Afghanistan April 30, 2010

This will be one of the proudest moments of my life

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Hamid Hassan
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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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  • 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..

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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!!!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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..

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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!!!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Dinesh on May 1, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    Hi Hassan,

    Even though you guys lost today, congratulations on those fantastic figures! Your bowling was truly superb while your blog was a welcome relief from the age-old boring crap. It was touching!

    Good luck for the rest of the tournament and don't ever shy away from the spirited attitude!

    Best Wishes, Dinesh

  • Sashi on May 1, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    All the best to the Afghan team and hope they will do well in this tournament. I'm a big fan of Indian cricket, been watching India play cricket for the last 20 years and probably this is the first time I'm going to watch a game (i.e, India V Afghan)not to see how India plays, but how Afghan team performs. Go Afghanistan go!!

  • Dilip Patel on May 1, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    Dear Hamid Hassan, Just wanted to say that you have already won million hearts and we all support and welcome Afghanistan to cricketing world.

    Best wishes from India.

  • Mahiwal Khan on May 1, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    go afghanistan....!!! go afghanistan....!!!go afghanistan....!!!go afghanistan....!!!go afghanistan....!!!go afghanistan....!!!go afghanistan....!!!go afghanistan....!!!go afghanistan....!!!go afghanistan....!!!go afghanistan....!!!go afghanistan....!!!go afghanistan....!!!go afghanistan....!!!go afghanistan....!!!go afghanistan....!!!go afghanistan....!!!go afghanistan....!!!go afghanistan....!!!go afghanistan....!!!go afghanistan....!!!

  • B S Kumar on May 1, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    Dear Hamid Hassan, A huge welcome to you and your teammates. It it fantastic to read your blog, and for once there is someone in international cricket who talks from his heart about life in general, not just cricket. We hope you savour every moment in your international cricket life that begins today and may you and your team always play from the heart, and in the spirit of this game that has brought you closer to us, just a bit more. We want you and your country to flourish, come out of its problems and do well in every way, and may cricket be just a beginning. All the very very best!

  • nasir on May 1, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    i'm much excited to see the Pathans in action. May Allah help you are. All the very best.

  • nasir on May 1, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    i'm much excited to see the Pathans in action. May Allah help you are.

  • osama shaab on May 1, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    good luck hamid. may allah bless afghanistan.

  • bharadwaja on May 1, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    All the best to all afghanisthan players..:-)

  • bharadwaja on May 1, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    All the best to all afghanisthan players..:-)

  • Pakistani786 on May 1, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    Salaam, I am watching Afghanistan match right now live, will pray Afghan team does well :). I want to bring to attention something. Alot of newcomer teams that come to international level have poor batting. actually all of them have decent bowling but batting is VERY POOR. if somehow Afghanistan can fix this problem, they can be on top and challenge the whole world. So i would def advise great coach Kabir Khan to put up a batting camp. if you have runs on board, whole team can fight! inshaAllah if Afghanistan for the next 1 year trains its youth in the batting department then addition of 3 good batsmen to the side can handle any team

  • Dinesh on May 1, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    I am an Indian, All the best Afgans

  • B S Kumar on May 1, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    Dear Hamid Hassan, A huge welcome to you and your teammates. It it fantastic to read your blog, and for once there is someone in international cricket who talks from his heart about life in general, not just cricket. We hope you savour every moment in your international cricket life that begins today and may you and your team always play from the heart, and in the spirit of this game that has brought you closer to us, just a bit more. We want you and your country to flourish, come out of its problems and do well in every way, and may cricket be just a beginning. All the very very best!

  • lauran Xevier on May 1, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    my frnd ....... my brother hamid n all my afghani brothers best of luck MAY ALLAH ALL MIGHTY BLESS U GUYS nnnn plz plz plz rock the match ... iwant u guys to make a biggest upset in this biggest & famous format of match ..... m from pakistn but i swear i love ur way of playing i mean u guys r really GOD GIFTED.... my father saw u guys in prequalifing t20 worldcup tour. actually he was umpire in ur final match (tahir mahmood ) i hope u remember n i hope hamid may be u remember me as well i played against afghani team (under 17) once i played for qatar national side nnn i know u guys can rock the tournament :) best wishes bro :)

  • Vedant Dhandhania on May 1, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    go afghanistan....!!!

  • P.S.Babu on May 1, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Hi Hamid Miya....keep the spirit all the way in the tournament. You may win less matches but you have already won a million hearts. We Indians are supporting you from our hearts.

  • Arunachalam Solayappan on May 1, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    Best wishes Afghan team. You have done a GREAT job to come to this level. Keep up your good work. With the kind of players you have, you can win against any day in this format of the game. Keep the good work going. Best of luck once again on behalf of India.

  • Bala Bas on May 1, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    Good Luck Hamid - I am a die-hard indian fan, but truely I am going to support you guys. It reminds me of South Africa in 80's, came back to international after decades of ban. Their very first tour was against India and did extremly well. Now they are one of best teams in the world. Hope you guys also emerge into the glory. ALL THE BEST

  • Shaghil Husain on May 1, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    Good luck Afghanistan cricket team and the Afghan nation! I saw a picture a few months ago of "Cricket in Afghanistan" on CricInfo playing near a wrecked military vehicle. When I saw this picture I said to my friends in Kalamazoo, Michigan USA that watch out for another Asian nation on the horizon of cricket. A nation devastated by war but their spirits and morale are high. Cricket world, watch out, in few years you have to encounter many Khans,Afridis,Pathans and Abdullahs. I am looking forward to see this emerging nation on the map of big cricket. Win or loose is part of the game but you Afghanistan people and cricket team have proved, that hard work, determination and "Tawwakul in Allah-SWT" will Insha Allah be fruitful. Play with positive attitude and in the best spirit of the game. Bravo Afghanistan!!!

  • Shan on May 1, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    Bravo Afghan Team! We can understand the moment of status when you join with world to share your all talent which has not been given chances earlier.

    Shan Sri Lanka

  • Sathish Reddy on May 1, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    Hey Hamid, Congrats, and wish you all the best man. There is one way you can go and that is up.

    Just one piece of advice Hamid- Dont let some of your interfering and meddling neighbors like ------------ you know who, start to advice you and try and support your Cricket. You want to know why?? Just like every other aspect of your country, they will ruin your Cricket also. Be very careful. Very very Very Careful.

  • Sri on May 1, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    I am an Indian fan, but will be rooting for both teams today. Afghanistan and Afghans deserve such a huge win, given the conditions in their nation. Indians have tasted enough success, money, sponsors and popularity. They can be in the sidelines at least this game :-)

  • Mahesh Kasa on May 1, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    Good Luck Afghans!!! You have done a wonderful job so far to get here and i wish you continue the momentum. Hope this tournament will bring joy and happy to all of you.

