Afghanistan April 29, 2010

We are very focused

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Hamid Hassan
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Hamid Hassan

After all of our preparation, it is great to finally be in the Caribbean, particularly after all the delays in getting here.

In our rise up the cricket rankings, it had seemed at times that nothing can get in our way, but after the events of the last fortnight it turns out that volcanic ash can! We had been due to arrive in the West Indies for a training camp 10 days ago, but due to all the flight disruptions we ended up having to prepare for the tournament in Sharjah, which was very frustrating.

In our training camp we were very focused on ensuring our preparation was completely focused on Twenty20 cricket. We have a great coach in Kabir Khan and he was helping us learn new shots, as well as improving the way in which we can protect ourselves from being attacked by some of the most aggressive batters.

The journey to the West Indies was very long, as we had to stop in London on the way to get here. It was only the second time in my life that I had flown business class and I really liked the seats on our Emirates plane. I couldn’t sleep much, as I was thinking so much about the coming days, so I watched a couple of movies. It was the first time I had ever seen Avatar, which I really enjoyed, and Night at the Museum, although somebody told me afterwards that I am featured on a programme on the cricket channel so I will have to watch that on the way home.

We had the chance to go into London for a few hours and I went to the London Eye, although I didn’t go on it as I have been there before, and we also walked around Westminster and Piccadilly Circus. Some of the team hadn’t been to London before and Mohammad Shahzad, who is one of our batters, couldn’t believe it when I told him that there is an underground train that goes through London – he thought I was joking, as some of our team had never been on a train before, let alone one below the ground!

A few people at the hotel were really nice as they came up to us and wished us luck – it seems that everybody is getting to know the Afghanistan team now.

I struggled to sleep last night after we arrived late last night and there wasn’t much time to rest this morning as we had some pre-event activities to do this morning which were quite fun. We all had to have our pictures taken and then I had to do a really long interview for television which is something I always enjoy doing.

It was strange having to play a match the day after we had arrived in the country. When I was bowling, my legs felt so heavy, and I was worried that I had lost my pace, but my physio assured me that this is natural when you are jetlagged and that I will be ready for 1st May and the match against India. It was nice to take a couple of wickets, particularly as one of them was a yorker which is my favourite delivery.

We did very well today to beat Ireland, who are a very good team, and Dawlat Ahmadzai showed what a good bowler he is. Although we didn’t start very well in our innings, Mohammad Nabi and Asghar Stanikzai batted really well to take us home to victory.

Although we have played quite a bit of cricket abroad in international tournaments, such as the World Cricket League, apart from playing in Argentina last year we haven’t really played much cricket on this side of the world. It is quite strange to think that while we are playing in the day time here, it is the middle of the night in Afghanistan, although I am sure there were probably lots of people following the scores on the internet.

On Thursday morning we head straight to St Lucia, which we are all very excited about, as we prepare for the biggest match of our lives against India. We will then have a light training session and probably do some swimming tomorrow afternoon, before a final training session on Friday. I promise to write more ahead of that game, so if you have any questions about the match let me know and I will try to reply to some of them in my next blog.

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  • khan habibzai on May 26, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    we Are proud hamid /my only mean to see all afghan hero see in TV Screen love all afghan hero muaaa

  • Ahmadzai Shahi on May 19, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    Dear hamid hassan We r proud of you and we are happy that we have such a strong hero like you. best of

  • Naqibullah Sherzad on May 4, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    Hello dear brother Hamid, Forget about the lost game. You boys did well. keep on doing good work. try in your next game against south africa. one game can give you more chances. tell nowroz to use his good boller do not boll yourself.

  • Rajeev on May 2, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    beatifully crafted travelogue! But this is just a beginning of Afganistan's journey in the world of cricket. Keep your momentum going, si that someday your team will gain ODI status. Best wishes!!

  • Derek on May 1, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    Nice blog. Wishing your team all the very best from London. You may have lost today but you have so many people around the world wishing you the very best.

  • Ronak on May 1, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    hello hamid congratulation .....i was really excited when i first heard that afghanistan would also be playing...great going ..all the best...do write about your life apart from cricket and how you keep international politics away from your game A friend from india

  • paul o'callaghan on May 1, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    A very interesting read,thank you Hamid.Good luck against India.

  • Farhad on May 1, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    Hi Hameed this is Farhad from Phalawn Pharmacy Kabul,l you know our expectation is too much high from our team and also know the streangth of India and Africa but kindly focuse on game, you and your team can do any thing just consintrat on match tell the prayer to keep wicket from one end and leave other end for hitting try to do not lose early wickets to avoid the preasure , keep in mind all will watch u in TV and all pray for u r success ,streangth ur team fielding ball on line and lenthg wicket is coming in twenty crick, we all love u and proud of un best wishes

  • Alamgir Zadran on May 1, 2010, 3:10 GMT

    hi hamed hasan i hope u fine doing well we proud of u guys good luck u know dear indian team also my favorite team ,we are praying for guys

  • Karim Muhammad Pakistan on April 30, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    CONGRATULATION, AND PROUD TO BE AN AFGHAN Dear Hamid Don't worry about match, We All Afghans including Pakistanis are Praying For Victory, Here in Pakistan not only Afghans will Support but also Pakistanis are also your supporters and praying for u. Best of Luck Karim Muhammad Pakistan

  • khan habibzai on May 26, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    we Are proud hamid /my only mean to see all afghan hero see in TV Screen love all afghan hero muaaa

  • Ahmadzai Shahi on May 19, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    Dear hamid hassan We r proud of you and we are happy that we have such a strong hero like you. best of

  • Naqibullah Sherzad on May 4, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    Hello dear brother Hamid, Forget about the lost game. You boys did well. keep on doing good work. try in your next game against south africa. one game can give you more chances. tell nowroz to use his good boller do not boll yourself.

