afghan Brothers congratulate you for a very great achievement for our Nation and Country and I Pray Allah fore your more and more future successful matches Inshallah.

  • Niaz Wali Intezar on April 18, 2009, 6:15 GMT

    Hamid ! well done & proud of all of you today is the day in which you guys completed my wishes I still remembered the days in which we supported Pakistani cricket team & you know Hamid in that time I wished many times & said it to myself would that we had an international cricket team.

    We know that you guys don`t have as much facilities as needed but not to be disappointed that you didn`t qualify for the world cup 2011.You people made our dreams true believe Hamid Jan we are very happy & even feeling on the top of the world.Through your blog I convey the waram congratulations & best wishes to you & all your team-mates. Be Happy & Concentrate on next matches.

    With regards

    Niaz Wali Intezar from Dubai- UAE

  • Sohrab on April 18, 2009, 6:13 GMT

    It is great that Afghanistan has a ODI status now. Congrats! You guys are great.

  • Nabi jan Azeem on April 18, 2009, 6:08 GMT

    Dear Hamid Jan you made the Afghan nation proud, it is indeed a great achievement in hisory of Afghanistan cricket,wish you best of luck in your next match and hope that we will beat scotland to seal fifth

  • Ezatullah Waqar/ Jalalabad Nangarhar on April 18, 2009, 6:06 GMT

    Many Many congratulations to the entire afghan nation. Hamid! One may not believe that how the victory was celebrated in Jalalabad. Thousands of people came out to the streets when you bowled the last batsman. As an old tradition peopel fired into the sky to express their feelings. They expect the same from their team in the first ODI against Scottland on 19 April.

    Weldone again and keep it up

  • Sam Sydney AUS on April 18, 2009, 6:00 GMT

    Great Stuff Mate hope to see you all in Sydney sooon playing Our team Australia

  • Kiomars on April 18, 2009, 5:59 GMT

    I apologise for repeating what's been said again and again, but I'll say it anyway. WE ARE PROUD OF YOU!!! Maybe not qualifying is a blessing in disguise and instead of qualifying and getting beaten badly by the test playing teams (although I genuinly believe you can beat some of them), you will have a few more years to gradually build a world class team unlike Bangladesh or Zimbabwe. I just hope they build at least a stadium for you guys in Kabul.

  • Subhodeep on April 18, 2009, 5:55 GMT

    Hi!!! This is Subhodeep from India. I have been keenly following Afghanistan cricket from Division 5 and its been awesome rise so far. All the Best for your and your team in your future engagements and can't wait to see you guys come here in kolkata (at the Eden Gardens)to play against Dhoni's boys in an ODI !!! Cheers mate!!!

  • Sam Sydney AUS on April 18, 2009, 5:54 GMT

    Great Stuff Mate hope to see you all in Sydney sooon playing Our team Australia

  • Ahmad Mukhtar Sabri on April 18, 2009, 5:51 GMT

    congratulations to all Afghans around the world and specially for the team, with there best efforts these guyes make us really proud of our nation. thanks to Allah Alimighty and then thanks alot to the team.

  • Rauf Turkmen on April 18, 2009, 5:48 GMT

    Hey Hamid jaan What a great job, Inshallah this will be the begning of new Afghanistan, New Afghanistan where we can live in peace all together and see international teams playing in Kabul. Go My Afghan Tigers.

  • Eng.Waheedullah Sulimankhail on April 18, 2009, 5:48 GMT

    Salamoona and Congratulations My Sweet Heart , You Guys are all the proud of Afghanistan we are very happy to have you in our National squad and will wish you success in future as well. but i really really really love your yorkers that you do bowl out all the batsmen i will be very keen to see you grab the middle wicket of Sachin , Ponting , yunus , G.Smith , K.Petersen , M.yusuf , and many more world class players. Amin and soma amin

  • faisal shojai on April 18, 2009, 5:45 GMT

    well done boys.

    best of luck with the last match.

    soon it will be one day international.

    khodai pe aman.

  • Amin on April 18, 2009, 5:31 GMT

    Finally we have proved that not all afghans are terrorists, in fact, AFGHANS are people made of love, respect, hi IQ, and intelligence, they have proved this in the past and inshallah they will prove in future if they are given chance, opportunity and peace. Well done and many many congratulations and Best of luck in your ODI matches,and we all pray for the success of AFGHAN cricket Team, Well done we all are proud of you guys, Thanks for earning ODI Status for our beloved country AFGHANISTAN. we can't wait to receive our AFGHAN cricket team in Kabul International airport with great music, and flowers in hand huging our cricket heros. we all proud of you gusy. THanks, khuda hafiz AFGHANISTAN Zinda ABAD,

  • sher ali khan on April 18, 2009, 5:29 GMT

    its a miracle trust me, that Afghanistan is now one day team, what a performance and i strongly believe that they woulod rack the world provided opportunities they have done a fabouls job, a job many nations have not done in decades of playing cricket hamid and to your team congrad, but remember one thing that this was Pakistan who gave you cricket slumdog cricketers,,,,,,,,so you should always remember Pakistan. good luck for futre

  • Shabber Ahmed on April 18, 2009, 5:29 GMT

    Good job Hamid, Becoming a ODI team is great. I am sure in the begining your team will be like Kenya or Kangladesh (beaten by all other teams), but surely this will make your tema better and one day you will lift the world cup.

  • wali Jalalzai on April 18, 2009, 5:19 GMT

    Congrats to the entire afghan team and the people of afghanistan. You guys did a really amazing job and made us all proud. It is a little unfortunate we couldnt made to the world cup, which we really deserved after playing really good in the super 8. But i am still happy by what you guys have achieved. thank you all

    Wali Melbourne Australia

  • Sohail on April 18, 2009, 5:11 GMT

    My wishes was to qualify for WC, but it never happened but i m still happy with incredible performance of our boys, they really worked hard to beat some top teams, i hope that afghanistan will have an ODI match as soon as possible, i really proud of u guys, Long live Afghanistan

  • sujeet on April 18, 2009, 5:07 GMT

    Well done boys....I have been following your success for sometime. I am kind of addicted to the news related to Afghanistan cricket. I will love to see you guys playing against Australia and India one day. I am really proud of what you guys have done. Keep it up. All the best

  • Ahmed (from Bangladesh) on April 18, 2009, 5:02 GMT

    congrats to the Afghan team!!! inshallah we will see u guys in world T20 and ACC trophy.

  • Diganta on April 18, 2009, 5:01 GMT

    Well done guys. Congrats from India. I have been following your team from div 5 matches and wished to see you in India WC. Better late than never, I would like to see you in 20-20 WC soon and specially you in IPL ... Best of luck for the next match.

  • Francis on April 18, 2009, 5:00 GMT

    Well done Afghanistan, Keep up the good work

  • Mohammad Humayun on April 18, 2009, 4:51 GMT

    Salamoona Hamid Urora! I am so happy that we won the odi status. you guys played so well, that i hate to see you guys losing to the canandians, kenyans and uae.It is cricket and it is a game of chance sometimes. i always search online and on youtube for your vidoes and anything about you guys. your score average was better than most teams and i have to give a lot of cricket to the great kabir khan for organizing and training the team. i cannot wait to see you guys playing odi matches so i can watch it live on tv. wish you guys all the best! Mohammad Humayun from USA

  • Ilyas on April 18, 2009, 4:49 GMT

    Hey guys gr8t i have been dreaming this for long time to see u guys play agians the associate teams of the ICC thats absolutley awsome i read all your articles Hameed Hassan and i cannot stop myself i am crying while writing u this comment. I love afghanistan and also Afghan ccricket players, By the way hameed u r acheivment is absolutely incredable , ZINDA BAD AFGHANISTAN

  • rabbani wardak on April 18, 2009, 4:49 GMT

    Dear Hamid/Nawroz/the rest of Afhan cricket team !

