Afghanistan February 10, 2010

Two wins out of two

Hamid Hassan
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Hamid Hassan

Two wins out of two is the perfect start for us to the tournament and it was a very good performance with the ball against Scotland on Wednesday.

I was very worried whether we would manage a defendable score, but when we got to 130 I felt very confident. I told the coach during the innings break that I thought we had enough if we all bowled really well. My role in the team is to come on after about 10 overs and try and bowl quickly, which is something that I really enjoy, and it was nice to take wickets again today.

Our opening bowlers, Shapoor Zadran and Mirwais Ashraf were excellent – they only conceded eight runs in the first five overs, and really put a lot of pressure on Scotland and then our spin bowlers, Karim Sadiq and Mohammad Nabi, kept up the pressure.

There is a lot of attention ahead of our match against the USA tomorrow and it seems that everybody wants to talk to me about the game and what it will be like to play them. For us, it is just another cricket match and one more step towards qualifying for the World Twenty20.

I think that it is a great thing that cricket can bring people together and that players from Afghanistan and the USA can play each other in an international match. It also shows how global a game, cricket now is.

We are now travelling back to our hotel, which is about 20 minutes from the stadium in Dubai Sports City, and I will just rest and relax ahead of the game. I always like to go to bed early before a match so I will probably try and sleep at 8.30pm and get ready for another massive game on Thursday.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Khoshal on February 11, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    Afghanistan the next big name in World Cricket its just becuase of you guys thanks alot

  • scotsfan on February 11, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    Well played everyone against the USA today. Great to see these two teams in action together. As cricketers, all the players were determined to get the other fellow out or to cart his best bowling to the boundary; and, even more important, to treat the other fellow with respect. Both teams are an example to the politicians.

  • Yousaf on February 11, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    Hamid Wrora....You guys did it again...you beat USA by 29 runs...what a history you guys are writing....Congrats....

  • Imraan on February 11, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    I'm South African and behind you guys all the way in this tournament. I'm sure there are many others like us who are hoping you go all the way. Would love to see you guys lift the trophy.

    InshaAllah you will get there. You guys are playing with a lot of belief.

  • hasib canada on February 11, 2010, 0:36 GMT

    very proud of afghanistan team.. and i am very surprise that people from other nations leave their positive comments... can't wait for afg vs usa game... goodluck

  • Niazi on February 11, 2010, 0:32 GMT

    Congrates to all Afghans and the Afghanistan team, it was a good team effort the way they played. I would like to mention that Mastaan Zazai is absolutely right, so I prefer if Shabir Noori is given a chance for next match against USA, will be helpful.

  • Ali Afshar on February 10, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    Hamid jaan salaam. Mashahullah brother, you have done great alongside the team. It would be great to see you guys make a great impresion in the world by qualifying and then playing big teams in T20world cup...It was a sorry story to see the Under19 Afghan Team preform in the world cup in New Zealand, I had the chnace to meet them and see them play, they totally watsed their chance by playing a very POOR cricket... they had such a wonderful chance to make a mark, but they wasted it by only winning ONE game when they could have won at least 4 GAMES easily, but they lacked DETERMINATION... Now all our hopes and prayers are with you guys and we know you wont Disappoint us. Kamyab bashen inshahullah.... Ali from New Zealand

  • Qudratullah Andar on February 10, 2010, 22:33 GMT

    jar shama love you all our real heros and we are praing for ur more success

  • Ezatullah Waqar, Washington DC on February 10, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    Proud of you guys, keep it up and make us proud. we have very long and strong batting line up and I wish to see Afghanistan crossing 200+ this time if they bat first. Will it be the match against USA??? Go Afghanistan Go..

  • Ezatullah Waqar, Washington DC on February 10, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    Proud of you guys , keep it up and make us proud. Hopefully, if we bat first in today's game against USA, we will cross 200. We have very strong batting side but I don't understand why we are not doing well with the bat. Anyway, we want victory , doesn't matter how it comes. GO AFGHANISTAN GO.

  • Khoshal on February 11, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    Afghanistan the next big name in World Cricket its just becuase of you guys thanks alot

  • scotsfan on February 11, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    Well played everyone against the USA today. Great to see these two teams in action together. As cricketers, all the players were determined to get the other fellow out or to cart his best bowling to the boundary; and, even more important, to treat the other fellow with respect. Both teams are an example to the politicians.

  • Yousaf on February 11, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    Hamid Wrora....You guys did it again...you beat USA by 29 runs...what a history you guys are writing....Congrats....

  • Imraan on February 11, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    I'm South African and behind you guys all the way in this tournament. I'm sure there are many others like us who are hoping you go all the way. Would love to see you guys lift the trophy.

    InshaAllah you will get there. You guys are playing with a lot of belief.