  • Rajeev on May 2, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    beatifully crafted travelogue! But this is just a beginning of Afganistan's journey in the world of cricket. Keep your momentum going, si that someday your team will gain ODI status. Best wishes!!

  • Derek on May 1, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    Nice blog. Wishing your team all the very best from London. You may have lost today but you have so many people around the world wishing you the very best.

  • Ronak on May 1, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    hello hamid congratulation .....i was really excited when i first heard that afghanistan would also be playing...great going ..all the best...do write about your life apart from cricket and how you keep international politics away from your game A friend from india

  • paul o'callaghan on May 1, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    A very interesting read,thank you Hamid.Good luck against India.

  • Farhad on May 1, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    Hi Hameed this is Farhad from Phalawn Pharmacy Kabul,l you know our expectation is too much high from our team and also know the streangth of India and Africa but kindly focuse on game, you and your team can do any thing just consintrat on match tell the prayer to keep wicket from one end and leave other end for hitting try to do not lose early wickets to avoid the preasure , keep in mind all will watch u in TV and all pray for u r success ,streangth ur team fielding ball on line and lenthg wicket is coming in twenty crick, we all love u and proud of un best wishes

  • Alamgir Zadran on May 1, 2010, 3:10 GMT

    hi hamed hasan i hope u fine doing well we proud of u guys good luck u know dear indian team also my favorite team ,we are praying for guys

  • Karim Muhammad Pakistan on April 30, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    CONGRATULATION, AND PROUD TO BE AN AFGHAN Dear Hamid Don't worry about match, We All Afghans including Pakistanis are Praying For Victory, Here in Pakistan not only Afghans will Support but also Pakistanis are also your supporters and praying for u. Best of Luck Karim Muhammad Pakistan

  • jawad ullah shirzai on April 30, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    Tiger Hamid Hassan salam to you and all players, We hope you guys will play superior against India tomorrow Inshahullah, we are praying to beat them, hopely you will get 5 strong wikets, if we win tomorrow, so i will give 2000 Afgs alms to our poor people inshahullah, Good luck for tomorrow, from konar

  • khan on April 30, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    hi afghan bror.. very nice . good and strong team. my afghamistan. very good job boys. u showed the world who are we oooooo iam playing cricket good cricket in europe i thing it i will join the the team but some bussniss her. so that way. but very good luck and my Allah vill help u guys i will follow ur matchzz

  • Idrees_Momand on April 30, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    Wish you and our great team all the best for this huge tournament..... Our prays are with you.

  • shamshad arman on April 30, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    hi haji it is me u r bro hpe u fne and doing well i m proud of u and i pray for u r team became a succses.

  • DEEPAK SHARMA on April 30, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    Dear Hamidbhai, I wish to suggest you some critical trick for your bowlers.1)None of your bowler shud drop even single ball away from the three stumps as far as line is concerned.2)Do not ball any short delivery less than 140k.3) Your fast bowler must bowl at ribs height above 140k.IF U HAVE THESE THREE WEAPONS WITH YOU , U CAN BRING SURPRISES OTHERWISE THERE IS NO MUCH CHANCE WITH YOU.

  • Raviraj Hosur on April 30, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Hamid good luck and very humbly written blog. I wish you and your team succeed and let the world know more about Afghanistan.

  • Yaser Khan on April 30, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    Hey Hammid,

    I always try to follow your blogs whenever i get time because it gives me so much to learn. I am basically from PAKISTAN.But after seeing you guys performing well in all the formats of the game in the recent past.I am very much impressed by the Efforts you put and how seriously you take your game like a real professionals and real sportsmen. I wish you guys all the best and hope to see you cracking the feets of the many giants of the world cricketing batting order.I really like you thrashing yorkers.You Guys Rox....May GOD give you the very best in your life.

    Yaser Khan

  • Prasad on April 30, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    Wish you and your team all the very best !!! :)

    I really liked your blog. The way you write is simple and impacting. Keep writing and keep winning :)

  • Rohit Saxena on April 30, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    Hi Hamid. I am very happy that the Afghnaistan is competing on the world level. Its good to see that your team is going well since the last 2 years. I like your sayings and I congratulate Afghanistan for qualifying for the world t20. I hope that you perform better in the world cup. Best of luck for Afghanistan for the future. I hope that Afghanistan will be one of the top teams of cricket in the near future.

  • pavani on April 30, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    Hi Hamid, I am very much touch with the experiences you shared about you and your friends. I rarely find people telling true and real stories like you did, because of embarrassment. I wish all the luck to your team. Its a pride representing your country at such a big event.Good Luck!!!