    Aslamu Alikum ! You would not know how proud we all Afghans are from your dramatic success in cricket in the past one year. Before you could have hardly heard or read about Afghanistan cricket but now you are making headlines in all cricket websites. Just like you , I could not stop my tears, whe you won the game against NAmibia. Our unforgettable moments were, when ourbeloved team defeated Irland, we all were so disappointed that we would be losing as Irland was just cruising at the end of inning. Then all of the sudden a Lion from Batikot rumbled and sent 4 Irish to the PaAvilion i and took out the game from their throats, I think that success was the turning point of your acheiments, I was mad on that day. my little son Faisal Wardak ( just 9 years) threw himself on the floor and was screaming by knowing that Hamid Hassan burst of fast bowling defeated Irland. We all are proud of you. Jawandee de wee Heroes of Afghan cricket.

  • Najeebullah wafa on April 18, 2009, 4:33 GMT

    congratutlation for all the team that you get ODi stutes we all afghan are very thank full for our indian friends as we all support the indian team i hope indian will also support our team in the future i love to see our team in the future i love all our team's players

  • Noorullh on April 18, 2009, 4:26 GMT

    Mubarak

    wonderfull with well done!

    we all proud of you guys keep us the good work and good life

    Hamesha kamyab oseeeeeeee

    khudi de taso ta nora ham baria pa nasib kri.

  • Baryal jk on April 18, 2009, 4:23 GMT

    salam to my all afghan cricket team spcialy to hamid hassan you and afghan cricket team made me proud to be afghan. also congratulastions we hope you and your team continue the good work. well done all of you and allah keep you safe.

  • Sayed Mansoor Sadat on April 18, 2009, 4:16 GMT

    Praise to Allah accepting all Afghan's and mine 5 times a day prayers for our cricket team,

    Congratulations Afghanistan, the Afghan cricket team, the Captain and the Coach of Afghanistan Cricket team for attaining another important Objective in the cricket world. Welcome back to Afghanistan my brothers and Heroes.

  • Rohullah Stanakzai on April 18, 2009, 4:02 GMT

    Salamona aw niki heli This a great news u guys did well and we are proud of u all well done u r the real heros for us thanks every one love Afghanistan

  • Noorullh on April 18, 2009, 4:00 GMT

    Mubarak

    wonderfull with well done!

    we all proud of you guys keep us the good work and good life

    Hamesha kamyab oseeeeeeee

    khudi de taso ta nora ham baria pa nasib kri.

  • Maiwand Majboor on April 18, 2009, 3:54 GMT

    Well done and we are very proud of you. Fantastic job. The speed with which this has happnened was only possible due to your hard work. You are the heros of this nation and you have made us feel good. I salute you all.

    Now, the governament should really plan and prepare for the promotion of the game in the country. When I recall we do not yet have one single pitch, let alone a ground in the country, and we have ODI status, it is just amazing. They have to establish grounds at least in the five bigger cities, provide oppourtunities to the team to play in the first class domestic tournaments in the test playing countries and use the funds that will come from the ICC wisely. It is very simple, the talent and the passion is there, it is just in the hands of the governament to turn this oppourtunity into reallity as Cricket can be a big industry in itself. They can creat jobs with it, and can bring alot of money with it to the country. I am not sure if they have the will & want to do it

  • Hamid on April 18, 2009, 3:49 GMT

    Unbelievable. You guys embody the true spirit of sport. This is what cricket is all about. Forgetting the odds and just going for the dream. The fact that you have so many supporters from every cricketing nation shows how important your acheivement is. Keep up the spirit. Be the perfect example of a true cricket team.

  • Abdul Sattar on April 18, 2009, 3:45 GMT

    Great Day, it would have been even greater if qualified for World Cup. But ODI status is also a milestone and will help your country to further improve upon this status. Good Luck for future

  • M. Hamid on April 18, 2009, 3:19 GMT

    Wow what a great achievement and an extra ordinary effort i am congratatlating you and all afghan team to such a morlizing win which amazed all the people all over the world so i wish you all guys play well against the best teams coming time. You deserve to be a team who should be playing in world cup but.:-):)

  • kayhan on April 18, 2009, 3:14 GMT

    welldone boy we afghans realy proud of you team you show the streanght to the world that we can achieved any thing in our live so i thnik there must be an agreement between canada and nederland and also kenya and ireland so that afghanistan couldnt qualify fo rthe 2001 world cup but you can show them that you are powerful at every stage of your live you are pathan and you know how the world knows pathans they knows them as worrirs so keep it and beat scotland to be the fifth gays cheersssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  • sujeet on April 18, 2009, 2:55 GMT

    Well done boys....I have been following your success for sometime. I am kind of addicted to the news related to Afghanistan cricket. I will love to see you guys playing against Australia and India one day. I am really proud of what you guys have done. Keep it up. All the best

  • Ahmad on April 18, 2009, 2:39 GMT

    I am truly impressed by Afghanistan Team. In such short span of time and with such les resources, they have showed their potential. I have already started talking to organisations to find funding for Afghanistan team. Anyways you guys proved to have the potential to become on of the biggest cricketing team. I just didn't liked the rules. They should have started the super eights with all teams starting from 0 points. but anyways still ODI status make me proud.

  • AJMAL JABARKHAIL on April 18, 2009, 2:25 GMT

    Let me start by saying ALHUMDULILAH. And many many congratulations to all of our great players and to the great great nations of pashtoons and all afghans.You guys are wonderful and it was only you guys who made this harsh journey look so easy all credit goes to you guys. am saddend that afghan cricket future is not going to prosper as it has been hijacked by soprts mafia.almost all the officials are corrupt and mafia dons they will only try to make more money in short time and am worried not to use you guys to smuggle poppy through you guys so be careful.well i give all the credit to you guys and the bogus cricket board of afghainstan gets nothing but hell.

  • sri krishna on April 18, 2009, 2:18 GMT

    tatz really wonderful....... Even though this is the first tournament u guys have played....you hav proven yourself tough....

    thats really great that you were able to beat scotland, ireland and namibia who have played world cup matches and having good cricket experiance. We all wish you guys a great success and hope you will make some wonders through your hard work... once again congrats to you all for getting ODI status[:)]

  • Tim Jones on April 18, 2009, 2:12 GMT

    Well done Hamid and Afghanistan! I was hitting "Refresh" on my browser deep into the night to see if you would go on to win. Your team is a tremendous example of what determination and willpower can achieve. I hope we will see you playing in New Zealand one day, and all the best for the Twenty20 qualifiers as well.

  • Tareq Toz from sydney on April 18, 2009, 2:04 GMT

    Salam

    I would just like to say that all the afghans in Australia are with you. You bring joy to a country that has had nothing but despair for the last 30 years.

    Allah be with you all

  • stogy on April 18, 2009, 1:51 GMT

    I am a long-time supporter of Australia, but the day the Afghani team beats Australia for the first time, I will cheer and cheer and cheer.

    After that, though, it will be back to business as usual ;)

  • Said Rahim on April 18, 2009, 1:46 GMT

    Salam Hamidjan,

    Congratulations to you and your team-mates for making our nation proud. Today is indeed a great day in the history of Afghanistan. You guys have shown alot of heart and courage, overcoming a lot of obstacles both on and off the field, to be competitive on the world stage. We are all very proud of you guys and i hope that today's achievement will bring with it several more wins in the future. I also hope that there will be funding available to develop cricket infrastructure back home, in order to nurture the youth who aspire to be represent Afghanistan. Congratulations once again, and best of luck for Sunday's match.

  • Gharanai on April 18, 2009, 1:02 GMT

    Ter tolo cakha makh ke da Afghanistan Zmaryano ta mubaraki worandi kawam. Afterward it's one of the proudest day not only to you but to all Afghans around the world as once again the Afghan Flag has rose to the skies and we have shown the world that when Afghans start to do something then all you could expect is the best, beating likes of Ireland, Scottland and Namibia who are all experienced teams and have played in the World Cup, is not something that every new team can approach. So priase be to Allah who granted all of us such a great day and may his mercy always be with you all, Loins of Afghanistan.