  • Chandra on May 1, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    My best wishes to both the team...I am an Indian fan but would like to see very good game spirit among both team...so expect both teams to entertrain their fans....

  • Sachin on May 1, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    While I am an Indian supporter, I do wish the Afghan team all the best for this match and the many more to follow!

  • Shrinidhi on May 1, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    Congrats Afghanistan and All the best for the World Cup. Very pleasant to see the enthusiasm in your team. Hope you make it to the final against India.

  • Sathish Reddy on May 1, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    Hey Hamid, Congrats, and wish you all the best man. There is one way you can go and that is up.

    Just one piece of advice Hamid- Dont let some of your interfering and meddling neighbors like ------------ you know who, start to advice you and try and support your Cricket. You want to know why?? Just like every other aspect of your country, they will ruin your Cricket also. Be very careful. Very very Very Careful.

  • Abbas on May 1, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    Hamid Bhai...best of luck. I remmbr last year I played aginst you in Malaysia and how you destroy us there...do the same with India...we are with you. Abbas from Saudi Arabia

  • dr aziz - Wah Cantt on May 1, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    Hope the match is washed out after 5 overs and you get some points

  • Manish on May 1, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    i am an indian but i am really looking forward to see you guys play at international level. best wishes to you and your team.

  • Kanishka Wahidi on May 1, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Salam to all. Lets pray to Allah for all the best and success to Afghanistan team.

  • Rakshit on May 1, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    All the best Afghanistan.Know that you are amongst friends when you take the field against the Indians. And may god give strength to both

  • uzair on May 1, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    afghanistan zindabad, pakistan zindabad, india go and lose again

  • Deepanjan Datta on May 1, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    Good luck to you and your team Hamid! I am an Indian, so my loyalties would be with my national team. But I have been following the sharp ascent of your team. Very well done ... keep it up :)

  • manan_aslam on May 1, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    Hi, I am waitung for the big game. I have heard a lot about your team and love to watch you. Hope you can perform well and bring some cheers in Afghanistan.

    Best of LUCK

  • Sanjay Sahu on May 1, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    Its good that Afgan is looking forward in sports.

  • Vineet on May 1, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    Good luck! Afghans deserve better than what's currently happening in their country. Hope they do well in this tournament and become a test playing nation very soon. Hope they help India in knocking out South Africa in the first round :-)

  • Don on May 1, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    I've been following your team's progress for last couple of years, and you have earned your place to be there with the top teams. Enjoy the moment and wish you guys many more to follow. May Cricket bring peace and joy to Afghanistan.

    Cheers from India.

  • ABC on May 1, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    Hope to see a very good game.....pls play with good spirit, there shouldn't be any involvement of religion in sports ..specially to Af players...

  • ATUL AHUJA on May 1, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    Good Luck! May the most hungry team win!

  • alam on May 1, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    i like what you said,praying. as a muslim its very important,more than your cricket. every thing will workout. inshallah

  • Syed on May 1, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    Go Afghanistan Go and live your dream. Wishing you all the best for this tournament!

  • Alok Dheer on May 1, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    I wish the Afghanistan team all the very BEST ! As an Indian living in Afghanistan, this is going to be such a poignant match for me. I salute the ambassadors from this war torn country and extend to them the BEST in this tournament. It will be such a GREAT day for me if I am able to witness a India-Afghanistan FINAL !

  • Bis on May 1, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    The long term interests of cricket demand that it spread to new countries. The long term security and peace of the world demand that people in countries like Afghanistan are able to enjoy recreational activities like cricket. Let us hope Afghan cricket receives encouragement and support and not the sort of condescension that the BCCI has shown Bangladesh, who have still not played a test match in India.

  • aziz on May 1, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    Congrats to you and Afghanistan on making it to the world stage of cricket. We wish you all the very best in making your nation proud. Remember, it's not all about winning but the way you play. Be positive and play with the natural flair. You have many fans around the world and not just in Afghanistan. Good luck!

  • amit on May 1, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    wish u good luck may you make your country proud today !!!! amit from INDIA.

  • Hermant on May 1, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    Good luck Afghanistan. Cricket needs more nations and if a beautiful nation in such strife can become an avid cricketing nation it will be great. Who knows you may unearth one of the future great fast bowler or batsman .Good luck!

  • Hermant on May 1, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    Good luck Afghanistan. Cricket needs more nations and if a beautiful nation in such strife can become an avid cricketing nation it will be great. Who knows you may unearth one of the future great fast bowler or batsman .Good luck!

  • Muralidharan P.R. on May 1, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    You will be considered a great team even if you lose with India Good Luck Afghanisthan!

    Muralidharan from India

  • Proud Indian on May 1, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    I am Indian fan but very happy to see Afghanistan in cricket world cup. Really it should be a proud moment for every Afghanistani. Win or loose are part of game, it will be tough for Afghanistan to beat world champion like India and SA, as they lack experience of playing big matches. but T20 can be very expected as every saw last year when Holland Beat England. So good luck to you, do your best and result can go anyway.

  • Suchit on May 1, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    Hi Hamid,

    All the best for the match, though an ardent Indian fan, I support your teams for the guts you have shown in the journey ato the top level!

  • Anand on May 1, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    No wonder I want India to win, but good luck Afghanistan..Go ahead and show what you are made of...As much as I would want India to win, I want Afghanistan to also give a great fight...

  • Waseem on May 1, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    Youve done a wonderful job of getting this far, Hamid. Though I am an Indian fan, I do hope you play well and come up really well in the future. We have a lot of respect for your team already.

  • Niraj on May 1, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    I wish u best of luck hamid

  • Junaidmalik on May 1, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    Gud luck. Give ua best. Ma bst wishz. Have been folwng u guyz frm last year. Has been a fairytale. Nw tym has cum to show the wrld what pathanz r. Do gud.

  • Maiwand Majboor on May 1, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    And you are right with whatever you say. Yes, the mood in the country is different. Every one seems to be awaiting to finally have the chance to see thier flag in motion on the world stage. Thanks to you and to your wonderful other team mates, as it is becasue of you that this dream comes true.

    It is going to be amzing from the word go. The advice to you, and the whole team, from all Afghans is that stay relaxed, sleep well, say the morning prayers, and when the action is to begin, remember Allah. Make a collective huddle in the ground, recite a few verses of the Holy Quran and rest assured there are prayers of the whole Afghan nation with you. God bless you. Do not think about the results, a win or loss does not matter, the fact that you have made it to this stage so early and so quickly is something to cherish for ever. Just enjoy. You have done your hard work, now enjoy the attention of the world.