  • Edress on April 30, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    Well, Hamid u guys are amazing, and i'm sure u guys will make atleast an upset, and i wonder which one will suffer India or South Africa?

    Wish you all the very best guys.

  • Farhan on April 30, 2010, 3:09 GMT

    GO AFGHANS - Accross the border, we'll be rooting for you to beat India and make it to the Super Sixes and beyond =D

  • Sonu on April 30, 2010, 2:28 GMT

    Good luck to our Afghan brothers. Hope to see an interesting game . - An Indian

  • thomas on April 30, 2010, 2:20 GMT

    Hi guys.. all the best for T20 WC. You guys deserve this opportunity. You are my second favorite team in this tournament.. My first wishes are with india and my best wishes are with you guys..

  • Binoy on April 30, 2010, 1:59 GMT

    Good luck guys..!! Am and Indian but I won't be surprised if you guys will beat India..!!

    All the best....!!

  • Raj on April 30, 2010, 1:37 GMT

    Good Luck to Afghanistan team I am an Indian & living in NewZealand. I am following your success stories for the last few months good luck

  • khurram on April 29, 2010, 22:37 GMT

    good to see afghanistan in such an important tournament even though i support pakistan but i would like afganistan to go all the and play positive cricket and houpefully achieve your dream

  • Zia Noori on April 29, 2010, 22:15 GMT

    salam hameed jan, im zia noori from london, i was very excited to know when Afghanistan team qualified fro the T20 world cup. i have been checking on cricinfo every sngle match of Afghanistan for the last 3 years. Iam very happy that our country has got cricket team and i feel proud to support my country. im playing cricket for 12 or 13 years, in london im playing cricket for a local club.

    now im getting more and more interest in cricket because of our country has got a great cricket team now.

    i will always pray for our national team. best of luck!!

  • Phani Ram on April 29, 2010, 22:14 GMT

    Hi Hamid,

    Interesting Blog. Nice to come to know you ppl. I've been following your progress in cricinfo, and your team has put up a great performance to reach this level. Well done!

    The arena is changing, with the bar of excellence raised. Get ready for the highest level in the world of cricket. Its not easy to beat the world's best teams in the first attempt, but every effort in this bout will be seen by millions of people all around the world. Every run scored / wicket taken will be cheered not only in Afghan but also in India too..yes.. ppl are by you dear brothers.

    All the best! Deliver your peak performance. Every step is in the direction to achieve the goal.

  • Zia Noori on April 29, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    salam hameed jan, im zia noori from london, i was very excited to know when Afghanistan team qualified fro the T20 world cup. i have been checking on cricinfo every sngle match of Afghanistan for the last 3 years. Iam very happy that our country has got cricket team and i feel proud to support my country. im playing cricket for 12 or 13 years, in london im playing cricket for a local club.

    now im getting more and more interest in cricket because of our country has got a great cricket team now.

    i will always pray for our national team. best of luck!!

  • Jay on April 29, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    Nicely written Hamid. I have started following Afghan team ever since you guys have won the ACC/ACC T20 and T20 WC qualifiers as well. I feel as a team you guys have shown consistency and I wish your team a good luck to do well in the upcoming matches.

    One question though - How hard it is for some your team members to get used to the big tourney like this WC T20, playing against big crowds, against such heavy weights of cricket, etc. how do you guys mentally prepare for that.

    Good Luck

  • Umair on April 29, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    I and all my Pakistani friends are rooting for you in this tournament. Good Luck Hamid!

  • anwar khan zadran,uk on April 29, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    i really proud of all my cricketers , hamid hassan you r the best boller plzzz keep it for ever. icc should make shedule for afghans , india, pakistan , crocket team to paly one nice tornament , is be very good to see

  • Anand Subramanian on April 29, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    It's great to read a candid,simple blog written in a matter of fact manner. Also, please do not say that the game against India is the biggest of your lives. It is just another game and considering the way Afghanistan is playing these days, is one of many more to come. Good luck for the World Cup. I think we can safely say that Afghanistan is the pick by many fans, regardless of their country of origin, to go deep into the tournament.

  • Rippon on April 29, 2010, 21:17 GMT

    Hamid Bhai...Liked your blog...Simple and real one....I hope you guys go in Super 6 and give teams a kind of shocker they would remember for some time

  • dammgood on April 29, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    Zim beat over "confident champs" Pakis....lol

  • shiva on April 29, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    Hi Hamid, I am an Indian cricket fan, but love the way you guys have fought your way up the ladder into the world cup. Wishing u all the best and hope you beat some top teams(bar India of course!!). I hope your performances on the worldstage will help bring peace and harmony to the subcontinent and end the troubles ravaging Afghnistan.

