Afghanistan February 10, 2010

A thrilling start

Hamid Hassan
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Hamid Hassan

What a way to start the tournament! To win your opening game of the event is always important but to beat the number one Associate team who played in the Super Eights at the last ICC World Twenty20 is an amazing feeling.

Even though we beat Ireland at the World Cup Qualifier last year and in the ICC Intercontinental Cup last month, I always knew it was going to be a tough game, so to come out on top is a real boost for the team.

The support we received from the Afghanistan supporters was fantastic in the stadium. They made a lot of noise playing the drums. It was a great atmosphere to play in front of and really helped us gain our momentum once we got William Porterfield out. I would also to like to thank everybody who has been sending us messages from back in Afghanistan – the support we get from you all is incredible.

I was quite pleased with the way that I bowled and it was great to be involved in the final two wickets – the first was a run out when the ball was hit straight back to me and I managed to get a direct hit on the stumps and then the second one was cleaned bowled to finish the match.

I am very proud of my team and to represent my country. To show this to everybody I had small Afghanistan flags on my face. At the ACC Twenty20 in Dubai last year I only had one flag on my face, but for the Twenty20 Qualifier I thought it was important to have two flags – one on each cheek. Maybe it helped bring us luck!

We know that Scotland will be a tough match on Wednesday and even though we beat them twice last year at the World Cup Qualifier, there have been enough surprise results on the opening day of this event to remind us in Twenty20 anything can happen.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • wadood on February 11, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    congratsc2 all afghans for their team,i hope 2 c u r team coming up and playing all major cricket tournaments,although im a pathan from pakista but wish u gud luk

  • Saif Shybu Khan on February 11, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    First of all, Congratulation to all Afghanistan and the Afghanistan Cricket Team for their win. I as Indian and a supporter of Afghanistan would like to wish you all the best for future success. I'm sure i'll see Afghanistan in a future World Cup, and it could be the next World Cup. All Afghanistan supporters can take Sri Lanka as an example and draw inspiration from their succcess.

    All the best. Khuda Hafiz.

  • Mujeeb Rahman on February 11, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    Wow! Afghan team has showed some talent. Insha Allah, the day is not far when our Afghan team will be competing amongst the top International teams in the world.

    Hamid Hassan, Mohammad Nabi, Nauroz Mangal and all Afghan players are Natrual gifted players. With less resouces, no ground facilities, and less internatinoal exposure, the Afghan Team is performing above expectations.

    All Afghans should pray, from the bottom of their heart, for Afghan Team to qualify to the T20 World Cup. Even, if they don't beat teams at T20 World Cup, still it will be a big big acheivement for them to compete with teams which have the experience, resources, financial support and other advantages over Afghanistan.

    I wish my Afghan Team all the best. Our prayers are with them, and by the help of Al-Mighty, we will qualify to the T20 World Cup.

    Mujeeb Rahman, From Kandahar

  • Jamal Khan on February 11, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    Well done Afghan National Cricket team. Congratulation and Keep wining, especially in upcoming Matches. We want our team in coming T20 World Cup. The Kabul express Mr. Hamid Hassan Weldon and “Boom Boom” Mohammad Nabi we want more sixes in future too. What a leadership Nawroz Mangal.

  • Don on February 10, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    Even Australian cricket fans applaud Afghanistan's brilliant results (in so short a time). Good news stories from Afghanistan are so welcome. Power on to the Caribbean!

  • Ali on February 10, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    Mubarak to all.I hope Afghanistan and Kenya should progress to T20 world cup and Afghanistan should knock out USA in next match in style. IT would be a revenge game for there occupation on our homeland. Keep performing my superb players.

  • Smith on February 10, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    Congrats Afghan for the great effort.Looks like most of your fans are from Pakistan, UAE and USA other then Afghanistan itself.Wish you good luck for super four.

  • Omid on February 10, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    Thanks Kunal for your opinion about Afghan cricket team i don't care if someone say that Afghan cricket team will be thrash be bigger team our team just started couple years ago and up to now they did a great job even if they didn't qualify for world cup it is a big achievement for all afghans around the world and also beat Ireland or Scotland is not a easy job but our team did because they are playing for their people. thanks

  • Andrew M on February 10, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    Well done to Afghanistan. An inspiration to all Associate nations [and below]. In a recent presentation to our governemntal sports body - in an attempt to win some government support for the development of cricket locally - we used Afghanistans progress as a Case Study. The sports body were clearly impressed and although there are clear differences between our cricketing situatiuon now and Afghanistans situations 15 years it does give us hope. In 15 years time we hope it will be us you are hearing from us...

