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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  • rashid ahmad 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

  • shafiullah ahmadzai 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

  • sayed naqib ullah Sahar 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

  • Abdul wasay 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

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

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

  • Ihsan Taheri 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.

  • Azam khan Zadran 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

  • hashmatullah shahidi 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

  • noor mohammad ahmdzai 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

  • Shafiq Khan 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

  • rashid ahmad 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

  • shafiullah ahmadzai 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

  • sayed naqib ullah Sahar 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

  • Abdul wasay 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

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

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

  • Ihsan Taheri 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.

  • Azam khan Zadran 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

  • hashmatullah shahidi 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

  • noor mohammad ahmdzai 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

  • Shafiq Khan 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

  • smi jaan on November 28, 2009, 19:25 GMT

    i lave afghanistan players :i like SHAFIQ ULLAH SHAFIQ SHINWARIE. inshallah afghanistan win the cap.

  • mir ahmad kandari on November 25, 2009, 23:10 GMT

    congrtulation to all Afghanis coz afghanistan wine three match tw20 cup in uae i hope and preyer for them to win all match and bring cup to afghanistan best of luck afghanistan cricket team our capten nawrozmangal at the moment i am very happy that afghanistan have great team of cricket becouse now we will clip for our team before we were clipping for othere countrys now i am very happy

  • Ahmad Khalid on November 25, 2009, 5:24 GMT

    Salam to all afghan and cricket team of afghanistan, i really proud of afghan cricket team and the poeple of afghanistan, specilly those who are praying for our cricket team and i wish success of afghanistan all our the the world and i really Thanks from the TV chinnals at least they annouce in the sport report but really shame on those chinals who does not annouce and i request from TV Chinals specially from Shamshad I Realy thanked Shamshad Staff thanks alot Shamshad

  • Sadiq Dawlat on November 25, 2009, 3:42 GMT

    Salamona,like everey afghan today I am very happy for our national cricket team,I pray to may ALLAH(j) to make them success, AMEN plz brothers if any one know how to watch are see the score for up coming games, sadiqdawlat@ymail.com,,,,, manana,

  • Jawad ullah "shirzai" on November 24, 2009, 16:13 GMT

    First of all salaam to our best heroes and to all afghan peoples, many congratulations to cricket team, to all peoples, and to cricket lovers, and then I have no words for appreciation, pride and exultation for our team. They really kept our flag fly in the world by wining of three consecutive games and we hope they will be keeping it on. At the end best luck for next matches, Jawad ullah “shirzai” from Kunar province

  • Mansoor Khan on November 24, 2009, 10:25 GMT

    SALAM to all, Try to work for someone who'll challenge your powers. One day will come that all over the world will see Afghan people just wait and see .....

  • Rafi afghan on November 24, 2009, 7:30 GMT

    dear all afghans: first of all sallam and dont worry because our national team is the best and will get first position in this match.and pray for them.

  • yar mohammad mosazai on November 23, 2009, 16:17 GMT

    I don't have words to expess my feelings, how proud I am on the AFghan Cricket team. All I can say may Allah succeed u n grand u the well to serve Afghaistan as u have been doing. Amen. Maasalam.

  • faz on November 23, 2009, 15:35 GMT

    i love cricket and im from afghanistan hop afghanistan win the acc 20th world cup god bless themm for sure that afghanistan will win the world 20 and im having feeling even if they dont win the final but they will beat pakistan in asian game anyway lets pry for afghanistan to make cricket history in the world i requist afghan team to train will and looking forword to asian games

  • faz on November 23, 2009, 15:02 GMT

    i love cricket and im from afghanistan hop afghanistan win the acc 20th world cup god bless themm for sure that afghanistan will win the world 20 and im having feeling even if they dont win the final but they will beat pakistan in asian game anyway lets pry for afghanistan to make cricket history in the world i requist afghan team to train will and looking forword to asian games

  • Ismail Asmat on November 23, 2009, 11:26 GMT

    Inshah Allah one day all world will see Afghanistan in T20 worldcup.

  • dr niamat saleem on November 22, 2009, 6:09 GMT

    Another step towards right direction.This is a great chance for our team to make history by qualifying to asian games an event that will be held for the first time with cricket in it.This will allow our national team to play against asian cricket giants where they can improve their game and afghans can see them live on Tv.It will boost their morale to qualify for the next t20 cup.Finally they will surprise the world in the mega event,world twenty20 cup next year and will make up for their failure of not qualifying for worldcup2011.we are looking forward to great permormance of our heroes.World of cricket;The wounded lion is roaring,catch it if you can...

  • Bakhtiar Laghmani on November 21, 2009, 7:59 GMT

    Afghanistan will win this tournament Inshallah. we all are finger crossed for them bcz they missed world cup 2011 chance but they should not miss the chance in February and request to the governament for taking care of them and make them grounds in the country bcz they are going to practice in India. Zindabad Afghanistan Long Live Afghanistan Long Live Afghanistan Cricket Team at the end love for all hate for none

  • Rohullah on November 21, 2009, 4:26 GMT

    Salam to all the time for hoping is gone its time to prove that Afghans are the best and that can happen when we support our team.

