Afghanistan February 9, 2010

Hamid Hassan blog - I can't wait for the action to begin

Hamid Hassan
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Hamid Hassan

We are very excited ahead of the World Twenty20 Qualifier after a very good tour of Sri Lanka, where, even though we didn’t win every game, we played well in some of our matches.

Nobody knows what will happen in Twenty20 cricket – we are just all determined to do our best and all contribute whether it is with the bat, the ball or in the field. We were bitterly disappointed to miss out on qualification for next year’s 50-over World Cup, even though we did really well to progress through the World Cricket League, so people at home are really willing us to do well.

They want to watch us play on television in a big international tournament against the likes of England, India and South Africa. The Under-19 team had a chance to play on television during the Under-19 World Cup and the senior team wants to have a taste of the action as well.

We are a much more experienced team than when we played at the World Cup Qualifier last year. We owe a lot to our coach, Kabir Khan, and we have played so much cricket in the past year we feel more comfortable dealing with high pressure situations.

Our fielding has improved a lot compared to when we first played in the World Cricket League and our batting and bowling has developed as well.

I have always enjoyed playing Twenty20 cricket – it is a good challenge for a bowler and if I get the chance to bat I like hitting the ball a long way. I really enjoyed my innings at the ACC event last year when I hit 10 off the final two balls to win a match against the UAE.

The UAE is somewhere that I enjoy playing my cricket and I had a good record with the ball at the ACC Twenty20 last year. I like the wickets, I am used to the warm weather – it is similar to home – and I like spending time in Dubai. Our hotel is not very near any of the shops, but I would like to have a chance to go the shopping malls here if I can as I love to go shopping.

We are expecting to have lots of support, as there are lots of Afghan people living in the UAE, and lots of people came to watch us at the ACC event. I know that my hero, Andrew Flintoff, lives in Dubai and it would be my dream if he came to watch me play in one of the games this week and see me bowl. I have watched him play many times for England on the television, so it would be very special if he came to see me.

I am really looking forward to our first game. It will be a tough challenge on Tuesday against Ireland, who played very well to beat us in Sri Lanka, although some of our players were carrying injuries so perhaps we couldn’t fight as well as normal.

Even though we made a disappointing total, we made them work very hard for their runs, so we are still feeling confident for when we play them at Sports City. After all the preparation and warm-ups, I can’t wait for the action to begin.

Sahil Dutta is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ashwin on February 10, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    Congratulations for your win against Ireland. All the best for the rest of the tournament. I would also love to see you people playing on the television. I know you people can do it.

  • Kaushik (from India) on February 10, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    Hi Hamid and the rest of the Afghan team, Best wishes and my prayers with your team. Hope to see you in the World Cup this year and perform well there as well.You have made your country and the sporting world proud with your achievements under adversity.

  • Wais Kakar on February 10, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    congratulation to you and all afghans superb bowling by you guys and great batting by Nabi keep it up our prayers are with you guys inshallah our heroes will qualify for T20 world cup

  • Naseer on February 10, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    Congratulation for a well-fighted and committed victory, it shows the commitment and passion of Afghan team, the aggression, hard work and most improtantly the accelerated improvment in all areas of the games are credintals that made the team to defeat tournament's favortes. but there are still areas for improvements, like the idea of opening bowling with Shapoor does not look to be working, instead if Hamid opens the bowling it would be a perfect bowling attack, also the batsmen should work on establishing partnerships, even in T20s keeping wickets are the key for posting a challenging scores, and bowlers should not be always put under pressure to defend paltry scores, because top international teams would not forgive even a single minor slip up!

  • rabbani wardak on February 10, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    Dear Hamid jana, we all are really very proud of you all. You guys proved that we are a great nation. This fairytale of Afghan cricket emergence in international cricket continues. In yesterday match Nabi was the real Hero for both ball and bat. He is a real talent among so many others talented guys. You are the next generation of Shoib Akhtar and you speed would win so many matches for the country. We all are following the game very closely and even the children and cheered up for you guys. keep it up and see you live in TV in May. Hope you would repeat what Ireland has done in the last world cup to upset a heavey weight and cruise to quarter final and semi final inshallah..be positive it is possible it is Twenty-20..you can do it, yes you can....Wasalam

  • Adro Gul Stanikzai on February 10, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    yesterday win was the best win, because these moments are so special, because the finalist of this tournment will definitely play in the coming T20 World Cup, and all Afghans have been praying and are really eager to watch Afghan National Cricket Team in the TV (Live). so yesterday's game was a a special one and best start to the tournment, and i would really love to see my country team in the TV. best of luck hameed and all players,