    Pa Pukhtani Meena

  • naeemullah on May 1, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    Good luck. we are so much proud of u guys. I will watch u on the tv and I am sure u can win afterall everyone knows that u guys are afghans and this word is more than enough to scare every single team on the day.

  • Bashir Ahmad on May 1, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    Hi, Hassan Khan, We are really proud to see Afghanistan in the worldcup. For us the most proudest moment would be while seeing our players singing our national anthem. I just want our team to play hard and leave the rest on Allah. Inshallah we will do well.. All the best brother..

  • zahaib akhtar on May 1, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    best of luck from Pakistan!

  • Sudha on May 1, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    Best wishes to Afghan Team, we all want them to succeed have a great tournament and move away to main stream of the world. Afghans are very entrepreneurial and hard working people who have suffered for several generations due to big powers politicking specially during the cold war.

    Hope events like this bring cheer and a way to channel energies in a different direction. Hope some of the Afghan players will be recognized and picked for IPL as well.

    Hamid and team, Wish you all very good luck... I am sure you will do well, While i cheer for my country India, all of us all cheer for Afghanistan team to put a great show and succeed.

  • Daniel on May 1, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    Best of luck from New Zealand!

  • shoaib Rahim on May 1, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    Our prayers are with you dear. you have always come up with miracles and made us proud... even if you guys give giant Indian team a tough time,,, that will be more than a victory. thanx for bring us the moment when Afghanistan's national anthom will be played and our flag will go up... OUr prayers are with you. Play like tigers of mountains,,, no matter you win or loose today. we will always love you all.

  • khalid on May 1, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    salamun alaikum my dear country men. it is an honor for you and us that you people give it to us. you can do anything by the honor of god. neverthink you people are alone. we all are with you even this morning we prayed for your wining may and also our dear allah is with you just think of the studum that is full of afghans and think of our countries flug to be in the top for ever and i am sure that you can do it.ad also i want to say hear a qoutation from alexander the great who said to his mother tha i am in the land where every person is alexander. so dontforget this of you is an alexander. wish you all the best. and pray for you to win.

  • inayat from UK on May 1, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    Hi/ Salamoona Hameed, I've been following you guys ever since you toured England in 2006 and won 6 out your 7 matches against the local clubs. I'm following each game your playing until now on variuos websites and could only see your pictures and some short clips. But the wait is over and finally we will see our heros on tv screens. I used to support india and south africa as they were my favourite teams untill now.I wouldnt imagine in a million years that our team could be playing against the top teams, as there was no afghan cricket team as recently as 2000. This is our dream come true not just for you guys but the whole nation. I couldn't sleep last night just to see you guys on a big screen and play for our beloved country. You all are my heros and your a star among the stars. I wish you best of luck against India and hoping for what would be the biggest upsets in sports history...

  • Asmat ULLAH on May 1, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    Best of Luck, our prayers and wishes are always with our team.

  • Samiullah Sohail on May 1, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    I have, no comments but just want to say, I want to see win of our team,I am prying for them????

  • Dr.Mohib on May 1, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    I will salut to you great players, It's really the moment; to which the hole nation was waiting, we are praying for you guys. we know india is a great nation, with great players, however, we count on you guys. if you win that would be a great national pleasure and if you lose still we are proud on you guys that you bring this war torn nation to the stage where it was even not a dream

  • Arshad Ali Yousafzai on May 1, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    Afghanistan has played wonderful cricket since last 18 months, Afghanistan I like your spirit n you can show it to world that you have got talent......here in Pakistan people are waiting to see you guys in action soon I cant wait to see you in ground and Afghanistan Anthem that will be great.......I am anxious to see you in action...people around the world are waiting for you...Lets show it to world you guys got enough to surprise cricketing nations:) Good Luck Inshallah Afghanistan will show best result...

  • danish on May 1, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    inshallah u will win....this will turn a great day 4 you,just try 2 giv ur best bhai********

  • Anil Koshy on May 1, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    Wishing all the best to team Afganistan. Playing against a team like India will be a good learning, you will come good in future.

  • Abhijit on May 1, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    Do well! I wish you, your team mates and your country the very best of luck.

  • rafiullah ahmadi on May 1, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    salam hamid jan we cant wite for this game inshullah we hope you guys will beat them inshullah here in london whole muslim people pray for you inshullah we will be winner salam tc

  • Mohammad Jamal Khan Saddozai on May 1, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    ALLAH da mal sa Vrora, make our Loy Afghanistan proud. The Pashtun of Pakistan are with you. Da GRAN ALLAH, Gran Loy Afghanistan. Go for Victory!!!

  • Mohammed Saleem Khan on May 1, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    My sincere prayers with you and the entire team. Allah may help you to prove even better what you used to do in the past games "Aameeeeen"

  • Javed Tahir on May 1, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    This is amazing feeling after reading Mr. Hamid statement, we are (Pakistani) also looking forward the excitment of Afganistan as playing the T20 worldcup. Indeed this is the big achievement for Afganistan and a for Pakistan also, because more than 3 million Afgani living in Pakistan and they are Playing cricket in Pakistan and it could be the big advantage for Afganistan in future cricket. My all Best Wishes With Afganistan Players and Nation. I hope it would be the exciting match between Afgan vs Ind

  • taimur ali khan on May 1, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    Dear hamid. i am from peshawar,pakistan but only God knows how much my pulse raised up whenver i get to know any thing about afghan cricket.you guys are from a nation who never lost a war so i know that may be not now But a day is coming near soon when you will be on the victory stand.May GOD be with you Da allah pa amaan RORA

  • Vijay on May 1, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    Hearty Congratulations to Afghanistan and all the players. The way they have progressed to reach to this level is just beyond belief. Hats off to them. Although I am a proud citizen of India and will always support Indian team whoever they play against, I will be very happy to see the performance of the newest team in the world of cricket. There is no doubt that these sort of tournaments bring so much closeness among the players as well as the nations. I would love to watch more and more new teams to follow what Afghanistan has done today to make the game of cricket a truly sport of the world. Good Luck to both India and Afghanistan. Thank you ICC and all of those working very hard to make such events successful.

  • Bakhtyar on May 1, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    Dear Hassan and our country (Afghanistan) it is not far that InshahAllah one day we Afghanistan will be the world chiompion be cuase Afghanistan team hav the gaise like you

  • afzaal Khan on May 1, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    Good Luck Afghanistan. Pakistan praying 4 u hope u go all the way to final and beat every team except ofcoz my beloved Pakistan lol

  • Omid Naseri on May 1, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    Salam To everyone around the world, I think india is a big team but you never know Afghanistan is also a big team to their stage and Being an Afghan i am really proud of my Country and cricket team because our cricket team a lot in a short time so i belief that afghanistan will upset India or if we lose it is not going to be a easy lose. thanks Omid

  • santosh indian on May 1, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    May india win the match. But we are really happy for you afganistan. All very best to you.Its indeed proudest moment for your country.