  • hasib canada on February 11, 2010, 0:36 GMT

    very proud of afghanistan team.. and i am very surprise that people from other nations leave their positive comments... can't wait for afg vs usa game... goodluck

  • Niazi on February 11, 2010, 0:32 GMT

    Congrates to all Afghans and the Afghanistan team, it was a good team effort the way they played. I would like to mention that Mastaan Zazai is absolutely right, so I prefer if Shabir Noori is given a chance for next match against USA, will be helpful.

  • Ali Afshar on February 10, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    Hamid jaan salaam. Mashahullah brother, you have done great alongside the team. It would be great to see you guys make a great impresion in the world by qualifying and then playing big teams in T20world cup...It was a sorry story to see the Under19 Afghan Team preform in the world cup in New Zealand, I had the chnace to meet them and see them play, they totally watsed their chance by playing a very POOR cricket... they had such a wonderful chance to make a mark, but they wasted it by only winning ONE game when they could have won at least 4 GAMES easily, but they lacked DETERMINATION... Now all our hopes and prayers are with you guys and we know you wont Disappoint us. Kamyab bashen inshahullah.... Ali from New Zealand

  • Qudratullah Andar on February 10, 2010, 22:33 GMT

    jar shama love you all our real heros and we are praing for ur more success

  • Ezatullah Waqar, Washington DC on February 10, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    Proud of you guys, keep it up and make us proud. we have very long and strong batting line up and I wish to see Afghanistan crossing 200+ this time if they bat first. Will it be the match against USA??? Go Afghanistan Go..

  • Ezatullah Waqar, Washington DC on February 10, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    Proud of you guys , keep it up and make us proud. Hopefully, if we bat first in today's game against USA, we will cross 200. We have very strong batting side but I don't understand why we are not doing well with the bat. Anyway, we want victory , doesn't matter how it comes. GO AFGHANISTAN GO.

  • Jamshed Aryan on February 10, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    I am looking for nicer words to congratulate and express my delight for this amazing victory. I had already predicted that Afghanistan will chock the Scots and they did. Afghan bowling department is breathtaking and they bowled better than many teams today. Keeping in mind the lower total and consecutive super overs during the powerplay. I thought the spinners were simply briliant. Great captaincy by Mangal for bringing Hamid as a truimphcard in the later on overs. Afghans will defeat US no matter how powerful they may seem on political grounds but on a cicket ground Afghans will give them a mouth loose. Red signals to the test playing nations once again because Afghans will bring them some nice upsets. I love to see Afghanistan against the Arch Rival Pakistan one day soon. Afghans will inshallah defeat Pakistan because we have beaten Ireland who were too strong for the Pakistanis during 07 World Cup. I am proud of my team and hope that not only you would qaulify but also top this one.

  • jawad ullah shirzai on February 10, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    Many cangratulations to you and all, I have no words to thanks you guys, just I will say may Allah give each of you Happiness in all your life, All an afghan really proud of all you players, I saw your performance with Ierland in video highlights you did brilliant job specialy backturn Run out was outstanding, and also scattering of last wicket on fulltas ball was absolutely brilliant. we hope to see an Afghan heros in this coming T20I Cup, you all toil and we wil pray to you. Best luck

    Jawad ullah shirzai from Konar

  • khoshal on February 10, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    Long life Afghanistan any please tell me where can we watch the dubai matches, i am desperate to watch my country life on tv........ please

  • scotsfan on February 10, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    As my name suggests, I am a Scot. Still I was rooting for you and the lads today. Seems to me that you lot play the game the way it's meant to be played -- with enthusiasm and pleasure. Keep it up, and good on you all.

  • DB_India on February 10, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Wonderful cricket - have been following your team's exploits over the past 2 games. May your good run continue and help you qualify for the big one; all the very best to all of you! Best regards from India....

  • kamal on February 10, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    Good Job. keep up the good work!

  • Mark Kidger on February 10, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    Brilliant stuff! Good luck to you. I know that a lot of English fans are wishing your team well and will have split loyalties if you play Ireland in the Final.

  • Asad Agha on February 10, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    Congratulations Hamid and all the Afghani team from Agha and the Afghani Community in Walsall, we are all praying for your success inshalla, please keep in touch!

  • Paul Holzman on February 10, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    Im a South African but the Afgans are my favourite minor team, well done guys, see u soon at the 20/20 world cup !

  • inayat on February 10, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    Well done afghanistan, Really proud of you guys. I was so excited about the match that I couldn't sleep the whole night. You are doing a great job. The bowling was very good today with minimum extras and if in the batting we make 150+ in the next matches ,we'll definitely make it to the final and winnnn..

  • Anton on February 10, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    Its a shame there would only be two qualifiers from this tournamnt because I wanted to see Afghanistan, Kenya, Holland and Ireland all qualify, 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 regularly.

