Afghanistan May 4, 2010

We are excited about taking on SA

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Hamid Hassan
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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.

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  • Meety on May 7, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    Hi Hamid, I commented on your other post just a moment ago. Fantastic effort and I hope the ICC put your team into the FTP and get you more exposure to the top level. I'm from Australia and was hoping you'd be able to pull off a victory - but I think in some ways you guys one big time before you entered the tournament. Look forward to see you in the 50/50 World Cup soon and maybe TESTs not long after. Need to forge a an arrangement where an Afghan XI plays in the Pakistan domestic comp. You guys have achieved heaps. Good luck.

  • mikeindex on May 6, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Magnificently bowled last night Hamid, part of an outstanding team effort in the field. You should all be very proud of the show you put up in both games. You should have had Man of the Match last night and Noor Ali should have won it in the first game (ridiculous, the obsession adjudicators have with giving it to the winning side).

  • Ian B on May 6, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    I was a bit surprised by some of the speed readouts reported for the Afghanistan pace bowlers, as I imagine were some of the opposing batsmen after having faced the usual fare of the better peripheral nations (Boyd Rankin and his merry medium-paced chums!). It's not the first time the South-Africans have mugged someone like that - but on another day the runs they made could have left them seriously exposed. SA can take about as much positive out of that batting performance as England can out of theirs against Ireland (although at least SA didn't have to steal the opposition's best batsman to do it - and I say that as an Englishman!).

    I think the rest of the sporting world should be showing Afghanistan a bit of respect after this. And I mean every sport, because everyone at every level must have some insight into how hard you've worked to come this far - and so rapidly.

  • Haris on May 6, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    Well done my friend! You guys are all talented. Best of luck for the future!

  • Omar on May 6, 2010, 0:37 GMT

    Hamid Jan, congratulations on your and the teams great fighting efforts and not giving up against the odds. We are all proud of your efforts and hope to see you guys more.

  • Barney Stinson on May 6, 2010, 0:31 GMT

    Aw that's sweet - Hamid's first trip to the carribean. Well - try to play against domestic teams of Australia, India and England. They are better practice than the likes of Ireland when facing the big guns.

  • Raj singh on May 6, 2010, 0:27 GMT

    Best off luck for future. Guys. But it was an ouTstanding perfomance by Afgans specially by their spinners and HAMID. I wish he would have got the man of the match

  • Rik on May 6, 2010, 0:21 GMT

    Congratulations on your performance Hamid - all the best in the future. Look forward to getting to see Afghanistan play again!

    Rik

  • anwar on May 6, 2010, 0:15 GMT

    Salaam Hamid,

    1st of all I would like to congratulate you on making into the World Cup. As an Afghan not only me but every Afghan should be proud of what you guys have achieved in the scare facilities you guys have got. I saw your bowling today against the South African batsman, especially to the likes of Kallis and Boucher. It was a good exhibition of fast bowling. Work hard so you also clock 90mph one day insha Allah (S.W.T). Our prayers are with you guys.

    Da Allah pa amaan

  • Hameed on May 5, 2010, 23:54 GMT

    Hamid Jan a very well done job. Unlucky for all of us the batting wasn't as good but your bowling and the team's fielding was top.

    You will have many more chances to shine, Inshallah.

    Allah Hafiz, Hameed

  • Meety on May 7, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    Hi Hamid, I commented on your other post just a moment ago. Fantastic effort and I hope the ICC put your team into the FTP and get you more exposure to the top level. I'm from Australia and was hoping you'd be able to pull off a victory - but I think in some ways you guys one big time before you entered the tournament. Look forward to see you in the 50/50 World Cup soon and maybe TESTs not long after. Need to forge a an arrangement where an Afghan XI plays in the Pakistan domestic comp. You guys have achieved heaps. Good luck.

  • mikeindex on May 6, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Magnificently bowled last night Hamid, part of an outstanding team effort in the field. You should all be very proud of the show you put up in both games. You should have had Man of the Match last night and Noor Ali should have won it in the first game (ridiculous, the obsession adjudicators have with giving it to the winning side).

  • Ian B on May 6, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    I was a bit surprised by some of the speed readouts reported for the Afghanistan pace bowlers, as I imagine were some of the opposing batsmen after having faced the usual fare of the better peripheral nations (Boyd Rankin and his merry medium-paced chums!). It's not the first time the South-Africans have mugged someone like that - but on another day the runs they made could have left them seriously exposed. SA can take about as much positive out of that batting performance as England can out of theirs against Ireland (although at least SA didn't have to steal the opposition's best batsman to do it - and I say that as an Englishman!).

    I think the rest of the sporting world should be showing Afghanistan a bit of respect after this. And I mean every sport, because everyone at every level must have some insight into how hard you've worked to come this far - and so rapidly.

  • Haris on May 6, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    Well done my friend! You guys are all talented. Best of luck for the future!

  • Omar on May 6, 2010, 0:37 GMT

    Hamid Jan, congratulations on your and the teams great fighting efforts and not giving up against the odds. We are all proud of your efforts and hope to see you guys more.

  • Barney Stinson on May 6, 2010, 0:31 GMT

    Aw that's sweet - Hamid's first trip to the carribean. Well - try to play against domestic teams of Australia, India and England. They are better practice than the likes of Ireland when facing the big guns.

  • Raj singh on May 6, 2010, 0:27 GMT

    Best off luck for future. Guys. But it was an ouTstanding perfomance by Afgans specially by their spinners and HAMID. I wish he would have got the man of the match

  • Rik on May 6, 2010, 0:21 GMT

    Congratulations on your performance Hamid - all the best in the future. Look forward to getting to see Afghanistan play again!