  • M Tahir on November 19, 2009, 8:26 GMT

    inshallah afghanistan will win the tornament becouse the player who are playing in the team have alrady proved that they can beat the strongest team so these are nothing.

  • Imran Khan on November 19, 2009, 0:42 GMT

    salam to all my afghan fans , as everyone know Afghanistan played very well in recent tournments , they have won the ACC twenty cup in 2007 , so inshallah this tuarnment well be the same and hopefull we well qualify for the asian games and twenty world cup , may allah give them succes . i request my all afghans , visit my website , it,s all about our afghan cricket team , Afghancricket.webnode.com thanks

  • Shahriar Khan on November 18, 2009, 12:27 GMT

    It's not an Asian Games qualifier

  • mohammad arifulla on November 18, 2009, 8:28 GMT

    inshallah afghans will lift this acct20 cup

    arif

  • sardargul on November 17, 2009, 5:24 GMT

    i hope that inshallah afghanistan will win this match beacuse afghanistan has qulified for 2011 world cup sardargul afghan

  • israr sharif on November 16, 2009, 13:30 GMT

    salam to all cricket fans, this was my dream that Afghnistan team will come to ground for internation debate,,,, Inshallah the team is in a high sperit.. they will WIN if we pray for them too. i know nearly 8-9 players of the international team, they have the abelity of full strenth and success... they will try their best,,,

    thanks... hey dear Mr nawroz mangal Hasti gul and Nabi... you all should know u r the sinoir players and u do have joniors as well,,, so will request u guys to work together as a team.. regards

  • hazrat ahmad zai on November 16, 2009, 12:25 GMT

    i love afghanistan players and afghan peopl

  • Shams Ur Rehman on November 16, 2009, 11:05 GMT

    If the Allah is willing we will wine the next cup. and I know that a nation involved in games they will forget how to fight each other isntead of this the nation will try how to win the game and we hope that, this come true for Afghans. and we always cross our fingers for our heroes success. thanks

  • Dr.Hazrat on November 16, 2009, 10:51 GMT

    I hope Afghan Cricket Team will qualify for both Asian and world cups,and they will give this victory as a gift to our afflicted nation Dr.Hazrat Ihsas

  • Mohammad Bashir on November 16, 2009, 10:23 GMT

    It’s for sure that Afghanistan team is a strong candidate for the trophy and Inshallah they will prove it. They are not going alone to Sharjah or Abu Dubai they bring and carring the hope of almost 35 Millions Afghans and I kindly request the administrator (Cricket Board of Afghanistan) to set together and work for the development of cricket in the country, look all cricket world are laughing over West Indies cricket board and the players association of West Indies.

    Mohammad Bashir Ibrahimi

  • Hashim Pashtun on November 16, 2009, 6:35 GMT

    Considering the achievments of Afghan Cricket Team, and the support of All the Afghan all around the world, I m sure that INSHALLAH AFGHAN CRICKET TEAM WILL WIN THIS CUP ALSO.......................

    ALLAH DEE KAMYABA LARA... LONG LIVE AFGHANISTAN LONG LIVE AFGHAN CRICKET TEAM........

  • Janak on November 15, 2009, 22:02 GMT

    @Vikram: thats an assertive prediction but dont neglect Nepal..it had odds in its campaign before but has potential to defeat any team in this tournament.

  • sanaullah mohib on November 15, 2009, 12:14 GMT

    inshallah afghanistan will win the turnament .sanaullah mohib afghan under 19 cricket player

  • Fahim on November 15, 2009, 7:26 GMT

    We are sure Inshallah Afghanistan will when this match, can we see these matches live on TV ? Update pleaase;;;;;;;;

  • Khwajah Mustafa seddiqi on November 15, 2009, 6:59 GMT

    I love Afghanistan cricket team and I pry they go to Asian Game 2010,and WC T20 matches .

  • abdurahman on November 15, 2009, 6:01 GMT

    the true heros remain the heros alway and now afghanistan was the sleeping hero but now awoked and they will proof there place in the cricket world also i will pray for them

  • Vikram Maingi on November 15, 2009, 4:35 GMT

    Afghanistan & UAE should qualify for Asian games. HongKong/Oman wil get the third place in this tournament. China/Saudi Arab might finish last.

  • rafiullah ahmadi on November 14, 2009, 22:18 GMT

    salam to all afghani brother afghanistan team now practices in india to ready acc t20 cup insullah they can win this cup and icc world t20 qulify cup in same place next year afghanistan coming to scotland for test match and some ODI match thanks long life for afghanistan

  • Afghan on November 14, 2009, 12:03 GMT

    hey guys anyone knows that our great Afghan cricket team will be in T20 world cup or not..? And what is the procedure to reach the t20 world cup..? Thanks for all u guys..... Long Live Afghanistan....