  • Ashwin on February 10, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    Congratulations for your win against Scotland. Good Luck for your match against USA. As you said, it is just another match. Focus on the match irrespective of the opponent and you will win. USA has defeated Scotland and the format of the game allows many surprises, so kepp your focus.

  • Tom Boulton on February 10, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    great win, well done, you deserve the long rest. Please play in exactly the same way tomorrow.

  • fawad on February 10, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    welldon afghans we r pround of you guyssss .... and wer praying for you guys to reach the final inshallah god bless :D

  • nazar stanakzai on February 10, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    go afghanistan we all proud of u beat bloody usa cant wait for them bastard get them out of the tournament hopefully u guys gana win the tourbament god bless afghans thank u

  • Saif Ali Khan on February 10, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    Well Done Again!Afghanistan is a dream team now.USA will be demoralised in the next match after defeat by Ireland and I feel Afghanistan will win its next games.Make sure not only you but the whole team take a good rest!!!

  • Shahid, Pakistan on February 10, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    Well done Afghanistan, congrates. wonderfull job with the ball but bating needs to fire too. 130 is only a par score and it can bite you anytime. Karim needs to fire soon as a day is due where Noor wont be doing what he does best. Shafiq is totally off and sami needs to contribute too. I would exchange shafiq and shehzad's bating order.

  • salem on February 10, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Hey Hamid.. just wanted to say that I am so excited about seeing you guys do so well. I have tons of afghani friends who love cricket and you should see the smile on their faces when i mention anything about how well afghanistan is doing. Cant wait to see you guys qualify for the world cup 20 20 this year. and great blogging by the way. Keep them coming please. Its always great to get direct player feedbacks coming in after the game. Good luck for your game on Thursday.

  • Mangesh on February 10, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    all d best! hope u guys win tomo as well! and ultimately get into the West Indies!!!

  • mohib khan afridi on February 10, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    asalam o alikum, It is great that afghaisntan team is playing so well in such important tournament. I think today the opening bowler for afghanistan were amazing.

    Although afghani team is playing well but for me if they wanna progess to world cup they must overcome some of their weaknesses.

    The afghanistan team lack batting acceleration when needed. In both matches the start was slow. But in the middler overs when they had wickets i just dont know why they didnt go for kill. If afghanistan is to progress they must score around about 160 to 170 runs minimum.

    One solution to slow scoring can bringing one of the big hitters like nabi up the order.

    I Hope that Afghanistan continues it winning ways and qualify for world cup.

    Allah da tol roran khushal or abad wosoti.

  • Khan on February 10, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    Hamid Great work and Thanks to Allah for giving us a honor in the world of cricket, and insha Allah that big match Against USA we will win. i cant wait to see Afghanistan in T20 World Cup.2010 keep hard working and be united in every single match. ok and i am sure you will be the winner. Congratulation for the win against Scotland, be the best always ... our eyes on you and wishes and prays always with you.. Allah makes you to be a winner always..

  • Naqib on February 10, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    Hameed jan thanks alot to bring us happiness and smile on our faces. Your hero and your numer 1. Best of luck for tommorrow's match against USA. and congrats to all of Afghan team to get throw to the super 4 stage.

  • Zalmay - NZ on February 10, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    What a start!!! Go Afghanistan! Congratulation to all Afghan players for their brilliant effort in the last two games.

    May Allah help you finish number ONE in this tournament.

    Nothing is impossible. The whole nation is behind you no matter which part of the world they are at.

    All the very very best against USA.

    Thank you for making us proud

  • Zalmay - NZ on February 10, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    What a start!!! Go Afghanistan! Congratulation to all Afghan players for their brilliant effort in the last two games.

    May Allah help you finish number ONE in this tournament.

    Nothing is impossible. The whole nation is behind you no matter which part of the world they are at.

    All the very very best against USA.

    Thank you for making us proud

  • Mastaan Zazai on February 10, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    Congratulations to the whole team once again. In the previous blog I asked if you will be able to take some points forward with you to the next round, if you could shed a light on that it will be nice. Secondly I suggest dropping Shafiqullah Shafaq during the next round as he seems to be more of a laibility then strenghth to the team, we need to be scoring 150 plus if we are to progress, thus I would prefer to see some who can contribute to the team in a positive manner, probably Hasti Gul if he is still on the team or someone similar.

  • Momin sahibzada on February 10, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    Firt it was Irish now the scothish bring on the USA next you guys made us proud, come on Blue Tigers we are with you Its just Fanatastic I am over the MOON !!! Keep the great work till the end love you all

  • ibrahim khan Zazai on February 10, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    AoA!!

