Afghanistan February 13, 2010

Hamid Hassan blog - I feel absolutely amazing

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Hamid Hassan

I feel absolutely amazing and it is a dream come true to qualify for the World Twenty20. It is undoubtedly the biggest day in my cricketing life.

All over the world the people of Afghanistan will be happy today and I am very proud to be able to play for my country and bring so much happiness to our supporters.

We may have only been chasing a small target but it was a very difficult wicket to score runs on and the pitch was taking lots of spin. There was also lots of pressure on the players so it was a great effort to win the game.

In the final over we were all lined up on the boundary edge, with our arms around each other, like they do on the half-way line in the football when it is a penalty shoot out and then we ran into the middle once we had won. Quite a few supporters ran on the pitch and they were dancing on the outfield in celebration.

It is hard to take in that we are going to playing matches against major international sides that I only ever seen play on the television. We might not be able to beat the top teams, but I know that we are going to fight really hard and give them a tough test.

I have never been to the Caribbean and I can’t imagine what is going to be like to play there. I always used to like watching Brian Lara batting and Curtley Ambrose bowling on the television and it is fantastic I am going to be playing in the West Indies.

I have just finished my lunch and we are now going to stay at the ground and watch the Ireland-Netherlands match and then get ready for the final.

I will also probably spend some time with the physio as I have quite a few injuries, which means my body is really hurting, but nothing is going to stop me playing in the final this evening.

It doesn’t really matter if we win or lose tonight, as the most important thing was to qualify for the World Twenty20, but I am sure that our people want us to bring the trophy back to Kabul and celebrate with us, so we are determined to win the game.

Sahil Dutta is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Afghan in Canada on May 2, 2010, 0:03 GMT

    salaamona pakhairona -- subhan'Allah wutta game against India today. So wut we lost- i mean it was against India the Giant of the Cricket world among South Africa, Aussie's and pakistan. I hope when next time u go onto the field u'll remember that the opponents r jst da same as u - not better and nor worse. Play with a clear mind and no pressure. TAKE IT EASY and Victory will come insh'Allah ..

    to all the other ppl who r commenting here - KEEP POLITICS OUTTA HERE.

    All the best of luck in future insh'Allah ..

  • Said Khalid Sadat on April 25, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    greeting Hamid Jan we are realy grateful, and hopped to win the up coming tournment in west indies. Hamid we saw u in Afghaistan and during all the events of the ICC League. Dear Hamid Jan i know you as faster bollwoer than others faster bollwers of the world. keep busy yourself with practicing and try best. i know one day will earn the world cup chomion for the poorest people of Afghanistan, because all the people pray for you and love you. you have our blessing and prays and can only pray to allah for your guys to have best result in World Cup Tewnty20 Inshallh.

    by Afghani Love

  • Ramin Wardak on February 22, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    To All, specially Hamid Hassan, It was a wonderful moment when i was watching the live score on internet, and I cant display my feelings how Happy was I and so was my friends.. so we can only pray to Allah for your guys to have a good result in World Cup Twenty20 Inshallah, so all the best and our supports are prayers are always wit you all... Love you all

  • Ajab Khan maliar on February 17, 2010, 6:00 GMT

    Great hammid! You are the person who really leads Afghanistan cricket team to victory. YOu and our National cricket team brought Afghanistan as much happinness that no one has brought to Afghanistan such kind of happiness yet. I love you very much.

  • Vikram Maingi on February 16, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    Congratulations Hameed. You did a great job and so did the team.

  • ghulam mustafa on February 16, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    keep it up guys,you guys made our heads raised our heads high with proud and dignity,i always knew that you people can make it and this is the break for you guys,dont stop now,because you have milestones to achieve,alot of congrats to you and to all players and management in team,hope one day i will see you people playing in stadium,my best wishes with and your team.

  • Abdulghayas Safi on February 16, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    You'r are Palying very nice, thanks form Allah That you guys win the Game form Canda

  • Mansoor, Canada on February 16, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    Cangratulations to the Afghanistan team for thier extraoridanry performance in today's one day international against Canada. It was great game and Hamid jan's presence really felt. Dear hamid come back and join the team. Please replace shapoor Zadran with somepone else. Please. Please

  • AQEEL AHMED SHAIKH on February 16, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    congratulation Afghanistanies and i am from pakistan stys at UAE but i feel proud for Afghanistan vitory... that's they way you can show your ability to whole world... we are not terrorist we are humun being like other world... once again good luck for your future matches.. i will pray for u

  • Nehra on February 16, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    Other teams were worried that Afghan cricket team can blow them up with suicide attack. u afghanis and pakis should be banned from cricket

  • Afghan in Canada on May 2, 2010, 0:03 GMT

    salaamona pakhairona -- subhan'Allah wutta game against India today. So wut we lost- i mean it was against India the Giant of the Cricket world among South Africa, Aussie's and pakistan. I hope when next time u go onto the field u'll remember that the opponents r jst da same as u - not better and nor worse. Play with a clear mind and no pressure. TAKE IT EASY and Victory will come insh'Allah ..

    to all the other ppl who r commenting here - KEEP POLITICS OUTTA HERE.

    All the best of luck in future insh'Allah ..

  • Said Khalid Sadat on April 25, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    greeting Hamid Jan we are realy grateful, and hopped to win the up coming tournment in west indies. Hamid we saw u in Afghaistan and during all the events of the ICC League. Dear Hamid Jan i know you as faster bollwoer than others faster bollwers of the world. keep busy yourself with practicing and try best. i know one day will earn the world cup chomion for the poorest people of Afghanistan, because all the people pray for you and love you. you have our blessing and prays and can only pray to allah for your guys to have best result in World Cup Tewnty20 Inshallh.

    by Afghani Love

  • Ramin Wardak on February 22, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    To All, specially Hamid Hassan, It was a wonderful moment when i was watching the live score on internet, and I cant display my feelings how Happy was I and so was my friends.. so we can only pray to Allah for your guys to have a good result in World Cup Twenty20 Inshallah, so all the best and our supports are prayers are always wit you all... Love you all

  • Ajab Khan maliar on February 17, 2010, 6:00 GMT

    Great hammid! You are the person who really leads Afghanistan cricket team to victory. YOu and our National cricket team brought Afghanistan as much happinness that no one has brought to Afghanistan such kind of happiness yet. I love you very much.

  • Vikram Maingi on February 16, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    Congratulations Hameed. You did a great job and so did the team.

  • ghulam mustafa on February 16, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    keep it up guys,you guys made our heads raised our heads high with proud and dignity,i always knew that you people can make it and this is the break for you guys,dont stop now,because you have milestones to achieve,alot of congrats to you and to all players and management in team,hope one day i will see you people playing in stadium,my best wishes with and your team.

  • Abdulghayas Safi on February 16, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    You'r are Palying very nice, thanks form Allah That you guys win the Game form Canda

  • Mansoor, Canada on February 16, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    Cangratulations to the Afghanistan team for thier extraoridanry performance in today's one day international against Canada. It was great game and Hamid jan's presence really felt. Dear hamid come back and join the team. Please replace shapoor Zadran with somepone else. Please. Please

  • AQEEL AHMED SHAIKH on February 16, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    congratulation Afghanistanies and i am from pakistan stys at UAE but i feel proud for Afghanistan vitory... that's they way you can show your ability to whole world... we are not terrorist we are humun being like other world... once again good luck for your future matches.. i will pray for u

  • Nehra on February 16, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    Other teams were worried that Afghan cricket team can blow them up with suicide attack. u afghanis and pakis should be banned from cricket

  • sajad ibraihim kheil on February 16, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    congratulation afghanistan yes we won

  • Abdul Sami Hilaman on February 16, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    Hello Afghanistan I want to congertulate all afghans regarding the wonderful wining of our team and thanks Hassan for u r hardworking and i thank and congerulate u guyes in face book too best of luck we looking forward for the winning in world cup and the rest of the comming games so i requset u guys to proud afghanistan

  • Favaz Zakeer on February 16, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    Well done Afganistan.