  • ahmad on November 14, 2009, 11:50 GMT

    hey guys hello to all of u.. hope everyting is fine...afghanistan cricket is the best and long life afghanistan i hope i will see them in the icc world cup t20 next year all the best lots of love to all afghan people...

  • Lala on November 13, 2009, 21:15 GMT

    Hello. Inshallah Afghanistan will win ACC T20. Can anyone email me? Here is my email : ajmal.93@hotmail.com

    Tell me if its available to see the match live.

  • rafiullah ahmadi on November 13, 2009, 14:13 GMT

    insullah afghanistan will pick up this t20 cup in 30th november. I pray fro them 5 time a day. one good news afghanistan going to sir lanka in janvary they palying 3 or 4 odi agiants sir lanka A team. i telling you all afghani borther who support this team can you guys pray fro them insullah they can come to icc world t20 cup also. thanks for all afghani brother to support afghanistan team. east west afghanistan in the best.i am live in london thanks.

  • atiq sahil on November 13, 2009, 11:35 GMT

    its fact that afghans are the heros of the world, and no one can defeat them in any field. the victory of afghan cricket team in ACC T20 will prove it enshallah. our prayrs and your struggle will make you the heros of cricket, we are with you and our prayers are with you, LONG LIVE AFGHANISTAN CRICKET TEAM PLAYERS.

  • Spinghar Safi on November 13, 2009, 10:30 GMT

    Indeed it a very good chance to train for the upcoming qualifyers and also to find a place in the asian games.

    I Wish all the best to my beloved country Afghanistan. I hope to see them next year in t20 WC!!!

  • Sayed Yaqoob Shah on November 13, 2009, 6:53 GMT

    salam to all, I hope afghanitan victory in the ACC T20 and I am telling to afghanistn cricket squad that all afghans will pray for your victory and we cant wait to see the cup in the hand of our great captain Nawrooz Mangal and our all respected players

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  • Sayed Yaqoob Shah on November 13, 2009, 6:53 GMT

    salam to all, I hope afghanitan victory in the ACC T20 and I am telling to afghanistn cricket squad that all afghans will pray for your victory and we cant wait to see the cup in the hand of our great captain Nawrooz Mangal and our all respected players

  • Spinghar Safi on November 13, 2009, 10:30 GMT

    Indeed it a very good chance to train for the upcoming qualifyers and also to find a place in the asian games.

    I Wish all the best to my beloved country Afghanistan. I hope to see them next year in t20 WC!!!

  • atiq sahil on November 13, 2009, 11:35 GMT

    its fact that afghans are the heros of the world, and no one can defeat them in any field. the victory of afghan cricket team in ACC T20 will prove it enshallah. our prayrs and your struggle will make you the heros of cricket, we are with you and our prayers are with you, LONG LIVE AFGHANISTAN CRICKET TEAM PLAYERS.

  • rafiullah ahmadi on November 13, 2009, 14:13 GMT

    insullah afghanistan will pick up this t20 cup in 30th november. I pray fro them 5 time a day. one good news afghanistan going to sir lanka in janvary they palying 3 or 4 odi agiants sir lanka A team. i telling you all afghani borther who support this team can you guys pray fro them insullah they can come to icc world t20 cup also. thanks for all afghani brother to support afghanistan team. east west afghanistan in the best.i am live in london thanks.

  • Lala on November 13, 2009, 21:15 GMT

    Hello. Inshallah Afghanistan will win ACC T20. Can anyone email me? Here is my email : ajmal.93@hotmail.com

    Tell me if its available to see the match live.

  • ahmad on November 14, 2009, 11:50 GMT

    hey guys hello to all of u.. hope everyting is fine...afghanistan cricket is the best and long life afghanistan i hope i will see them in the icc world cup t20 next year all the best lots of love to all afghan people...

  • Afghan on November 14, 2009, 12:03 GMT

    hey guys anyone knows that our great Afghan cricket team will be in T20 world cup or not..? And what is the procedure to reach the t20 world cup..? Thanks for all u guys..... Long Live Afghanistan....

  • rafiullah ahmadi on November 14, 2009, 22:18 GMT

    salam to all afghani brother afghanistan team now practices in india to ready acc t20 cup insullah they can win this cup and icc world t20 qulify cup in same place next year afghanistan coming to scotland for test match and some ODI match thanks long life for afghanistan

  • Vikram Maingi on November 15, 2009, 4:35 GMT

    Afghanistan & UAE should qualify for Asian games. HongKong/Oman wil get the third place in this tournament. China/Saudi Arab might finish last.

  • abdurahman on November 15, 2009, 6:01 GMT

    the true heros remain the heros alway and now afghanistan was the sleeping hero but now awoked and they will proof there place in the cricket world also i will pray for them