Afghanistan April 6, 2010

Counting down to World Twenty20

Hamid Hassan
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Hamid Hassan

We are counting down the days till the ICC World Twenty20 and we can’t wait for the action to begin. After savouring our victory in Dubai, we then achieved an amazing win in the ICC Intercontinental Cup over Canada, although I didn’t play any part in the game due to injury.

Finally, we then had a chance to go back home to celebrate with our people, and even though it was raining, there were still lots of people to greet us at the airport. There were lots of parties to attend in Kabul, which my brothers, cousins and uncles joined me for, and one of our sponsors even gave all of us a car! I haven’t been able to collect it yet – we are waiting for them to be delivered.

After spending six days in Kabul, there was finally time to go home to see my family in Jalalabad, which was very enjoyable, and my mother was very excited to see me. They had been following all the games as best as they could via the internet. While at home it was nice to get some rest, to help me recover from my injuries that I had sustained during the qualifier tournament, and the rehabilitation is going well.

We are now playing in the ACC Trophy in Kuwait where we have had a few exciting matches. I am not used to bowling off my short run that much, so against Bhutan I had a few problems with no balls. I actually took four wickets off no balls during that game, meaning I would have had ten wickets in the match, which I know is something that I need to work on. At ACC level you can get away with bowling no balls because I can back myself to cope with any batters trying to attack me on the free hit, but I think it will be a lot harder when you are facing some of the world’s best players at the ICC World Twenty20.

Before coming to Kuwait for the ACC event, we had a training camp in Lahore, which was a good experience, and it was great to play in a game against someone like Shoaib Akhtar. The fact our batters coped well against him should give us all confidence for when they have to face people like Dale Steyn in the Caribbean.

Although we want to win the ACC event, a lot of our focus is just on Twenty20 cricket and making sure that we arrive in the Caribbean ready to do our best. After we leave Kuwait, we have a training camp in Sharjah, and will then head to the West Indies for what will be the greatest experience of our lives. I can only imagine how excited our supporters back in Afghanistan are getting as well!

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Mansoor Noori on October 23, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    hamid hassan is the best bowler of afghanistan we Proud of you hamid

  • Mohammad Iqbal Khwaja on July 17, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    We proud of you Hamida

  • asad from kabul on May 1, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    hi hamid gula i hope u play as well as u do i want from all afghans to pray for afghan cricket team to win the maches

  • Quamar on April 29, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    Good Luck to Afghanistan in the t20 world cup.

  • GL Afghanistan. on April 27, 2010, 2:12 GMT

    I know its optimism at its best, when you guys dream about getting a win against India or SA, but hey a little dreaming cant hurt yeh? Frankly speaking, you guys are in for a rude shock . The difference in level of cricket played in the top 7/8 nations is so far ahead from cricket played by upcoming cricketing nations like yours. I dont mean to sound rude (I am not), but thats the truth. If you look at your past score cards, you will know what I mean. You had some close games, lost some, won some in the last 6 months playing countries like Ireland, Saudi, Singapore etc...but then when you played an "A" team from Sri Lanka (mind u,just an A team) you lost the game comprehensively. Thats what I am talking about. The difference in level is too much for you guys to handle. Couple of your team mates might give a fight and look eye into eye with the best for a moment but over all I think you will come down to the ground as soon as the game with India starts. I wish you good luck though.

  • Wali on April 25, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    Hamid e Gul,

    We all the afghans are proud of you guys, and I am sure you guys can make it to the test matches as well very soon. The 20/20 format of the game is not easy and you guy have to be perfect in all bat,ball and fielding, to be honest fielding alot importent then anything in this format of the game. You and your team fellows are facing India and South Africa, the best teams around the globe, show the world that you are one of them. I am sure guys will prove this, we all afghans are praying for you guys. stay cool

  • Salim Mushfiq on April 21, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    Hamid Jan will it be possible to beat at least one team in T20 and show how talented Afghanz are...?

  • David on April 21, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    Hi Hamid Jan, For us your more than Shoaib Akhtar, we are proud of you for having a fast Bowler......... Wish you best of luck in the up coming T20 world cup 2010.

  • imran on April 20, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    Salaam boys - You have done your country and cricket proud. All the best in the 20/20. I pray for a Pakistan Afghan final.

  • Khushal Azami on April 16, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    Vikas Adiga, BTW Afghanistan is already having ODI status. And Hamid bro, you are a real champ, you have done so much for Afghan cricket team. Best of luck for the big bang.

  • Mansoor Noori on October 23, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    hamid hassan is the best bowler of afghanistan we Proud of you hamid

  • Mohammad Iqbal Khwaja on July 17, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    We proud of you Hamida

  • asad from kabul on May 1, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    hi hamid gula i hope u play as well as u do i want from all afghans to pray for afghan cricket team to win the maches

  • Quamar on April 29, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    Good Luck to Afghanistan in the t20 world cup.

