Afghanistan February 11, 2010

Afghanistan's Rocky ascent

Hamid Hassan
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Hamid Hassan

Our first aim has been achieved and we have qualified for the Super Fours stages of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier after we beat USA today.

It is a real boost that we have won all three matches and that we carry two points into the next stage. We know that one more win might be enough to get us into the final, but our only focus is trying to win every match that we play in.

I was really pleased with my bowling display – it is always nice to get a wicket with your first ball – and I always felt confident that we would be able to defend our target.

As ever, we received fantastic support from our fans in the stadium at the Sports City – it was very inspiring to see so many Afghanistan flags on display as it really makes you want to do well for your country. I really appreciate all of the messages from my previous blogs as well. It seems like everybody wants Afghanistan to do well! Hopefully even more people may be able to come to our remaining matches, as I think our support is quite intimidating for the opposition.

After the match, I had to go to do a post-match media conference and they all wanted to know how it felt to beat USA, but the opposition didn’t matter to me. I was just happy to win another cricket match.

I love getting the chance to play against different countries and this was the first time we had ever played USA in an international match. I could never have dreamed when I was young, that I would one day play them in a cricket game.

I am a big fan of American television and movies and my favourite film is Rocky – I vividly remember watching it when I was growing up – and one of my heroes is Sylvester Stallone.

I think that there is a similarity in the story of Rocky and the Afghanistan cricket team – we both started at the bottom and gradually made our way up the rankings. It is easy to forget how far we have come in the last two years since we played at the World Cricket League Division 5 in Jersey.

We all want to win the tournament and having the chance to play against India or South Africa at the ICC World Twenty20 really would be like Rocky having the chance to fight the champion and we are determined to make our dreams come true.

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  • pharmacy tech on May 1, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    nice post. thanks.

  • Muhammad Shahram Ashrat on February 15, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    Assalamu-alaikom my dear afghan and muslim brother: i CONGRATULATE this big and worthy victory against USA and once again u guyz proved that afghans will always remain UNBEATEN against the world powers as we afghans proved this during last 2 decates of war against the alient RUSSIA and we afghans believe that ALMIGHTY ALLAH'S mercy is with us and INSHALLAH we'll prove it in next 3 or 4 years. and we afghans will pray to u all afghan youngsters of cricket to make it to the final inshallah. b brave and zealous as our anccestor proved their bravery against their enemies.

  • sharaf katawazi on February 13, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    katawaz khalgo la taraf na der der mubarak.it was a tense match but won.

  • Dawer Azad on February 13, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    Hi my friend Hameed Hasan you are the best player of our team i mean AFG's team. keep it up زنده باد افغانستان

  • Waheed Haider on February 13, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    No one will believe that I was watching Afghanistan match with UAE, the last moments was very surprising that Afghanistan won the match. I am getting excited when my country is winning. Wish you all best of luck. We all love you.

  • Aryoun on February 13, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    Salamooona really it is hard when you don't have any word but even you want to describe or appreciate some one. here the appreciation is to all who play there in Dubai for afghanistan and for the the whole nation, we are proud of you guy thank you . thanks for bringing such a great honor. thank you and best of luck

  • Aryoun on February 13, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    Salamooona really it is hard when you don't have any word but even you want to describe or appreciate some one. here the appreciation is to all who play there in Dubai for afghanistan and for the the whole nation, we are proud of you guy thank you . thanks for bringing such a great honor. thank you and best of luck

  • love india on February 12, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    well it was not a good day but still the team should find the balance not exprementing with too mony things in important game. good opning partnership, and playing according to situation rather than following natural habit to hit loose shots. some good bowlers with good economy rate and much wickets under thier belt are bowling late in the game, dont know how does it work,thirt fourth fifth bowlers are much better statistic in previous game.still not opening bowling. ;)

  • Roman on February 12, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    hi, keep your head up guys, there is always defeat in anything, but important to learn from mistakes, i was at school reading the scoreboard and every time a wicket fell down i kept my breath. so against UAE tomorrow you guys have to make a solid partnership tomorrow, i dont know the team well havnt seen any live match but I wounder is there guys like Jouvrag singh or Sewag to get som big hits in the last overs?