  • sharaf katawazi on February 10, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    kunal kothari we will and we should keep our hopes high just bcz that our team is doing great job and keep on wining matches.which is great to keep hopes high.although there is no facilities in afghanistan but we are preparing ourseves in peshawer and playing cricket with alots of hopes and there is a alot of talent for afghanistan in peshawer.all afghans are playing in peshawer.and preparing ourselves for future afghanistan cricket team.there are alot of talented players for back up.first iam very good cricketer i can well and inshallah will be part of afghan team in future.we have alot high hopes and inshallah will compet any team.

  • wadood on February 11, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    congratsc2 all afghans for their team,i hope 2 c u r team coming up and playing all major cricket tournaments,although im a pathan from pakista but wish u gud luk

  • Saif Shybu Khan on February 11, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    First of all, Congratulation to all Afghanistan and the Afghanistan Cricket Team for their win. I as Indian and a supporter of Afghanistan would like to wish you all the best for future success. I'm sure i'll see Afghanistan in a future World Cup, and it could be the next World Cup. All Afghanistan supporters can take Sri Lanka as an example and draw inspiration from their succcess.

    All the best. Khuda Hafiz.

  • Mujeeb Rahman on February 11, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    Wow! Afghan team has showed some talent. Insha Allah, the day is not far when our Afghan team will be competing amongst the top International teams in the world.

    Hamid Hassan, Mohammad Nabi, Nauroz Mangal and all Afghan players are Natrual gifted players. With less resouces, no ground facilities, and less internatinoal exposure, the Afghan Team is performing above expectations.

    All Afghans should pray, from the bottom of their heart, for Afghan Team to qualify to the T20 World Cup. Even, if they don't beat teams at T20 World Cup, still it will be a big big acheivement for them to compete with teams which have the experience, resources, financial support and other advantages over Afghanistan.

    I wish my Afghan Team all the best. Our prayers are with them, and by the help of Al-Mighty, we will qualify to the T20 World Cup.

    Mujeeb Rahman, From Kandahar

  • Jamal Khan on February 11, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    Well done Afghan National Cricket team. Congratulation and Keep wining, especially in upcoming Matches. We want our team in coming T20 World Cup. The Kabul express Mr. Hamid Hassan Weldon and “Boom Boom” Mohammad Nabi we want more sixes in future too. What a leadership Nawroz Mangal.

  • Don on February 10, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    Even Australian cricket fans applaud Afghanistan's brilliant results (in so short a time). Good news stories from Afghanistan are so welcome. Power on to the Caribbean!

  • Ali on February 10, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    Mubarak to all.I hope Afghanistan and Kenya should progress to T20 world cup and Afghanistan should knock out USA in next match in style. IT would be a revenge game for there occupation on our homeland. Keep performing my superb players.

  • Smith on February 10, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    Congrats Afghan for the great effort.Looks like most of your fans are from Pakistan, UAE and USA other then Afghanistan itself.Wish you good luck for super four.

  • Omid on February 10, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    Thanks Kunal for your opinion about Afghan cricket team i don't care if someone say that Afghan cricket team will be thrash be bigger team our team just started couple years ago and up to now they did a great job even if they didn't qualify for world cup it is a big achievement for all afghans around the world and also beat Ireland or Scotland is not a easy job but our team did because they are playing for their people. thanks

  • Andrew M on February 10, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    Well done to Afghanistan. An inspiration to all Associate nations [and below]. In a recent presentation to our governemntal sports body - in an attempt to win some government support for the development of cricket locally - we used Afghanistans progress as a Case Study. The sports body were clearly impressed and although there are clear differences between our cricketing situatiuon now and Afghanistans situations 15 years it does give us hope. In 15 years time we hope it will be us you are hearing from us...