  • sujeet on April 18, 2009, 0:25 GMT

    Well done boys....I have been following your success for sometime. I am kind of addicted to the news related to Afghanistan cricket. I will love to see you guys playing against Australia and India one day. I am really proud of what you guys have done. Keep it up. All the best

  • Fawad Saleh on April 18, 2009, 0:22 GMT

    Congratulations to my AFG cricket team u guys r the best. i want to say thanks to all other afghanistan funs from other countries i want to tell them this is afghans we r afghans and we want peace and love we dont want war its the others (Talibans Americans and Russians) that come in our country and fight we dont want war and we love all the people of th world once again thanks for following afghanistan cricket it's not just afghans team anymore it's all world's team Afghanistan Cricket Team = World's team (India, Pakistan, Bangladish, Srilanka, Nepal and ETC)

  • sabaoon on April 18, 2009, 0:17 GMT

    SALAM ! MY CONGRATULATIONS TO WHOLE AFGHAN TEAM . YOU GUYS MAKE MY DREAMS TRU SO THANK YOU . AFGHANISTAN ZENDA AABAD AW ALLAH MO MAL SHAA ; )

  • Prasad Sharma on April 18, 2009, 0:05 GMT

    Many hearty congratulations. As an Indian I am very happy for you, your team, your supporters and your country. Mixing politics and sports is inevitable - Bangladeshi cricket supporters support Pakistan in India vs. Pak matches. I hope and pray that Afghans, 50 years from now, remember India-Afghan friendship and don't do the same.

  • Mushir Ahmed Basheer on April 17, 2009, 23:53 GMT

    as salaam o alaikum Hamid- congratulations! nice you guys have the ODI status. That was fun seeing Ireland go down to you guys. All the best for 20-20 Qualifiers.

    Regards, Mushir

  • Ghulam Mustafa on April 17, 2009, 23:10 GMT

    Congratulation to you and your team mates, it is absulately great achievement. Being pakistani my whole heartly congrad and you have made your country proud. We pray for your continued sucess and look forward Paksitan and Afghanistan playing odis. Best of luck

  • marwand sadat on April 17, 2009, 22:59 GMT

    congratulations to afghan cricket team .. iam in love with my afghan cricket team , and i realy hope that afghan gov and world will help afghan cricket team .love you alle

  • M,Iqrar kunari from norway on April 17, 2009, 22:39 GMT

    congratulation to all afghans hamid you and all our players did well we hope that you guys qaulify for world 20 20 we proud of you zindabad Afghanistan

  • Sam on April 17, 2009, 22:33 GMT

    Very impressive performance from Afganistan in what has been a very exciting tournament, possibly more interesting than the last world cup. Hopefully Afganistan and the other qualifiers will get the oppurtunity to play more cricket and continue there development. It would also be good to see a country like Uganda getting more opportunities. Wondering what facilities and local competitions are like in Your country Hamid?

  • Deepak Gujjar on April 17, 2009, 22:23 GMT

    Congratulations to Afghanistan. Their presence in international cricket arena will provide the rest of the world a different picture altogether who associate the name of this historic country with war, taliban etc. We have grown up hearing the tales of Kabuliwala and the mention of "Kandhar/Gandhar". It would be great to see them in future tournaments including Asia Cup.

  • mohammad ismail on April 17, 2009, 22:19 GMT

    Mubarak Mubarak! Well done to every 1 out there.it was truly a dream come true strugle at last v afghans got some good news to cheer about by the way I used to play with kareem,hasthi Gul, Saed malok,taj malok & raees.kareem used to loose temper when some1 was not doing proper fielding 4 him.I hope he is ok now sallam & prayers to all.

  • Avinash prince on April 17, 2009, 22:14 GMT

    Congrats . . And i hope you guys keep the same momentum with cricketing skills development . . Div 5 to an ODI team within an year is an amasing thing . . Although expecting a WC Debut is too much 2 ask from an youngest team . . But main thing is your team has got 4 years time span to develop yourself fully as a cricket team . . Show everyone that gaining ODI status wasnt a fluke at all. I am an indian and i can sense a feeling of joy in every afgan's heart . But let me tell u guys that this is just a begining . The real hurdles are ahead of you . Honestly to speak , it is still a long way to go for your team . . Everybody knows how poorly Bangladesh has performed at test level . Fortunately you guys have 4 years in hand . If 1 year can take you from div 5 to ODI status then imagine what will happen within a 4 years time . . BUT ONLY THING IS KEEP IMPROVING YOURSELF . . international level is far superior than First class level and we have seen many great 1st class level players failing at international level . To sum up everything . . I would like to suggest u ppl to take this as only a starting point . . And your real development begins from now onwords . . AND LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST . . Congrats for ur achievements and Best of for yours and ur teams bright future . .

  • Craig on April 17, 2009, 22:08 GMT

    Congrats to Afghanistan and United States of America. The cricket team has performed miraculously and risen to great heights. US has helped give freedom to Afghans and it is because of this that cricket can be played freely and widely. I hope that you can build on this.

  • zaheer Abbas Malik on April 17, 2009, 22:08 GMT

    salam its realy a fantastic acheivements.although i m a Pakistani, but u cant imagine that how much i m excited on my neighbur country's ODI status achievement.Heartly congratulation to all the Afghanistan players and the public of afghanistan.i have seen ur performance in all the matches through cricinfo.its was realy terrific.i m sure that this team can perform much better than this in future inshaAllah.we are looking forward and praying for ur success in ICC T20 qualifier.I would also like to convey my heartly congratulations to the entire team from my Afghan friend Mr. Harron who was realy glad to hear this big news.The entire team played v well but the performance from Mr. Hassan, Noor Ali and Captain was superb. best wishes for future

  • csi on April 17, 2009, 22:05 GMT

    Congratulations on your achievement - look forward to seeing you guys in the next world cup

  • conefun on April 17, 2009, 21:54 GMT

    Agree with XXX (Posted by: XXX at April 17, 2009 5:32 PM) I've also be following Afghanistan, and they had a centurion, beat the topper - Ireland!

  • Mustafa on April 17, 2009, 21:49 GMT

    wowowow what a great news for all afghani peoples and congratulations Hammid and the whole afghan cricket. you guys made us proud. i really want to see our cricket team to play Australia in Sydney Cricket Ground. onec again congrt mustafa proud to be an afghan from Australia

  • Conefun on April 17, 2009, 21:47 GMT

    Perhaps Afghanistan can replace Pakistan for the 2011 World Cup. Can one imagine playing Cricket in Kabul or Kandahar!

  • tahir on April 17, 2009, 21:37 GMT

    A very bi weldone to you all, i am pakistani but my heart was on my hand when i was looking at nmibia geting close to chasing and i was keep on looking at the table to see weather u can still qulify but good to know that you have ggot the ODI status now hope to see you playing against pakistan soon in official one day international .

  • Nick Brown on April 17, 2009, 21:29 GMT

    Well done you have done afganhistan proud I hope you play well in one day international cricket

  • Jan Molazadeh Panjshiri on April 17, 2009, 21:24 GMT

    I m proud of my favorite cricket team Afghanistan! you guys made great efford to beat Namibia and claimed 6th position in WC2011 qualifier and i wish u guys all the best to defeat Scotland and claim for 5th position! I love u guys and i wish u guys all the best in future!

  • Mohammad Jamal Khan Saddozai on April 17, 2009, 21:22 GMT

    I am an ethnic Afghan who is a proud Pakistani aswell. It would be difficult for me which team to cheer when the both play together. I pray that the Afghans can progress from here and that they do not get into the likes of Bangladesh who are still rejoicing over small one day achivements. This is a good platform for the young Afghans to enter and make Afghanistan into the first Central Asian test playing nation. Its a long road ahead but with dedication and hard work this road can be cut short. Way to go Afghanistan, love you babe.

