April 6, 2010

Afghanistan

Counting down to World Twenty20

George Binoy

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!

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Posted by Mansoor Noori on (October 23, 2010, 16:09 GMT)

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

Posted by Mohammad Iqbal Khwaja on (July 17, 2010, 10:43 GMT)

We proud of you Hamida

Posted by asad from kabul on (May 1, 2010, 13:50 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

Posted by Quamar on (April 29, 2010, 20:36 GMT)

Good Luck to Afghanistan in the t20 world cup.

Posted by GL Afghanistan. on (April 27, 2010, 3:12 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.

Posted by Wali on (April 25, 2010, 10:18 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

Posted by Salim Mushfiq on (April 21, 2010, 22:23 GMT)

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

Posted by David on (April 21, 2010, 7:52 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.

Posted by imran on (April 20, 2010, 22:44 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.

Posted by Khushal Azami on (April 16, 2010, 5:56 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.

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George Binoy
Assistant Editor After a major in Economics and nine months in a financial research firm, George realised that equity, capital and the like were not for him. He decided that he wanted to be one of those lucky few who did what they love at work. Alas, his prodigious talent was never spotted and he had to reconcile himself to the fact that he would never earn his money playing cricket for his country, state or even district. He jumped at the opportunity to work for ESPNcricinfo and is now confident of mastering the art of office cricket

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