Dubai November 12, 2009

Afghanistan and China in Asian Twenty20 Cup

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Afghanistan will be hoping to build on their success at the World Cup qualifiers © Getty Images

Afghanistan and China will be star attractions in the 12-nation Asian Twenty20 Cup which starts in Dubai on November 22.

Afghanistan surprised the world by finishing among the top six in the 2011 World Cup qualifying tournament to gain one-day international status earlier this year, while China will be making their debut in an Asian Twenty20 event.

The tournament serves as a qualifying round for next year's Asian Games and Mazhar Khan, administrator of Emirates Cricket Board, is hoping it will help expand cricket in Asia. "It's great to have China and Afghanistan in the event and a step forward towards promoting the game in Asia."

Sharjah and Abu Dhabi will host the matches from which the top three teams will join Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka for the 2010 Asian Games held in Guangzhou, China. Twenty20 cricket became an Asian Games sport after it was approved by the Olympic Council of Asia in May, a decision that could bring Twenty20 closer to full Olympic status.

Alongside China and Afghanistan, teams from Oman, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Singapore, Qatar, Hong Kong, Nepal, Saudi Arab, Malaysia and Bahrain will compete in the event which runs until November 30.

Khan believes the Cup will also help Asian teams tune up for the World Twenty20 qualifiers to be held in the UAE in February next year.

"These teams will have some good preparations for the World Twenty20 qualifiers from where two teams will get a place in the third World Twenty20 Cup to be held in the West Indies next year.”

Sahil Dutta is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • fanedlive on April 18, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    salam to all aghanistan national cricket team speacialy for captain nawrowz mangal iam realy proud that our cricket team become in a very less time an international team i remember the time that you guys made the team in pakisatan whith much problems and now you guys are in progress try your best like this iam always praying to you guys allah safe you guys good luck

  • fanedlive on February 17, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    salam to all afghans and to those who like cricket and suport our own cricket team i mean afghanistan cricket team i like afghanistan cricket time and they are playing vary well these days and i hope that they will play better and better by time to time and we all afghanis are praying for our team and ensha allah they will be the best in all they world and they will play vary good and i hope that they will win this acc cup and have good tailent and at the end i will say that east and west afghanistan and afghan cricket team is the best thank u for reading my ideas ok afghanistan zendabat love u afghanistan

  • fanedlive on January 30, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    salam To all brothers spicealy to afghan heros mean afghanistan cricket team players wish they will e sucsess in would cup qulifing round and next summer Eng. sayed naqib sahar

  • fanedlive on January 29, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    salam to all of afghan peopple and ilove afghanistan players like mohamad nabi hameed hasan mohamad shehzad they are really good criketer

  • fanedlive on January 6, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    welcome Afganisthan.......Indians are waiting for your good performance in the ACC T20 Tournament....All the Best...!!!!!!!!!

  • fanedlive on December 24, 2009, 5:18 GMT

    Afghanistan won the ACC T20 Cup and they are back home. They are always victorious and will be successful.

  • fanedlive on December 5, 2009, 13:54 GMT

    Salam-I am Azam khan Zadran from Khost First of all i want to say to all the people of Afghanistan and congratulate them on the victory of Afghanistan.Inshallah Afghanistan cricket players will improved themselves very soon and they will be the STARS in all the world.I wish u wil all pray for them.I am so happy to have a team like Afghanistan and players like Noor Ali Zadran,Karim sadiq,Mohammad Nabi,Shahpoor Zadran

    AFGHANISTAN ZINDABAD

  • fanedlive on December 1, 2009, 7:42 GMT

    congrtulation for all afghanistan that the national team was win the acc twenty twenty tournament in uae and cogrtulation for all team players afghanistan national u-19 player hashmatullah shahidi proud to be afghanistan national team

  • fanedlive on November 30, 2009, 14:36 GMT

    hi this noor from pakistan i love my country very much inshallah afghanistan cricket team will join the t20 wrold cup my cousan mohammad nabi ahmadzai is my favrout player i like his batting and style and he is also good spinner and he will be inshallah man of the series

  • fanedlive on November 30, 2009, 12:24 GMT

    I am a pakistani cricketer watch some afgahn national team players played at arbab niyaz stadium peshawar, Your's enthusiasm is great. It's Great to see another muslim country to be part of ICC ODI status team's

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