  • SHAHID on February 12, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    WHAT A WASTE.... 1) A very bad decision to change the batting order. Most successfull opner Noor Ali taken away down the order. 2) A very bad decision to take Nabi off after he had taken 2 wickets in 2 overs. U needed to exert further pressure to take some more wickets before its too late. In the situation as it was, you dont save your best bowler for a later stage. I even felt the captain waited for more than enough to bring in Nabi. You need to attack when U score 128.

    3) In all the matches so far, Afghanistans batting is bellow par. Against UAE u will have to score heavily otherwise T20WC will be gone to other nations. GOOD LUCK NEXT MATCH

  • pharmacy tech on May 1, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    nice post. thanks.

  • Muhammad Shahram Ashrat on February 15, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    Assalamu-alaikom my dear afghan and muslim brother: i CONGRATULATE this big and worthy victory against USA and once again u guyz proved that afghans will always remain UNBEATEN against the world powers as we afghans proved this during last 2 decates of war against the alient RUSSIA and we afghans believe that ALMIGHTY ALLAH'S mercy is with us and INSHALLAH we'll prove it in next 3 or 4 years. and we afghans will pray to u all afghan youngsters of cricket to make it to the final inshallah. b brave and zealous as our anccestor proved their bravery against their enemies.

  • sharaf katawazi on February 13, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    katawaz khalgo la taraf na der der mubarak.it was a tense match but won.

  • Dawer Azad on February 13, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    Hi my friend Hameed Hasan you are the best player of our team i mean AFG's team. keep it up زنده باد افغانستان

  • Waheed Haider on February 13, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    No one will believe that I was watching Afghanistan match with UAE, the last moments was very surprising that Afghanistan won the match. I am getting excited when my country is winning. Wish you all best of luck. We all love you.

  • Aryoun on February 13, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    Salamooona really it is hard when you don't have any word but even you want to describe or appreciate some one. here the appreciation is to all who play there in Dubai for afghanistan and for the the whole nation, we are proud of you guy thank you . thanks for bringing such a great honor. thank you and best of luck

  • Aryoun on February 13, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    Salamooona really it is hard when you don't have any word but even you want to describe or appreciate some one. here the appreciation is to all who play there in Dubai for afghanistan and for the the whole nation, we are proud of you guy thank you . thanks for bringing such a great honor. thank you and best of luck

  • love india on February 12, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    well it was not a good day but still the team should find the balance not exprementing with too mony things in important game. good opning partnership, and playing according to situation rather than following natural habit to hit loose shots. some good bowlers with good economy rate and much wickets under thier belt are bowling late in the game, dont know how does it work,thirt fourth fifth bowlers are much better statistic in previous game.still not opening bowling. ;)

  • Roman on February 12, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    hi, keep your head up guys, there is always defeat in anything, but important to learn from mistakes, i was at school reading the scoreboard and every time a wicket fell down i kept my breath. so against UAE tomorrow you guys have to make a solid partnership tomorrow, i dont know the team well havnt seen any live match but I wounder is there guys like Jouvrag singh or Sewag to get som big hits in the last overs?

  • SHAHID on February 12, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    WHAT A WASTE.... 1) A very bad decision to change the batting order. Most successfull opner Noor Ali taken away down the order. 2) A very bad decision to take Nabi off after he had taken 2 wickets in 2 overs. U needed to exert further pressure to take some more wickets before its too late. In the situation as it was, you dont save your best bowler for a later stage. I even felt the captain waited for more than enough to bring in Nabi. You need to attack when U score 128.

    3) In all the matches so far, Afghanistans batting is bellow par. Against UAE u will have to score heavily otherwise T20WC will be gone to other nations. GOOD LUCK NEXT MATCH

  • Edress Mohammad Zai on February 12, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    Well done afghan cricket team, and don't be disapointed with lose to Netherlands, we still got chance to qualify, so try your best to score alittle bet more that the bowlers manage it,

  • Gulrez on February 12, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    Please do well in the do or die match against UAE. Today chance lost against Netherlands is very bad. Please perform well against yesterday

  • Tahir Mehmood Dubai on February 12, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    Superb performanc by Afaghan team against USA .... well donee afghan team...