  • sharaf katawazi on February 10, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    kunal kothari we will and we should keep our hopes high just bcz that our team is doing great job and keep on wining matches.which is great to keep hopes high.although there is no facilities in afghanistan but we are preparing ourseves in peshawer and playing cricket with alots of hopes and there is a alot of talent for afghanistan in peshawer.all afghans are playing in peshawer.and preparing ourselves for future afghanistan cricket team.there are alot of talented players for back up.first iam very good cricketer i can well and inshallah will be part of afghan team in future.we have alot high hopes and inshallah will compet any team.

  • Kunal Kothari on February 10, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    Dear Afghan fans and cricket team, Please do not mis-understand Karthik. He isn't saying that major teams will thrash Afghan team as well. He is only pointing out what has happened in the past and is hoping that it doesnt happen to you. I M an Indian and have been following the Afghan cricket team very closely, since their first match. It is great that the team could beat Ireland and Scotland which on their day have surprised many major teams. However, this is cricket, a game of complete uncertainty. Who knows, if you qualify for the World T20 later this year, you might even make it to the top 8 by beating all the teams in your group... Or could get thrashed by all teams. Please do not have very high hopes from your team, it only adds to their pressure. Let them play well, enjoy the game and start performing well consistently. Then of course, expect them to win every world cup and they wont mind, infact they might even do it. Well done so far guys. Just keep it going.

  • Ahmad on February 10, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    First of all congratulation to all Afghanistan, especially to Afghan Cricket team who just gave us another joy, hope this will continue.

    Dear Meena Thanks for giving Krtik the good answer. They are all jealous, but let’s ignore them as we say (Jawab Ablahan Khamoshi)

    Best of luck and Keep up the good Job. God Bless Afghanistan

  • neamat on February 10, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    congratulation to all afghan brothers as afghanistan team win again. what a group of player they are. greate job

  • Omid from USA on February 10, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    Any Afghan who watched the game today all around the world will be so happy and proud that our team today did a great job, there are some comments from some people that they say afghan team is nothing they don't have enough experience we showed them that afghan team doesn't have a lot of experience but the have talent which is enough to beat teams like Ireland and Scotland and I am sure that we will make history someday soon Inshullah

  • sayed abdul basit on February 10, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    first of all congratulations afghan team weldone hamed and nabi jaan, i have loads of hope from nabi,shahzad,karim and hameed,i wanna see my team on big screen inshallah,We are proud to be an Afghan and we will always proud to be an Afghan. sayed abdul basit from kabul Afghanistan

  • rizvi on February 10, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    well played Afghanistan keep it up Best wishes from Sri lanka

  • Momin sahibzada on February 10, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    i just woke up the first thing i did was power on ma laptop and check the website when i saw the score board woooooooooow screamed very loudly. Blue Tigers keep on the stunning work all the afghans are behind you.you guys are simply world beaters you made us proud. first it was Irish now scotish Bring on the USA We will batter them. com on Blue Tigers wanna see you guyz in commin T20 WORLD CUP GO GO GO OLI OLI OLI...............

  • ibrahim khan Zazai on February 10, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    AoA! MASHALLAH!! ya guYs made Us ProUd agaIn. . . maNy manY cOngrats to all the teams. . .kEep uP the teaM woRK. . .ALLAH z wiD u.the whOLe natioN z prayIng nd LoOking FOrwaRd to sEe theiR patriotic heRoes sOOn Live on T.V screens

    nd I wuD Like to thank mY INdian friends tOo for theiR suppoRt nd Love foR Afghans. .we appreciate uR wishes. . thnx aLOt

    besT of Luck onwards. . .Afghans wiLL succeed INSHALLAH.Trust ALLAH

  • Anton on February 10, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    Also, its a shame there would only be two qualifiers from this tournamnt because I wanted to see Afghanistan, Kenya, Holland and Ireland all qulify, so its going to be really interesting to see who does.

    Why is the 50 over world cup a 16-nation tournament and yet the 20-20 world cup only for 12 countries? Surely the 20-20 is the way to expand the global game as 50 over matches often produce really one-sided encounters when a top nation meets a minnow.

    And even if there are a few one-sided matches in 20-20, its not so bad for the watching public because matches finish quite quickly whereas 50-over cricket drags on for too long.