    U guys hav shown tremedous character in T20 quilifiers. I heard u talking about playing about playing against India & RSA even before semis - that shows that u believed in urself & ur team. And after a near miss in WC quifiers and a tremedus year of cricket u desrved T20 berth. But I am worried about India's possiblity with having 2 tough contendrs against them. Mhh! even though I will be supporting India when u will play against us, I would like to wish you best of Luck.

    Favaz Zakeer

  • Harris on February 16, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    John Patel, get a life!

  • Cameron Johnston on February 15, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    Congrats to the whole afgan side, this is a great achievement. And being an australian, i hope to see you guys over here in the near future competing in the test arena. How sweet it would be to see a good competitive test match played between Australia and Afganistan.

    Keep up the good work.

  • Durgesh Rai on February 15, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    You guys have done your country proud. I share the notion of joy at your victory and hope it takes the path to achieve the glories of the game and signal a positive swing in the society in coming years. All the Best.

  • Rajit on February 15, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    I have been following the fortunes of Afghanistan cricket team since last year or so on cricinfo and it has truely been an amazing climb up the ladder for them.Entry to World T20 is just the reward after narrowly missing on the 2011 WC berth.Though I am an Indian,Ind & SA ,better be careful of this team in the World T20 in the Windies.

  • Alex on February 14, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    Congratulations to the Afghan team, brilliant efforts. I hope to see Afghanistan and Ireland as Test playing nations before 2020, and that Afghanistan can play home games in their own country to help spread this brilliant game to all Afghans.

    But please, leave religion out of sport. Allah (who doesn't exist) has no part to play in the brilliant success of this naturally talented team. Afghans need to leave the religious mumbo jumbo behind and focus their efforts on sports like cricket, just like the great cricketing forefathers like Thomas Brett, Richard Nyren and John Small intended the game to be played.

    Again, congratulations to you Hasan, I can see you playing County Cricket in the not too distant future. See you at the Rose Bowl!

  • vish n on February 14, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    Well done afghanistan - you have just added one more headache for ICC.As if pakistan wasnt enough ..here comes afghanistan.. !!One more for the vote bank for the asian bloc and also very soon you'll be granted full membership to play test cricket- that secures India's hold on ICC and wait for teams like australia/england to tour kabul/kandahar etc .. !! Hope you dont fritter away like bangladesh who also showed a lot of promise initially .. interesting times ahead for ICC - when they were expecting USA CANADA Holland to pull through here comes the poorest nation on the planet .. good on yer .. well done !!

  • Sudhakar on February 14, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    Congrats Guyz!! I bet no team will be able to play with such a zeal when things back at home are bad. You guys rock!! First time ever i have seen so many comments pouring in this site.. You will surely win atleast one match in T20 WC. Keep going!!

  • adnan shahzad on February 14, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    ALhamdulillah.....hope to see the ball flying out of the ground in the world cup by the pathans of Afghan. Really fantastic achievement this by you guys. looking forward to your games

  • Mahanand Jha on February 14, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    First of all congratulation to all People of afganistan. It's really to know that you ppl will be there in West indies.......All The best.....

  • Josh Afghan on February 14, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    please if u guys do wana support and rise ur voice to those and build a new cricket grounds in afghanistan and help these guys to go more futher,and send ur messages to afghanistan kabul to the government of afghanistan to bring a better demostic cricket tournaments like india/sri lanka/australia/pakistan/england/ please join us in facebook,,,,,,, type in google afghanistan cricket board/facebook , and share ur toughts with us thank u, and long live afghanistan and cricket team of afghanistan,and hopefully there is peace in afghanistan and in this world, we can all live and love one another in this world, thank u

  • Khalid on February 14, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    Congrats to Afghanistan and also wishing them well in the T20 World Cup. It will be nice to see them in action on the big stage. Shame they failed to qualify for the 50 overs WC in 2011 as it would have given them more games and a better exposure. In fact the ICC should include them as a wild card entry and make of the World Cup Group of 8 teams. I know it will mean changing alot of things but it will be worth it as the Afhans have proved that they are better than Ireland winning both the T20 games, the ICC inter-continental 4 day game and also beating Ireland in the 50 overs game during the qualfing tournament last year. Guys lets set up a campaign to get Afghanistan inmcluded in the 50 overs World Cup.

  • Edress from Kunduz afghanistan on February 14, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    There were questions about ourlow scoring in the tournemnt, and we proved that we can chase and defend any target, 147/2 17.3 overs wow unbeleivable, keep up the good work and u guys got our prayers, so don worry about anything

  • Mark on February 14, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    Amazing stuff! Well done! At this rate of progress, who would bet against Afghanistan pushing for Test status within 10 years?

  • Khan on February 14, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    in Response to John Patel @ Watch out you Indian Watch out no matter how you played good cricket in Test in ODI,s but this is the format of Afghan. we will hit you all over the park Insha Allah the victory will be Afghan warriors in T20 against India. the big upset is coming for India. Indian will cry alot. beat beat beat Indian in west Indies 2010 World Cup. Congratulation to Afghanistan my home land. Praying for your success. From Akram Khan Zadran, Cyprus

  • Royjhns on February 14, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    Hearty congrats to the Afghan team. I hear may discussions about who coached you guys - Indians or Pakistanis. As long as Pakistanis didn't teach you ball biting and smelling, you guys will do good:))

  • Mirza Karamat Baig on February 14, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    Ireland is pushing for Test status but I think ICC should hold for a while their request and maybe Afghanistan get the status before Ireland. Hats off to Afghanistan team for performing so well with limited or no resources at home, except for the war. Would be nice to have a tournament involving Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

  • Nabi Jan Momand on February 14, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    Shukar Alhamdulilah!!!!! I dont have words to describe my happiness....readying these comments ... i hv started crying .. you guys have done a remakeable job.....i shud say with no facilities u hv done wonders... there is not atleat a single cricket ground in Afghanistan...hope that the government will not support our cricketers n first of all build a cricket stadium for them..... n i m sure we can beat any side in T20WC wish you all the best

  • mansoor Dostokhiel on February 14, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    Many Congratulation to all Afghan Nation, A wonderful achievement by our beloved players, May All Mighty Allah give you the strength to win more and more matches and you will do this. Now this is the time the Afghan government should give you attention and support, They should nt support only other sport players like the do. Your the greatest ambassadors of our country.

  • Max Gunasekera on February 14, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    Congratulations from Sri Lanka. I have been following your progress with interest from the days of your cricket in Division 6. A true David & Goliath story. Don't be disheartened if things do not go your way in the T20 world cup. Learn from your experiences. Hope SL Cricket will help u in your future endeavours. If I remember rightly you'll did have a bowling or some other coach for sometime from Sri Lanka. Very best wishes for the T20 World Cup & the future.Hope this boost will enable other institutuions to build a just & violence free society in Afghanistan soon!