  • ezatullah on February 12, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    I am really shocked by the match between afghanistan and netherland and worried. i wish that the afghan cricket team will win against Dubi otherwis it is going to be difficult to qualify. i pray to god to help the afghan team in the next match.

  • Javid on February 12, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    I am soo fan of my cricket team i wake up so early 2 follow th score and then i text every 1 that afghanistan won the game our cricket team they work really hard to win every single game and im looking forward to collect money from all afghan who lives in the UK so we can help our cricket team camon my afghan brother andsister lets support and help our Cricket team dey doing hard work for us thank you soo much from all our players and managers and other stuff whos part of the team so lets pray for this game now afghanistan made only 128 runs but im sure we will win we got gd bollowers.

  • FAsih Siddiqui from Customs Cricket Academy Pakistan on February 12, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    Well done Afghan boys. You will be playing T20 world cup Inshallah. Hamid Hasan I request you not to ignore Customs Cricket Team and Jalaluddin who provided you chance to play first class cricket and to groom youself as a fast bowler.I was the manager of that team for which you played in 2007.

  • Mohammad Iqbal on February 12, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    We proud of you

  • John boon on February 12, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    Well done again Afghanistan, From an Englishman.

  • Jalal Mosazai on February 12, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    Afghanistan give US a lesson in cricket... this is the heading of a topic published in ( THE TIMES OF INDIA). when i read the topic it really made me very happy..... wish to win the upcoming match with netherland... all the best.

  • Safi on February 12, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    the only word i can say in this comment's window is, LONG LIFE AFGHANISTAN .

  • Rahimullah Haqmal from Khost on February 12, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    Congratullation dear and near to heart hamed nawroz and all afghans.we will pray for y guys.hope y all the best.

  • FARID on February 12, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    WELL DONE GUYS YOU HAVE MADE ALL AFGHANS PROUD. ALL THERE IS ONE MORE MUCH IN SUPER 4 TO WIN AND THEN WE ARE DONE. I,M PRAYING 4 U GUYS EVERY DAY SO WE CAN HOPEFULLY GETTO WORLD CUP IN WEST INDIES.

  • Ray on February 12, 2010, 2:31 GMT

    CANT WAIT TO SEE A NEW CRICKET NATION!! WELL DONE TO YOU GUYS! GREAT PROGRESS & PERFORMANCES. HOPE TO SEE MORE FROM YOU GUYS!

  • Sloon on February 12, 2010, 1:07 GMT

    You guys are an inspiration to the rest of the world, in and out of the cricket stadium. You're all lion-hearted men and I have no doubt we'll see you playing a test at the MCG someday. Good luck to you all. Oh, please teach the neighbors south of you how to win :)

  • Ross Taylor on February 11, 2010, 23:56 GMT

    May Allah (sub) help u guys get in to the final beat whoever u guys play and we r proud of u guys. the day will come when we will be playing against Top sides when beat them Inshahullah ,iam from Belgium but i like afghan team i do suppport afghan team good luck hamid hasan

  • Mansu on February 11, 2010, 22:53 GMT

    Well Done. Keep up the good work and good work ethics. Things will fall in its place for the long run too.. All the Best

  • Omid on February 11, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    can some one tell me that afghanistan need to win two more game to qualify for the world cup or just one more and also if they win one and lose one. thanks

  • Bilal on February 11, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    Wow its great. Like Pakistan-India, Australia-England now the third rivalry going to begin America vs Afghanistan. Afghanistan inshallah beat America in every race of life.Kick them out.

  • Luqman munawar on February 11, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    I am a Pakistani and wish all the best to Afghanistan team. All of a sudden, you hear about Afghanistan playing cricket, international cricket and winning against Ireland.

    Good to see your blog Hamid Sahib. Good luck all the way to final.