    I think the next 20-20 world cup in 2012 should be 16 or 20 nation tournament. This will allow countries like Holland, Afghanistan, Canada, Ireland, UAE, Scotland, Kenya and other developing cricketing nations get much needed exposure at the top level.

  • rafiullah ahmadi on February 10, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    salam hamid bro you done well today and yestrday we all afghani pray for you allah with as inshullah you guys will make it to t20 world cup inshullah best luck in semi final i hope win that one game inshullah god bless you guysssssss thkssss we all afghani proud of you i am living england and i wiil come to see you guys in scotland salam best luck

  • Saif Ali Khan on February 10, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    Brilliant work by the Brilliant team.I am waiting for the moment to watch you guys in action and may be bowl to you during practice.I feel my bowling is as good as you!!! Good Luck for the rest of the games!!!

  • Anton on February 10, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    I think Afghanistan will become better than Bangladesh in a few years time, provided there are no hiccups in their development, afterall it is a war-torn country.

    We all know Pakistanis are very naturally talented at cricket (even without the facilities you find in other cricketing countries) and I think Afghanistan could be the same because of the shared culture.

  • Hewad on February 10, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    Salamoona,

    Afghanistan is doing a great job here. Showing the world that we are also good in other things beside war. I hope Afghanistan qualify for the World cup so i can go to the West Indies and watch them.

    Hewad From the Netherlands

  • josh afghan on February 10, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    well done Afghanistan it was so great to see u guys beating ireland and scotland today it was a fine performance , and i think u guys are alot better then that , we got batsmans til number 10, please,do go for it, and a make a big total against usa so we can, go higher in runrate, and regarding karthik's commeent listen champ,worry about ur india they got beaten by south africans with one innings in test match yesterday why u worried about these countries if qualify ,other team gona make big records on them????? go read the history of cricket and how many times other countries made records on ur india??????? u must of got a black heart saying things about other countries , iam not against india they are good ppl nothing wrong but some ppl open thier mouth 2big,its blood of afghan, once we achieve test status then, watch we can make alot of upsets , inshah'allah and , we will do it, like we done in soccre and basketball we beat india pakistan and bangladesh in bangladesh in asians games

  • Hashmat Khan on February 10, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    Hamid we are all proud of you guys, u did well and also Mohd Nabi, wow great and great, today you beat scothland hayyyyy im so happy for that go go go ahaed and beat USA & CANADA just beat them and show that you afghans are not terorists are not fighters, Show them that WE WANT PEACE in our country show them that we ARE GREAT PLAYERS and show them that you can bring PROUD TO your Country AFGHANISTAN. may allah keep you very much successful. WISHING U ALL THE BEST MY BROTHERS.

    Hashmat

    DUBAI

  • Omid from USA on February 10, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    i am really feeling proud today that you all did again beating Scots, I know it is not an easy job but you all did Congrats to all you.Hamid bro keep hard working and make afghans proud go to world cup.and make history.

  • yonas on February 10, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    Salmamalkom Mubrak 2 everyone for this important victory. We deserv it Inshallah we are hopping and win the rest of the tornament.. Everyone did thier best and inshallah there will be little more " show" in our cricket which will make exciting and watch it. Anyone knows where can man watch live telecast this matches?

  • yonas on February 10, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    Salmamalkom Mubrak 2 everyone for this important victory. We deserv it Inshallah we are hopping and win the rest of the tornament.. Everyone did thier best and inshallah there will be little more " show" in our cricket which will make exciting and watch it. Anyone knows where can man watch live telecast this matches?

  • Gulsher on February 10, 2010, 10:15 GMT

    Weldone Hassan.I am from Peshawar Pakistan and see you guys playing here in Arbab Niaz Stadium Peshawar. Congratulation and Keep wining and specially in the semi as it would be the most important game

  • Azweer on February 10, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    Well Done Afghans... May Allah bless all your efforts... Kudos to the team effort.. Even though I being An Indian, for the past 18th month or so I'v been watching all the updates of Afghan Cricket team success. What u guys achieved is just Incredible!!!! Success wht the team has performed. Became A Great Fan of Afghan team now... Will be very Happy to see u guys in carribean in T20 World cup...