  • Sayed Moammer Mazhary on April 29, 2010, 20:48 GMT

    Salaams: i have no words to express my feeling to see u people playing againts India. wish u all the best and hope we win i know i m talking about a merical but as long as i have heros like u i can expect anything possible. Do your best and the rest is to Allah Almighty. You are our hero anyways no worries just relax u have way way high to climb and as well need to take others with u climb to peak

  • Abid Jan Khan on April 29, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    Hamid Hasana wrora, kor de wadan and i hope that you and your troops do wonder. I'm a big fan of you guys. I'm from Peshawar Pakistan and living in US but i have been following your victories and stories and interview all the way along. I am very proud of you and my home boy Kabir Khan is finally making his cricket talk through you guys so kudos to him too. I see true fighters in you guys and i am sure that spirit is worth so much more than just being experienced so keep going the way you have been. Victory against Canada in the test match was something the writer couldn't have written better in his script. I had one home team in cricket until last year and now i have 2. Thal abad wose!!!

  • Waheed Afghan on April 29, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    I am really proud of my Afghan team. I think you guys have done amazingly well to wave the Afghan flag around the world. It a great achievement that you are participating in T20 World Cup. Hamid, we have nothing to lose so go with full engery and show the Indians(our friends) that we are not what they have seen already. I am a Fast bowler myself and would like to play for Afghanistan one day and i hope i get that chance. Go Afghanistan Go

  • Khyber Ahmadzai on April 29, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    Hey Hamid, We really proud of you all guys. We Afghans believe that you are a match winner player. Inshaullah you will show your ability again like you showed in the qualifying and other matches. Regarding Indian team. I really like India too, therefore I want a best wishes and good game for them. However, I love Afghanistan, I will pray to Allah that Afghanistan win it.

    Best of luck Love for both teams

  • Naseem Dadwall on April 29, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    Dear Hamid, We proud on you and we all Afghans wish your team good luck on 1st of may and we are praying for you to beat the teams that you have mucth with them and wishing you all the best,

    Naseem Dadwall Khosti PR China

  • Mohammed Noory on April 29, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    Good job hamid, All the best to you and your teammates on the coming match with india and southafrica. Our prayers with you. Your team success will be the pride of all those orphaned kids in afghanistan looking for a future. Make a history when you got a chance. Everyone in herat will be watching you all.

  • Dinesh on April 29, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    Nice write up - simple and elegant. Afghanistan cricket team will have plenty of well wishers in India. Tremendous growth in the past year or so. Hope you guys win every game other than the one against India :)

  • Ashfaq Ahmad on April 29, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    Hi Hamid!I feel that there is someyhing refreshing about you and your team.Both your game and writings are entertaining.I know you will never let go this chance without fighting.I am not expecting immediate results but future looks great.

  • Jerry Anthonyrajah on April 29, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    Hamid, your team has been such an inspiration!this is the stuff hollywood dreams are made of! You're team has definitely become every non-Afghan cricketer's second team to watch. You all are a seriously talented bunch of never say die cricketers that I've only seen in Rocky movies. well done and all the best!

  • mohammad khalid on April 29, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    salam i am from paksitan an di am soo excited to waatch afghnistan play. i remmeber the fiorst day when i heard about afghnistans news in the paper when they were in WCL5. thsaat was day i said that afghinstan will be a great team

  • omar from USA on April 29, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    Great story man! I love it Hamid jan you are one of my favorite baller and i am sure you will get Sachan's wicket. God bless you brother just try your best our prayers and all of afghanistan people's prayers is with team. Best of luck. Zendabad Afghanista: I don't know everytime i read your blogs i can't control my tears.

  • Krupps on April 29, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    Hey Hamid, great to see a Cinderella story in cricket. The emotions you guys have gone through over past few years and the sheer journey to get here is just amazing and speaks volumes of what we can do if we strive for our dreams. I'm so excited to see you guys play against my team. I'll surely be cheering for you guys...I've been following your team's achievement and finally will get to see you on the big stage which I can't wait for. All the best and play like u got nothing to lose...sometimes its never about winning and losing..its all about the passion and pleasure of representing your country.

  • matin on April 29, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    salam hamid jan i always pray for u and the whole team may alah help u to go as far as u can and achieve great things to our nation ZINDABAD AFGHANISTAN

  • Rehan on April 29, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    Hi Hamid,

    Its nice to read a blog by cricketer. My best wishes to you and your team.

  • Fawad Saleh on April 29, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    Hi hamid bro, congratulation for the win, our prayers and best wishes are always with you guys, I have a quetion, will you guys practice on the same ground that you have the match against India to know the condations???

  • Vishnu on April 29, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    Your team reminds me of Chak De India movie... I should say Chak De Afganistan now. Coincidently, your coach's name is also Kabir Khan... Though, I am from India, I wish you all the best to give your best and beat them. I will be cheering for Indian team, but wont mind they loosing if you give your best shot at it.

