February 13, 2010

Afghanistan

Hamid Hassan blog - I feel absolutely amazing

Sahil Dutta

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.

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Posted by 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 ..

Posted by 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

Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by Vikram Maingi on (February 16, 2010, 19:44 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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

Posted by 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

Posted by 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

Posted by 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

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Sahil Dutta
Assistant editor Sahil Dutta grew up supporting England during the 90s. Despite this, he still enjoys the game. His unrequited passions for Graeme Hick and, in latter years, Vikram Solanki gave him a stoicism that guided him through an Economics degree and a stint working at the European Parliament. He maintains the purest love for Tests and the whims of legspin bowling and still harbours hope that he could be the answer to England's long search for a mystery spinner. As it is, his most exciting cricketing experience was planning a trip to Australia for the 2006-07 Ashes with two utterly indifferent friends. Unfortunately his lung collapsed shortly before his planned departure and the pair were left to wander around from Test to Test, unprepared and clueless. Any comparisons with England are far too obvious to make. That cancelled holiday inspired an Ashes blog which led, via some tea-making at the Wisden Cricketer, to the ESPNcricinfo towers.

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