  • GL Afghanistan. on April 27, 2010, 2:12 GMT

    I know its optimism at its best, when you guys dream about getting a win against India or SA, but hey a little dreaming cant hurt yeh? Frankly speaking, you guys are in for a rude shock . The difference in level of cricket played in the top 7/8 nations is so far ahead from cricket played by upcoming cricketing nations like yours. I dont mean to sound rude (I am not), but thats the truth. If you look at your past score cards, you will know what I mean. You had some close games, lost some, won some in the last 6 months playing countries like Ireland, Saudi, Singapore etc...but then when you played an "A" team from Sri Lanka (mind u,just an A team) you lost the game comprehensively. Thats what I am talking about. The difference in level is too much for you guys to handle. Couple of your team mates might give a fight and look eye into eye with the best for a moment but over all I think you will come down to the ground as soon as the game with India starts. I wish you good luck though.

  • Wali on April 25, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    Hamid e Gul,

    We all the afghans are proud of you guys, and I am sure you guys can make it to the test matches as well very soon. The 20/20 format of the game is not easy and you guy have to be perfect in all bat,ball and fielding, to be honest fielding alot importent then anything in this format of the game. You and your team fellows are facing India and South Africa, the best teams around the globe, show the world that you are one of them. I am sure guys will prove this, we all afghans are praying for you guys. stay cool

  • Salim Mushfiq on April 21, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    Hamid Jan will it be possible to beat at least one team in T20 and show how talented Afghanz are...?

  • David on April 21, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    Hi Hamid Jan, For us your more than Shoaib Akhtar, we are proud of you for having a fast Bowler......... Wish you best of luck in the up coming T20 world cup 2010.

  • imran on April 20, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    Salaam boys - You have done your country and cricket proud. All the best in the 20/20. I pray for a Pakistan Afghan final.

  • Khushal Azami on April 16, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    Vikas Adiga, BTW Afghanistan is already having ODI status. And Hamid bro, you are a real champ, you have done so much for Afghan cricket team. Best of luck for the big bang.

  • omar from USA on April 13, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    Hamid jan you are a very good bowler and i would love to see you on TV live matches that is my dream and i am trying my best to get time to see my country playing in the events like world cup. you guys made my dream of years became true. All the afghan loves you and most of the time you make me cry with your words. please take my advise and be mently strong concentrate on every single ball which i am sure you do. thanks and zendabad Afghanistan and and our Cricket heros

  • Rohullah Stanakzai, Kabul on April 11, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    Your progress and your hard work are always appreciate able. You guys really worked hard and it was our Beloved Cricket team that has raised Afghanistan Flag in the world. You people are our ambassadors where ever you go our prayers are with you guys. Today we are proud that we have you guys in cricket we love you. Hameed you Guys are the Afghan Tigers and we know you can beat any team be confident nothing is impossible we Afghan are talented and we will show the world that we mean it. Best of Luck and Allah bless all of us Zenda Bad Afghanistan

  • Kanoon on April 9, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    very good very good .... today u won ACC Elite and inshaullah tomorow i mean in T20 u will won at least some matches even if Allah want the T20 WCC. show to the world that we are peace loving people we are not barbarians what the west refers to us ... it is they who really are barbarians killing our innocent peoples...... I pray for all of u to win and win even if u lose but lose with fighting spirit never become hopeless Allah is Great

  • Kanoon on April 9, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    very good very good .... today u won ACC Elite and inshaullah tomorow i mean in T20 u will won at least some matches even if Allah want the T20 WCC. show to the world that we are peace loving people we are not barbarians what the west refers to us ... it is they who really are barbarians killing our innocent peoples...... I pray for all of u to win and win even if u lose but lose with fighting spirit never become hopeless Allah is Great

  • zaman from India on April 8, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    Hi Hamid, good to know that your preparations are going on well. I am from India and most of us Indians are also supporting Afghanistan for their great performances. I would obviously support my own country India first in the T20 WC but I hope that Afghanistan also performs very well. Great to hear that you all received gifts etc. This is really good to hear especially after I read that most of you guys only earn a few hundred dollars a month. Hope that you gain even more fame and money in the future. Concentrate on your cricket and fame and money will come. We Indians really like you and we are the economic superpower in cricket and Insha Allah will soon become an economic superpower overall too. We as a country will back you even in the future but just concentrate on your cricket. Hope to see you all achieve even much more success and I really want to see you as a test playing nation in the near future.

  • Sulaiman Sargar Zadran on April 7, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    Dear H Hassan !!! We hope that our team will give tough time to opposite sides. Styne is more danger then Shoib, but T20 is not like ODI or test match. Styne will ball only 4 overs against us, therefore I can say that we can give a very fine contest to other teams. Take Care of your arms and shoulders. best wishes.

  • Vikas Adiga on April 7, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    Well done Hamid & Co!!!!! AFG have looked promising in the matches they have played. Hope they do not disappoint us like Bangladesh did!! AFG have tough opponents in their World T20 group - IND and RSA. But the outcomes in these matches should not affect their morale. They look promising and few more consistent performances might just elevate them to ODI status. ALL THE VERY BEST AFG!!! All cricket lovers will definitely support AFG on the eve of their world T20 campaign.