  • Khaled Mohmand on April 17, 2009, 21:07 GMT

    Having already said at the begging of the tournament, this Afghan team has already won the world cup. I mean few months ago, nobody had really expected that they could beat such big teams. A big big achievement for our team who has proved to the entire world that Afghans have the ability to set courses - if they get an opportunity - and make the nation proud! Many congratulations to the entire team and to the entire Afghan nation! Sport and education is the only solution of the conflicts in our country and not any military operations! Khaled Mohmand from Germany

  • HASIB on April 17, 2009, 21:00 GMT

    CONGRATULATION GUYS!!! WOW it is more fun for me to watch cricket on tv bcz AfGanistan is a ODI TEAM NOW>>> ONCE AGAIN>> CONGRAS GUYS>

  • Rayan on April 17, 2009, 20:50 GMT

    Congratulations Hamid! You guys deserved it. I am on the top of the world knowing that you have done it. ODI Status!!! I am an Indian, but at the qualifiers I and my heart and soul was with Afghanistan. It feels great now... My prayers have been answered. You guys have made us proud. Wish you all the best and go ahead... The glory awaits you ...

  • WAJEDULLAH ARMAN on April 17, 2009, 20:44 GMT

    Congratulation to hamid and all team, you gues are excellent and this is great acheivements in Afghan history and wish you best of luck and have more success in future.

    Wajedullah Arman Denver, Colorado US

  • obaid_denver on April 17, 2009, 20:39 GMT

    hey team! u guys made us proud, Proved that, when afghans are after something they will get in any cost, today is the happiest day of my life, by the time i saw the title that says" afghan made to to OD1 Cricket"tears come out of my eyes , they tears of happiness. i just wanna say u guys made as proud.obaid from Denver Colorado All the Best

  • Masood Alokozai on April 17, 2009, 20:38 GMT

    Congratulation my Afghan brothers its such a proud moment for our country,can't believe how happy I am.God bless you. You worked really hard and brought our country to world stage. You guys got our support we always pray for you and wishing u future success.

  • shabrez on April 17, 2009, 20:38 GMT

    Congratulations Hamid to u and to uer entire team.You guys really played well, apart from consistently scoring nearly 250 in most of the innings, u guys took wickets when it was needed most.Cant wait to see u guys playing against India (but being Indians wont be supporting u...hahaha)....And I am glad to see lots of Indians congratulating Afghan team ...Keep up the gud work and best of luck against all the teams except India...

  • Masood Alokozai on April 17, 2009, 20:37 GMT

    Congratulation my Afghan brothers its such a proud moment for our country,can't believe how happy I am.God bless you. You worked really hard and brought our country to world stage. You guys got our support we always pray for you and wishing u future success.

  • Muhammad Majid Ali, sweden on April 17, 2009, 20:26 GMT

    Great job. I amabsolutly convinced of afghan talent.me myself being a pakistani express my heartioud congragulations to you. and I wish you to get Test Staus. Test staus should be your ultimate target. I believe afghanistan has the potential and talent to play 5 day game. go on guys make yourself 5th asian test playing nation.

  • Mirwais on April 17, 2009, 20:23 GMT

    Congrates! to all us Afghan cricket lovers, I am following our cricket team since division 5 matches. You guys are pride of Afghanistan. Hamid! you are just great! Good luck in county cricket in UK. Mirwais from Norway

  • sulaiman wamiq kakar on April 17, 2009, 20:22 GMT

    congrats hamid jan! we heratis are proud of ur achievement we simply love it im sure it's the same all over my afghanistan thank you so much for making our country proud this time keep up the good work im flyinggggggggggggggggggggggggggg hurrahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh zinda bad afghanistan we can do impossible things

  • anwar khan zadran,london on April 17, 2009, 20:21 GMT

    thanks to all comments for afghanistan AND SPECIALY THANKS TO ALL INDIANS WHICH GIVE PROUD COMMENTS ABOUT AFGHANS TEAM AND I HOPE THEY UNDERSTANDING GOOD AND HISTORY REALTIONSHIP WITH INDIANS PEOPLE THANKS AGAING.WE WILL PLAY ONDAY IN MUMBAI WITH INDIA

  • anwar khan zadran,london on April 17, 2009, 20:21 GMT

    thanks to all comments for afghanistan AND SPECIALY THANKS TO ALL INDIANS WHICH GIVE PROUD COMMENTS ABOUT AFGHANS TEAM AND I HOPE THEY UNDERSTANDING GOOD AND HISTORY REALTIONSHIP WITH INDIANS PEOPLE THANKS AGAING.WE WILL PLAY ONDAY IN MUMBAI WITH INDIA

  • Tim on April 17, 2009, 20:17 GMT

    Well done! I watched you defeat Jersey in a great match here in our little Island. It was a great match-went right down to the wire...Go on and catch bigger fish-good on you!

  • anwar khan zadran,london on April 17, 2009, 20:16 GMT

    first many thanks to my great cricket team heroes and my great both side afghans congratulations the odi victory we proud of our nations

  • Indresh on April 17, 2009, 20:12 GMT

    Well done Hamid ! Hope you guys do even better !

  • Vishal from Sydney, Australia and India on April 17, 2009, 20:01 GMT

    Well done. best wishes from India and Indians. Hope to see some o you plyaing in IPL one day :)

  • Tejas on April 17, 2009, 19:55 GMT

    CoNgratulations to you and your Team Hamid. Although many of us would have loved to see you guys at the world cup in 2 years, i am sure all of us cricket lovers are proud of your achievements.

    Congratulations one again and BEST OF LUCK!!

  • fawad on April 17, 2009, 19:47 GMT

    Sallam Hamid jan, I am really proud of what you guys have achieved, if you guys didn't achieve this I know how it is, we would have lost cricket from afghanistan for ever, Hamid jan you know better, but always have faith in your Allah and work it through islamic ways and you know will get successed inshallah, thank you very much for bringing these happiness tears into our eyes, it is really a prouding moment.

  • dutt on April 17, 2009, 19:42 GMT

    Congratulations Hamid....U Have done ur Country Proud!!!Gud Work...Keep the focus for rest and keep safe...All The Best

  • ehsan safi on April 17, 2009, 19:41 GMT

    congratulations hamid and the whole afghan cricket team , we are proud of u guys ,we love you all, and we are very happy today ,and its because of your performances and spirit during this tournament ,today is a very happy day for us ,here in germany and there in tajabad peshawar ,well done boys .ehsan from munich germany

  • Abdul Aziz Zarmalwal on April 17, 2009, 19:36 GMT

    Wel Done Afghanistan & Wel Done ((( BATI'KOT EXPRESS ))). Out-Standing Acheivement to get the ODI Status till 2013. We All Afghans are Proud of OUR NATIONAL CRICKET TEAM. Hamid!!! I talked to you this evening through Dr. Rasheed's Mobile but unfortunately couldn't hear you clearly. However it was Over & All a superb Show of Talent & Ability by You Guys. Boundle Of Thanks to You Hassan ( A Typical & Real BATI'KOT EXPRESS ) & every SIngle Player Like The Great Captain & a Unity Thread for The Team Nawrooz Mangal. When He was Performing, It was really Pleasant for The Team. And Yes Karim , Noor Ali, Prince Shehzad, The Back Bone Asghar & The Great All-in-one M. Nabi,Raees Ahmadzae, Of course Shinwari, Noori, Zadran, Abid, Mr. Ahmadzae & Nasrat. Thanks All Of YOu for making us so so so much proud today. You are The Real Champions in the Eyes of The World Cricket Big Brothers & You People made us to feel like champions. WE ARE VERY MUCH PROUD OF YOU. All The Best For Sunday's Game.

  • Alan on April 17, 2009, 19:28 GMT

    Congrats Hamid from Ireland! GREAT STUFF!

  • ridhwan on April 17, 2009, 19:26 GMT

    Well done afghanistan You have done a great job and i congratulate the team for getting ODI status . i hope afghanistan qualify for t20world cup . Regards, Ridhwan www.moviemasala.tk

  • anurag_ak on April 17, 2009, 19:15 GMT

    miyaan aapko urdu to aati hai na?.... khudi ko karle itna buland jo takdeer likhne ke waqt khud khud aake tumse bole....bol bande teri raza kya hai...

    congrats on ur performance surely in world t20 2010 we wil c ur team playing against India..