  • Zulami on April 29, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    Guys you know that afghanistan is the team that can drop south africa or indai from super eight if they play like afghan people are playing jehad agianst stupid americans

  • sameer on April 29, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    Hi Hamid, I have seen you and your team in action from 22 yards as faced a couple of balls myself in South Africa. My heartiest congrats and all the best to you and your team. May you all play at your peak, and I really hope you do cause many upsets. Keep your head high and have a positive attitude. Sameer

  • hikmat sorosh on April 29, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    salam Hamid hasan we are really proud of you, since two days i count every second and wait for the 1st may, hope u make out the greatest players like youraj, patan, dravid, dhoni and others... i believe that victory is ours manana hikmat sorosh india خداى مو تل بريالي لره، بله خبره دا چي موږ دلته په هند كي له ډيرو خلكو سره شرط وهلى چي لوبه به افغانستان ګټي،خداى پاك مهربان دى تاسو زموږ اتلان ياستى كاميابه اوسئ

  • Bakhtiar on April 29, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    Wish you good luck may Allah keep you and Afghan team successfull in the tournament. i like each best player who perform for Afghanistan. Every one is waiting to watch you guys on TV and in Super Eight round. Afghanistan Zindabad. Request to All Afghans to keep their fingers crossed for Afghanistan's Success

  • Chitrak on April 29, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    Enjoy the game and provide enjoyment.. Welcome to the world of cricket.. Afghans..

  • Yasir Paki_786 on April 29, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    Congrats to you and your team! Afghanistan is doing real well, and the passion of the Aghanis is showing in the cricket ground. I know the bowling is real good, but work needs to be done on batting. India will try to set field so that you give then catches. Be careful of this and dont give catch outs. If you avoid this, you have a good chance of beating them. Wish you best of luck in the whole tournament. Hopefully we see Afghanistan in super 8's.

  • HJ on April 29, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    if not the entire world.. i know for a fact that every pakistani/muslim or an underdog fan will be cheering for you against india.. have been following your progress since the UAE qualifiers and we believe !

  • Ismail Haqmal on April 29, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    Hi dear Hamid we are really proud of you and our strong team. we wish all the best for you. I hope you will show your potential and give the world a message that Afghans are talented people. wish you guys good luck.

    Ismail Haqmal-Khost-Afghanistan ismailhaqmal@gmail.com

  • hamidsamar on April 29, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    our gert Afghan Criket Team it is very nice that we have team befor we alwys we saport paksitan criket team we are very happy now that we have our own team we pary to allah our team bet india or south africa one of these two team than we dont have any porblem others teams our daer criket palyers this is my requeat as afghan to you should be very unitied than no body can bet our team i can give you advice try becaues every body hopeing on our criket team wish you all the best our conutry lions

  • Srinivasan on April 29, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    It was great reading your blog.. seemed very pure and genuine.. keep writing! And all the best for your games against India and South Africa!

  • Bharath on April 29, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    Hi Hamid -

    Your team is the toast of WT20. I wish you all success.

    1. Pack fast bowlers against India and DONT bowl spinners. Do the reverse against South Africa.

    2.Batting first - score of 130+ should be good against both the teams

    3. Indian Bowling - Zaheer: bowls only full length - batsmen to stand 1 yard in front of the crease to negate yorker length/swing Praveen: Wait for 2 slow balls per over and whack it. Bowls better length than Zaheer. Watch out. Harbhajan: DONT step out of the crease. Use the crease, get back and punch the ball behind square. All others: Length will be full. Play slog sweep. Run scoring will not be tough against these sundries.

    4. South africa bowling - They will look to mix the length up. Go hard at the ball so even edges can fly to the boundary. Use the pace on the ball to score behind the wicket. IPL effect may result in them bowling more slower ones. Cash in on those deliveries.

    Go Afghan!

  • Haroon Rasheed on April 29, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    Brothers! Best of luck..... May Allah help you all..............

  • Bader Cheema on April 29, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    It's nice to read ur blog. I am PAK supporter but would like Afghan team to get to super 6 phase and tough times to other teams if not win.....Good Luck!

  • Ravi on April 29, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    hi hasan , nice to read ur blog ..Im frm india ,but still want to see u guys have a nice time against them .. hope u guys end this tournament on a high and bring cheers to the ppl of ur country.. i know it ll be big .. So work hard n all the best ...

  • yogi on April 29, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    Its great to see Afghanistan in WCT20. Very good article also. All the best guys

  • ZAFAR ALI on April 29, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    Hi Hamid, great to hear that you guys did well and reached what u guys desired, we played together in Shereen Mahal with Nabi n few more, though I will support Pakistan, but honestly you guys will be the centre of attraction for me and thousand like me...so God bless you guys and I hope you performe and play the cricket of your lives...

  • Ankur Pandey on April 29, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    hey hassan, It nice to see you here and I have been an ardent follower of afghanistans success but now you have come in the big league. Many of the south african batsmen were not in good form during the IPL. for you as a bowler it is a great opportunity to get them down. parnell is also injured. target south africa and bring them down as there is no way you are beating India

  • lakesidey on April 29, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    Hey, wish you guys all the best...will be cheering for you....though I will have mixed loyalties in your first match - you will be playing my country! :)

  • Tahseen Khan on April 29, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    Salamalaikum Hamid,

    Wonderful article and your r playing excellent cricket, keep it up. As an Indian will support India no matter who they play. Would love to see India and your team quality for super 8 at the expense of S. Africa.

  • Tahseen Khan on April 29, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    Salamalaikum Hamid,

    Wonderful article and your r playing excellent cricket, keep it up. As an Indian will support India no matter who they play. Would love to see India and your team quality for super 8 at the expense of S. Africa...LOL...