    Wish you qualify for World T20 cup.

  • Parthiban on February 11, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    Hassan Jii.. brilliant work... keeep it up...

  • Richard on February 11, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    fantastic work. Would love to see Afghanistan come up against some of the big nations in the world 20/20 and maybe even beat one of them! Well done!

  • Najeeb on February 11, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    well done and congratulations - from a Bangladeshi

  • Qazi Nasar khan on February 11, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    Der Kha.....Allah di Mal sha.....Go all the way Afghan bros...Would really love to see you in icct20 so If Pakistan win or Afghanistan win...I will be happy...If India win, if Bangladesh win or if Lankans win I will be happy...think about it guys...it comes to our reagon...Best luck.

  • nAyAn dHAr on February 11, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    m from Bangladesh. Following u from ur begining. Well done boys. Will be very happy if able to see u in Westindies.

  • Navneet Singh Grewal on February 11, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    Well done man, you guys deserve it , i had been following your cricket from one last year and boy, u guys have made a steep progress and its exciting to read about your team. I really wish you guys play good cricket and success will be yours.

  • Jalaluddin Muhammad (turkey) on February 11, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    Congratulations Nowroz & ur hungry tigers, i am really proud of you guys. i live in turkey but has been following all ur matches through Cricinfo and no mater what i didn't missed single ball commentry. Now my only dream is to see you guys play likes of Australia, S.Africa, India & pakistan. winning and loosing is a part of the game but it will be great to see afghanistan team in world T20. wish you all the best...

  • scotsfan on February 11, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    Well played to all the lads. And Hamid, well said: it doesn't make any difference what country's team you play -- leave that stuff to the politicians. You guys just need to try your level best to beat whoever comes onto the field. Good luck against the Netherlands tomorrow -- a lot of people like me will be pulling for you, even though we have no direct connection with your country. We just like you guys, and the way you approach this great game of cricket.

  • Omar K on February 11, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    Good work guys. I hope you get support from the ICC in further developing the game in Afg. Dont ask the Paks, they have enough problems ....unfortunately even in the cricketing arena.

  • Dr Hamdullah on February 11, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    Salam and congratulations 2 all afghan player.Im really happy and hope that Afghans will win the tournment,but try your best to achieve this milestone for Afhanistan which will give all afghan nation a breaking news of happiness after a long long time.

  • STELION on February 11, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    HI guys, always pleasure to see you perform well. just one thing i wonder is why scoring not big to make it easy and not risking being knock out. imean last three overs was just alittle short in runs. hope it gets better

  • jawad ullah shirzai on February 11, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    congratulation to All Afghan players, brilliant perfomance by you Hamid and all Lads, we hope Afghan tigers will whitewash all the teams in this tournament including with final, we are praying to Almighty Allah to bestow our eminency, and hope to see Afghan Cricket Team in T20 world Cup next April in Caribbean (west indies).

    Jawad ullah from Konar.

  • Shahid Khan on February 11, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    Aey Lukaa Pakhair Raglay. Congrat yaraa.I am from Shahid from Mardan.My mother was from Jalabad. I love to see you guys progress in the next T20 world cup.Keep concentrating and take every match as your last match.Try to top the group to not allow any excuse. We all pray for your won tomorrow

  • ROMAN on February 11, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    HI really good job guys, hope u go throug to the worldcup and let us watch live afghan cricket against bignations. Hope you guys are always cool, and never let anything to distrup your focus on wining and geting the result. it should always be team work, doesnt matter who is who, just as long as the team doing well.

  • alexis on February 11, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    congratulations, but this fairly tale will soon end and you will run of out of luck. you think playing against other minnows makes you "Rocky". don't compare silvester stallone's character to what you did. silvester actually worked hard by going everyday for shooting for his Rocky movies. but i'm waiting for you to make it to the t20 cup. let's see how the likes of pak, aus, sa. etc. handle you.