  • Bakhtiar Husain Khail on February 10, 2010, 2:35 GMT

    Salam and warm congratulations to Afghan Cricket Team and the brave Afghan nation, we are proud of you guys thanks to keep the name and flag of Afghanistan on top we are keen to see this team live on TV playing with major teams even it is T20 or other formats inshallah Afghanistan will qualify for world cup, and i request to all Afghans where ever they are to keep their fingers crossed and pray to Afghan team to qualify it is my wish and dream to see this team against the top eight teams of the world wish you best luck in the tournament thankful to all the team and Coach Kabir Khan for hardwork

  • daud on February 9, 2010, 23:52 GMT

    salam. very well done afghan-heroes in era of cricket. it was a crucial game and u won and i am pretty sure that u guys are capable of quilifying to wc t2o. good luck. regards ur brother daud

  • Habibullah Wajdi on February 9, 2010, 23:02 GMT

    Dear Hamid, Thank you, and all other Afghan cricket team players who have already done so much, and are continuing to do much for Afghanistan, particularly for the youngsters. Many children will get inspirations from your games, and will develop national pride as well as sportsmanship spirit to keep away from drugs and other social evils. For country like Afghanistan, such activities are so important for young minds to also keep away from terrors and stress of conflict, and amid lots of problems get chance to celebrate some positive activities. In this sense, you have done so much which I wish some of our politicians could do for Afghanistan. My prayers and best wishes are with you for further successes. Zwandi au abad hosay.

  • hamed from FINLAND on February 9, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    good to see our team in way of success , inshahalah we will play in world t20 , inshahlah , good luck guys

  • Ashwin on February 10, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    Congratulations for your win against Ireland. All the best for the rest of the tournament. I would also love to see you people playing on the television. I know you people can do it.

  • Kaushik (from India) on February 10, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    Hi Hamid and the rest of the Afghan team, Best wishes and my prayers with your team. Hope to see you in the World Cup this year and perform well there as well.You have made your country and the sporting world proud with your achievements under adversity.

  • Wais Kakar on February 10, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    congratulation to you and all afghans superb bowling by you guys and great batting by Nabi keep it up our prayers are with you guys inshallah our heroes will qualify for T20 world cup

  • Naseer on February 10, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    Congratulation for a well-fighted and committed victory, it shows the commitment and passion of Afghan team, the aggression, hard work and most improtantly the accelerated improvment in all areas of the games are credintals that made the team to defeat tournament's favortes. but there are still areas for improvements, like the idea of opening bowling with Shapoor does not look to be working, instead if Hamid opens the bowling it would be a perfect bowling attack, also the batsmen should work on establishing partnerships, even in T20s keeping wickets are the key for posting a challenging scores, and bowlers should not be always put under pressure to defend paltry scores, because top international teams would not forgive even a single minor slip up!

  • rabbani wardak on February 10, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    Dear Hamid jana, we all are really very proud of you all. You guys proved that we are a great nation. This fairytale of Afghan cricket emergence in international cricket continues. In yesterday match Nabi was the real Hero for both ball and bat. He is a real talent among so many others talented guys. You are the next generation of Shoib Akhtar and you speed would win so many matches for the country. We all are following the game very closely and even the children and cheered up for you guys. keep it up and see you live in TV in May. Hope you would repeat what Ireland has done in the last world cup to upset a heavey weight and cruise to quarter final and semi final inshallah..be positive it is possible it is Twenty-20..you can do it, yes you can....Wasalam

  • Adro Gul Stanikzai on February 10, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    yesterday win was the best win, because these moments are so special, because the finalist of this tournment will definitely play in the coming T20 World Cup, and all Afghans have been praying and are really eager to watch Afghan National Cricket Team in the TV (Live). so yesterday's game was a a special one and best start to the tournment, and i would really love to see my country team in the TV. best of luck hameed and all players,

  • Bakhtiar Husain Khail on February 10, 2010, 2:35 GMT

    Salam and warm congratulations to Afghan Cricket Team and the brave Afghan nation, we are proud of you guys thanks to keep the name and flag of Afghanistan on top we are keen to see this team live on TV playing with major teams even it is T20 or other formats inshallah Afghanistan will qualify for world cup, and i request to all Afghans where ever they are to keep their fingers crossed and pray to Afghan team to qualify it is my wish and dream to see this team against the top eight teams of the world wish you best luck in the tournament thankful to all the team and Coach Kabir Khan for hardwork

  • daud on February 9, 2010, 23:52 GMT

    salam. very well done afghan-heroes in era of cricket. it was a crucial game and u won and i am pretty sure that u guys are capable of quilifying to wc t2o. good luck. regards ur brother daud

  • Habibullah Wajdi on February 9, 2010, 23:02 GMT

    Dear Hamid, Thank you, and all other Afghan cricket team players who have already done so much, and are continuing to do much for Afghanistan, particularly for the youngsters. Many children will get inspirations from your games, and will develop national pride as well as sportsmanship spirit to keep away from drugs and other social evils. For country like Afghanistan, such activities are so important for young minds to also keep away from terrors and stress of conflict, and amid lots of problems get chance to celebrate some positive activities. In this sense, you have done so much which I wish some of our politicians could do for Afghanistan. My prayers and best wishes are with you for further successes. Zwandi au abad hosay.