  • Umair on April 29, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    Hamid i am very excited to see your country play , its going to be the first time that i am going to watch Afghanistan play live and i am alreay your teams fan. I know all of your Afghans players name and know whose good at what. I am a big fan of you , Mohammed Nabi, Asghar Stanikzai and Karim Sadiq. I hope you guys send a strong message to the cricketing world about your teams arrival in international cricket. I will be watching all your matches and good luck against India and Australia, i hope your team does maguc against them.

    Good Luck , Pakistani fan.

  • Saravanan on April 29, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    Hi Hamid Congratulations for your WIN against Ireland. I read your blog. Is very interesting. I heard from you in this blog that you have great coach Kabir Khan. I am happy that you have a great coach. Well, About your match against India, Dont think about that too much....Indian players are just players like afghanistan players. But they are experienced in International level and even afghanistan players are bit experienced for the quite some time now. As a bowler, You have to remember that you have the ball with you. Only when you bowl the batsman can try to hit. Not all the deliveries bowled by you will go to boundaries. Batsman can hit only the delivery which he can hit, because even he is humanbeing. Just try to bowl in the area so that he is finding it difficult to hit. If you are a batsman, what are all the deliveries you will fi nd it difficult to hit? Just bowl them those. Yorkers wont workout always but it will work out well......Use yorkers but not always. ThanksandGoodLuck

  • Amit Khanna on April 29, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    Hamid! Nice to see you guys playing as a bunch and making it good. Beating India will sure do good to your confidence. Do you have any strategy to counter Raina, not to mention he has been in good form in IPL lately. Dhoni is considered a clever captain and his placement of field and bowling rotations have mostly done the trick. What do you think of Indian middle order that has likes of Dhoni, yuvraj and Raina, not to mention Harbhajan who on his day can hit good balls out of ground. Hope to see your response. good wishes from an Indian!!

  • safwan on April 29, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    Quite intresting to read...wish u all the best guys.I agree its realy tough to outdo the quality Teams like India & SA..but still nothing is imposible..its all about the 3.5 Hrs of Good Cricket thats it and You guys have the Calibre to do that. Wish the best Mate.

  • Divyanand on April 29, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    I have been following afghanistan for quite sometime..really like ur team a lot. Best of luck..have a great tournament.

  • Divyanand on April 29, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    I have been following afghanistan for quite sometime..really like ur team a lot. Best of luck..have a great tournament.

  • Vikash M on April 29, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    Hi Hamid Hasan.. I am Vikash, from India. I really loved your Spirit. You wrote with full heart & brave confidence! It reminds me a hindi movie "Check De India" acted by Sharukh Khan. Movie is about India, Womens Hockey team & their winning performance in WorldCup. If time permits you, watch it. Coincidentally, the coach (Sharukh Khan played role) name is also Kabir Khan! Keep your Flag rising high & Put your best performance! Most importantly, play with your team strategies. I wish you very all the best & Enjoy West indies!!

  • Vikash M on April 29, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    Hi Hamid Hasan.. I am Vikash, from India. I really loved your Spirit. You wrote with full heart & brave confidence! It reminds me a hindi movie "Check De India" acted by Sharukh Khan. Movie is about India, Womens Hockey team & their winning performance in WorldCup. If time permits you, watch it. Coincidentally, the coach (Sharukh Khan played role) name is also Kabir Khan! Keep your Flag rising & Put your best performance! Most importantly, play with your team. I wish you very all the best & Enjoy West indies!!

  • s_shukla on April 29, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    Hi Hamid, well played today. I am an indian and will be supporting India but to be honest i wont be very sad if you win the match. But, More than winning or losing, I just want to see positive cricket from your side. Looking forward to seeing you guys play for the first time....good luck

  • sajid on April 29, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    hey hamid nice to see ur blog .. and i m very happy the way u guys played and we r expecting a great upset from u guys if u cud defeat india in their first macth.. becuase if u remember in 2008 50/50 world cup bangladesh did the same thing with india .. we r very hopefull that u guys will leave an impression on international cricket .. best of luck u guys and keep working hard.. afganistan zindabad

  • Chaitanya on April 29, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    Hey Hamid ! First of all, best of luck for your T20 campaign! Is tough to be slotted in one of the toughest groups in the tournament, but the way to learn best is to learn it the hard way ! Wish you and your team luck and success in the matches ahead ! Its always refreshing to see a simple approach and simple but hard working people do well in life. I have followed the Afghan campaign through the ICC qualifier tourneys with a lot of zeal and interest, mainly because of the sheer consistency and enthusiasm that you guys seem to have in generous proportions. I wish we see a lot more of this brave team in the years to follow. It would be fabulous and refreshing to see the Afghan team play test cricket one day !!

  • akie ahmad on April 29, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    Great to watch Afghan team come so soon and so good all the best in this tournament and i wish you all the best against all the teams big or small. No one is big or small only the performance makes a difference. I hope Afghanistan win this first game.

  • m.p.siddiqui on April 29, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    Hi Hamid , don't worry about the winning or loosing the match.just play hard ,as you people have done so far , and leave the rest upon Allah. you have already won thousands hearts. just 1 question, is shapoor zardan ,fastest among you ? khuda hafiz parvez

  • Raj J Chandra on April 29, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    Hamid!! Good luck to you and your team. I know how guys must be feeling with the expectations of the people back home looming on you. Try your best and bring some smiles in the faces of the people who lost their loved ones in the recent times.

