April 30, 2010

Afghanistan

This will be one of the proudest moments of my life

Cricinfo

Hamid Hassan

The team is in high spirits ahead of our opening match of the World Twenty20.

It will be one of the proudest moments of my life when I stand on the field and listen to the national anthem being played before the match. There may even be a few tears when I am standing with my hand on the chest listening to the music. We actually heard the team practicing the national anthems after we were training and when they finished playing the Afghanistan anthem we all stood and applauded.

I am proud of my team and I know how lucky I am to have the chance to represent my country. We are ambassadors for our nation and to have the chance to play in a world event for Afghanistan against other famous cricket countries is amazing.

It is very exciting that people in Afghanistan will have the chance to watch the game on television – it will be the first live match that I have ever played in. I am really looking forward to the fact that all my friends and family will finally have a chance to watch us in action.

My parents sent me a message today saying that they can’t wait for the game tomorrow. They will be watching the match at home – I think the streets will be very quiet on Saturday night in Afghanistan as everybody will be following the game on television or radio.

It will be a great honour to be on the same pitch as the likes of Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh. There is no Indian player I am particularly looking forward to bowling against but they are all great players. I will just be doing my best to try and bowl some dot balls and try and take some wickets.

I think it is a big advantage that they don’t know anything about us, while obviously we know lots about them as we have watched them all on television a million times and we know how they are going to play.

After training this morning, we had time just to relax this afternoon. My first impressions of St Lucia are that it is an extremely beautiful place and the ground is very nice as well. There won’t be much time for being a tourist as we are here to focus on the cricket and do as well as we can.

In the morning we will have to get up very early, as the game starts at 9.30am, so after praying and breakfast, we will head to the ground. I can’t wait for the action to begin!

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Posted by humayoon on (May 4, 2010, 8:37 GMT)

Go afg, when rohullah nekpai won, tears rolled down my eyes, u guys did very much the same - i donno y, but it was very emotional, now i cant wait for afghans in action in other sports like football and they hve already won in basketball.. awsome stuff..

Posted by Hanif on (May 2, 2010, 11:13 GMT)

Dear Hamid Jan, We are proud having a team consistent of your brave and bold boys, I am too emotional right now writing here (forgive me if I write something useless/meaningless) and my tears won't say stop, it is all because that some nieghbours were on the opinion of underestimating us (some of the government official), but we always showed to everybody and this is another occasion that we are some one and we can do what we want and its recorded and it has an history. I am not worried or upset if we lost to India, I am proud that a team/country who played on concrete or dusty pitch can face the internationally known teams with braveness and high spirit and moral, thanks to all indians and some others for their support given, I am surprized that where are some of our muslim nations with their support or DUA's (especially Pakistan), but still won't worry because they (the Government official not the Pakistani locals) are just of the thought that how to destroy us. Allah Mo Kamyab Lara

Posted by Pritam on (May 1, 2010, 21:03 GMT)

Dear Hamid,

I wish the whole afghanistan team best of luck, now they have played against India I hope they win the rest of the matches. I really feel for this country after all those wars and pain they had to go through

Pritam, India

Posted by Veena on (May 1, 2010, 19:04 GMT)

Every one have experienced a bad day in their life. Even the master blaster starts his career with a bleeding nose. No matter you lose, it will be the rocks before gold. Even though my favourite team(india) win today, i didnt get that pleasure as usual, only reason because a group of young, hardworking, more suffered and more deserved team was on other end. Today yu were playing as a team more than the men in blue. Behalf of the 1 billion i thanking you people to give a memmorable debut to an icc event like this.

And 1 more thing, you have still chances to make it to super8s beat RSA with out any mersey. We Indians also pray for the neighbours.

Chak de

Posted by Imran Mohamed on (May 1, 2010, 16:51 GMT)

First of all congratulations to make it to the world cup. Just back from watching your match against india... very well played......there is some talent in this team...best of luck to u and your team.

Imran - East Africa

Posted by Vishant on (May 1, 2010, 16:49 GMT)

I am a Die-Heart Indian fan and want my team to win every day. But “heads off” to you people. You have really worked very hard to come up to this level. Give your Best performance. Win or Lose is a part of a game what matters is you play. I wish you ALL THE BEST!!!

Posted by Ramu Nagireddy on (May 1, 2010, 16:34 GMT)

The article is a very good one. I like the spirit in you. All the best.

Posted by Shikhar on (May 1, 2010, 16:33 GMT)

Your performance deserve appreciation Hamid. Well played, hope you do well against South Africa too. Your team will have my total support.

Posted by Chetan K on (May 1, 2010, 16:27 GMT)

Afghanistan is going to be my favorite team (after Team India) here on. Would love to see you guys play at the IPL.

Posted by Kamal on (May 1, 2010, 16:22 GMT)

You guys did a good job!!. Posted a decent total on board and fighted like champions. All the best for the rest of the matches.

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