  • Ravi N on May 1, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    All the best! You are part of making history for Afg

  • eliya on May 1, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    MAN U HAVE TOUCHED MY HEART BY UR LAST SENTENCE... i'm an indian but will b rooting 4 Afghanistan nd ofcourse India through out the tournamnet...

    GOOD LUCK

  • mohamed ali shaikh on May 1, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    best of luck friends

  • Ray on May 1, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    Hamid ror, I'm an India fan but strangely I don't think I'll be too sad if you guys get a win tonight. Several people in Afghanistan will be watching cricket tonight, maybe even those who insist on continuing the violence over there. Interesting how a sports team can do what 70,000 soldiers can't. Good luck, bowl well, and watch out for Gambhir he's a solid one at the top and can score fast too.

  • Dilster on May 1, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    Hamid, The best of luck to you and your team. Have confidence in your abilities and go all out to just do what you do best! Lead your team so that the unknown never existed. ..a South African admirer..

  • suresh on May 1, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    Hi Hammed, May be i am an Indian supporter looking forward to watch your cricket. I believe that this will open new window to your team as well as your country. All the best for victory.

  • Dilster on May 1, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    Hamid, The best of luck to you and your team. Have confidence in your abilities and go all out to just do what you do best! Lead your team so that the unknown never existed. ..a South African admirer..

  • Mustafa Khwaja on May 1, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    Hamid jan and every other single body of our beloved and proud, may Allah swt give you all the glory you deserve. Make our poor and torn mother land proud.

    You guys know best, just believe in yourself and Allah will give what is your right.

    Proud of every single one you.

  • Jyotirmoy Mandal on May 1, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    I am an India fan, but hope you will do well in the tournament. Best of luck to you. Bring joy and honor to your people.

  • aliyan omer on May 1, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    em a pakistani guy.....i like da spirit of afghanistan`s captain hamid hassan and my best wishes r wiv him....when there is a hope there is way......so if they fulfil their goal it wiil be highly appreciated dat they won against the champions ov 2007 world cup....so good luck afghnai team:)......inhsallah u wil get ur goal:)...good luck for pakistani team also and good luck for indian team also :)...

  • Sujith on May 1, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    LOL! India are going to win! Afghanistan are a bunch of losers! :P

  • Mojib Ansari on May 1, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    Zindabad Hameed Hassan ,,we also waiting for that special moments when our national anthem being playing in the world cup for the very first time,,it will be a proud moments for every Afghans,,,ALLAH MO MAL SHAA DA WATAN ZAMARIYANO,, we wish you great luck Afghan tigers,,

  • Jayaram Choudhary on May 1, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    All the best guys .... I really appreciate the spirit and the way u have carried it so far ....

  • heinrich on May 1, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    This is one match I will be watching. I have followed the Afghan progress over the last 2 years and they have surprised and awed many. I hope their performance here will bring some light to their country who are facing many challenges. I am a South African supporter but for this world cup I will be standing under the Afghan Flag :) Good luck guys !

  • Javed Hamim Kakar on May 1, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    Gool luck Mr. Hassan,we all Afghans proud of you players, and pray for your success.

  • Mujahid Ahmadzai on May 1, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    Salam bro All da best 4u and 4 all team.. May Allah help u people. I hope & im praying 2 Almighty Allah tht u people win this match. I hope u vil be n da super eights when n da semi finals Isha Allah.. We all r praying 4 u all and we r proud of u our national heroes.. Muhammad Mujahid Ahmadzai frm Peshawar Pakistan

  • Shekhar Basnet on May 1, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    They are the pariah of world cricket. All the neutral supporter in the world will be supporting for afghanistan. Hats off you. May allah give you all the strength to overhaul the indians.

  • TellasisPatel on May 1, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    Mr. Hamid Hassan: I admire your ehthusiasm and spirit. If you, your team and your opponents can maintain their composure and friendliness during and after the games, you will all be great ambassadors for your respective countries. Best of luck!

  • Abhijit V. Chaore on May 1, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    Afganistan has really emerged from ashes like a phoenix bird. Indeed it is a proud moment for them to appear in an international match quite within few years of downfall of Taliban monsters. India is a friend of Afganistan. As an Indian though I want India to win this game, my best wishes are with Afgan team too. Cheers!

  • Ahmed Pakistani on May 1, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    It must be a proud momment for your team and we wish you all the best. Hope to be seeing our neighbor and a brotherly country more often in cricket field.

  • alexbutt on May 1, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    I am really touched by hamid hassan's honest and passionate sentiments. Although I am a paksitani, I am going to cheer afghanistan this tournament. I think they deserve it. As for pakistan, its hard to see them going to semi-finals but I can only wish that they could play with 10% of the passion that afghanis have for their country.

  • Khan on May 1, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    I say inshallah we will win. If we have a winning mentality regardless of who we r playing then anything is possible. Plus indian players(Yuraj,Zahir,Dhoni,Sehwag) have gone overweight lol, there is a good chance of us winning.

  • salman on May 1, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    Inshallah, you will win this match..

  • Sanjeev on May 1, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    First of all "I wish all success to the Indian Team" Be the champions again in T20 my dear heroes "MEN IN BLUES" And secondly i feel very happy and proud to see a team from Afghanistan a country has a lots of wounds and sufferings.and i hope this game of cricket will give some kind of relief and happiness to them and let god bless them all.

  • Allah Nazar Naqibi on May 1, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    Salaam to Hamid Hasan and all my other heroes! ALLLAH MO KAMYAB KRA First of all I would like to express my deepest feelings of heart on having this greatest moment to see my heroes live on TV in action, in a big competing with the world cricket leading teams India and South Africa I really don’t have words to express my feeling any more as it is very great moment in my life. I and the whole nation pray for the successes of our team in this tournament and Almighty Allah will accept our pray as we (Afghan nation) have suffered a lot of problems and we have showered our tears since last 3 decades and this opportunities will definitely decrease our sorrows and will enjoy a happy moment. It is worth to mention that participating in this competition it self is a great moment and it dose shows that how great is our team which reached to this point without having 10% facilities to learn about this game but their high morals enabled them to get here without depending on what they have and what they need. They just proceeded ahead without looking to back and without complain so incase we lose here (Almighty Allah never happen this) we will never complain and still we will proud on our GREAT TEAM.