  • Javed on February 14, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    Doesn't matter where I am from and even am not sure why I am feeling proud of Afghan entry in the World Cup... quite a few of my friends those played cricket with me including captain Khurram and top batsman Saqib were playing from UAE but I wanted Afghan to qualify as they were playing for the nation which deserve much better than the current situation in the country. I wish a good luck to Afghanistan as with Pathan power, pride, dedication, hard work and passion they will surely rise to great heights in future

  • Khwajah Mustafa seddiqi on February 14, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    Well Done guys well done god bless you .Will see in Kabul soon

  • Javed on February 14, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    Congratulation to all especially to the team for their fantastic achievment.

    I truely beleive the team will do better in WI. Common boys you can do it......

  • Sheheryar Khan on February 14, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Truely a great tale of grit and determination. The Afghan team have shown what can be achieved through sheer hard work, self-belief and pride. I hope our Pakistani players will take notice and learn a lesson or two. Well done Afganistan. Good luck for the future.

  • Dinil on February 14, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    Well PLayed guys..have been following ur success from quite some time now..happy to see u finally make it to the T20 Cup..Tougher challenges lay ahead..

  • Allah Nazar Naqibi on February 14, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    Thanks to Allah for giving us this great pleasure and victory, I really have no words to express my hearty feelings on this great jiffy, however I would like to say long life to all Afghan cricket players who put their efforts and contribution for this great victory and which all of them and their coach Kabir Khan more success in their personal life.

    Thanks Allah Nazar Naqibi

  • safiullah on February 14, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    I can't hold my tears, this rarely happens to me... When I am happy from Inside, along with satisfaction. Great Job boys, be spirited as always, and go with God's grace in the field in the world cup. Hameed Jan its not only your dream, It was one of my dreams to see Afghanistan written on the T-shirts of players, in ESPN, Star sports and other channels...WOw, Inshallah I will in the coming 2 months or so.

    Hameed Jan becoming champions is a bit easier than remaining champion. I hope we remain for long time. And always be hankful from GOD.

    I want you guys to do a sajd-e-shukrana once you are in the field in carribean, so that the whole world see that....

    Allah-u-Akbar!!!!

  • Qudratullah on February 14, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    Salaam to all afghan players. Congratulations for your success. May Allah succeed you in all your future endeavors. You have done a fantastic job. Hats off to you guys.

  • Momin sahibzada on February 14, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    Aamzing, Fantastic,Brillian,Outstanding,you are ma rockys, one of the most memorable days in ma whole life !!!! i will neva foget this day many many congrats to you all and Afghans, Hamid bro im jamshads Uncle who lives in Manchester has played with you he called me and told me to say Mubarakona............ keep the amazing work foeva......... cheers

  • Adro Gul Stanikzai on February 14, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    wowwwwwwww, what a win, i can not imagine it, i can not stop my feelings, it really shows that how much potential afghans are? there is no word to admire the players, iam proud of them, anyway, congratulations to all the brilliant players and afghans,

  • M.Sharif Arif on February 14, 2010, 3:48 GMT

    I would like to congratulate the Afghan National Cricket team and the Whole nation of Afghanistan for this Historical Victory. Allah Bless you all. Congratulations once again. Love you all.

    Sharif Kabul,Afghanistan

  • Josh Afghan on February 14, 2010, 3:00 GMT

    asalaam alaikum, i dont know what to say, how to express my feelings this is the happiest moment for me and for other afghan ppl and also the afghanz back home, we all been praying for allah for ur success and u guys done again and again ,there is alot of my friends including me we are planing to go 2west indies for ur support , inshah'allah we can do some upset there too

  • Muhammad Usman on February 14, 2010, 2:05 GMT

    first of allah thank you allah and allahamdullillah ya shokor u helped us and our team for this glorious vicotry ...i cannot say how much our afghans brother and even sisters are happy i saw the laugh,luaghter,joy and happiness on my afghan brothers faces after 30yrs cry,dried lips,and tearful eyes thank you afghan team this an achievement if u try hard then nothing is impossiblle even impossible is possible.

  • sardar on February 14, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    i am from peshawar and i am so proud of my brothers,congratulation,you guys did it,and you can do it again,

  • Azhar from Pakistan on February 14, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    So happy for my Afghan brothers.. I predict very soon Afghan team ll be among best in the world InshaAllah.they r so talented.God bless them n us all.

  • John boon on February 14, 2010, 0:07 GMT

    Congratulations. InshaAllah we'll play test matches with you in the coming decade. From England

  • Stephen on February 13, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    Congratulations, the progress you have made since Jersey (two and a bit years ago) when I first noticed your team, the great thing is that the improvement has been gradual down to hard work. The improvement in all forms of the game has been great to see. I feel that now the key is to sustain and keep building on the current sucess, as every team in history has shown its all about looking to the future and finding the best balance of experience and youth. But for now just enjoy your success and hopefully we (England) will play you in the not to distant future.

  • PakPassion on February 13, 2010, 23:16 GMT

    Many Congrats Rockies! Cannot wait to see some upsets in Twenty20 comes May 2010! Let this decade be a new dawn for Afghan cricket... Ameen. Well wisher from Lahore.

  • Vinícius Bonizzoni on February 13, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    Assalamu Alaykum Congrats. Any word that we can say cannot express what this archivement means to all Afghans around the world. This can be a step-up not only for cricket,but to change fortunes to many people who were destroyed after many facts. Kudos from Brazil.

  • hashmi on February 13, 2010, 22:32 GMT

    woooooow...what a great achievement from afghanistan..although i am from pakistan but i tooo toooo glad to see afghan brothers qualifying for t20 wc....BEST WISHES FOR AFGHANISTAN....hope u guys keep on doing well in cricket....hats off to afgha players who made it possible...love u all

  • Amrik Singh on February 13, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    i want to see Hamid hassan in IPL, he sach a nice player.

  • Amrik SIngh on February 13, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    Congrats to Afghanistan , sach a wounderfull performance by afganistan team, & the main thing i like Hamid Hassan a true player, always hungry for wickets, i want to tell to world cricket be carefull this new coming team , they have enough potential to change the match result. i wish you afgan team get more successin future, they show the determination & continue learning , BEST OF Luck.

  • km on February 13, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    Although I am not from afghanistan, but there performance is superb. The whole team should remember when playing against india and s africa is that they can beat them. It is T20 and couple of overs can completely change the game. Afghans, just believe in yourselves and you will create a storm in the upcoming T20 world cup. Inshallah

  • Arvind on February 13, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    You guys deserve more! Congrats... Take this confidence into the carribean and continue your dream run! I'd be happy if you guys will beat India and SA.. I've loved your team and i'm sure you can only get better from here on! Keep up the good work guys!

    And Hamid it's really good that you are writing these blogs and with cricinfo, it reaches people from all over! Continue the good work mate and good luck!!

  • Jameel on February 13, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    Congratulations. InshaAllah we'll play test matches with you in the coming decade. From Bangladesh

  • Anshu on February 13, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    congrats first of all..well done...but its a alarm for u before final...focus on ur batting nd do well.. al d bst

  • sam on February 13, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    Congratulations on reaching the World T20 - normally I don't watch T20 but I will make an exception for you and your team. Just go out there and perform to the best of your abilities and who knows you guys could pull off an upset or 2. Good luck in the Windies.

  • lollu on February 13, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    Congratz Afz....u al deserv aftr lot f hard wrk....!