  • hamed from FINLAND on February 9, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    good to see our team in way of success , inshahalah we will play in world t20 , inshahlah , good luck guys

  • hamed from FINLAND on February 9, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    good to see our team in way of success , inshahalah we will play in world t20 , inshahlah , good luck guys

  • Mahboob Alam on February 9, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    Well done boys! We the people of Pakistan want to see you in World T20 Cup, we will be so happy having our brothers & neighbors playing in an International Tournament. Good Luck!

  • liaq khan on February 9, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    Hello All. Great to see Afghan brothers moving up in the ranks. I hope your team will one day tour Pakistan with full member status. Pak Afghan Zindabad.

  • Mohammad Omid on February 9, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    I will say Congratulation to the Afghan heroes they really proud all afghan around the world and also they showed the world that afghan's are a great nation loving sport, Inshullah we will make to the world cup

  • Habib Ghafoorzai on February 9, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    Congratulation to all team members and Afghans, as a fan of national cricket team I followed ball by ball commentary and was praying for all. well done all. Best of Luck, Hope to watch you against others in T20 world cup in WI. Once again May Allah give you the strength to win all matches, all Afghans are with you. BEST OF LUCK.

  • Khushal Azami on February 9, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    Superb job Hamid, you bowled really well at last. And congrats to all Afghans. Wish to see you guys on tv soon. Inshallah

  • hamed on February 9, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    hello dears cograts for really good win against irland which is really good team i mean theyt has every opporunity of playing, we are really poor country ,and you guys still doing really well , we all should proud and inshahlah see u guys in world cup,keep it 2 more crucial matches ahead , have good time , regards hamed from finlnad , with lot of hopes

  • Reverse Swing on February 9, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    Best of luck Kabul boys and I am really looking forward to see you in World T20 and I am all supporting you even on my blog Reverse Swing. You guys did a good job so far and today's victory was special. Ireland is a strong team. Way to go!

  • Mustafa Khwaja on February 9, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    Hamid Jan, congratulations to you and to the team, we are all very proud of you. Here in USA everyone is very keen to see you guys take on Heavy-Weights like Pakistan, India, South-Africa. Although, the match against Ireland was not live on TV or anything like that, I and a lot of other friends I know woke up at 3:00 am local time to read ball-to-ball commentary of the match on CricInfo. And the result was very overwhelming, thank you so much for making my day. :). Keep up the hard work the show is just about to begin.

  • Mirwais panjshiri on February 9, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    Congratulations! (if-te-khar) of afghans you are one of the world's best player Hassan! Best luck.

  • Zabihulllah Akhterzai on February 9, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    salaam and many congratulations to you Hameed, Afghanistan cricket team, Afghan cricket funs and to whole nation. I would love to say well done blue heros and our team really deserve it. We follow all matches on net. karim you have been given Afganistan Shahid Afridi title but plz be careful because we wat you on fire always. my message to Nabi is to keep the momentume up you are the best. And finally we al Afgans are praud of you also like to say that, winning and lossing is part of the game struggle for next match always. MUBARAK Zabihulla Akhterzai

  • Saleem Mushfiq on February 9, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    Many congratulations...For all Afghan funs..Wow we beat Ireland again...wonderful victory...Hope to beat Scotland tomorrow Insha allah...

  • nAyAn on February 9, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    Congratulation to u all Afgans. We are eagerly waiting to see you in world cup.

  • Jamshed Aryan on February 9, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    Greetings, I offer my heartfelt congratulations and well wishes first to the Afghan Cricket team and second to all Afghans. It was truly a great effort by the Afghans to score relatively a lower total of 140 and then beating the experienced Irish side comprehensively. I am proud of my team and pray to God to make them a full Member immediately as they deserve this be granted by the ICC. Team Afghanistan is a very improved side right now and it is a warning to the other sides for it is a very resilient Unit just like their fathers who showed resistance and resilience to their most arrogant and robust enemies and opponents through out the history. The full members should mentally get prepared for historic upsets in the near future in the hands of resilient Afghans. I also would like to bring the attention of International Organizations and Afghan Government to provide their huge support and assistance the Afghan team. Instead of sending more troops make a few cricket grounds there.