    KAMYAB AW SAR LWARI AOSA-E-

  • Rob Barron on May 1, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    Hamid, you are a true legend and an inspiration to us all. All of England (and no doubt the world) is looking forward to your cartwheeling celebrations... GOOD LUCK HAMID, GO AFGHANISTAN!

  • Talib Jan on May 1, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    Asalam o alaikum wr wb

    Dear brother,

    Please inform your team about a particular company called (Supreme Group).This company is the main contractor for delivering bombs and bullets for the occupying armies. They aslo undertake some civilian projects cover up their main activities and create a good impression among the population. For that reason they might approach the cricket team for sponsorship. If they do, then the burden will be on you guys wether you want to be advertizing for a company which is responsible for the murders of countless of your countrymen or not. I am writing to you becuase so many players have been claiming they are playing for the whole country and for peace, and that I presume includes Taliban. If you don't beleive that to be the case, then accept our appologies for wasting your time.

    Good Luck

  • Ashwin on May 1, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    Hi Hamid,

    I have been following the exploits of youir team since your success in WCL 5. I am a big fan of your team. I wish that your team makes a mark on world stage.

    Having said that, today I would like that India wins, but I would like to see a good contest. I do not wish to see a one sided game. Please put your heart and soul in it. Do not get overawed by the big stage.

    All the best for today's game and rest of the tournament.

  • yasir khan on May 1, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    Inshallah, i wish you all the best!

  • vithu on May 1, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    cheerz man! go give ur best!

  • Hashmatullah (Afghan Shahzada) on May 1, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    Hamid We (Afg People) Believe on you guys, you people are our proud and you guys Just make us to talk about our national cricket team with each and every one, the thing that we want from you is to play your best with India dont suppose them too big, you guys are not less than them, you are also the great cricketers in the world, you can win and win, just we need you to play with them that you have never played yet with any team, just show them that you guys are the ROCK in Cricket and you can do whatever you want.i hope you at the end of the match i send sms for every one that HAY WE WON WE WON AND WE WON...proud of you guys.

    HASHMATULLAH DUBAI

  • John on May 1, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    Good luck to Afganistan team as they r 1st time in T20 international.Because i m an indian so my best wishes always be with my team.comeon yuvi n pathan bring the cup for country(INDIA)who known as the worlds most cricket crazy nation.

  • Daud Hutaky on May 1, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    Inshalah we will win this match. Just guys you should trust in Allah because he is the only almighty. and what he wants, he does it too. accually i live in germany and here is 10.00 oclock now. the match begins at 15:OO i dont know what should i do till 15:OO. i cant wait. my brother we all afghans are really proud of you all. this is the very first time, that they talking about afghanistan without using the words of war ( killig, bobm, explosion ) etc in news, they are talking about the sport of afghanistan you may dont know but how it feels for an immegrant its undiscribable. and that all because of you guys. thank you very much! may Allah help you. and one important thing we are particpating in the tornment that is the biggest acchievement for us i mean we have nothing to loose. the pressure is on india and south africe so dont worry guys but you have to try your best and the rest let it to allah. ok have a nice time have a nice match inshalah we will win

  • srinivasan on May 1, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    All the very best to lion-hearted guys like you!.. a part of every educated indian would wish afghanistan to win as victory in a game would mean a lot more to the common afghan folks back home than a loss for indians...good luck in this WC!

  • ossama on May 1, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    go men go......it'll be a challenge n i'll b proud if ya guyz liv to it...not only me buh the whole afghan and the whole muslim world

  • Akhan on May 1, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    We will we will Rock them!

  • Shahid, Lahore on May 1, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    Just pretend that u'r playing against Ireland because on their bad days india isn't better than them. Ur fielding & specially catching will make the whole lot of difference. Good luck

  • vinu on May 1, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    good lucks Afghanistan and india ..this is huge game for cricket

  • tapeshwar singh on May 1, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    grt to see afghans playing in international match,hope they give us a very tough competition and beat SA (lol),,,i seriously want afghanistan as nxt test team frm asia,there passion to play fr thr nation is amazing.

  • Dan on May 1, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    Everything looked fine till i read "so after praying and breakfast" ! why can't they leave the bloody prayer behind and focus on the game ?

  • Narsimahm on May 1, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    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 for very body except for Some India Cricketers

  • yama on May 1, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    I could not sleep last night because of this match, i think i have hundreds of blog and website posts.

    Just do your best, and let the world know what Afghans are capable off, if there is peace and stability.

  • mohammed on May 1, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    Its very pleasing to hear hameed hassans quotes about his thirst for international cricket...may the presence of almighty be with him all through his career....

  • Shiva on May 1, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    Hi Hamid, There is always a romance associated with the underdogs. For you and your team to rise as you have done to international level is exceptional in itself. I am an ardent fan of cricket (Indian) but have keenly followed your progress. Wish u lot all the best and go out there and play the game ofbyour life. I bet if the ICC invests even one tenth of what they have invested on other associate nations on Afghanistan cricket, u will perform as well as the other two nations in the subcontinent. All the best again!

  • roheed safi on May 1, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    i am really happy for afghani cricker player and i wish them success and father matches....

  • Maleeha on May 1, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    We are behind u hameed, you have our support, make most of this chance against India, and i hope u surprise the world!

  • TAPAN KUMAR MOHANTA on May 1, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    Congrates for Afganistan cricket team. Probably your first match against India. I know you play beautiful cricket last time to qualify for this tournament. Have a nice game.

  • Mashal on May 1, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    Insha Allah, u guys r the winners. We all have been praying fo ur victory, so may Allah be with you at any time. Best of luck.

  • Ganga on May 1, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    A very touching blog indeed. IPLs will come and go, but is there anything bigger than representing your country? No way!