  • Saleem Noorani from QATAR on February 13, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    Mashallah my dearest brothers...I proud to have u all...i am really happy . i can't write anything but i just pray for Allah to help us..Afghanistan won the 2009/10 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier . my man Mr. sidiq and Shehzad...i am really proud on u

  • Shahid khan on February 13, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    Congratulations to all afghans, we mast be very very happy, and thanks to Allah, east or west Afghanistan is the best.... allah di malshaa

  • Shahid khan on February 13, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    Congratulations to all afghans, we mast be very very happy, and thanks to Allah, east or west Afghanistan is the best.... allah di malshaa

  • Salim Mushfiq on February 13, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    Afghanistan showed the world that they are the best among 8 teams, I think they are even better than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe...see our progress in only 2 years...give Afghanistan 2 years more then we can beat Australia and SA too...Congratulation once again, I will go to West Indies next month to see my dear team there...Love you Afghanistan, best of luck in West Indies against SA and India...Many congratulations to Ireland too, as they also qualify for the West Indies...good luck for Ireland against England and West Indies...

  • Irfan Saied Khan on February 13, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    Many congratulations to the Afghan team from a patriotic Pakistani. It is amazing that you guys have won the tournament, and in some style. I look forward to seeing you in the Carribean, may Allah grant you lots of success!

  • fawad on February 13, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    reali a dream came ture i neva imaged i wud one day sit and watch my team my country my afghans play wid the liks of SA ENG IN AUS just loving the spirit hadzoF lov u alll muahhh

  • khalil Mangal on February 13, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    Allah Akbar....... congratulations to all Afghans and to the brilliant performers and the heroes of the day.....once again proved dont take Afghans easy..... what a win what a day for all of us.A beautiful spell by Mangal and cracking batting by,Karim Sadiq and specially Mohammed Shahzad got Afghanistan a histrical win, once again i would like to congrtulate the whole team members,the management and all Afghans, gud luck for T20 World Cup

    Khalil Mangal New Delhi (India)

  • ibrahim khan Zazai on February 13, 2010, 19:09 GMT

    WOoOohHOooOOo. . . .mY dreaMs to see mY heroEs with the HistoricaL TROPHY in their hands have caME truE.

    ManY maNY congraTs PatriotiC countrymen nD the CHAMPS of Our COuntry "ROCKY oF cRIckeT woRLd" ;)

  • khushal khan on February 13, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    East or West afghan team is the BEST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sohail Yusufzai on February 13, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Alhamdullah , ALLAH AKBAR ALLAH AKBAR i am really speachless about these performance of our brave players, wonderful wonderful perofomance thanks aloooooooooooooooooot

  • Emad from Pakistan on February 13, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    CONGRATZ! well played all of you and hoping you create some major upsets in the World cup in May, also hoping to play you guys in the Asia Cup as well, keep it up!

  • Umair on February 13, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    You guys are amazing! Unbelievable Run! As a Pakistani I am ecstatic for every Afghan in the world on this amazing achievement of their cricket team. Looking forward to you guys kicking some booty in the twenty20 world cup. Congratulations again. Looking forward to seeing you win THE cricket world cup in 2015!

  • Tony Bell on February 13, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    Well done to Afghanistan, hope England don't get drawn against you in the WI, you will probably beat us!

    Looking forward to seeing you play test matches in Kabul in a few years time.

  • ashish on February 13, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    @Ali...indian money is used in da development fund to raise help crickets in various countries...dont shout here like a child without knowing the facts..pakistan did'nt set up any camps in afganistan and its just by luck that there r so many afgan refugees in pakistan who were interested in cricket..if pakistan r co concerned with afgan cricket than y afganistan has just now started playing cricket at da associate level and y not 20-30 years back like sri lanka did??

  • Edress from Kunduz afghanistan on February 13, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    wooooooooow proud to be an afghan today,don know what to say, we did it, and now i don care if we lose the final or we never win any much in west indies, u guys really made us proud, good job guys

  • Javid Rasul on February 13, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    I cant say anything but its is a big day for me and my familly and all around the world. Thank you for all our afghan ppl who suport them thats really good we should alwayz back up them and i proud of my team thank you soo much they doing a great job for us.

  • Mohammad Zubair on February 13, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    You Rocked the Cricket World, You are Rocking,and You will be Rocking the World.Just being decisive,turn in anything.Congrats to All Proud Nation, and thanks from all media who have been supporting us so far.

  • Mahboob Alam on February 13, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    Good Job & Congrats! on behalf of all people of Pakistan.. c u at the World T20..

  • jamshaid on February 13, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    ohhhhhhhoo wowww its fine rocky ofcourse we are the rocky of cricket and i really congrates to whole of my countrymen and mostly to our brave players .i really congrates to the governor of nangarhar province gull agha shirzai especilly becouse of him our team is in good position and his love with our players and cricke i love gull agha shirzai for his strong support jamshaid khan from peshawar

  • Wasif Elahi Shamsi on February 13, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Congratulations to all the afghanis from all the Paksitanis!! :) may ur team always compete at the top level, ameen...

  • jamshaid on February 13, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    ohhhhhhhoo wowww its fine rocky ofcourse we are the rocky of cricket and i really congrates to whole of my countrymen and mostly to our brave players .i really congrates to the governor of nangarhar province gull agha shirzai especilly becouse him our team is in good position and his love with our players and cricket jamshaid khan from peshawar

  • Juan Rodriguez on February 13, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    Im from Argentina, but i have been pulling for you guys ever since you won in Jersey 2 years ago. To make it to a major cricket tournament, considering what is going on...it's just fantastic. You might be the best fairytale in world sport at the moment! You guys should enjoy this win...and then get to work so you can knock off a couple of Test teams in the Caribbean!

    Juan Rodriguez Buenos Aires

  • yuri on February 13, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    CONGRATS! Have been following you guys on cricinfo for a long time.You have managed to achieve what many people have wished but have failed to do and thats a real taste of happiness to the hearts of hundreds and possibly thousands of Afghans. While the west indies is my inherited team you all shall be my adopted team.May you guys grow from strength to strength.Good Luck all way! Bettawfeeq بالتوفيق!

  • John Patel on February 13, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    To Khan critising Indians, the Afghan Cricket team will be the whipping boys of the T20 World Cup. India run world get used to it. At least we have a half decent country unlike the shambles that is Afganistan!

  • Amin Zamani, London on February 13, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    Dear Hamid, Kabir Khan and all the othert players, Our best wishes to you all, we love you all and you give us a very good valentine gift. a truly love affair!! I heard yesterday an interview by Wasim Akram, one of my heroes in cricket. He was very fond of the Afghan team and suprised to see how good the were. Well, today my friends the team has made proud not only Afghans but also everyone who has a soft corner for the Afghan team. I wish the team plays like this and achieve more so that the can become an established force in cricket. It would be great to see a fifth asian country playing at the international level.

  • imran qaiser on February 13, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    Congrats to Afghan team. I was following the UAE game. as a cricketer myself, i know low scores can be tricky as players with flair likes to go after the ball but this score only needed calm innings. You guys played sensibly & also aggressively when needed. You need to mix this same thing against big teams depending on situations. Need big imrpovement in all departments if want to win against big teams. fielding especially!!! remember its them who will be under pressure as you guys have nothing to loose or prove. You will be there to enjoy cricket & anything can happen in T20. Its easy for a small team to upset a big one in a shorter format of the game as you dont need to sustain any pressure for long or dont need to rotate too much strike as in one day games. So Good luck guys!! see you in westindies. I hope Pak team can learn some lessons from you guys.