    ManY manY congrats on ur nD team's briLLiant performance to takE Afghanistan to the 2nd victory.M.nabi.Noor Ali nd aLL the team r doINg splendid jOb.u aLL madE us Proud once agaIn keeP struggLing hard nd uR spirits higH nd Trust ALLAH.u guYs wiLL succeed This time INSHALLAH

    LoOking forward to see ouR Patriotic herOes,Live on BIG screens

    Best of Luck. . .keep it up

    t.c

  • douglas on February 10, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    Hamid

    It is so good to see your team doing so well, long may this run of good form continue. I keep an eye on your team thinking that sometimes fairy tales can become real life stories. Good luck in your next match and beyond, who knows you and your team may appear on the world stage. The Ozzies and SAFA's will start to wonder what is going on, never mind the English. The chance to play other nations on the sub-continent is beckoning. Go for it and good luck.

  • askar/sweden on February 10, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    Welldone mate, Proud of ya guys :) I woke up like 6 in the morning today to watch your game & you guys didn't disappoint me so am happy and satisfied with my day.. Let's pray for our team that they reach T20 WC would be nice testing our young lads against the kinds of Indian players ;P

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  • askar/sweden on February 10, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    Welldone mate, Proud of ya guys :) I woke up like 6 in the morning today to watch your game & you guys didn't disappoint me so am happy and satisfied with my day.. Let's pray for our team that they reach T20 WC would be nice testing our young lads against the kinds of Indian players ;P

  • douglas on February 10, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    Hamid

    It is so good to see your team doing so well, long may this run of good form continue. I keep an eye on your team thinking that sometimes fairy tales can become real life stories. Good luck in your next match and beyond, who knows you and your team may appear on the world stage. The Ozzies and SAFA's will start to wonder what is going on, never mind the English. The chance to play other nations on the sub-continent is beckoning. Go for it and good luck.

  • ibrahim khan Zazai on February 10, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    AoA!!

    ManY manY congrats on ur nD team's briLLiant performance to takE Afghanistan to the 2nd victory.M.nabi.Noor Ali nd aLL the team r doINg splendid jOb.u aLL madE us Proud once agaIn keeP struggLing hard nd uR spirits higH nd Trust ALLAH.u guYs wiLL succeed This time INSHALLAH

    LoOking forward to see ouR Patriotic herOes,Live on BIG screens

    Best of Luck. . .keep it up

    t.c

  • Momin sahibzada on February 10, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    Firt it was Irish now the scothish bring on the USA next you guys made us proud, come on Blue Tigers we are with you Its just Fanatastic I am over the MOON !!! Keep the great work till the end love you all

  • Mastaan Zazai on February 10, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    Congratulations to the whole team once again. In the previous blog I asked if you will be able to take some points forward with you to the next round, if you could shed a light on that it will be nice. Secondly I suggest dropping Shafiqullah Shafaq during the next round as he seems to be more of a laibility then strenghth to the team, we need to be scoring 150 plus if we are to progress, thus I would prefer to see some who can contribute to the team in a positive manner, probably Hasti Gul if he is still on the team or someone similar.

  • Zalmay - NZ on February 10, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    What a start!!! Go Afghanistan! Congratulation to all Afghan players for their brilliant effort in the last two games.

    May Allah help you finish number ONE in this tournament.

    Nothing is impossible. The whole nation is behind you no matter which part of the world they are at.

    All the very very best against USA.

    Thank you for making us proud

  • Zalmay - NZ on February 10, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    What a start!!! Go Afghanistan! Congratulation to all Afghan players for their brilliant effort in the last two games.

    May Allah help you finish number ONE in this tournament.

    Nothing is impossible. The whole nation is behind you no matter which part of the world they are at.

    All the very very best against USA.

    Thank you for making us proud

  • Naqib on February 10, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    Hameed jan thanks alot to bring us happiness and smile on our faces. Your hero and your numer 1. Best of luck for tommorrow's match against USA. and congrats to all of Afghan team to get throw to the super 4 stage.

  • Khan on February 10, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    Hamid Great work and Thanks to Allah for giving us a honor in the world of cricket, and insha Allah that big match Against USA we will win. i cant wait to see Afghanistan in T20 World Cup.2010 keep hard working and be united in every single match. ok and i am sure you will be the winner. Congratulation for the win against Scotland, be the best always ... our eyes on you and wishes and prays always with you.. Allah makes you to be a winner always..

  • mohib khan afridi on February 10, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    asalam o alikum, It is great that afghaisntan team is playing so well in such important tournament. I think today the opening bowler for afghanistan were amazing.

    Although afghani team is playing well but for me if they wanna progess to world cup they must overcome some of their weaknesses.

    The afghanistan team lack batting acceleration when needed. In both matches the start was slow. But in the middler overs when they had wickets i just dont know why they didnt go for kill. If afghanistan is to progress they must score around about 160 to 170 runs minimum.

    One solution to slow scoring can bringing one of the big hitters like nabi up the order.

    I Hope that Afghanistan continues it winning ways and qualify for world cup.

    Allah da tol roran khushal or abad wosoti.