  • master_q on April 7, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    Well done Hamid ...whatever u ppl done was amazing to see.i was unfortunate to not able to see u ppl live on TV ..but i followed ur progress through cricinfo..I am Indian and i love cricket and want some very competitive and enthusiastic teams in World cricket ...Ireland and now u ppl showing the sign of great cricketing world in near future ...i hope we'll have soon 5 Test Nation from Asia....and we would have lot to follow on Asian championship....As an Indian I always with my Team India but i wannna say u ppl All the best ...give the best shot in WCT20....remember sometime fighting loss is much better than win I don't say u going to loose the matches there but give ur best shot whatever is possible...

    All the best...:)

  • EbadurRahman(MISBAH) on April 6, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    Great job by hamid in all events they had but why they are not offered to play in IPL while they are all better then maliyian players

  • Salim Mushfiq on April 6, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    Hamid jaan wish you best of luck in coming T20 world cup...it's challenging but not impossible, I hope our team Insha Allah beat India or South Africa, to go to supre 8 and play more matches, Good Luck

    Love you alot

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  • Salim Mushfiq on April 6, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    Hamid jaan wish you best of luck in coming T20 world cup...it's challenging but not impossible, I hope our team Insha Allah beat India or South Africa, to go to supre 8 and play more matches, Good Luck

    Love you alot

  • EbadurRahman(MISBAH) on April 6, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    Great job by hamid in all events they had but why they are not offered to play in IPL while they are all better then maliyian players

  • master_q on April 7, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    Well done Hamid ...whatever u ppl done was amazing to see.i was unfortunate to not able to see u ppl live on TV ..but i followed ur progress through cricinfo..I am Indian and i love cricket and want some very competitive and enthusiastic teams in World cricket ...Ireland and now u ppl showing the sign of great cricketing world in near future ...i hope we'll have soon 5 Test Nation from Asia....and we would have lot to follow on Asian championship....As an Indian I always with my Team India but i wannna say u ppl All the best ...give the best shot in WCT20....remember sometime fighting loss is much better than win I don't say u going to loose the matches there but give ur best shot whatever is possible...

    All the best...:)

  • Vikas Adiga on April 7, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    Well done Hamid & Co!!!!! AFG have looked promising in the matches they have played. Hope they do not disappoint us like Bangladesh did!! AFG have tough opponents in their World T20 group - IND and RSA. But the outcomes in these matches should not affect their morale. They look promising and few more consistent performances might just elevate them to ODI status. ALL THE VERY BEST AFG!!! All cricket lovers will definitely support AFG on the eve of their world T20 campaign.

  • Sulaiman Sargar Zadran on April 7, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    Dear H Hassan !!! We hope that our team will give tough time to opposite sides. Styne is more danger then Shoib, but T20 is not like ODI or test match. Styne will ball only 4 overs against us, therefore I can say that we can give a very fine contest to other teams. Take Care of your arms and shoulders. best wishes.

  • zaman from India on April 8, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    Hi Hamid, good to know that your preparations are going on well. I am from India and most of us Indians are also supporting Afghanistan for their great performances. I would obviously support my own country India first in the T20 WC but I hope that Afghanistan also performs very well. Great to hear that you all received gifts etc. This is really good to hear especially after I read that most of you guys only earn a few hundred dollars a month. Hope that you gain even more fame and money in the future. Concentrate on your cricket and fame and money will come. We Indians really like you and we are the economic superpower in cricket and Insha Allah will soon become an economic superpower overall too. We as a country will back you even in the future but just concentrate on your cricket. Hope to see you all achieve even much more success and I really want to see you as a test playing nation in the near future.

  • Kanoon on April 9, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    very good very good .... today u won ACC Elite and inshaullah tomorow i mean in T20 u will won at least some matches even if Allah want the T20 WCC. show to the world that we are peace loving people we are not barbarians what the west refers to us ... it is they who really are barbarians killing our innocent peoples...... I pray for all of u to win and win even if u lose but lose with fighting spirit never become hopeless Allah is Great

  • Kanoon on April 9, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    very good very good .... today u won ACC Elite and inshaullah tomorow i mean in T20 u will won at least some matches even if Allah want the T20 WCC. show to the world that we are peace loving people we are not barbarians what the west refers to us ... it is they who really are barbarians killing our innocent peoples...... I pray for all of u to win and win even if u lose but lose with fighting spirit never become hopeless Allah is Great

  • Rohullah Stanakzai, Kabul on April 11, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    Your progress and your hard work are always appreciate able. You guys really worked hard and it was our Beloved Cricket team that has raised Afghanistan Flag in the world. You people are our ambassadors where ever you go our prayers are with you guys. Today we are proud that we have you guys in cricket we love you. Hameed you Guys are the Afghan Tigers and we know you can beat any team be confident nothing is impossible we Afghan are talented and we will show the world that we mean it. Best of Luck and Allah bless all of us Zenda Bad Afghanistan

  • omar from USA on April 13, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    Hamid jan you are a very good bowler and i would love to see you on TV live matches that is my dream and i am trying my best to get time to see my country playing in the events like world cup. you guys made my dream of years became true. All the afghan loves you and most of the time you make me cry with your words. please take my advise and be mently strong concentrate on every single ball which i am sure you do. thanks and zendabad Afghanistan and and our Cricket heros