  • Hameed Malik on May 1, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    Afghanistan is like a cinderella story. I am a Pakistani and very proud of Afghanistani reaching unbelievable new heights of the world of cricket. Truly it is amazing while war has devastated their country these brave men are still focussed on their job. Some Afghanistan's boys have born in Pakistan's refugee camps and grasp the game there. I would request all Pakistani team to bless the Afghan team and pray for their continued success until both team meet in final. Imran Khan and Shahid Afridi should call their manager and wish them good luck

  • Hameed Malik on May 1, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    Afghanistan is like a cinderella story. I am a Pakistani and very proud of Afghanistani reaching unbelievable new heights of the world of cricket. Truly it is amazing while war has devastated their country these brave men are still focussed on their job. Some Afghanistan's boys have born in Pakistan's refugee camps and grasp the game there. I would request all Pakistani team to bless the Afghan team and pray for their continued success until both team meet in final. Imran Khan and Shahid Afridi should call their manager and wish them good luck

  • Hameed Malik on May 1, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    Afghanistan is like a cinderella story. I am a Pakistani and very proud of Afghanistani reaching unbelievable new heights of the world of cricket. Truly it is amazing while war has devastated their country these brave men are still focussed on their job. Some Afghanistan's boys have born in Pakistan's refugee camps and grasp the game there. I would request all Pakistani team to bless the Afghan team and pray for their continued success until both team meet in final. Imran Khan and Shahid Afridi should call their manager and wish them good luck

  • Zamir Shirzad on May 1, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    Ya Allah Afghanistan Sarlawarai kre, Guys do your best, our prayers are with you. It is the day which we waited too much, These are do or die matches so dont lose hope and wish you all the best and success. Ya Allah give the victory to us, Aaaaamin. Regards, Zamir Shirzad

  • behroz khan on May 1, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    i m so happy that afghanistan get a chance to play in the t20 world cup and i hope that the team will play good and we hope that they will take good result,this is the first time for our team and they will do their best agaist indea, indea is a great team so afghans are playing first time with a great team in which they can get good experence and hope they will won.thanks

  • Elias Jacob on May 1, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    I do agree with Hamid Hassan - it will be one of his proudest moments of his life. It is a previlege to represent your country in any world cup, whether it is cricket, football or any other game. I like his comment "It is a big advantage that they (India) don't know anything about us" while obviously we know lots about them. I wish best of luck for Afghanistan to face one of the best teams in the world now.

  • Faisal JAAN on May 1, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    Dear Hammad, I am following your blog since you started writing it. I love it for its simplicity and honesty of feelings. I wish u best of luck against mighty indian side. Faisal

  • Faisal JAAN on May 1, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    Dear Hammad, I am following your blog since you started writing it. I love it for its simplicity and honesty of feelings. I wish u best of luck against mighty indian side. Faisal

  • Mumtaz Pakistani on May 1, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    Wish you good luck guys, I really pray that you rise in this tournament and play next round. Allah is with you guys. We need additional cricketing team in our region to combat gora lobby and I am sure you are going to shine :)

  • Dubai Dude on May 1, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    Well done Afghanistan! You deserve to be at the world stage playing against some of the world's best teams. I think Afghanistan will not go down without fighting the strong Indian team.

    An Indian news channel showed a small news clip of Suresh Raina saying that we will not take Afghanistan lightly, as there might be some good Pakistani players playing in their side. I was surprised to hear that because apart, from their team Coach, Kabir Khan, being Pakistani, the entire team has Afghan nationals. This shows how well knowledgeable Indian team is regarding their opponent.

    Good Luck, Afghanistan!

  • Khalid Nuristani on May 1, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    It's great to hear that you guys are enjoying your time there. And the thing is that we don't want you guys to win only one or two games... you have to win us the World Cup. I know you guys have to Confidence and the capability to prove yourself in front of millions... Best of Luck, we will all pray for you guys. Khalid Nuristani

  • Chandra Shekhar on May 1, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    Wish you all The Best - An Indian fan.

  • zeospeed on May 1, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    Good luck Hamid. I wish you guy's weren't in the same group as India (the team I support!!), but I truly wish you well in this tournament.

  • Deepak on May 1, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    Good luck Afghan team ! It must be a really proud moment for your country. My best wishes to your team and i hope you can inspire a lot more youngsters to pick up the sport. Put up a good fight but i want India to win :)

  • Madilath Shah KHan on May 1, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    I WISH A VERY BEST OF LUCK TO AFGANISTAN CAPTAIN AND HIS TEAM PLAYERS GOOD LUCK .

  • Cameron on May 1, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    Looking forward to seeing you in action! Best of luck, I'm sure you'll do your country proud.

  • Askar on May 1, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    Ya man!! So u knw wat tym iT iz?! Tym to rap it up n do dat tang!! Man today I'll miss your match just because I've to play as well for my team in Stockholm. Anyhow, I'll catch up with the highlights and probably read through twice the Cricinfo commentary for this match which i usually do only once. However, if we win then I might read it a 1000000000..... times untill my tears of joy finishes. Bruv wateva da result is, I'm still proud of ya guys, a lose won't hurt me but a good fight and spirit will do a lot good and keep my wishes for the future :) May Allah help my team"Afghanistan" in this tournament, if not we then definetely am praying for my 2nd best team n dat iz "Pakistan".. God luck lads!!

  • Amanullah lakanwal on May 1, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    asalmu-alikum i am also an afghani guy but live in dubi i have also a dream to ply for afghanistan this comes when i watch afghan team in dubai and sharjah winning i was there watching the match.i wont to be like u hamid hassan and mohd shezad also mohd nabi the combination of these three i want from where i'll get these hahaahaaaa..say salam to all and inshallah i'll win this tournament.i m watching the whole tournament only 4 my nation

  • Suresh on May 1, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    Good luck ....

  • Suresh on May 1, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    Good luck ....

  • Syed Idrees on May 1, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    Wish you and the team all the best HASAN. May Allah the almighty bless you all and your dreams come true. Be sound and safe. Play positive and don't ever think you'll lose your fame if you give up the game. You proved yourselves as heroes of the ground for our lovely Afghanistan. I pray in person for your sucess.

  • G.Natrajan on May 1, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    I am an Indian but have a lot of respect for the Afghan people. They have shown a lot of courage and character in spite of being ravaged by war for nearly three decades. It is really good to see them taking part in an international sporting event like the T20 World Cup. Though I am an Indian supporter, it would be fantastic to see Afghanistan beat India. It is quite possible, as anything can happen in a T20 match. I wish the Afghanistan team all the best!

  • Lijo on May 1, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    Reading this has made me emotional. There is nothing more than representing your country at the highest level. Being an Indian, Aam pretty excited to watch this game and that too the debut game of Afghanistan against India. All the best to you Sir and God bless u & Team Afghanistan.

  • Chiranjeevi on May 1, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    Hamid, it feels great to read your blog here on Cricinfo. There is just so much sincerity in your words. Good luck for the game!

  • Chiranjeevi on May 1, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    Hamid, it feels great to read your blog here on Cricinfo. There is just so much sincerity in your words. Good luck for the game!

  • omidsohail on May 1, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    i wish AFG to win

  • Dhana on May 1, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    Though I am an Indian and I support Indian team, I wish Afghanistan does well in this tournament. We all understand it means a lot for the team as well as Afghan people. Wish you all the best !!!

  • Sriks on May 1, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    Although I want India to win the game tomorrow, I hope that you get to represent Afghanistan till the super eight stage at least. Afghanistan and the people there need a break from all the suffering they have had to go through and entertaining cricket could just be the right medicine. May be most deserving win.