  • Josh Afghan on February 9, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    welldone afghanistan u done a great job ,proud of those boys playing for thier country and putting our flag on top of all,i would love 2 see these guys on tv,and love 2 see them in sydney oneday,the warmblood can take them anywhere, oneday inshahallah, after qualifying for t20 , iam sure they can surprise some countries, and well do some upset too, ALLAH is with us inshahallah, we will be there, and be truthfull, and be honest to ur self u can get anywhere,ur wishes well come true,ya allah help afghanistan and take them out of the war and make a peace country and we live in peace in this world between our neighbours and western countries we all live in peace,asalaam alaikum, zendabaad afghanistan , and our prayers with u afghanistan cricket team

  • Ayaz Khan on February 9, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    AsSalamoalaikum, Great game today, congrats on your win. May your team qualify for the World Twenty20 in West Indies and you have a chance to play against Pakistan. Best of luck!

  • Spinghar Safi on February 9, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    Well you really played well. All the team did well. Hope you will qualify for the T20 WC.

  • Suliman Afghan on February 9, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    Congratulations my brave and skillful countrymen. We are all very proud of you. Afghanistan can beat nations that have so much facilities and resources. We shows to the world we are not only about war and fighting. We are a great nation that is fighting someone elses war. May You keep winning and winning and winning.

  • Lutfullah Stanikzai on February 9, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    I wish the our National Cricket Team the very best of luck. The start in the qualifiers is grreat after defeating Ireland. I hope to see you guys playing in the T20 worldcup in West Indies.

  • Tom Boulton on February 9, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Congratulations on the win today Hamid. Keep going, here in England we would also love to see a game between our two teams on television, and I am sure that is possible for your team. Best of Luck

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  • Tom Boulton on February 9, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Congratulations on the win today Hamid. Keep going, here in England we would also love to see a game between our two teams on television, and I am sure that is possible for your team. Best of Luck

  • Lutfullah Stanikzai on February 9, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    I wish the our National Cricket Team the very best of luck. The start in the qualifiers is grreat after defeating Ireland. I hope to see you guys playing in the T20 worldcup in West Indies.

  • Suliman Afghan on February 9, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    Congratulations my brave and skillful countrymen. We are all very proud of you. Afghanistan can beat nations that have so much facilities and resources. We shows to the world we are not only about war and fighting. We are a great nation that is fighting someone elses war. May You keep winning and winning and winning.

  • Spinghar Safi on February 9, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    Well you really played well. All the team did well. Hope you will qualify for the T20 WC.

  • Ayaz Khan on February 9, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    AsSalamoalaikum, Great game today, congrats on your win. May your team qualify for the World Twenty20 in West Indies and you have a chance to play against Pakistan. Best of luck!

  • Josh Afghan on February 9, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    welldone afghanistan u done a great job ,proud of those boys playing for thier country and putting our flag on top of all,i would love 2 see these guys on tv,and love 2 see them in sydney oneday,the warmblood can take them anywhere, oneday inshahallah, after qualifying for t20 , iam sure they can surprise some countries, and well do some upset too, ALLAH is with us inshahallah, we will be there, and be truthfull, and be honest to ur self u can get anywhere,ur wishes well come true,ya allah help afghanistan and take them out of the war and make a peace country and we live in peace in this world between our neighbours and western countries we all live in peace,asalaam alaikum, zendabaad afghanistan , and our prayers with u afghanistan cricket team

  • Jamshed Aryan on February 9, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    Greetings, I offer my heartfelt congratulations and well wishes first to the Afghan Cricket team and second to all Afghans. It was truly a great effort by the Afghans to score relatively a lower total of 140 and then beating the experienced Irish side comprehensively. I am proud of my team and pray to God to make them a full Member immediately as they deserve this be granted by the ICC. Team Afghanistan is a very improved side right now and it is a warning to the other sides for it is a very resilient Unit just like their fathers who showed resistance and resilience to their most arrogant and robust enemies and opponents through out the history. The full members should mentally get prepared for historic upsets in the near future in the hands of resilient Afghans. I also would like to bring the attention of International Organizations and Afghan Government to provide their huge support and assistance the Afghan team. Instead of sending more troops make a few cricket grounds there.

  • nAyAn on February 9, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    Congratulation to u all Afgans. We are eagerly waiting to see you in world cup.

  • Saleem Mushfiq on February 9, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    Many congratulations...For all Afghan funs..Wow we beat Ireland again...wonderful victory...Hope to beat Scotland tomorrow Insha allah...

  • Zabihulllah Akhterzai on February 9, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    salaam and many congratulations to you Hameed, Afghanistan cricket team, Afghan cricket funs and to whole nation. I would love to say well done blue heros and our team really deserve it. We follow all matches on net. karim you have been given Afganistan Shahid Afridi title but plz be careful because we wat you on fire always. my message to Nabi is to keep the momentume up you are the best. And finally we al Afgans are praud of you also like to say that, winning and lossing is part of the game struggle for next match always. MUBARAK Zabihulla Akhterzai