  • Zabi, dubai on February 13, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    Salam hamid. I am a very big fan of yours.! i live in dubai and i came to the stadium today to watch you play! Mashallah our team played really well. I specially loved the way YOu and shapoor zadran bowled! The best part of the game was when You clean bowled two of theere players! and how NOwroz Mangal And Noor ali batted in that cruical partnership! You and the whole team today made us proud to be Afghans! Inshallah today was the first step toward the world cup and we will go far and one day we will win the worldcup like we won today Well done Hamid. YOu make us all proud

  • Raj from Boston, USA on February 13, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    Congratulations to the Afghanistan cricketer! True to the Afghani spirit you have done every cricket lover proud...I hope you go all the way and become on of the best team in the world.

  • shoaib on February 13, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    Implausible guys!! U guys have done stunningly well at the outset playing in the qualifier and not only jux filling in the numbers u’ve butt in the ICC World T20. Keep on doing the gr8 work and Allah will help u in the Grand Tournament. Many congrats 4m the entire nation of Pakistan.

  • Ali on February 13, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    Congratulation Jamil. Jamil you are misguided.Only pakistani cricketer have helped Afghanistan since early 2000.They have only played domestic cricket in Pakistan and coached by Pakistanies. So correct your record.Ask Indians why they are not investing in burma, bangladesh , nepal or bhutan. May allah Guide you

  • khalil Mangal on February 13, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    Alhamdullilah! great work guys,really its an amazing achievment. just go for it nobody can stop you from bringing the trophy back home,the great almighty is with us as well as the prayers of all afghans, i m in New Delhi(India) and my prayers will be with you there, and i m staying back in my office till 11.pm when you guys will lift the trophy because i dont wanna miss the match as my home is so far away from my office.... gud luck for taday and T20 world cup. long live Afghanistan....... allah bless you all....

  • tharrik mohamed on February 13, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    congrates all afgnies...it is big time. tharik from india.

  • Roman on February 13, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    tanx NoeL-K its really joy day for us afghan, hope we can bring excitment to cricket-world. so far i was always a fun of india team, but now there is our team to chear and wish best. hope india and other cricket-nation provide us the financial support in terms of coaching equipment in future, we have the heart to play but we need now som support. icc-help us so we can help cricket, bring some joy to the sport.

  • Lutfullah Stanikzai on February 13, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    Salam Hamid Jana,

    I truely haven't got the words to express my happiness, but this is one of the greatest moments I have ever had in my life. My sincere congratulations to team, the coach, all Afghans and the cricket fans around the globe.

    Regards

  • tony sebestian on February 13, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    @Khan...good effort by afganistan to reach T20 WC but it does'st mean u sud abuse india for non apparent reason..try to celebrate da occasion rather than defaming india or indians..hope somebody taught u some mannerism...

  • ahmadullah lawang on February 13, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    congratulation,2 hamid, all team & to nation,I am vry hapy i cannot express it in words,Thanx guys for a great efort,I am really proud of u,, i am in london, last nit i work whole nit i didnot sleep just keep eyes to all of u, u gave us hapyness,,,,,,,,make dua ALLAH (SWT)bring peace in our country, ameen... i am crying to my nation,,,gdluck with final v pray INSHALLAH

  • jamalzai on February 13, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    ته ودریږه چی نړی ته پته ولګیږی چی مونږه هم څوک یو او دا مو نړی ته وښوده چی مونږ ډغری مه وهی

    لاتر اوسه یی ماغزه په قرار نه دی چا چی ما سره وهلی سر په سر دی

  • Hashmat Khan Ghorbandi on February 13, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    MASHALLAH GUYS. Well done Well done and well done, We are proud of you Guys, U are the best i cant tell u my feeling now im really happy and i will see you guys in world cup and will see Afghans that says BOOM BOOM hamid and Nabi and others, i really appreciate your efforts, and one thing is most important that we need the trophy of the final do it and win from Ireland to night just go ahead, and also Hamid please please dont say that you can can not win from Intl teams in T20, you guys can do it dont think negative please you are the Lions of Cricket of AFGHANISTAN, go ahead and beat INDIA, PAK, AUSTRALIA and more and more, just u guys have more period of time until May 2010 Train your self more and more to beat the mentioned teams.

    Best of luck

    HASHMAT KHAN GHORBANDI DUBAI

  • abdul majeed turkmen on February 13, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    hello everyone this is abdul majeed turkmen what a day to remember we are no more pakistani suppurting fan becuase we have got our own team to suppurt now congrats to every afghan n everyone who suppurts afghanistan team

  • remo on February 13, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    congratulation afghans, welcome to the carribean i know you mr. rocky can do it again, I am so happy to see a new team breaking into the international cricket, Iam from guyana, but lives in the usa. love cricket. good luck.

  • Aryan Tajik on February 13, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    Great victory. It is one of the most better remembered in history of Afghan sports specially cricket. This is the greatest achievements of all time for the Afghans. It is worth saying that with their qualification for the world cup, Afghans have opened in a new chapter in the history of the country. Afghanistan will prevail and will prove those people wrong have a perceptual stereotype for Afghans being warlike and peace hating people. But alhamdulillah it is proven that we Afghans are really not as mentioned above. Congratulations to all Afghans around the world and in Afghanistan. May you continue winning and remain unrivaled champions. Ameen

    Aryan Tajik Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh, Afghanistan

  • Josh Afghan on February 13, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    i dont know how to explain my happinesses, iam an afghan living in australia sydney, nearly half of my life , but i have been calling sick for work, because of this tournament i have stoped eating and sleeping for days, and keep asking my mum to pray for our country ,sometime i keep the tv busy watching cricket,she goes nah i wont pray otherwise we can watch the news u gona be busy watching cricket 24/7 i said mum its afghanistan pls pls pls, she sometime watch cricket with us but doesnt understand, when i repeatidly told her please mum pray, she laughed and we all prayed for success of our country and these hero's i have no word for them , u guys are amazing,its 221 and iam still awake i had a big headache for not sleeping and eating,but after winning the match everything was gone i got better , and been jumping arouund and shouthing ,in latenight lol, anyways love you all, and hope we win tonights match and take the cup home, goodluck ,May allah make u stronger and stronger,aameen

  • Krishnanand on February 13, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Congratulations. You have done your country proud. Cricket is indeed a funny game. Enjoy and good luck!

  • Niazi on February 13, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    Cogratualations to all Afghans and Afghanistan team for the remarkable achievement, what a team effort it has been.Really proud of you guys, keep the hard working! Best of luck.

  • abdul majeed turkmen on February 13, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    hello everyone this is abdul majeed turkmen from pakistan i must say one think here we are no more pakistan suppurters becuase we have got the one should we suppurt all the time i have no words to say here about our team its a day to remember what a great perfomence by our team it can change the minds of our people towards sports and we are proud of you guys now i will start playing cricket again becuase now i think i can take cricket as proffision congrats to all afghan brothers.

  • Josh Afghan on February 13, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    just checking if i can comment too, lol

  • Sidhanta Patnaik on February 13, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    BRILLIANT JOB. Keep it going.

  • Kamal from US on February 13, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    Afghan team better than Pakistan team. There is good attitude and respect to each other in the team. I am sure with there physic they are capable to beat Aussies, Why can't IND and SA @ 20/20 level. Kepp building the team spirit. I hope i can see you in IPL 2011 and champions trophy. I always support upcoming countries. I can understand how it could be for you folks. But, you are not far from the top cricketers. I am an indian, but at world 20/20 I will support your team even against India. Ireland also won there game. So, best teams qualified. I very happy for your cricket. Cricket teach you of good things. Keep learning. Be good human beings and citezes. Thanks!