  • shafiqahmadi Afgani live in Dubai on April 17, 2009, 19:14 GMT

    iam disappointing that our team not quliyfir in wrold cup noproblme it is a big news for us that our afghan team playing ODI Status we pray for team all time and all so suport our team i wish you guys all the best in the internotinal ODI i hope to see you in the next world cup keep up the good work and remember that everyone has become a fan of afghanistan circket!! long life for Afghanistan circket team thanks MR Hamid Hassan i live my contry and my circket team Zindabad Afghanistan........ Shafiqahmadi from Dubai 17/4/2009

  • Greg U. on April 17, 2009, 19:01 GMT

    Amazing victory for Afghani cricket and the Afghani people! Congratulations from the USA! I knew you could do it!

  • matn on April 17, 2009, 18:58 GMT

    congratsto all afghanistan s funs for the victory they have got hope we will play against indian in afghanistan land one day

  • SAM on April 17, 2009, 18:55 GMT

    OOH AT LAST UR TEAM GOT ODI STATUS .. THATS A TREMENDOUS ACHIEVEMENT..ALL THE BEST FOR UA FUTURE

  • Raj on April 17, 2009, 18:52 GMT

    Hamid Brother,

    Congratulations on getting ODI status for your country...Many many congratulation from me and from India...We would always look forward to have a great game with your country...No wonder you have made your country proud...

    Three cheers for Afganistan...!!!

    Raj India

  • Nikiru on April 17, 2009, 18:51 GMT

    Well Done Afgans....I was really desprate to see you playing ODI...You have full filled my thought... Karim Khan is a great player.....Well you lost 2 very close matches 1st against UAE and then Canada....I wish I could get the time back and make you guys win caz you guys deserve to play WC....I pray that you qualify for 20/20 WC...God bless Afgan Players

  • Nikiru on April 17, 2009, 18:51 GMT

    Well Done Afgans....I was really desprate to see you playing ODI...You have full filled my thought... Karim Khan is a great player.....Well you lost 2 very close matches 1st against UAE and then Canada....I wish I could get the time back and make you guys win caz you guys deserve to play WC....I pray that you qualify for 20/20 WC...God bless Afgan Players

  • Vishu on April 17, 2009, 18:51 GMT

    Exit Pakistan.... Enter Afghanistan

  • Rachitha Dayaratne on April 17, 2009, 18:49 GMT

    Amazing Afghanistan Team!! Congrats! Your team is a Diamond in the Rough

  • karan on April 17, 2009, 18:44 GMT

    Congrats from India !!!!!!! Hope to see you play in the Asia cup some time in the future !!!!!!

    Awesome job guys .... You have done your country proud !!!!

  • Gurkha on April 17, 2009, 18:36 GMT

    Well done Afghans..... you have achieve a great success by getting the ODI status. Hope even our Nepalese team will learn a winning spirit from you. Best of luck from a Himalayan Republic of NEpal for your team.

  • Ravi Sunkara on April 17, 2009, 18:33 GMT

    I am terribly impressed. You guys will go a long way

  • Ravi Sunkara on April 17, 2009, 18:33 GMT

    I am terribly impressed. You guys will go a long way

  • Ravi Sunkara on April 17, 2009, 18:33 GMT

    I am terribly impressed. You guys will go a long way

  • Happy Subedi on April 17, 2009, 18:32 GMT

    Well done Afghans..hope our nepalese team will also learn a lesson of winning the stratergic matches from the Afgans.... a well wisher of Afghan from a Republic of Nepal.

  • Happy Subedi on April 17, 2009, 18:31 GMT

    Well done Afghans..hope our nepalese team will also learn a lesson of winning the stratergic matches from the Afgans.... a well wisher of Afghan from a Republic of Nepal.

  • Atiqurrahman Sahil on April 17, 2009, 18:30 GMT

    i am very pleased to know that afghanistan gain the ODI status in international cricket. congratulate to all afghans especially to players and n players espically to Nawroz mangal and hamid hassan who show their better performance and seal the one-day status for afghanistan.thanks to allmighty allah for helping us in getting one day status.no dought that afghanistan don't make it for the woel cup but qualifing for the super six, this is a great achivement.

  • Haji Mohammad on April 17, 2009, 18:20 GMT

    Congrats! It was great that we got the ODI status...... Hope we will qualify for the next world cup..... We all pray for the success of our GREAT NATION AFGHANISTAN......

  • mirwais on April 17, 2009, 18:18 GMT

    Wow guys you make all afghans proud and bring tears of happnies finally in their eyes instead tears of sorrow. we are proud of you indeed abit disappointed cannot qualify for WC but still good luck for future we will be following you closely hope can make for T20 wc in carribean. once again keep good work and dont carry away with wins much need to be done in future. we all prays for your success, cricket is already bringing changes to afghan community hopefully it can do more to stop young generation from other side

  • Abhinav(Stuge) on April 17, 2009, 18:17 GMT

    That's great to hear !

    I'm really delighted, what you guys have achieved and now make sure it doesn't go waste.So,prepare yourself to achieve greater heights in future .

    Best of Luck !!

  • Prashant Jain on April 17, 2009, 18:17 GMT

    Congratulations Afghanistan Team, You have shown the world.That its only the desire to achieve thats lay the route for sucess, all other things are secondary..

    all the best for the future

  • Khushal Wakily on April 17, 2009, 18:16 GMT

    Dear Hamid and the whole team, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICES TO AFGHAINSTAN! You have all made us proud, your acheivement is the the best thing that has happened to us for along time and Inshallah this is just the start. I would like to thank KABIR KHAN as well for his stewardship and support.

    I have cried everytime you have won a match, I dont know why is this happening? Normally when we are sad we cry, but I have cried whenever you have won. It shows how much we have suffered as a nation and people and your victories bring the tears of joy in the eyes of every Afghan.

    We have already beaten Ireland, Scotland and hopefully one day we will beat England as well!!!

  • Omar, Safa on April 17, 2009, 18:12 GMT

    Congratulation! You deserve not this but the world Cup 2011. I hope you make it up there soon. Keep up the good work

  • Niazi on April 17, 2009, 18:11 GMT

    Congratulation Afghans and Afghan team!It is a big achievement for Afghanistan! Hamid jan brother you are Afghanistan's hero, I wish your success in every aspects of life. Keep it up! Really All the Afghans are proud of you all!

  • Omar on April 17, 2009, 18:10 GMT

    Congratulation! You deserve not this but the world Cup 2011. I hope you make it up there soon. Keep up the good work

  • Hikmatullah Noori on April 17, 2009, 18:06 GMT

    Congrats Guys. Well Done

    All the best in future.

  • Sameer on April 17, 2009, 18:02 GMT

    Well done, Afghanistan! I am amazed at your achievement as a young team, even though I was rooting for you guys to make it to the World Cup itself :( I wish one of Kenya or Netherlands had lost...

    But that does not take away from the magnitude of your efforts! Progress generally happens in baby steps, but your team has taken one GIANT "baby step".

    Here's wishing you all the best in the future, and hoping to see you play in India soon :)

  • Shantonu Lala on April 17, 2009, 18:01 GMT

    It's things like sports and music that bring mankind closer together as a species. Very proud of Afghanistan for this achievement. Congratulations.

  • oli on April 17, 2009, 18:00 GMT

    Good stuff Afghanistan. What a great achievment to move up from division 5 to make ODI status. I hope you can continue to improve at such a pace. You have shown what resolve and talent the afghan people possess, all the best from Essex.

  • zabi on April 17, 2009, 17:56 GMT

    well done hamid and the afghan team we are proud of you and the team afghanistan you have done so well.. its a great achievement we got odi status for next 4 years.. hope we make it to world 2o/20 2010 inshallah

  • zabi on April 17, 2009, 17:56 GMT

    well done hamid and the afghan team we are proud of you and the team afghanistan you have done so well.. its a great achievement we got odi status for next 4 years.. hope we make it to world 2o/20 2010 inshallah

  • Hashim Pashtun on April 17, 2009, 17:55 GMT

    Salam to all.........

    Here is Hashim(Afghan in India) Congrats to Hamid and all afghan team and all afghaans.......

    Hamid u have made us feel proud....and even our indian friends are happy and congratulating us 4 our victory.........

