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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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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.