  • Shukoor on April 29, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    We are proud of Afghanistan Cricket team, Please don't let Afghanistan down, we are praying and looking for your victory back home.

  • Amer on April 29, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    Hamid, Congratulation on your win today! It's amazing to see how far the Afghan team has come. I wish you and your team the best of success in this T-20 world cup. You will thrash India. Believe in yourself and nothing is impossible. With much love from Karachi.

  • anand rampersad on April 29, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    Welcome to the Caribbean. All the best to you and your team.

  • Askar on April 29, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    Hello Hamid bruv! I've been reading of Afghanistan beating Ireland so many times that it feels boring :( you guys have played each other so much in last year that your contest was as highly appreciated as SL & IND. But now comes the real contest(IND & SA) I wonder if ALLAH is gonna give us some kinda speciality in this T20WC..I swear to god if we guys make it to semi-finals am gonna have a big party out here in Stockholm for all of my friends to celebrate it!! BTW, good luck against IND on 1st may,I'm very thankful to those Indians who are wishing our national team good luck and then praying for their own team :D that's a joke. But what if we both Afgh & IND win against SA ;) How sweat that woud be ;P Hamid Jan, bowl your yorkers like GUL did in last T20WC no wonder your 4 overs will be costing only around 10 runs and a couple of wickets.. Allah mo abaad lara <3

  • ehsan safi on April 29, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    salamonna hamida wrora! thanks for wining the first practice game anginst irland,, and inshallah we will beat india and south africa too,,,de monga duagane taso sara di,, congratulations from me and my all friends here in bayern münich germany,, we are following u , and we hope that we win at least anginst india,, dera manana wrora au good luck. staso fan Ehsan safi

  • akie ahmad on April 29, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    Great to watch Afghan team come so soon and so good all the best in this tournament and i wish you all the best against all the teams big or small. No one is big or small only the performance makes a difference. I hope Afghanistan win this first game.

  • maqbool shaik on April 29, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    good luck guys, We hope your going to surprise us

  • Bilal on April 29, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    Hamid, its great to read this post coming from you. I have watched some videos of you guys on youtube and i think you guys have it in you to upset good teams. The most important aspect of the Afghan team i believe is the pride they take in representing themselves on a World Stage. I genuinely hope, we get to see more of you guys in the days to come. Best of Luck!

  • Ammad on April 29, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    Salam. I am Pakistani but a huge fan of AFGHAN team. You guys have immense spirit that is needed to win any game. Just keep up the good work and don't be disappointed with any loss. Give us the great performance and upsets :) GOOD LUCK!! GO AFGHAN BROTHERS!!!

  • Ashwin on April 29, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    All the best ! do well ! and it might not be a bad idea for the ipl to allow 5 foreign players provided the fifth is from an associate nation so they get more exposure to big matches.

  • edrees on April 29, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    salam hamid jan, Edrees from aus, Inshallah play well and we can beat india and s.a :D.

  • ali shahid on April 29, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    hey hamdid its ali shahid here, i hope you remember me. we toured india in 2004 for all asia u-17..mate its so nyc to c u playing...my prayersr with u bro...hope to c u soon...mate keep in touch with me...

  • Sudhan on April 29, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    Hi Hamad, In T20 anything can happen. More over u have a big match against India. Not as an Indian, i wud like to say not to expect much from that match, a definite challenge for u guys. Since now Indians are used to play fast bowlers even if u guys bowl 150+ it will be tough for u guys to get them out. The only advantage u have is India will not have a warm-up match before their first game.

    I will suggest u guys go and enjoy the game against India, but don expect much!!!

  • hamid on April 29, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Salam hamid, Just believe on your strength and go forward and beat india, Just believe you can take th special wicket of Dhoni,Which is most destructive player of World Cricket.mentally stong. My pray with you and your team. you are most renowned player of team. I also pray for Pakistan And Afghanistan Match

  • veeresh, india on April 29, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    gud luk afghans!If you beat india, you are the true champions!!

  • Ochro on April 29, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    Congrats on your team's success! I am elated that your team played and won in Guyana.

    I am curious to know how the people in Guyana treated the team (especially those who identify with you). You may not know this, but some of the "Indians" who came to Guyana in the 18th and 19th century were of Afghan extraction. I am sure there was some elation to see you play in Guyana. Faoud Bacchus (Baskh should be the right spelling) who played for Guyana and the West Indies shares some of your heritage I believe.

    Best wishes to you.

  • Abdul Aziz Saadut on April 29, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    Assalam-o-Alaikum & Well Done vs Ireland. Dear Hameed ! U had a gr8 tournament in kuwait bt here in WI, vs Ind in the absence of Sachin & Veeru, we have a good chance of stunning the world, & the whole nation will really enjoy if u will up-root the stumps of Yuvraj & Dhoni, ( not on a No-Ball this time, as it happened many times in Kuwait, hahaha, I hope our Indian Friends won't mind it. ) It gives me a real pleasure, when I c many Indians sharing their feelings & best wishes wid us & our real Heroes. Thanks to all of you, & Best of Luck Batikot Xpress.