    Hope we qualify for 20 20 and also win Continental cup inshallah,.,,,and also against SCO on 19th....inshallah Also thanx to all indians for supporting us and congratulating us....

    AFghan-Indo Friendship Zindaad...

    Zindabad Afghanistan

  • daudnasrullah on April 17, 2009, 17:54 GMT

    its like fairytale, its like a dream coming true too early and never the less its as though as slumdog millionare. U all make us proud by winning every single match. u all are our heroes, u all are million dollor baby. its shame u didnt collify to the WC, but better luck in the 2020 regards Daud

  • absar on April 17, 2009, 17:49 GMT

    good job lads... well done.. remember the job is not over yet... continue working hard and Inshallah all your dreams will come true..

  • Jeremy Nirmal on April 17, 2009, 17:45 GMT

    I am a bit disappointing that you guys didn't make it to the World cup but nevertheless I am overjoyed that you have gained full ODI status. Before the last match I was going through that table and was really hoping that some of the other teams would lose by heavy margins. It has been great to watch you guys come from the camps all the way to ODI status. I wish you guys all the best in the intercontinental and hope to see you in the next world cup. I really hope you can beat some of the quality sides regularly during the next 4 years. Keep up the good work and remember that everyone has become a fan of Afghanistan Cricket!!

  • Aniruddha on April 17, 2009, 17:45 GMT

    Excellent result... you and your team has made the country proud.... keep the focus and stay safe.

  • dayal abhayasinghe from sri lanka on April 17, 2009, 17:39 GMT

    First of all I like to congradulate entire Afganistan team for their most historic achievement in their cricketing careers.

    Further like to accept newest memebr to Asian Cricket Council (ACC)

    As Sri Lankans we know how difficult to gain such recognitions in cricketing world. Most of us still remember the difficult path which we came through to gain full test status in 1982 (27 years back) We are the first country who won the assocate member's tournament in 1975 and subsequently won the world cup in 1996. It is tough we all know that as Sri Lankan's. We like to tell our Afcan brothers you have just started the cricketing journey there is lot more to go.

    Hope you can gain full test status soon and that has to be your vision tomorrow onwards.

    Good Luck for the entire team to perform well in future tournaments and hope you can join Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan & Bangladesh as a full member very soon.

    Sindabad Afganistan

    Dayal Abhayasinghe from Sri Lanka

  • Nasser on April 17, 2009, 17:33 GMT

    MashAllah. Your and your team's achievement have been inspiring. Continue the hard work and InshAllah we will get to see more exciting action from the Afghanistan cricket team. Well played boys.

  • Mohammad Omar Safa Mangal on April 17, 2009, 17:32 GMT

    Congrats to Afghan Cricket team for reaching to the ODI status. Hamid Jan what do you thing you wear the only one couldn’t controlled your weeping? I’ll tell you NO you made thousands of Afghans couldn’t controlled there happiness’s weeping and crying including me. We are proud of you and you’ve proved that you’re truly brave Afghans and have given brilliant chance to Afghanistan to be sixth in the supper 8 there for as Afghan we are proud of you, appreciate you for your gorgeous performance and are owe to you for your care. Nawroz Mangal and Hamid Jan! we are still pleased with position you made in this tournament as we know you deserve to be in the World Cup 2011 but don’t worry long as you have the praying of Afghans, you will make it up there if GOD is welling (INSHALLA). Just to let you guys know in Khost Province we had the Mullha of our central Mosque in the Friday praying prayed for you together with thousands of prayers. Good luck with the upcoming events. We are with you> Omar Safa

  • XXX on April 17, 2009, 17:32 GMT

    Hi Hamid,

    Great achievement !!! I am an Indian and a mad follower of Indian cricket. The team which I followed next to India is the afghan team.

    All the best. I want to see India Vs Afghan in the near future.

  • khalid zazai on April 17, 2009, 17:31 GMT

    great job hamid hassan and the entire afghan cricket team. this is a great achievement for our country. now we are know all over the world. inshallah we will make it to the next world cup and we are going to be a test nation sooon. thank you again congrats to all afghan around the world great job AFGHAN BOYS we are proud of u all

  • Rahmatullah Hashemi on April 17, 2009, 17:31 GMT

    Hamid Jana, I have been following our team all along since you guys started playing in Argentina. I wouldn't be wrong to say that nothing has grasped so much of my attention and curiosity as did your matches in the Super Eight round. Your personal performance against Ireland made my day here in Cairo Egypt where I am the only Afghan student at the American University in Cairo. Throughout this tournament I have been stealing time between classes running to the library to check on the results of your matches. Most of the time I would proudly announce to my friends that "we won." That pride is yours. Among my friends are also Canadians studying here in Eygpt--let me tell you that even Canadians were praying for your victory most of the time. We all love you. Continue your victorious march and remain humble. I personally can't wait to see you play the likes of Australia, England, Pakistan and India. Keep it up and let's hope that you qualify for the 20-20 World Cup. Keep making news...

  • khalid zazai on April 17, 2009, 17:31 GMT

    great job hamid hassan and the entire afghan cricket team. this is a great achievement for our country. now we are know all over the world. inshallah we will make it to the next world cup and we are going to be a test nation sooon. thank you again congrats to all afghan around the world great job AFGHAN BOYS we are proud of u all

  • bkonly4u on April 17, 2009, 17:31 GMT

    well played afghanistan...its nice to get the oneday status in one try...

  • Arshad Ali on April 17, 2009, 17:29 GMT

    Love you Afghanistan team.....I am proud of you guys...really proud.......big day in Afghanistan cricket history.........congratulations to all Afghanistan............ Arshad Ali.......Peshawar-Pakistan-Russian Federation

  • devendra on April 17, 2009, 17:29 GMT

    Hooray! Congratulations to you and your mates on this incredible effort. A testament to the spirit and strength of the human spirit. Continued success to all of you!

  • Eng. Humayun ( Kuwait) on April 17, 2009, 17:27 GMT

    Dear Hamid Hassan .Finalllllllllly You got what you guys were looking for...It is like a dream that comes true.. Many many congratulations to you and all afghan cricket team members for achieving ODI status . All crdit goes to extraordinary performance from all team members, coach and afghanistan cricket board. This is a moment of joy and the whole nation feels proud at this point. The kind of maturity and improvement from one match to another in such short period of time within limited available facilities proved your dedication and hard work towards the game that lead you finally have this gigantic success. My best wishes to all of you for future matches and may you all have a bright and successfull cricketing carrier ahead.

    Afghanistan zinda bad Afghanistan cricket team painda bad :)))

  • azim khan safi the tagab boy on April 17, 2009, 17:25 GMT

    alhamdulillah, for the achevement odi status to our team and my ol prayer (doowa)for my team,and hope that we will quelify for world t20 inshah allah and congrts to all players of team khushamdeed

  • John Dray on April 17, 2009, 17:21 GMT

    Well done on the win!!! I am a fan from England and have been following the progress of the Afghanistan over the last year. ODI status is an incredible achievement and, hopefully, the team can build on this for the future. This is a great day but is only the start.

  • Edd Oliver on April 17, 2009, 17:19 GMT

    Well done Hamid and the rest of the Afghan team. The story of the Afghanistan cricket team and how they have taken on all comers (and beaten most of them) over the past year has been truly inspiring. With the increased funding and opportunities from playing ODIs for the next four years I'm sure you and the team will go from strength to strength. Good luck for the final game against Scotland, looking forward to seeing the documentary about you guys too.

  • zabeih mujaddidid on April 17, 2009, 17:19 GMT

    we all proud of you guys keep us the good work and we hope you guys could qualify for 20/20 world cup and it would be great achievement for our country and have great summer in England..

  • Farhan Hussain on April 17, 2009, 17:18 GMT

    Congratulations Hamid from all of us here in Peshawar .. !! Good Luck for the next match !

  • Nouman on April 17, 2009, 17:18 GMT

    Salam, it's nouman from pakistan. Congratulats to you and your nation from the core of my heart and my country-fellow, i wished for you people a place in the world cup BUT it never happend. Still to gain ODI status for the coming years is an achievement, at which you and your team should be proud of. Good luck for the future my dear

  • Kunal on April 17, 2009, 17:16 GMT

    Congratulations!!! Hope this turns around the fortunes and the way the world looks at Afghanistan.