  • ATEEQ on February 11, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    Slamoalikom, my brothers my heroes. We are so proud of. The most important thing is to Thank Allah and stay firm in your prayers. Worship Allah for what he has given us and inshallah we will do much better. Please my dear cricket players do not forget Allah who has helped you all the way. I remember when A llah helped you against the Cayman Islands or our dreams were over. My brothers Allah is with you so its the right way to go Inshllah. I pray for your success Hameed Jann.

  • Hashmi on February 11, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    salam Hameed jan! Thanks alot for the wining of the match we all Afghan brothers and sisters are veryyyyyyyy happy beacuse of wining of the match today and we congurlated to all afghan brothers and sisters nd thankx alot hameed jan from u and all member of afghan team and you people are always in our pray and we hope that afghanistan will win the series and once again thanks from our heros and Afghanistan cricket board. And we want from umar zakhilwal that the should help our heros and we want from him to make cricket staduim for our heros. Good luckkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  • Gogula Aryalingam on February 11, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    I'm a Sri Lankan. I have watched with admiration how the Afghans have done well during the last two years: Their ups and downs. Ever since an interview with Raees Ahmadzai on Cricinfo, I have been cheering the Afghans throughout. If there's one team who have beaten all odds despite of the all the bad that has happened to them as a country, It is the Afghan cricketers... Hats off to them. All the very best.

  • Saeedullah Taraky on February 11, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    Thank you so much Hamid and all team of Afghanistan You guys are really the feature of Afghanistan. i hope you will qualifier to world t20 cup

  • Sajjad Rahman Saleeem on February 11, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    Well done bro!!!If u qualify for the world 20-20,then i will definitely support u after my home team---INDIA.

  • mashal on February 11, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    hv no words to explain the happiness. we are proud of you guys. May Allah help you all.

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

    Excellent work Hamid and team. I am a Pakistani and would love to see Afghanistan do well and be in west indies for championship - I will be supporting Afghanistan all the way. Keep up the great work and soon you guys will be among the best !!!!

  • SsDd on February 11, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Hassan, I dont know if you come back to cricinfo to check for feedback, but I just wanted to let you know that me, my friends and almost everyone I know is rooting for you. Your story is heartwarming, and we would support you even if and when you play against my country in nay format of the game. I wish you and your team the best of everything, and I hope you qualify.

  • bilal khan ahmadzai china on February 11, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    salam to all and afghan team well done hamid u bowlled really well. all the nation is praying for ur success try best make our flag higher and higher and u proved it today to defeat usa and try not give so many runs

  • Shreyas on February 11, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    Nice going Hamid....hope to see you guys in the World T20 and beyond!

  • Rameez on February 11, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    good work hamid and other guys, u really r giving us reasons to smile and enjoy.we love u.all the prayers for u guys from kashmir.......we r desperate to see u in world t20...congrats.

  • Xolile on February 11, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    I saw you guys play in Amstelveen a few months ago. You looked a solid unit then and it seems you have continued to book progress since. It would be interesting to see how you perform against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Really hope a few years from now you will make it to the next level.

  • askar/sweden on February 11, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    3 out of 3 sounds very fabulous when I say it. God damn it its only 2 days left and then a berth in WCT20. Go hard guns!!

    BTW I'd like to see you guys scoring at least 155 coz that ll make it lot easier 4 da bowlers. Coz sooner or later it'd happen that at a crucial moment our bowlers might get some stick and lose match. Obviously you guys discussing it in dressing room, but I wish you DO it as well!! more pinch hitting from a couple of guys would really make some difference. GOOD LUCK :)

  • Timothy Abraham on February 11, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    Great victory and THE sports story of the past two years... Well done Afghanistan..

  • Ahmad ullah hasan kakr on February 11, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    CONGRATULATION again HAMED JAN we all of afghanistan proude of you you are our hero . I pray to allah every day every hour every minut every second for your and your teams vectory . Not me alone all afghanistan do it . tttttttttttttttttttttttthanks again . Ahmad ullah from zabul afghanistan

  • rabbani Wardak on February 11, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Dear fellow Afghan cricket heroes, weldone and deserve a place in West Indies world cup. Thank Allah Nawrouz Mangal has won the toss finally.