  • Farhad Habib on February 13, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    Thanks allot from all the player supporters, finaly a day came we will watch our Heros on tv, they will play against India or England but this will be a grat day. i can say confidently that our team can beat to any team in the world cricket is agame when you play well you will win, like Iraland beat Pakistan we can beat IDIA OR OTHER .........

    BEST LUCK OUR HEROS

  • Yogesh on February 13, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    This is some achievement. Considering the state of the country, what your cricket team has achieved is miraculous. This is sheer triumph of will and passion. Look forward to greater deeds from you guys.

  • Kosala on February 13, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    Fantastic to have Afghans in the T20 world Cup !! Well done lads – many congratulations !!

    Sri Lankan Fan of yours !!

  • Irfan Mohammed Ali on February 13, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS .....May Allah Bless your team.....Really Ur country deserve more and more exciting news...Just enjoy the moment...Irfan Moahmmed Ali - Abu Dhabi

  • Ajmal Khan on February 13, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    Pakhaer Raglaey.Pakhaer Raglaey. Congratulation for the Afghan team. Ibrahim khan zazai don't make disinformation about indian support.Most of these afghan players have played in pakistan and coached by a pakistani. You Indian even don't play with Occupied Kashmiri Cricket Team and even put Kashmiri youth out the ground watching a local match. If you have any courage then why not include Afghan in IPL but I know you can't as they are not a big name currently.[But they Will Inshallah]

  • Omid on February 13, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    Heyyy dears i think the Group D England and west Indies grope is preferable ...rather the final today at least we can make some point

  • Darren on February 13, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    Afghanistan....keep it upp.....u guys rockkk.....and u have won evryone's heartss.....just remember...continue with the same enthusiasm and passion, and dont loose hope because til now u guys were competing with teams lik Ireland, UAE.....The real challenge is now....and this is why i say, keep on fighting, and dont get disappointed when u face against the top teams in future.....because the gulf is huge even between a team like Zimbabwe and Ireland.....so dont loose heart when u loose against big teams, that is what we want to see from u boys....GO AHEAD...wud love to see u progress even furtherr...

  • Ajmal Khan on February 13, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    Pakhaer Raglaey.Pakhaer Raglaey. Congratulation for the Afghan team.I am Ajmal from Mardan, Pakistan.Have followed all the matches of you in the tournament. Just enjoy the moment and play freely in the final.Hats of to all of you guys for such a marvelous effort.

  • Ali on February 13, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    Congratulation Afghanistan hope u guys can beat indian assholes best wishes from Bangladesh

  • ibrahim khan Zazai on February 13, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    @ KHAN

    i dinT minD anYthing excepT that u called me Indian.You have no right to judge which nation i beLong

    to,with just few woRds oF mine. . .think aLot befoRe u speaK righT!!

    & yeah,i donT wanT to jump into discussion abT Pak nd India. . .what each does,i know quite better than

    your mentaL LeveL can thinK oF buT i meanT Indians fans bY mentioning aboUt indian's support in mY commenT aboVe.

    geT weLL sOOn boY. . . :-P

  • Hazrat Shinwari on February 13, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    I congratulate all Afghan players and fans around the globe for such a historical achievement. I wish you best of luck ahead of the Caribbean And also thanks to all non Afghans cricket supporter and followers.

  • Saif Ali Khan on February 13, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    Congratulations.Now we have a team to support and follow.Keep up the good bowling and do some hitting practice for next two months.The cup is yours....

  • Mariam on February 13, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    SO proud of you all! :) Keep climbing up the ladder this way and very soon you'll be the ones to watch out for!

  • scotsfan on February 13, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    Well done to you all. I can't begin to imagine how many people -- all over the world -- were pulling for you. Your success is well deserved, so enjoy it. Enjoy also the new adventures in the West Indies.

  • Qamar Sahar on February 13, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    well done guys 2day z my happy day since 2010 start. more then 5 million people prayer are with u guys. inshallah u will bring t20 world cup 2010 to Afghanistan.

  • Qamar Sahar on February 13, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    well done guys 2day z my happy day since 2010 start. more then 5 million people prayer are with u guys. inshallah u will bring t20 world cup 2010 to Afghanistan.

  • Girish on February 13, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    Kudos to afghanistan!!!!! I am from India but for some reason i am feeling proud of you guys, probably b'cos of the underdog tag tht you guys had. Love ur blogs Hamid!! U guys have taken a big stride in international cricket and i hope u guys get to see sachin sooon :-)

    Wow!!claps claps claps for u guys!!

    Everyone is standing and watching you guys...

    Congrats once again

  • SAMI GULYAR-BIRMINGHAM on February 13, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    Thank you very much Mr. MARK for cheering & supporting AFGHAN CRICKET Team.....and i as an Afghan national living in england appreciate your supports..... THANKS TO ALL OF NON-AFGHANS WHO PRAYED AND SUPPORT TO AFGHANISTAN WIN..... After all thanks to our greate cricket team members, coach (Mr. Kabeer Khan)and all afghanistan nation...!!! you guys are the pride of AFGHAN GREATE NATION... love you all....

    KHUDA HAFIZ....

  • faisal on February 13, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    congratulation boyz i knew it u guys gonna make it i was keep following u guyz all the way when u guys won the league and now u guys got a chance to play and beat big teams inshallah u will this msg is from all the people from pakistan mashallah we love 2 see u guys in carabian and goodluck keep this winning streak goin

  • Noel-Kalicharan on February 13, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    It is always so exciting to welcome new friends into the cricket family at all levels and, in this case, to the top level. It must be a tremendous thrill for all Afghan supporters that their team is coming to the West Indies for the T20 World Cup. Congratulations on your hard-fought victory and we look forward to welcoming you to the West Indies soon. (Noel Kalicharan, Trinidad)

  • Roman on February 13, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    well guys you guys deserve to be the hero of the days, what we hoped and requesed you guys did exactly. really smart cricket all around spec Noor Ali, and all the bowlers. we know you guys have not the facility and the wright equipment like others butr you guys :) so keep on winning prepare to meet the big nations, huge task, but no hesitation about you guys. peace

  • rahul on February 13, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    Wonderful fairy tale stuff. I am from India and was eagerly waiting for this match... yesterday was afraid when u lost...

    but brilliant comeback today...

    Win in the final and join Indian national team in their group..

    Beat south affrica.. and go ahead with India to the next stage...

    Well done! Congrats

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

    Salam Alekum hamid

    first of all.. many many congratulations for making it to T20 world cup.. i am an indian.. but still a big follower of afghan team. i am really very very happy for the afghan team.. dividend for the hard work has been paid. Insha Allah afghan team will make some point in the T20 world cup

  • marwand sadat on February 13, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    congrats to alle afghanistan , that is great, i hope that we afghan can show to world that we are proud to be afghan.and we are .you guys made us proud.thanks hamid wror

  • mohammed imrab on February 13, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    conreglations to all the afghans .....iam a pakistani and and been following afghan team since couple of years ..iam just amazed how u guy improved in so little time . iam your biggest ever .u guys have done misision impossible all the best wishes to afghans and ur great team

  • Mark on February 13, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    Huge congratulations - an amazing achievement. You are an inspiration to us all. Surely now Afghanistan are everybody's favourite side? I can't help thinking that if England meet them in the World Cup I'll be cheering for the Afghans.