  • Azweer on February 10, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    Well Done Afghans... May Allah bless all your efforts... Kudos to the team effort.. Even though I being An Indian, for the past 18th month or so I'v been watching all the updates of Afghan Cricket team success. What u guys achieved is just Incredible!!!! Success wht the team has performed. Became A Great Fan of Afghan team now... Will be very Happy to see u guys in carribean in T20 World cup...

  • mudassir on February 10, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    great job. i pray that u people qualify for 20/20 world cup. it will b nice to watch u guys onbig screen. well done

  • nasirullah safi on February 10, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Dear brother Karthik. you posted that Mjaor team will make record on Afghanistan .Afghanistan deafeted those countries who defeted strong teams like pakistan , sarilanka bangaldesh and India . Kenya defeated sarilanka,Ireland defeated Pak,Ireland defeated Banladesh and India beat by Zembabwai . Noor Ali double hundred against Zembabwai dear brother never mind Afghan's know all over the world when they try they can win Nasirullah safi from Kunar Province

  • Ateeq on February 10, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    BEAUTIFUL PERFORMANCE BY THE AFGHANISTAN.. I HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING YOU FROM SOOO LONG.. I WANNA SEE YOU LOT ON TV INSHALLAH.. PLZ GO GO GOG OGOGOGOGOOGG

  • Muhammad Omer on February 10, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    Hamid Hassan may you live long...you make us to feel proud...you dont know how big happiness you give too all us Afghans...may you and your team play like this and bring us one day the world cup..our prays are with you...keep playing like this...and thanks alot for playing like this i mean with full power and energy...and we all Afghans are always with you to support you...

  • sharaf katawazi on February 10, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    great job hasan.i have seen you here in peshawer when you came khazana sugar mill for match with shahid. and you bowled 4 overs given 7 runs for 2 wickets.it is great wining and wining.hamid we want to see you in t20 wc.you have to qualify it will be great for our nation.we are proud of you. keep using this blog we will follow you

  • Hashmi on February 10, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    salam Hameed Hasan The whole Afghanistan is proud of you and our team. and we are very happy for wining of the both match nd we will pray for u nd our teams to bring more succes nd we hope our team wiil win the tournament.inshallah

  • Meena on February 10, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    Dear Krthik, you have quite good info of the cricket of Indians, Lankans, and Australians. Ireland has defeated Australia and Pakistan and in our last four games with Ireland we have won 3. We are trying hard. If we qualified for the T20 WC, I cannot assure you of any win against the member nations but, for sure, every Afghan player will put 100 % effort till the end of the match.

  • Hamid Stanikzai on February 10, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONNNNNNNNNN Second VICTORY....!!!!!!!! KEEP IT UPPPPPPPPPPPPP..!!!!! Allah keep you ALL.

  • nader khan on February 10, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    I am nader khan from Kunar province . I don't know english and cricket game. I proud of Afghan cricket team . One guy was hapy i asked him why you happy he told me Afghanistan won the second match against Scotland . then i felt happy to told to that boy send my messege to all the people . i say congradulation to all Afghan's. thanks Nader khan Kunar province

  • Dawood Massoud From Sydney Australia on February 10, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    Well done everybody in Afghan team, I was following the match between you guys and Scotland . HOpe you guys make it to world cup and beat some of the big teams like Pakistan and Australia. Your efforts hows in its more than to Afghanistan than fighting and gives hope to all Afghans that everything will getting better.

  • Mustafa Khwaja on February 10, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    Congrats, congrats, congrats, and congrats. Again stunning performance, Hamid Jan here we have nicknamed you Bold, because most of your wickets come from un-rooting the wickets and also that it takes some dare to bowl the last over. Absolutely incredible last over bowling, please keep up the hard work just a few more matches, specially tomorrow.

    We will be reading you guys very closely.

  • Harris on February 10, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    Hamid, you and the rest of the folks in our team are the real heroes of our country. You represent our humanity, civility, Afghanyat and the hope for a better future. I have so much respect for everyone of you and no matter what happens, I will never forget the joy that you have brought us. Thank you so much, god bless our team, your families and our country.

  • Nithin on February 10, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    CONGRATSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSs Hi guys i'm sooooo happy GOD BLESS YOU. Guys keep up the good work. Way to go, control your emotions , we have to win this.

