December 30, 2009

Afghanistan

Afghanistan gear up for testing schedule

Judhajit

Tony Munro

Afghanistan's players have kicked off a hectic couple of months with the 25-over Inter-Provincial Tournament, which started in Jalalabad last Saturday. The participation of 22 provinces in the tournament is also expected to generate interest among those following Afghan cricket. There had been a perception that the game was played almost exclusively by members of the Pashto tribe in the east of the country.

Two teams will emerge from the 12-team first round of the tournament, for the next round. The top six will contest Afghanistan's main domestic event - a 50-over tournament in Kabul in May.

The team then travels to Sri Lanka, this coming Saturday (January 2), where it will take part in a 20-man training camp till January 20. The camp is in preparation for one of the busiest periods the team has ever faced.

From that camp, the squad for the Intercontinental Cup match against Ireland starting January 23 will be chosen. The fixture will be followed by a match against Sri Lanka A on January 28, the Sri Lanka Twenty20 Quadrangular tournament against Ireland, Canada and Sri Lanka A from January 31 to February 3 and the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers in the UAE from February 9-13. One-dayers and an Intercontinental Cup match against Canada are up next.

Joining the training camp will be two young players, allrounder Pameer Hussani, and left-handed batsman Najeeb Zadran, who captained the national Under-15 and Under-17 teams with success and gained experience from being part of the national team setup.

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Posted by Bjorn Dias on (January 1, 2010, 6:18 GMT)

I would like to see Afganistan but Ireland should be given the first chance to play 5 day cricket, ICC should see that Irish Players should not play for England like Ian Morgan as they will weaken.

Posted by M,Iqrar kunari on (December 31, 2009, 21:31 GMT)

first thanks alot for this nice report, i hope we will have a good plane for demostic cricket in the country wish all best for lovely country

Posted by zohaib nawabi on (December 31, 2009, 17:53 GMT)

bright future ...... this is really good for the future of Afghanistan cricket team and i'm sure they will pick some pure talents from this format nd if icc will help them alot i'm sure this team will be one of the best cricket in the world soon. BEST OF LUCK

Posted by Qaseem Hilal khogiani on (December 31, 2009, 15:36 GMT)

Hi all thanks for supporting this war nation and in next time inshallah i well telly cast all domistric tornaments here in jalalabad just for cricinfo. Qaseem_hilal@skype.Com

Posted by Shamsul Ari Fin on (December 31, 2009, 8:28 GMT)

Greetings, Thanks to all who supports Afghanistan Financially and so on. Well, I one of Big Fan of Cricket. I love to play cricket than anything else i mean any other sports. In fact i would kindly request ICC to Support Afghanistan in this field of cricket to improve one of the best team in contrast to other teams. Wish you all the very best of luck to everyone and specially to those who provided us to write here. Best Regards SAF

Posted by Bob Gainford on (December 31, 2009, 8:17 GMT)

This is great news. When everything else is going wrong in their country, the cricket team is an international success. I wish them all the best. Are they funded by ICC ? I hope so.

Posted by Jesus on (December 31, 2009, 7:10 GMT)

I want to see a compitition of bangladesh zimbabwe afganistan and ireland in the 5-day format...

Posted by Vikram Maingi on (December 31, 2009, 7:08 GMT)

Good luck Afghanistan. I am sure they'll play 2015 World Cup. I hope they do get Test status by that time.

Posted by Sayed Yaqoob Shah on (December 31, 2009, 6:01 GMT)

Thanks those Organizations who arranged this kinds of tournment whis is very usful for afghanitan cricket. and we believe that our team will be back with another achivement from Srilanka and we are looking forward to see our cricket team in T20 world cup in West Indies

Posted by Nasir Ahmad Khogiani on (December 31, 2009, 4:40 GMT)

Thanks! Tony, Yeah I have been following the provincial tournament here in Jalalabad, it seems that the tournament will produce some new players for the national side; the segregation of national players among provincial teams is an advantage for the junior players to discover what qualities do a national player has. The board management has decided to separate the national player duo and place them amid the provincial teams and the youngster will be lead by them, now the youngster use all their abilities to show their performance, Jalalabad is the only place over the country where almost 75% of the youth is playing cricket with good potential and some private academies are available. Nangarhar Academy which is escort by Tawib Akhonzada is the only well managed and good located club, it has five 5 concrete and three 3 turf pitches, for provincial teams the academy is in service for their practicing where the teams regularly practice for upcoming events

Thanks Nasir Ahmad

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