  • Tom on May 1, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    This truly should feel amazing. There is nothing more than to represent, your country.Honestly, reading this article, am getting a bit emotional.Iam very excited to watch the Debut match that too playing against India. All the best to you Sir, God bless U and Team Afghanistan, coming from an Indian.

  • David Anthony on May 1, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    GOOD LUCK TO AFGHANISTAN IN THEIR FIRST T20 WORLD CUP.....I AM SURE THEY WILL PERFORM TO THEIR BEST.

    GOOD LUCK!!!

  • Mangesh on May 1, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    really wish dat u guys perform d best! though i m an indian would love to see an upset in tonite's game! all d best!

  • Kabeer Ahmed on May 1, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    all the best

  • Gourvendu on May 1, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    Hi Hamid Greetings from India..and all the very best for today's match. I sincerely wish best for your team and Afghanistan.

    Best Of luck :)

  • Ab. Basir Ahmadi on May 1, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    First of all salaams to all proud full afghani team! yeah for sure for the first the national anthems will be playing for you guys and you people stands and repeating over there in front of all world through big screens, we will be standing for the national anthems over here, second it is big game no matter who ever wins it but we are really praying from cover of our hearts for yours victory and we are much hopeful for it, the main thing is playing good game and show the world that we are not far behind, I am working in Kardan University and our working hours are till 8:00 but I am sure there will be no one in the University around 6:00 Afghanistan time because every one is mad of watching this match and we will fix a TV in our office for watching the national anthems.

    With best regards,

    Ab. Basir Ahmadi HR Manager Kardan University

  • farhad on May 1, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    Dear all we in Afghanistan are also too much exciting we watched all natoins game on TV many time but to see our own country it is too much exciting ,we know our team is new but we trust on them we know they awill able to present a tough match againt India and Africa we are prying for ur victory our dears team Best Regards Farhad

  • Nihir P. on May 1, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    Wishing you and your team All The Best... Hope you guys give good fight..

  • امیل خان on May 1, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    سلامونه او نیکی هیلی حمید وروره الله تعالی دی تاسو تل بریالی او کامیابه لری

  • KM on May 1, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    Being an Indian supporter, I would obviously want India to prevail in this contest. However, I would want Afghanistan to show up a fight and the spirit that has brought them to this level of cricket. Talent is not THE thing that makes difference at this level of cricket; the mental toughness and [as Harsha B. said] fearlessness. The Afghans must know that they can beat any team, if they want to beat a team. Mental strength and intensity would be the key for both teams. True, Indians know a very little or virtually nothing about the Afghan team, which offers a clear advantage to Afghans, however India have one of the finest strikers of the ball and very good bowlers. Overall, my money will still go on India, but an upset can't be ruled out. It would certainly be a great learning experience for the Afghans.

    Good luck Hamid Hassan, I hope you and your boys live up to pre-tournament expectations; keep you heads cool; do your basics well; & while enjoying, consider it a learning experience

  • ramzi on May 1, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    Good Luck Hameed Jan. Allah mo mal sha... Win or lose you guys have mad us proud.

  • SAM on May 1, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    Great to see Afghanistan on the world cricket radar as well.. Lets hope they play gud cricket which shall make this tournament more intresting.

  • Nizamuddin Khan on May 1, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    Dear Hamid,believe in God and your strength and skills,inshllah you will do good and so will our entire team. Win Or Loss doesn't matter all matters is a tough game with high spirit. All the Afghan nation is praying for you.... I myself can't sleep and am as much excited as you guys are. Pass my regards and well wishes to all our team and to my friend at school Samiullah Shinwari. You all are heros.....We are already proud of what our team achieved but sky is the limit.

    No team is unbeatable and India is no difference.

    Be confident and our prayers are with you and entire team. Go Afghanistan.

  • Abhi on May 1, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    All the best mate . . . May the best team win!

  • Will on May 1, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    Good luck to you guys! Will be cheering for you from here in New Zealand! Hope you do really well

  • Will on May 1, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    Good luck to you guys! Will be cheering for you from here in New Zealand! Hope you do really well

  • lsja on May 1, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    go afgg!!!!!

  • bushra Ali on May 1, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    Good luck to you:) We might be in for a huge upset!

  • bushra Ali on May 1, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    Good luck to you:) We might be in for a huge upset!

  • Rameshkumar on May 1, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    First of all congratulations for entering in to the World Twenty20 cup.But let me tell u that watching in television is one thing watching them perform against u is different. u will come to know that shortly. You can watch Sachin trillion times but can u play like him today. do u understand?. Murali have been watched all over the world "million times" still he takes wickets, Right?. dont try to play mind games. Even aussies have suffered. show your talent on the field. we will be watching You.

  • Zaid on May 1, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    Best of Luck Guys- Inshallah you will win

  • bala on May 1, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    All the best Hamid for your and your team. Hope you guys do well and enjoy your game. Of cource being an Indian I'll support our team in tomorrow's game but I wish for you guys to do well.

  • selvam on May 1, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    All the best wishes to Afgan team. It will be a great moment for Afgan people to move forward.

  • mirwais sadat on May 1, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    i really happy when i see the criket team of AFghanistan in the World cup final stage. we all pray for our team, to win in 20 over mach. Inshallah.

  • Varun Mishra on May 1, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    Hope you have a good one. Make your country proud and give India a good fight.

  • Masood Khan on May 1, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    Hamid, I can understand your excitement, this is really a great moment for you and your team. We are very much impressed with your current performance. We wish you and your team best of luck.

  • Aleksandar on May 1, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    Good luck mate. Treat this as any other game and stick to the same formula that has given you success thus far. Don't give the Indian batsmen too much respect, they are all made out of flesh and blood, they can all get unstuck to good bowling and a good yorker.

    All the best. Go the Afghans.

  • Masood Khan on May 1, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    Hamid, I can understand your excitement, this is really a great moment for you and your team. We are very much impressed with your current performance. I wish you and your team best of luck.

  • sree on May 1, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    All the best Afghanistan.Compete against india.We will be watching you guys from india for the first time..

  • Waqar on May 1, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    Good luck Hamid! I am quite sure You can make a big upset. I cannot wait to watch Afghanistan playing against India...

  • Sreekanth on May 1, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    All the best Afghanistan. You deserve where you stand now after braving off all the difficulties in your home and reaching here with high spirits. Even though I'm an Indian fan, I wish you all the very best to perform in your first live match and give India a huge run for their money. Best wishes.

  • abhishekr on May 1, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    I've keenly watched your team's progress in last couple of years.Even if i'm from India i'll be supporting your team today.All the best to you and your teammates.