    Since last one year im following you guys; Im from India, love u all as usual

  • Khater on February 10, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    Dear Buddies (Afghan Cricket Team) thank you so much by raising Afghan Flag around the world, Specially Nabi and Hassan, the achieving is all because of their hard working, i know it is tough competition, because there is lot of famous teams in the tornament, but believe Afghan team will reach to the final, our pray is always with you guys may Allah reaches you guys to the target of you desires, Hey Allah give more and more victory and success to the Afghan cricket Team. Aaaaaaaamin

  • rabbani wardak on February 10, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    I was confident hat we would defeat Scotland but woried for Irland, as it is the top team in assosciate group. Weldone Heroes you have done excellant and keep it up. I am sure you are 50 % in World Cup and 50 % in the quarter final. Hamid HAssan you have done a great job at dead overs..took 3 wickets and like Yesterday sealed the victory. It is a great feeling to seal a victory through BAt or bowling....in these two matches Afghnaistan team lost the toss but won the games...I do not know what is wrong with Nawrouz MAngal that he always lose toss..is there any trick in toss that we do not know. M. NAbi played an important role..N. Ali with great knock. I was expectng 150 + but you guy are great to defend 131.

  • Roohullah Stanikzai on February 10, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    Wow that is the shot...weLLdOne Afghan Team...you done great job today as well....we all proud of you and will be .. i was not intrest with cricket and i hate it..because there was not my Fav Team in the world but now we have Great Heros of Team and today i am feeling so happy and we are praying always..now i would say that A team of Full Pathan(Afghans) Thank you

  • Khan on February 10, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    its amazing to see my country in the world of cricket. i feel like i am in every news before we known because of wars now Peoples see us that we are warriors in the sports field too.. i proud to be in Afghan and Cricket team . i love Cricket and my all loves and support with Afghan team. Today you won the 2nd match now we need to win two matches in the Super4 Stage then we are in the West Indies.. Please Allah help us. and wish to see Afghanistan in india gruop so we can beat india too. that will be a dream come true for me.. Keep it up Long live Afghanistan and Cricket team of afghan

  • Tawab Malik on February 10, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    Great work Hamid! You did it again by eleminating the scots from the tournment. You guys had already made your places in our hearts. Best of luck for the rest of the tournment. I wish i could have hugged each team player after the victory

  • Shahadat on February 10, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    Hi..... i read your blog and i feel very proud that i m reading a blog of my hero i met you in Peshawar ..... i m Fakhur Ul Islam brother .... i hope you will make happy in future .... i m very emotional i dont have words to thank you for the hapiness you give to me and to all Afghans around the world... love you......... and May Allah give you success in future.

  • nasirullah safi on February 10, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    Fist of all i thank of Allah who give victory to Afghanistan then I say congradulation to All Afghan People and Afghan player . I belive that Afghanistan team will qualify for T20 world cup Insha Allah . Once again congradulation to Afghan People Nasirullah Safi From Kunar province AFghanistan

  • Mark on February 10, 2010, 9:31 GMT

    Congratulations Afghanistan on your second win of the tournament. It is so nice to see the emergence of unlikely teams in world cricket. I wish that all of the teams in this tournament could play in the West Indies for the 20/20 World Cup, but given this is not to be i really wish Afghanistan the best opportunity to get there, you deserve it!

    Mark (Australia)

  • farooq mohammed adil on February 10, 2010, 9:31 GMT

    i want say congratulation to all of the afghans brother for this great victory. keep up the good work. all the best.

  • ihsanullah on February 10, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    i am really pleased to see afghanistan win 1st two games and keep playing like this wish u all the best.

  • Ahmed Najib Biabani on February 10, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    It was a thrilling performance by you and the whole Afghan team today, You kept the Scotland team in good pressure and did not let them to take a boundry. It is always a pleasure to see my compatriots doing a great job to enlighten the name of our beloved country Afghanistan. I thank you and wish you lots of success for the part that you have in the success of our national team. You are a great man and i salute you. May Allah subhana wa tala with you all. Great efforts deserve great results.

  • Wafi Osmani on February 10, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    And another win for Afghanistan. With the least available resource, you guys proved yourselves the best!

    The whole nation is proud of you guys!!!

  • Faizi on February 10, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    very great performance... we are proud of all of you!