  • Kshitij Khurana on April 29, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Hey. It is great to get something from the Afghanistan camp. I want to wish you good luck Hamid. I want to see Afghanistan gaining the test status. Go out and enjoy your time.

  • Aditya Bhargava on April 29, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    Best of luck Hamid but please don't beat India beat South Africa :P Anyways enjoy your games ahead and I really like your blog

  • Agam on April 29, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    Indeed it will be the biggest game of your life. Hope to see Afghanistan team doing wonders in future international events too. Just love to see your team coming up the ladder :)

  • SIDDHART on April 29, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    hi u people are playing great just play ur aggressive cricket u can give the indians a real shiver and will be reminded of 2007 50-50 world cup MAY AFGHANISTAN RISE AND QUALIFY FOR SUPER 6S

  • Sandeep on April 29, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    Congratulations on the warm-up win against Ireland. I have been following your side for a while now, and its GREAT to see you guys pick up more wins. I have a feeling that Afghanistan and Zimbabwe are going to surprise a lot more people in this tournament. I'm hoping you guys have a great world cup, other than the India game that is! I hope you make that one close and impress everyone :) I need India to win that game so that my tickets for the Barbados super eight games are not wasted :)

    Good Luck

  • peter frawley on April 29, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    Hamid.. your fast-bowler shoes are on their way, and for the other fast-bowlers. Good luck

  • pintu bhopali on April 29, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    Good Luck guys!

  • Sriram on April 29, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    Hamid, I simply like your enthusiasm to blog and let us know about Afgan team. Its an intresting read and probably could become a Best Seller book one day. Keep them comming, though I will be rooting for India on Saturday, I won't miss to watch your team play. Good Luck

  • Sriraj G S on April 29, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    Hi Hamid! Its nice to read a cricketer's blog and his perspective. It has been great watching your team rise so strongly through the ranks and its always nice when an associate team gets the chance to challenge a test team. Even though I am Indian and support India, I hope you play very well and show the world your potential! All the best for a great WT20 for your team!

  • virgo_virgo on April 29, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    So Innocent, true, pure and simple words. Like it.

  • daud on April 29, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    Salam dear heroes and pride of afghan nation. It’s always a pleasure to hear from u and read about ur cricket journeys. Though this event is special for al of us due to the fact that u will be facing the previous T20 champions on ur very 1st game. I am very nerveous on ur behalf, but I certainly wish that u do well and make ur selves and us proud. We are underdogs in this huge tournament hence u guys have nothing to lose hence play like true and brave heroes which u definitely are! Whereas this is a privilege for all of us that ur playing at such a significant tournament- it’s like dream come true. Well done and very best wishes.

    Regards Daud from Dk

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  • daud on April 29, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    Salam dear heroes and pride of afghan nation. It’s always a pleasure to hear from u and read about ur cricket journeys. Though this event is special for al of us due to the fact that u will be facing the previous T20 champions on ur very 1st game. I am very nerveous on ur behalf, but I certainly wish that u do well and make ur selves and us proud. We are underdogs in this huge tournament hence u guys have nothing to lose hence play like true and brave heroes which u definitely are! Whereas this is a privilege for all of us that ur playing at such a significant tournament- it’s like dream come true. Well done and very best wishes.

    Regards Daud from Dk

  • virgo_virgo on April 29, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    So Innocent, true, pure and simple words. Like it.

  • Sriraj G S on April 29, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    Hi Hamid! Its nice to read a cricketer's blog and his perspective. It has been great watching your team rise so strongly through the ranks and its always nice when an associate team gets the chance to challenge a test team. Even though I am Indian and support India, I hope you play very well and show the world your potential! All the best for a great WT20 for your team!

  • Sriram on April 29, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    Hamid, I simply like your enthusiasm to blog and let us know about Afgan team. Its an intresting read and probably could become a Best Seller book one day. Keep them comming, though I will be rooting for India on Saturday, I won't miss to watch your team play. Good Luck

  • pintu bhopali on April 29, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    Good Luck guys!

  • peter frawley on April 29, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    Hamid.. your fast-bowler shoes are on their way, and for the other fast-bowlers. Good luck

  • Sandeep on April 29, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    Congratulations on the warm-up win against Ireland. I have been following your side for a while now, and its GREAT to see you guys pick up more wins. I have a feeling that Afghanistan and Zimbabwe are going to surprise a lot more people in this tournament. I'm hoping you guys have a great world cup, other than the India game that is! I hope you make that one close and impress everyone :) I need India to win that game so that my tickets for the Barbados super eight games are not wasted :)

    Good Luck

  • SIDDHART on April 29, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    hi u people are playing great just play ur aggressive cricket u can give the indians a real shiver and will be reminded of 2007 50-50 world cup MAY AFGHANISTAN RISE AND QUALIFY FOR SUPER 6S

  • Agam on April 29, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    Indeed it will be the biggest game of your life. Hope to see Afghanistan team doing wonders in future international events too. Just love to see your team coming up the ladder :)

  • Aditya Bhargava on April 29, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    Best of luck Hamid but please don't beat India beat South Africa :P Anyways enjoy your games ahead and I really like your blog