  • Aishwarya Singh on May 1, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    I'm an Indian but I'm cheering for you! All the best !!

  • Mandar on May 1, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    Good luck to you guys! Though, I hope and wish India wins this game, I admire your teams' efforts and also am impressed with recent upsets that your team created during practice games. All the best!

  • Rohullah Stanakzai, Kabul on May 1, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    God bless you and my team our all prayers are with u guys you can do it yes you can do it you are not week than indians you can beat them iam sure u can allah is Great

  • Rohullah Stanakzai, Kabul on May 1, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    God bless you and my team our all prayers are with u guys you can do it yes you can do it you are not week than indians you can beat them iam sure u can allah is Great

  • Wardak on May 1, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    Inshallah we will win... Can't wait to watch you guys play tomo. Our prayers are with the team..

  • Jim on May 1, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    All the best, I mean for a wonderful international cricketing journey for your country and may God bless your team and country to come good as any other cricketing nation in few years, if not in months.

  • Gerald on May 1, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    Wow, congratulations and good luck! I'm an avid Indian supporter but for some reason I am hoping that you succeed. Try your best and you can achieve anything!

  • Haroon Arghandiwal on May 1, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    I m really happy today that I will watch our team in front of Indians. We have the potential of beating the indian cricket especially in the absence of Sachin. Zimbawe beat Pakistan in warm up match so Afghanistan also inshallh is going to beat India. I m sure india will be playing for points but Afghan team is playing for 30 million people happiness. 30 million prayers are with them and will come back with great honors.

  • Manu on May 1, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    Crciket needs the likes of such passionate Afghans more than they need cricket. I hope they win their next game and qualify for the Super eights. Very refreshing attitude untainted as yet by the media moolah. May it last long

  • Sunil on May 1, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    Best of luck Hamid, make your nation proud!!

  • Gerald on May 1, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    Wow, congratulations and good luck! I'm an avid Indian supporter but for some reason I am hoping that you succeed. Try your best and you can achieve anything!

  • Gerald on May 1, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    Wow, congratulations and good luck! I'm an avid Indian supporter but for some reason I am hoping that you succeed. Try your best and you can achieve anything!

  • Gerald on May 1, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    Wow, congratulations and good luck! I'm an avid Indian supporter but for some reason I am hoping that you succeed. Try your best and you can achieve anything!

  • Gerald on May 1, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    Wow, congratulations and good luck! I'm an avid Indian supporter but for some reason I am hoping that you succeed. Try your best and you can achieve anything!

  • Raj on May 1, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    Even though I support India, I do want to convey best of luck to Afghanistan team! Good Luck fellas!!

  • Asad Noor on May 1, 2010, 4:48 GMT

    Hamid,wish you best of luck.hope your next blog will be abt your win and your celebrations. khuday pa aman!!

    Asad Noor

  • deekay on May 1, 2010, 4:39 GMT

    all the best Hamid...cheerz.......

  • Rishabh on May 1, 2010, 4:39 GMT

    There may be arguments about minnows playing in world events for one-sided contests. but here is an article which should make the critics hang their head in shame. Sometimes, sport can do what nothing else can - give hope to an entire country. If Afghanistan defeat India, a billion people will be sad. But millions of others will be jubilant, and do they need that in their lives! India would have lost, but sport would have won.

  • Som on May 1, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    Hey Hamid, I am a big fan of Afghanistan, and love its Meteoric Rise ... and would love to see you upset South Africa ... Best of Luck

  • Another Brick on May 1, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    All the best Afghanistan ! Would like to see you upset the big boys !! :)

  • Bilal Ahmad on May 1, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    Well done Afghanistan. You have India to kick off with. Beat em and beat em hard. :D

  • HAJI MOHAMMAD on May 1, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    BEST OF LUCK AFGHANISTAN!

  • Robin on May 1, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    Best of luck Afgan brothers.

    Cheers from Bangladesh.

  • Ahmad Tamim on May 1, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    Dear Hassan, We Afghans ever proud to you and your sense, you are really an afghan and Enshah Allah we won the game. Ba Zoor Allah

  • Mani on May 1, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    I wish Afganistan win this tournament. Just imagining how good it will be for the nation torn in war. Nothing like a sporting win can revive hopes of people of a country, may be its His wish too.

    All the very best.

  • Ravi Marathe on May 1, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    Hi Hamid, What an article to read!!.. Can really feel the emotions with each and every word here!! I hope all afghan players hold the same spirit and go ahead well in this world cup!!.. all the best to you guys.. Im looking forward to watch this match!! though i want india to win!!. ill applaud every boundary afghans hit and every wicket you take ...!! Would like to see Afghanistan as test playing nation soon !! :)

  • rohit on May 1, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    Many Congratulations and All the best. It's a big day for you all.

    -Rohit, India.

  • paul on May 1, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    Best of luck to you. I hope we can see you play in Australia soon. That would be great.

  • Bob T on May 1, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    Im very excited for you and your team! All the best!!

  • Rufus on May 1, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    itz quite obvious that hamid is over excited.. I wish all the best for him and his team to upset SA..

  • Prawin on May 1, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    All the best Afghanistan!!!

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  • Prawin on May 1, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    All the best Afghanistan!!!

  • Rufus on May 1, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    itz quite obvious that hamid is over excited.. I wish all the best for him and his team to upset SA..

  • Bob T on May 1, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    Im very excited for you and your team! All the best!!

  • paul on May 1, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    Best of luck to you. I hope we can see you play in Australia soon. That would be great.

  • rohit on May 1, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    Many Congratulations and All the best. It's a big day for you all.

    -Rohit, India.

  • Ravi Marathe on May 1, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    Hi Hamid, What an article to read!!.. Can really feel the emotions with each and every word here!! I hope all afghan players hold the same spirit and go ahead well in this world cup!!.. all the best to you guys.. Im looking forward to watch this match!! though i want india to win!!. ill applaud every boundary afghans hit and every wicket you take ...!! Would like to see Afghanistan as test playing nation soon !! :)

  • Mani on May 1, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    I wish Afganistan win this tournament. Just imagining how good it will be for the nation torn in war. Nothing like a sporting win can revive hopes of people of a country, may be its His wish too.

    All the very best.

  • Ahmad Tamim on May 1, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    Dear Hassan, We Afghans ever proud to you and your sense, you are really an afghan and Enshah Allah we won the game. Ba Zoor Allah

  • Robin on May 1, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    Best of luck Afgan brothers.

    Cheers from Bangladesh.

  • HAJI MOHAMMAD on May 1, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    BEST OF LUCK AFGHANISTAN!