  • Mastaan Zazai on February 10, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    Well done on your victories over Ireland and Scotland.Congratulations on moving to super 4. Will you be carrying any points from this round to the round of super 4? Because in the last world cup qualifier they allowed teams to carry forward points from the last round and thus deprived Afghanistan from a world cup spot eventhough Afghanistan did well in the final round.

  • Jawad Ahmad on February 10, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    Salam tolo Afghan Atalano ta, i became very happy while saw u grt team that securing the second win over schotland, thanks from urs effor specaily from M.Nabi and H.Hassan (Afghan Twin Heros). i am ond of Nangarhar University student.

  • Katawazai on February 10, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    We are Proud of you. Your hard work and our prayers are diffenetly moving our team through to world cup T20. Nothing is difficult for you because you are afghans and afghans have never learnt to bend.

  • Karthik on February 10, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    It's nice to see some more nations started performing well in cricket.But I'm worried if these teams get selected then other nations like srilanka, India, Southafrica and australia will make some unbelievable records against them.Especially srilankans are the ones who will always torment the minnows without mercy.God save Afghan from these baddies....

  • Habibullah Wajdi on February 10, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    YET ANOTHER EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE. KEEP IT UP. WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU IN T20 WORLD CUP INSHALLAH!

  • Ed on February 10, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    Whole of New Zealand is backing Afghanistan for this tournament! We want to see you at the T20 World Cup in a few months! Go go go!

  • Meena on February 10, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    Wow Hassan! What a final over against Scotland. THANKS A LOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT. Congratulationssssss

  • Fawad on February 10, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    I am from Pakistan and following the rise and rise of Afghanistan for a while, mainly through your blog. Keep up the good work! both on the ground and the blog...

  • Mohammadullah Kamal on February 10, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    Yesterday I was on the way from Jalal Abad to Kabul, in Jalal Abad I heard live scorecard from a local FM radio Chanel, Afghanistan innings was over and the final score was seemingly not much, after getting out from the short coverage area, on the whole way to Kabul I was thinking about our team and the wining reputations, I was keen to hear something special, and I heard it- I am proud of you Hasan, hope we all see the greatest and brave team very soon in W indies. best wishes, and best luck

  • ahmad ullah‏ ‏hasan kakr on February 10, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    I am proude of to be an afghanistani and i proude of my country's cricket teem and i proude of to our teem have HAMED HASSAN . Thanks . Ahmad ullah hasan kakr from zabul afghanistan

  • Ajmal Ayan on February 10, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    I have watched the live score of the match against Ireland thoroughly on cricinfo and felt very proud of our team,everyone in the team has really contributed to this victory.

    I simply say that I am proud of you guys,and am sure every one is watching you closly and pray for your further victories.

    To your further success on the way to the qualifiers.

    Ayan

  • Maiwand Majboor on February 10, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    Well done and rest assured the whole of the Afghan nation is praying for your success. I strongly believe currently we are the Australia of the associate and affiliate teams: Anybody coming head to head with us is defeated and the defeates leaves them wondering what else could have they done to win.

    I am sure, with the help of Allah, we will be able to be in the carribean in April. Keep up the hard work.

  • Meena on February 10, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    It was a great match. I congratulate the win to you, Mr Hassan, and all the team. All the country prayed for you. When two overs left Afghanistan had 35 % chance of win and I stopped refreshing the scorecard at cricinfo. I went out and prayed a lot and when saw that we have won, I thanked my Allah, and our heroes. I was following the match from the very beginning, and I think this match was between 2 men, Nowroz Mangal and William Porterfield. Both had very good players. Mangal utilized his players in the best way, and sent Hassan for the key overs and defeated Porterfrield Eleven.

    Today Again we have a lot of expectations from you guys. May Allah help you against Scotland who are struggling at the moment at 37/2 10 Overs. Our next match is against USA, Please, please, please, please BEATTTTTTTTTTT THEMMMMMM.

    Meena Naz ( A Fan of Afghan Cricket )

  • Abdul Qahir on February 10, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    Hamid Hassan is the proud of Afghanistan , give your best and we want to see u in T20 World cup BEST OF LUCK

    Regards

  • abdul qudoos on February 10, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    We are all proud of you and our prayers are with you , you can do it this time we were unlucky in one dayers qualifiers now its time move on in t20 no doubt we are one of the best teams .