  • Gowtham on April 17, 2009, 17:15 GMT

    Congratulations!!!!!This is an exceptional performance. I am really happy for you guys. I believe that you will get only better. All the best for all your future matches and I seriously look forward to seeing the team against India in India in sometime :-)

  • Spinghar Safi on April 17, 2009, 17:14 GMT

    Tears are coming out of my eyes as I start thinking of that the dream of becoming international team has come true. Hamid Hassan I am really proud of you and all the Afghan nation will pray for the whole team for writing a new history. I am from Bati Kot "Barikab" and and watching a player from my village playing international cricket is really making me proud!

    Thanks to all the Afghan Cricket team players and its stuff!!

  • Farhan Hussain on April 17, 2009, 17:13 GMT

    Congratulations Hameed from all of us here in Peshawar .. !! Good Luck for the next match !

  • Shayan on April 17, 2009, 17:11 GMT

    Hamid jan, Believe me everyone is happy and thankful to the team. It is one of those times when sport bring unity in a nation. ODI status help our cricket to boost and introduce our nation (a piece of it) to the world. We hope you do well against Scotland in the play-off as it is not the of the journey, it is only its beginning.

  • Eng,Haroon (Kuwait) on April 17, 2009, 17:11 GMT

    Well done Afghan lions (ezmariyano), I congratualte our entire afghan nation, Afghanistan cricket Board and ACC on this auspicious occations.To achieve ODI status in the amazing cricket's world is a big milestone if one looks at the afghanistan limited resources and their short cricket history.Teams with emense efforts and ample past experience could't do it. You guys made us proud and we all will support you inshallah in all respects.I also congratulate the team coach great Kabir Khan for his efforts for lifting his team to such a position and dignity,I thank him on behalf of all afghans for his acceptance of coaching the deserving afghan eleven and we are waiting for your next combate of U-19 lions(22nd April to 1st May elite cup 2009 in kuwait).Afghanistan cricket made a history today and it will be rememberd with the golden letters.we all salute our cricket heroes and thanks them cordially for what they did for us. SHABAS AFGHANISTAN. LONG LIVE AFGHNISTAN CRICKETERS.

  • Kishore Sirivelu on April 17, 2009, 17:08 GMT

    Congratulations!! You achievement is extremely impressive given the background of war and strife in your country. Your countrymen should be deservedly proud of your team and I wish you the best in the coming years. Hope to see you soon on TV and find out for myself what this Afghan flair for cricket is all about!!

  • Sher Ali on April 17, 2009, 17:03 GMT

    Congratulations to all those who support Afghanistan cricket team.

    This is indeed a great achievement in a very short period.

  • Meesam on April 17, 2009, 17:02 GMT

    Hamid Hassan u r the best i found u very intresting u r a great hero of afghan nation keep it up !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hafiz Nawazi on April 17, 2009, 17:00 GMT

    Hamid Hassan Thank you for your best work. As an afgan I proud of our National cricket team. Well done. Allah keep all of you safe.

  • lakesidey on April 17, 2009, 16:58 GMT

    Congrats :) Wish you had made the world cup, but never mind - that's something to look forward to next time ;) Very good show, all you fellows!

  • Salman on April 17, 2009, 16:53 GMT

    Well done Afghanistan! Its good to see the positive side of country. It will help make the country image better. Best of luck. Good job.

  • Robert Jones on April 17, 2009, 16:51 GMT

    I just wanted to say well done to the Afghanistan team, I have followed your success all the way from Jersey last year when my Dad and I went over to watch Division 5. On our first day there we saw you beat Botswana as rain approached and Taj Malik was getting very nervous walking round the boundary, but he did find time to talk to us and was ever so polite. All the best for the future!

  • Oberoi Gurcharn Singh on April 17, 2009, 16:50 GMT

    keep it up,god bless you

  • Shahid on April 17, 2009, 16:50 GMT

    Wonderfull!!! well done boys. You deserved it really. But I have a few comments on the match and the tournament too. Today when Shahpoor was sent in and not sami, i was really shocked at that decision. Specially when Sami had been scoring so fast and was in form. I think we lost a 10 runs in that decision which could have been a decieding factor at the end. Nabi & Asgar had not been performing for now few matches. A lot of times a flying innings was haulted at that point, but decision was not made to seperate them in batting order to minimize the psycological effect. And at the end sami was used a couple of over too much today instead of bringing in pace when it was needed. But end is well so all is well. CONGRATULATIONS

  • Hazrat on April 17, 2009, 16:50 GMT

    Allahu Akbar, Dear All Afghan brothers and sisters CONGRATULATION once again and i from the bottom of my hear congratulate this memoribale victory to the Captain of Afghan Cricket Team Nawrooz Mangal and then to all my beloved team's players as well as Coach, Kabir Khan. Shokoralhamdulilah, bahar.khost@gmail.com and hazrat_bahar@yahoo.com

  • ubaidullah gulabyar ahmadzai on April 17, 2009, 16:46 GMT

    Mubarak

    wonderfull job and well done

    you have showed to the world that we can to what ever we want to do.

    Today i have class from 8:30 in the morning till 8:00pm even in the class i have not miss only one moment of your game today. my laptop was on my laps and was lestening to teacher and was looking to your match too. you people can think now how much we were expecting from your brave team well done to all of you.

    Hamesha kamyab oseeeeeeee

    khudi de taso ta nora ham baria pa nasib kri.

  • N.Balaji on April 17, 2009, 16:46 GMT

    Congrats! Hope to see you play against the top Asian countries sooner or later.

  • Michael on April 17, 2009, 16:45 GMT

    Well done to all the Afghans, a pity that my team Scotland had such a bad tournament. I'm sure that if you work hard over the next 4 years you will qualify - perhaps it's a blessing in disguise as I think that the next 4 years will mean you'll be even better prepared for the next world cup! Good luck!

  • Ryan on April 17, 2009, 16:43 GMT

    Congratulations Hamid to you and the Afghanistan team. It was a tremendous effort, and really shows all of us what can be done with determination and spirit. Well done, and here's wishing you all many victories and a great sporting future.

  • mk zaman on April 17, 2009, 16:42 GMT

    thanks to Afghanistan & all of their players to be a one-day international team.......brave Muslim..go on in success......

  • Saber, New Delhi, India on April 17, 2009, 16:41 GMT

    Congrats to all! I really don't believe it that a team which was playing against Japan & Vantaue about a year ago to qualify for 4th division, is today having an ODI status. SHOKRAN ALHAMDULLALAH!!!!

    Hamid!! It really shows how briliant you & your teammates are. It doesn't matter whether you might have qualified for World Cup 2011 or not, but it really makes me to believe that you and all the team played better than all in the tournament. You are the real heros of Afghanistan. I really like your progress. Keep it on..

    Wish you success in all your prosepective events.

  • Arshad wattoo on April 17, 2009, 16:40 GMT

    Congs ! man you and ur team have done wondeful job, Afghanistan is proving a very good team, specially in super eight they beat 3 ODI teams, Amazing !!! I followed all of ur qualification matches from Grade 5 uptill now and i was confident that Afghanistan will qualify. Anyway great improvment at least you got ODi status, tahts great achievement, I pray your team win 5th position match, Allah bless you and ur team, ur bowling was aweson during all matches and played great role in getting this status,

    Arshad Pakistan

  • Mezba on April 17, 2009, 16:39 GMT

    Congratulations! You boys deserve it.

  • Tushar on April 17, 2009, 16:37 GMT

    Hi Hamid, You and all of the Afganistan team should be very proud of your achievements. I cannot imagine what a team like yours and players would have had to go through over the years and yet here you are against all odds doing better than some very well esablished teams and organizations with proper funding and structure.

    What put it in prespective for me was the photos I saw you out of the ashes page, one example of Afgani team using an old, breaking down mattress for fielding practise.

    Congratulations and we hope you and your team continue the good work.

    Well done!!!!