    What is the problem for batting in those pitches..very few runs..My heart is always in my mouth to see our heroes scores 130-131 and 139 but if it is not for our bowlers then It is a low score each time. Hope in second round our batsmen focus and put a big score on the board to make it easy for bowlers and also give less heart problem to us ( fans) around the world.

    I am scared of Netherland, Hope you would make it to final and I would prefer to finish runner up to go o the west indies group, where you might have some chance cruising to super 8. THough WI would enjoy from the home crowd advantage.

    Anyway, good luck for tommorow game.

  • sharaf katawazi on February 11, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    well done hamid as i saw ur pic in cricinfo.u made a good style. you are so near.just dont take pressure.play positive.our bating is little concerned just bcz of little slow run rate.there should be one player who can hit the ball out of the ground. best of luck tomorow

  • PakPassion on February 11, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    Well done guys! Keep up the good work and I'd love to see Afghan team in Twenty20 world cup (with a few key upsets as well) :p

  • Farhan Hussain on February 11, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    Congratulations to EVERYONE ... !! We are so proud of you guys ... Good Luck .. !!!

  • ahmad on February 11, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    Congratulations to all afghans specially to the team we all proud of, all the very best, keep up the good job. Inshallah

  • Allan DeSouza on February 11, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    Hamid congrats. I really hope your team makes it into the World Cup. That would be a great step. I will cheering for your team from Toronto, Canada.

  • Usman on February 11, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    first of thanks to Allah and then thanks to the positive atittude and performance of afghan players all of them are so tremendous but only thing today which could make it more better was that in 16,17,18,19,20 overs they could really make more runs but it was fine only 19 over was not fine becuase they took only four runs...

  • Hamid Stanikzai on February 11, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    Veryyyyyyyyy nice..!!!! CONGRATULATION TO ALL AFGHANS..... Keep it up HAMID HASSAN..!!

  • Rupak Ramachandran on February 11, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    Nice one Hamid, look forward to you guys making it to West Indies. Hope the victories bring a ray of hope to your people back home.

  • Rupak Ramachandran on February 11, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    Nice one Hamid, look forward to you guys making it to West Indies. Hope the victories bring a ray of hope to your people back home.

  • Rupak Ramachandran on February 11, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    Nice one Hamid, look forward to you guys making it to West Indies. Hope the victories bring a ray of hope to your people back home.

  • Ashwin on February 11, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    The first hurdle is over and Afghanistan has done well to win all its game. Congratulations! You will be facing now UAE and Netherlands. Ending up in Top 2 will ensure a berth in World Cup T20. So two more days and two more victories and we all will see your team run sholders against the international sides at Top Level. Keep the focus and do well.

    All the best.

  • Zaeb on February 11, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    Insha Allah afghan team's hope of playing in t20 world cup will be accomplished.. I am indian though.. and an indian supporter.. but i have been following afghan cricket regularly. they have put in some hard work.. and its divided will be paid soon

  • kambez on February 11, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    congrattttttts hamid jan.. reali reali good win 2dia.. u guys hv showed a good character nd determination.. may allahh bless all of uu... U dont know how much it means to d ppl of afghanistan especaily in abroad... i didn't go 2 skol 2dia only to see how my lovly lovly country winss... we love u allllllllllll from kambez (london)

  • Kunal Kothari on February 11, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    Well done Afghan team !! Though Indian, I M very happy for U all. I wish it was a holiday today so I could drive down to C U play. And yes, please make it to the finals here on. Atleast it guarantees you qualification. Then aim to win it. Take it step by step. I hope you win both your Super 4 matches to remain unbeaten en route to Finals. And I sincerely hope and pray that U all end the tournament winners totally unbeaten. The only team I C as a threat is UAE who also have been playing well. If U can edge past them, U will definitely win the tournament. Just keep going the way U R. I for one definitely want to C U at the T20 WC. And trust me, I'll B the first to cheer for U at the event. Afghan cricket team's rise has been fast in the past 2 yrs given the difficult circumstances in the country inclluding lack of infrastructure. Here on, the challenge is going to be to sustain the good run. I hope U do. World cricket can do with teams like yours. All the very best.