  • Hashim Pashtun on February 10, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    All AFGHANISTAN is Proud of its Cricket Team......& we all pray for you further victories in each game.....INSHALLAH......

    ALL D BEST...... GOD BLESS AFGHANISTAN

  • Javed on February 10, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    Congratulation to the team first and than to the whole Afghan Nation. We are praying for you boys and I do beleive our team will right on top of all the team in this tournament and will qualify for the T20 worlcup.

    Keep up the good work boys.

  • Leo on February 10, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    Good to see Afghanistan doing well. It's exciting when a country starts to make its presence felt in the cricket world. Especially so in this case, because of the context. Good luck Afghanistan - I hope we get to see the team on TV soon.

  • Hamid Stanikzai on February 10, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    WELL DONE HAMID HASSAN..!!! You are the HERO of Afghanistan. We all proud of you. Best of LUCK....

  • Abdul Rahman on February 10, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    Thank you so much for all your efforts. We love you and all the team. Keep it up.

    Regards Rehman

  • Mangesh on February 10, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    really wish that the Afghans qualify for the WC 2020 in the windies! wud b gr8 for the sport to c them rise so soon! i m from india and already a fan of the team! really wish to c them in india's grp in the World Cup!

  • Paymaan on February 10, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    The whole Afghanistan is proud of you and our team. There was a big party after we saw Afghanistan beat Ireland. We are hoping that You and your team will make us more proud after coming home with the qualification to the World cup. The whole country is praying for your team.

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  • Paymaan on February 10, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    The whole Afghanistan is proud of you and our team. There was a big party after we saw Afghanistan beat Ireland. We are hoping that You and your team will make us more proud after coming home with the qualification to the World cup. The whole country is praying for your team.

  • Mangesh on February 10, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    really wish that the Afghans qualify for the WC 2020 in the windies! wud b gr8 for the sport to c them rise so soon! i m from india and already a fan of the team! really wish to c them in india's grp in the World Cup!

  • Abdul Rahman on February 10, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    Thank you so much for all your efforts. We love you and all the team. Keep it up.

    Regards Rehman

  • Hamid Stanikzai on February 10, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    WELL DONE HAMID HASSAN..!!! You are the HERO of Afghanistan. We all proud of you. Best of LUCK....

  • Leo on February 10, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    Good to see Afghanistan doing well. It's exciting when a country starts to make its presence felt in the cricket world. Especially so in this case, because of the context. Good luck Afghanistan - I hope we get to see the team on TV soon.

  • Javed on February 10, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    Congratulation to the team first and than to the whole Afghan Nation. We are praying for you boys and I do beleive our team will right on top of all the team in this tournament and will qualify for the T20 worlcup.

    Keep up the good work boys.

  • Hashim Pashtun on February 10, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    All AFGHANISTAN is Proud of its Cricket Team......& we all pray for you further victories in each game.....INSHALLAH......

    ALL D BEST...... GOD BLESS AFGHANISTAN

  • abdul qudoos on February 10, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    We are all proud of you and our prayers are with you , you can do it this time we were unlucky in one dayers qualifiers now its time move on in t20 no doubt we are one of the best teams .

  • Abdul Qahir on February 10, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    Hamid Hassan is the proud of Afghanistan , give your best and we want to see u in T20 World cup BEST OF LUCK

    Regards

  • Meena on February 10, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    It was a great match. I congratulate the win to you, Mr Hassan, and all the team. All the country prayed for you. When two overs left Afghanistan had 35 % chance of win and I stopped refreshing the scorecard at cricinfo. I went out and prayed a lot and when saw that we have won, I thanked my Allah, and our heroes. I was following the match from the very beginning, and I think this match was between 2 men, Nowroz Mangal and William Porterfield. Both had very good players. Mangal utilized his players in the best way, and sent Hassan for the key overs and defeated Porterfrield Eleven.

    Today Again we have a lot of expectations from you guys. May Allah help you against Scotland who are struggling at the moment at 37/2 10 Overs. Our next match is against USA, Please, please, please, please BEATTTTTTTTTTT THEMMMMMM.

    Meena Naz ( A Fan of Afghan Cricket )