Afghanistan May 4, 2010

We are excited about taking on SA

Hamid Hassan

Hamid Hassan

We have spent the last couple of days in Barbados and preparations for our match against South Africa are going well.

This evening we will train under the lights at the venue and I am really looking forward to seeing the ground for the first time. We have actually played quite a bit of cricket under floodlights in Sharjah, which is where we prepared for the tournament, so that doesn’t worry us. In fact, I love the atmosphere of playing an evening game.

We are excited about taking on South Africa and having the opportunity to play against the likes of Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis. At the end of the game I would really like to ask Graeme Smith for a photo with him and I might even ask whether I can get his shirt and his autograph for a good friend, who is a big fan of his.

We all watched South Africa’s match against India and I think that we picked up a few new things that will be helpful in our efforts to beat them.

I have really enjoyed being in Barbados so far. Our hotel is located right next to the beach, so I really like that, and there are lots of shops that you can go and walk to.

The weather here is sunny, but much cooler than St Lucia, and there has also been quite a bit of wind, so it would be interesting to see how that will affect the playing conditions in comparison to our first match.

Since our match against India lots of people seem to be recognising us and people keep coming up asking for photographs and autographs and to wish us luck which is really nice.

There has also been a lot of media attention, which we’re not used to, so we actually staged a pretend press conference the other day, just for fun, to practice dealing with questions from the media. I sat behind the front table with Raees Ahmadzai and some of the other players pretended to be journalists and asked us questions. It was really funny!

Thank you to everybody for their messages and hopefully we can build on the performance against India tomorrow.