  • Hussain on February 11, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    May Allah (sub) help u guys get in to the final beat whoever u guys play and we r proud of u guys. the day will come when we will be playing against Top sides when beat them Inshahullah

  • Omid on February 11, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    Congrats to all Afghans around they world we beat an other team there are some political question around the world that Afghanistan beaten USA let me tell they whole world that sport is not politics for Afghan fans this was an other victory and we are really happy today that our team win an other game. Hamid bro good work keep it up and make it to the finally. Inshullah We will make it. thankd

  • M Khan on February 11, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    Way to go Hamid. One more victory and we shall see you in the World Twenty Cup. I pray all your hard work is rewarded and I am eager to see the players who have suprised the whole cricket fraternity.

  • Samiullah Duabi on February 11, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    I was really aiming to watch the macth at stadium, but could not find the gap. Brilliant man, Carry on and hope to see you in westindies. Congrates Man

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  • Samiullah Duabi on February 11, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    I was really aiming to watch the macth at stadium, but could not find the gap. Brilliant man, Carry on and hope to see you in westindies. Congrates Man

  • M Khan on February 11, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    Way to go Hamid. One more victory and we shall see you in the World Twenty Cup. I pray all your hard work is rewarded and I am eager to see the players who have suprised the whole cricket fraternity.

  • Omid on February 11, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    Congrats to all Afghans around they world we beat an other team there are some political question around the world that Afghanistan beaten USA let me tell they whole world that sport is not politics for Afghan fans this was an other victory and we are really happy today that our team win an other game. Hamid bro good work keep it up and make it to the finally. Inshullah We will make it. thankd

  • Hussain on February 11, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    May Allah (sub) help u guys get in to the final beat whoever u guys play and we r proud of u guys. the day will come when we will be playing against Top sides when beat them Inshahullah

  • Kunal Kothari on February 11, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    Well done Afghan team !! Though Indian, I M very happy for U all. I wish it was a holiday today so I could drive down to C U play. And yes, please make it to the finals here on. Atleast it guarantees you qualification. Then aim to win it. Take it step by step. I hope you win both your Super 4 matches to remain unbeaten en route to Finals. And I sincerely hope and pray that U all end the tournament winners totally unbeaten. The only team I C as a threat is UAE who also have been playing well. If U can edge past them, U will definitely win the tournament. Just keep going the way U R. I for one definitely want to C U at the T20 WC. And trust me, I'll B the first to cheer for U at the event. Afghan cricket team's rise has been fast in the past 2 yrs given the difficult circumstances in the country inclluding lack of infrastructure. Here on, the challenge is going to be to sustain the good run. I hope U do. World cricket can do with teams like yours. All the very best.

  • kambez on February 11, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    congrattttttts hamid jan.. reali reali good win 2dia.. u guys hv showed a good character nd determination.. may allahh bless all of uu... U dont know how much it means to d ppl of afghanistan especaily in abroad... i didn't go 2 skol 2dia only to see how my lovly lovly country winss... we love u allllllllllll from kambez (london)

  • Zaeb on February 11, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    Insha Allah afghan team's hope of playing in t20 world cup will be accomplished.. I am indian though.. and an indian supporter.. but i have been following afghan cricket regularly. they have put in some hard work.. and its divided will be paid soon

  • Ashwin on February 11, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    The first hurdle is over and Afghanistan has done well to win all its game. Congratulations! You will be facing now UAE and Netherlands. Ending up in Top 2 will ensure a berth in World Cup T20. So two more days and two more victories and we all will see your team run sholders against the international sides at Top Level. Keep the focus and do well.

    All the best.

  • Rupak Ramachandran on February 11, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    Nice one Hamid, look forward to you guys making it to West Indies. Hope the victories bring a ray of hope to your people back home.

  • Rupak Ramachandran on February 11, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    Nice one Hamid, look forward to you guys making it to West Indies. Hope the victories bring a ray of hope to your people back home.