    Simply one of the greatest ever sporting stories. Good luck tonight - I'll be cheering for you.

  • Omer Zalmai on February 13, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaahoooooooooooooooooooo! YEsssssssssssssss we are gona be in worldcup in such a short span of time.. PROVE TO THE WORLD WE ARE THE BEST ,,,

  • hisham on February 13, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    Salam from Malaysia to the glorious team Afghan, well done. Looking forward to see you guys play (and beating) the big boys in the coming T20WC.

  • Asad Agha on February 13, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    Congratulations to Hameed Hassan and all the Afghani team and nation, we are all thrilled here in Walsall Uk, i remember fondly the tales of how many of you sacrificed your lives just to get to practice, played with rolled up socks and changed in sowned planes, you helped support your local community here and helped me, so now your prayers have been answered. Allahafiz Asad Gul Agha and all Afghani Community!

  • Singhal on February 13, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    Congratulations to the afghan team and all afghanis, I am an Indian and would request to all fellow posters to keep politics separate from sport. I hope u will lift the cup and this victory will do whct world cup 83 victory did for India!

  • Faisal on February 13, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    Like somebody mentioned here after 4 days of nail-biting finally u guys have reached to finals and made us all proud by qualifying in T20 World Cup! Continue ur good form further in the world cup...we are with u forever...Afghanistan zindabaad!

  • SAMI FROM BIRMINGHAM on February 13, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    SHUKUR ALAHAMDULILAH!!!! I cant stop my tears falling swear to almighty ALLAH!!! Thank you guys for bringing my beloved AFGHANISTAN that far to world of cricket and make our great nation proud on to be AFGHAN and its cricket heros!!!! SUBHANALLAH!!!! PLEASE DONT LET ANY OTHER NATION TAKE THIS TROPHY MY DEAR HEROS!!!!....ALLAH IS WITH US.....!!!! HAMEED JAN WE USED TO PLAY CRICKET TOGETHER IN PESHAWAR TEHKAL PAYAN!!!! I REALLY PROUD OF YOU ALL...

    ALL THE BEST TO AFGHANISTAN & ITS HEROES..... MUAFIQ BASHID...

  • Faisal on February 13, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    Like somebody mentioned here after 4 days of nail-biting finally u guys have reached to finals and made us all proud by qualifying in T20 World Cup! Continue ur good form further in the world cup...we are with u forever...Afghanistan zindabaad!

  • jamil on February 13, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    congratulations afghan i am really happy and y not because my country achived it i just want to thanks all afghan team for a good hard work and u people very happy us and plz do more hard work to sucsess ur country and i want to say just to khan that india is our friend not enemy i think he dont know even about pakistan they will never come our friends i love afghanistan and i want to salutes rocky man and mohd nabi and noor ali they really do a hard work

  • Shaaa on February 13, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    Alhamdulillah...Cheers from Sri Lanka... badly wanted to see you guys there in carribean... am very happy... :)

  • Saber on February 13, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    Well done!!!

    The team really did well. My appreciation goes to every one in the team. They are really capable..Inshallah you will be able to have good results in West Indies. I am really proud of you..Hope Afghan Team gets over the final with winning it.

    May Allah bless you all!!!

  • Momin sahibzada on February 13, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    many many congrats to all the Afghans and our Blue Tigers today is a Special day for all the afghans and cricket lovers throughout the world. YOU guys have achieved the unthinkable .......... SO proud of your commitments and the passion you have shown towards the game and your country you have made all afghans United which nobady has ever been able to do it befor!!! you guys are our heros for get about the corrupted pliticians you are far more respected persons than those who are running the government. they sould learn somthing from you.... Thanks so much for giving us somthing to be cheered and be proud of ..... God bless you all ,

  • sudhai on February 13, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    wow am so happy for u guys. i live down here in the caribbean and i have been following u guys for the past year r so. and i cant wait to see guys in action, good luck

  • Bob Logan on February 13, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    Well done Afghanistan Cricket Team, i am bob from England, and I want to request all test teams including England that help you guys, you are playing very well with nothing and if they help you guys you will be one of the top 5 test teams.

  • Bob Logan on February 13, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    Well done Afghanistan Cricket Team, i am bob from England, and I want to request all test teams including England that help you guys, you are playing very well with nothing and if they help you guys you will be one of the top 5 test teams.

  • Reddy from India on February 13, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    Congrats Afghanistan brothers. We Indians love to see you guys play in the world cup. Very happy indeed and best of luck!!!

  • asif on February 13, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    assalam. well played afghan keep it up.

  • Saleem Noorani .....From Qatar on February 13, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    I am very happy to have you all..and after reading all comments which have been sent by our lovely ppl...i start to cry and i am writing this comment with wet eyes...Allah is with us,,,inshallah we will do somthing for our country,,Love you all

  • TheIndian on February 13, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    Well Done Afgan and many many congratulations for your WIN..i was rooting for you and Ireland....and now you arrived on international feet and may this last long and we'll be able to see another great international side...All the best for today's final as well as for T20 WC.... as per your performance you people should play in Asian championship also...i think you are a much better team than Honkkong...

    All the best...you done wonder here....

  • Mastaan Zazai on February 13, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    Afghanistan will join INDIA and SOUTH AFRICA in group C if they win the final. They will join ENGLAND and WEST INDIES if they lose. Personally I prefer the later group :) What do you think?

  • Doorsa94 on February 13, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    Well done! Hamid, you should get IPL contract, if you continue to bowl those unplayable yorkers in world T20.

  • MOHAMED on February 13, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    Congratulations from sri lanka as a Asian....we proud of you

  • Calum on February 13, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    Congratulations guys. I'm Scottish and have been keeping an eye out on you guys since the OD World Cup Qualifiers in South Africa. I think people should stop talking about you like you are underdogs because you are the best associate/affiliate nation at the moment. I'm sure you'll cause an upset or two at least at the finals. Good luck!

  • Fawad Saleh on February 13, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    You are the best, you are the best, yes you are the bestttttttttttt

  • Jalaluddin Muhammad (Turkey) on February 13, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    All right Afghanistan Cricket Team, let me tell you what winning means… you're willing to go longer, work harder, give more than anyone else, and you will see your self in super 8 of T20 world cup Inshallah:) and all the best for tonights final...

  • atomisnotbasic on February 13, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    although m frm sri lanka and i hav been a die hard supporter for sri lanka, i really am overjoyed to hear afghanistan's entrance to the T20 world cup. Alhamdiluillah...masha-allah....laaa ilaaha ilallah!!!!!!

  • Waheed on February 13, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    Alhamdulillah, I cannnot express it in words how happy i am. Thanks for the great effort guys we are really proud of you. It was big and difficult task but you guys made it look very easy. Congratulations to all Afghans for this wonderful victory. Now please go home and all of you take good rest and then start preparing for the big event ICC T20 World CUP. Wish you lots of more success. Long Live Afghanistan

  • ibrahim khan Zazai on February 13, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    heY "RocKy" pLz PLz Plz :-P bRIng that troPhy bacK hoMe. . .i guess we reaLLy need it,whICh wiLL recaLL us of this JoYOus,memorabLe daY

    The Nation is desperateLy waiting to see u guYs liftinG the winning TropHy high aboVe in uR hanDs tomorOw. . .besT of Luck

    we appreciate ur effoRts & team woRk,keeP it up ahead too

    t.c

  • Mohammad Mujahid on February 13, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    We love u all & we r so much happy. And wish u people bring da trophy 2 home.....

