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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  • fanedlive on May 1, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    nice post. thanks.

  • fanedlive 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.

  • fanedlive on February 13, 2010, 12:04 GMT

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

  • fanedlive 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

  • fanedlive 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.

  • fanedlive 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

  • fanedlive 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

  • fanedlive 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. ;)

  • fanedlive 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?

  • fanedlive 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

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