  • DSK on April 17, 2009, 16:32 GMT

    Kudos to the Afgani team for becoming an ODI team. My hearty congratulations and best wishes to this upcoming team.

    Regards, DSK

  • shuja on April 17, 2009, 16:30 GMT

    I have become a die-hard supporter of Afghanistan team.But will tell all of you not to lose the steam and keep in mind that it is the beginning and not the end of the road.All the best for your future.

  • Ashwin on April 17, 2009, 16:29 GMT

    Congratulations to Afghanistan. This is indeed a great achievement. Your team started from Division 5 and in less than a year you see yourself in Division 1 in less than a year. This clearly is demonstration of the fact that if you have it in you you can climb up the ladders very fast. Though it is a great achievement for Afghanistan, but I am a little disappointed by the fact that your team will miss the world cup. I think you should have won your game against Canada. In group stage defeat against UAE also did no good to you. I seriously think that you had both these matches in your favor but somehow let it go. Nevertheless, you have good four years in your hand to prove to the world that it was no fluke that you reached this level. Beating the top associates during this tournament is a testimony of the talent stored in your team. The best thing is that you are now eligible for Intercontinental Cup which will give you a flair of 4 day cricket.

    All the best to your team!

  • susant on April 17, 2009, 16:28 GMT

    Congrats.U really deserve this for your shear hard work and determination.For a narrow miss against Canada,we could have seen u in WC 2011.Non the less we r proud of ur performance.I cant explain how happy i am.Do well against Scotland.It will be dream come true when i will see u bowl against Sachin.Cheers!!!!!!!

  • Abdul on April 17, 2009, 16:27 GMT

    Well done Afghanistan! Well done Hamid! I am so much pleased for your success and pray for Afghanistan to become a full status ICC member in near future. You have the talent and the passion to do it, and I am sure you will do it soon inshallah. Being a Pakistani, I congratulate the whole team, the nation, and look forward for matches between Afghanistan & Pakistan. Today, after a bad news of taking world cup away from pakistan by ICC, at least there is some thing to cheer about.

  • Dawood Massoud on April 17, 2009, 16:27 GMT

    Salam Hammid Brother! You guys make all Afghans , every where in the world proud. You guys acheived something that was more than a dream just 12 months ago. By the way I think it is not just best day of Afghanistan Cricket but best sporting Acheivement of our country. Best of luck next game. Dawood from Sydney Australia

  • Hassan on April 17, 2009, 16:26 GMT

    Congratulations to you and Afghanistan on this incredible achievement. Good luck beating Scotland too...

  • Mansoor Iqbal on April 17, 2009, 16:26 GMT

    Aslamualikum Hamid!

    MY heartfelt congrats to you and your team for gaining ODI status !

    Being a Pakistani, it gives me lot of happiness that our Afghan neighbors also share the same passion of cricket as we do!

    God Bless and may many victorious moments come in your and your team's way :-)

  • Nathan O'Brien on April 17, 2009, 16:26 GMT

    Great news for Afghanistan, what a fantastic performance in the last 18 months and especially in this tournament. Hamid I wish you and your entire squad the best in your endeavours in the ODI arena and for the further development of the great game in your country. Congratulations!

  • Bob on April 17, 2009, 16:26 GMT

    Congratulations Hamid! Your journey as a team has been followed worldwide and here from Australia I send my congratulations. Well deserved! I hope this is just the beggining for you and your team.

  • vivek singh on April 17, 2009, 16:26 GMT

    Its my pleasure to congratulate you first thru these columns. Congratulations from India!!

  • Kunal on April 17, 2009, 16:24 GMT

    Congratulations!!! Hope this turns around the fortunes and the way the world looks at Afghanistan.

  • Askar Niazi,Sweden on April 17, 2009, 16:22 GMT

    AOA Afghanistan got ODI status ;) congrats ya'll Very pleasing affect on our country and a fascinating journey that just has started!! Cmo'n lads don't ya guys wanna see our batsmen face the likes of Shoaib and Flintoff?? And Hassan beaming in his yorkers to break Tendulkar's & Ponting's toes?? I'll just wait for that instant!! I'm little sad for Afghanistan not getting into WC2011 but we've something BIG to cheer for!! Zindabad Afghanistan PEACE :)

  • Khan on April 17, 2009, 16:22 GMT

    Congrats to the whole team they did well and special you and Nowroz. You guys made us proud. we will be looking forward for your matchs. I hope you have very successful cricket career.

  • Arun Kumar on April 17, 2009, 16:19 GMT

    Congratulations Hamid and the rest of the team. You guys have made your nation proud. Too bad you did not make it to the World Cup, but ODI status is also great news. It was great following you guys from Division 5 to now. Hope you do well in the T20 WC qualifier and we get to see you guys next year in the Caribbean. You were the main player with the ball, and all the batsmen did great. Just keep it up and beat Scotland again on Sunday to finish this great tournament on a high note. Congratulations once again and yes playing in the ICC Intercontinental Cup will help you guys get much better as you will play cricket more regularly and in different conditions. Also great news to hear that you will be playing in England, gives you a chance to get better and play against better players. Congratulations once again Hamid and the rest of the Afghan team.

  • Vinay on April 17, 2009, 16:18 GMT

    Wow...Congratulations!!

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  • Vinay on April 17, 2009, 16:18 GMT

    Wow...Congratulations!!

  • Arun Kumar on April 17, 2009, 16:19 GMT

    Congratulations Hamid and the rest of the team. You guys have made your nation proud. Too bad you did not make it to the World Cup, but ODI status is also great news. It was great following you guys from Division 5 to now. Hope you do well in the T20 WC qualifier and we get to see you guys next year in the Caribbean. You were the main player with the ball, and all the batsmen did great. Just keep it up and beat Scotland again on Sunday to finish this great tournament on a high note. Congratulations once again and yes playing in the ICC Intercontinental Cup will help you guys get much better as you will play cricket more regularly and in different conditions. Also great news to hear that you will be playing in England, gives you a chance to get better and play against better players. Congratulations once again Hamid and the rest of the Afghan team.

  • Khan on April 17, 2009, 16:22 GMT

    Congrats to the whole team they did well and special you and Nowroz. You guys made us proud. we will be looking forward for your matchs. I hope you have very successful cricket career.

  • Askar Niazi,Sweden on April 17, 2009, 16:22 GMT

    AOA Afghanistan got ODI status ;) congrats ya'll Very pleasing affect on our country and a fascinating journey that just has started!! Cmo'n lads don't ya guys wanna see our batsmen face the likes of Shoaib and Flintoff?? And Hassan beaming in his yorkers to break Tendulkar's & Ponting's toes?? I'll just wait for that instant!! I'm little sad for Afghanistan not getting into WC2011 but we've something BIG to cheer for!! Zindabad Afghanistan PEACE :)

  • Kunal on April 17, 2009, 16:24 GMT

    Congratulations!!! Hope this turns around the fortunes and the way the world looks at Afghanistan.

  • vivek singh on April 17, 2009, 16:26 GMT

    Its my pleasure to congratulate you first thru these columns. Congratulations from India!!

  • Bob on April 17, 2009, 16:26 GMT

    Congratulations Hamid! Your journey as a team has been followed worldwide and here from Australia I send my congratulations. Well deserved! I hope this is just the beggining for you and your team.

  • Nathan O'Brien on April 17, 2009, 16:26 GMT

    Great news for Afghanistan, what a fantastic performance in the last 18 months and especially in this tournament. Hamid I wish you and your entire squad the best in your endeavours in the ODI arena and for the further development of the great game in your country. Congratulations!

  • Mansoor Iqbal on April 17, 2009, 16:26 GMT

    Aslamualikum Hamid!

    MY heartfelt congrats to you and your team for gaining ODI status !

    Being a Pakistani, it gives me lot of happiness that our Afghan neighbors also share the same passion of cricket as we do!

    God Bless and may many victorious moments come in your and your team's way :-)

  • Hassan on April 17, 2009, 16:26 GMT

    Congratulations to you and Afghanistan on this incredible achievement. Good luck beating Scotland too...