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

    Congratulations Afghanistan for achieving the impossible. Within a span of two years, you have grown as a team to reckon. It was a nailbiting finish in the end though but mission well accomplished. Congratulations to your opening bowlers and Noor Ali for their consistent performance in the tournament. Of course I must mention your name and Md Nabi as well, you are the leading wicket takers of the tournament.

    What I like about your team is the team effort. No one is a hero on his own, it is the team effort that gets you all your win. Keep up the team spirit.

    Though your team missed a well deserved chance to get to the 50 over world cup, but your journey is progressing. Your team's performance in Intercontinental cup is commendable. Now that you will enter the T20 world cup to rub shoulders withe the top players of the world, you must start improving on your weaknesses. Running between the wickets is still a cause of worry.

    Enjoy the finals. You have nothing to lose. Good Luck!

  • Rameez on February 13, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    congrats!!!U guys have made us proud.can't wait to see you on t.v. screen. you have been phenominal throughout the journey.we are waiting for your success on big stage.love you guys.

  • Khan on February 13, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    i am really happy that my country Qualified for T20 World Cup and thats my dream to see my country in the world of cricket. and i want to say to Ibrahim khan zazai. what you said its totally bullshit Indian didnt support afghan cricket indian are assholes Afghan cricket done this his one ability not support of any sort of Nation specially not indian. yeah Pakistan helped us because these all cricketers which i know the played in Pakistan in domestic level i knew them all. and what you said its totally nonsense maybe you are Indian not Afghani thats why u saying. Kabir Khan is also Pakistani cricketer check all the players background then you talk like that. and Congratulation to all my country peoples for achieving such glory in the world of cricket. Afghan zindabad. Long live Afghan. i have one dream that Afghan play against india and Afghan win that match that will be the best day of my life. insha Allah we will win.

  • Merb on February 13, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    Yeah, well done afghans! However, don't get your hopes up, other teams will beat you VERY comfortably in the T20 world cup.

  • Mansour on February 13, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    I really can't express my happiness in words. We are proud of you guys.

  • Farhan Hussain on February 13, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    Congratulations to everyone ... !! and Good luck for the final ... its really very very great !! Awesome .. !! =)

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

    Congratulations.. sporting victory brings the kind of happiness to a society which no amount of other advancement can.

    Do it for your people take that cup back home.

    You have the opportunity nobody else has.

    Rooting for you all the way to the carribean.. (possibly even against India!)

    Rupak

  • Mohib on February 13, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    wowwwww love you all guys there is two players who i know very well and are my friends Samiullah and Nabi love you guys i am proud of you ....keep ROCKING..

  • Tom Guntrip on February 13, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    Congrats mate, this is fantastic. Considering what is happening back home, this is an amazing achievement. I look forward to seeing some good games involving Afghanistan, as maybe Australia will fall to the mighty Afghanistan! Perhaps this a step towards getting to the next 50-over world cup and test status! Hope your injuries don't keep you out the world cup.

    Good luck, and well done!

  • Sohail Tausif on February 13, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    Salam Hamid We in New Zealand have been following you guys the whole tournament and today u have done us proud, you guys deserved it, well played.. No matter what happens at the world Cup, what you guys have done today is just like winning the world cup for us, thanks alot guys.. Keep up the good performances Good Luck for the Final..

    Khuda hamraaytan :) Sohail

  • Mustafa Khwaja on February 13, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    SALAAM HAMID JAN!!!

    What a gift you guys having to us and to the country may Allah swt have his blessings upon you all.

    There really isn't words for me describe my appreciation. Only thing I wanna say is that I finally can go to sleep after four days of nail bitting.

    Thank you, thank you,

    Khudawand jaza e khair ba hama e shoma naseeb kona.

  • Asim Laeeq Khan on February 13, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    You guys really played like ROCKY ;) Afghans ROCK!!!

  • hamed from FINLAND on February 13, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    mashahallah alha give us areally big gift to be in world cup, with our les fasalties to play cricket , i remeber the day our team was in canda and during the whole trip thy ate only frinchfry , no energy , no money , just the help of god , proud of u guys

  • ibrahim khan Zazai on February 13, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    ALHAMDULILLAH!!

    wOOhOO!! i dONt haV woRds foR mY happiness ;P

    LoaDs oF Congratulations to aLL Afghans aroUnd the gLobe,to ouR heroes ("THE ROCKy" of cricket worLd) & nD aLL those who supported us ESpeciaLLy INDIANS. . .THNX aLOt

    hats off to u guYs wiD ur astionishINg nd thriLLer wiN

    weLL done champs! u guYs made us feeL proud once again nD i know u wiLL keep it.i wish u everY success ahead

    kEep ROcking! ;)

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  • ibrahim khan Zazai on February 13, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    ALHAMDULILLAH!!

    wOOhOO!! i dONt haV woRds foR mY happiness ;P

    LoaDs oF Congratulations to aLL Afghans aroUnd the gLobe,to ouR heroes ("THE ROCKy" of cricket worLd) & nD aLL those who supported us ESpeciaLLy INDIANS. . .THNX aLOt

    hats off to u guYs wiD ur astionishINg nd thriLLer wiN

    weLL done champs! u guYs made us feeL proud once again nD i know u wiLL keep it.i wish u everY success ahead

    kEep ROcking! ;)

  • hamed from FINLAND on February 13, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    mashahallah alha give us areally big gift to be in world cup, with our les fasalties to play cricket , i remeber the day our team was in canda and during the whole trip thy ate only frinchfry , no energy , no money , just the help of god , proud of u guys

  • Asim Laeeq Khan on February 13, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    You guys really played like ROCKY ;) Afghans ROCK!!!

  • Mustafa Khwaja on February 13, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    SALAAM HAMID JAN!!!

    What a gift you guys having to us and to the country may Allah swt have his blessings upon you all.

    There really isn't words for me describe my appreciation. Only thing I wanna say is that I finally can go to sleep after four days of nail bitting.

    Thank you, thank you,

    Khudawand jaza e khair ba hama e shoma naseeb kona.

  • Sohail Tausif on February 13, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    Salam Hamid We in New Zealand have been following you guys the whole tournament and today u have done us proud, you guys deserved it, well played.. No matter what happens at the world Cup, what you guys have done today is just like winning the world cup for us, thanks alot guys.. Keep up the good performances Good Luck for the Final..

    Khuda hamraaytan :) Sohail

  • Tom Guntrip on February 13, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    Congrats mate, this is fantastic. Considering what is happening back home, this is an amazing achievement. I look forward to seeing some good games involving Afghanistan, as maybe Australia will fall to the mighty Afghanistan! Perhaps this a step towards getting to the next 50-over world cup and test status! Hope your injuries don't keep you out the world cup.

    Good luck, and well done!

  • Mohib on February 13, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    wowwwww love you all guys there is two players who i know very well and are my friends Samiullah and Nabi love you guys i am proud of you ....keep ROCKING..

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

    Congratulations.. sporting victory brings the kind of happiness to a society which no amount of other advancement can.

    Do it for your people take that cup back home.

    You have the opportunity nobody else has.

    Rooting for you all the way to the carribean.. (possibly even against India!)

    Rupak

  • Farhan Hussain on February 13, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    Congratulations to everyone ... !! and Good luck for the final ... its really very very great !! Awesome .. !! =)

  • Mansour on February 13, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    I really can't express my happiness in words. We are proud of you guys.