    Rik

  • anwar on May 6, 2010, 0:15 GMT

    Salaam Hamid,

    1st of all I would like to congratulate you on making into the World Cup. As an Afghan not only me but every Afghan should be proud of what you guys have achieved in the scare facilities you guys have got. I saw your bowling today against the South African batsman, especially to the likes of Kallis and Boucher. It was a good exhibition of fast bowling. Work hard so you also clock 90mph one day insha Allah (S.W.T). Our prayers are with you guys.

    Da Allah pa amaan

  • Hameed on May 5, 2010, 23:54 GMT

    Hamid Jan a very well done job. Unlucky for all of us the batting wasn't as good but your bowling and the team's fielding was top.

    You will have many more chances to shine, Inshallah.

    Allah Hafiz, Hameed

  • Venky on May 5, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    Absolutely great blog Hamid!! Great bowling today and fighting batting performance on your part. I am just listening to you getting caught out by Kallis. You and the team are the hope and happiness of Afghanistan.

  • mohsin ali on May 5, 2010, 22:35 GMT

    i am from pakistan. i loved your bowling a lot. i think afghanistan will be one of the top 10 teams in coming years. Keep working hard. BEST OF LUCK

  • krish kizhatil on May 5, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    Bravo! Excellent bowling. Man you are up there with the best. Keep up the good work. Hoping to see more of Afghanistan in the days and years to come. Good luck Krish

  • Prem on May 5, 2010, 22:29 GMT

    Hamid , the way you bowled today was impressive. Kallis should be asking your autograph.

  • Azhar Pakistani on May 5, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    Just saw your great spell of bowling. Afghanistan seems to be next exciting team like Pakistan. You guys have all the skills and features and can see your team doing great in future.

    Congrats on great performace against bigger teams like India and now against SA. Wish you all the best ahead.

  • Moiz BIlwani (Pakistan) on May 5, 2010, 22:25 GMT

    Hamid, you bowled beautifully against SA! And you got the huge wicket of Kallis!

    Think you are an amazing bowler, loved your whole spell!

  • Roger on May 5, 2010, 22:24 GMT

    Well played today against SA, Hamid. I admire your efforts in this tournament. Just watching your interview on TV after the SA innings right now. Best of luck for your batting today. I have to go out so cannot watch it. Enjoy the rest of the game! Cheers Roger (Wellington, New Zealand)

  • hussain on May 5, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    excellent spell today hamid! i have also been to peshawar where you grew up, good luck! inshallahyou will win.

  • Abdul Rehman on May 5, 2010, 22:22 GMT

    Hamid..well played and all the best. InshAllah you guys will play very good cricket in the future. I honestly hope you were playing for Pakistan..there are lesser talented bowlers than you playing for Pakistan right now!! Good on you guys...all the best

  • Mushir Ahmed Basheer on May 5, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    All the best Hamid Hassan, cricket lovers are following your team :)

  • kris saini on May 5, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    Good luck guys. We need another good team in the neighbourhood. We can have our cup for India, Pakistan,Bangladesh,Shrilanka and India.

  • James on May 5, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    I am a South African and would obviously support my team whipping your behinds, BUT...

    I wish for it to be a good game and that you guys will do well. You have had to deal with a lot over the last decade or so and for a team to rise from obscurity to being what you are today is commendable and downright impressive! All the best, and may we see you in test matches very soon!

  • jb on May 5, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    Hamid the way to beat SA is pretty simple, just tell them its the semifinal or final.

  • Vick on May 5, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    for a youngside their bowing is very good, i wish them good luck and i hope they give SA run for their money. Afghans all the way (funny cuz i am SAcan)

  • Raghu on May 5, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    Great to see afghanistan entering into world cricket.Even though I am die hard fan of Indian cricket team,I really enjoyed watching the match between India and Aghanistan.I wish you all the good luck and hope you win the game against South Africa to bring in more attention:)

  • Jay on May 5, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    Good luck Hamid. Afghanistan deserves recognition in the right sense and fortunately it's cricket that's bringing such attention. I hope you can spring a pleasant upset over SA.

  • Ray on May 5, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    You guys rock!!! I have been closely following your rise to the big league and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Hope to see more of your team around. Good luck.

  • Arjuna Seneviratne on May 5, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    Great to see Afghanistan in the T20 WC. I hope that you never look back from this and go from strength to strength and become a world recognized cricketing nation. Very warm wishes from Sri Lanka for your team and for your ambassadorial efforts on behalf of your great country.

  • sam on May 5, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    good luck from New Zealand! I would give anything to have an opportunity to play against South Africa, enjoy it and play your hearts out I'd love to see you guys make it to the super 8 and maybe play new zealand!

  • Ahmed Raza Shah on May 5, 2010, 19:53 GMT

    I hope to see you guys play against Pakistan in Pakistan .. As nobody is coming here; it would be refreshing to see Afghanistan take on Pakistan ..

  • Ahsan on May 5, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    I would like to be one of the first to wish you good luck for your match against SA. Afghanistan reaching this World Cup is an achievement in itself considering what is going around back home. All the best lads. Warm wishes from across the border

  • Fahim on May 5, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    I really wish my countrymen (Afghans) best of luck in their match against SA. Allah be with you.

  • navidsyed on May 5, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    Salam Hamid jan. I hope you guys are enjoying the cricket game. I just wanted to tell you guys be prepared for bouncy balls from south african bowlers.Myself lived in india all my life played cricket there . I wish you guys good luck for this game and future games enjoy we are proud to be afghan.

  • Subhankar Roy on May 5, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    Best of luck to you and the afghanistan team...I am an Indian and I enjoyed watching you guys play the other day...Hope you perform well against the south africans.. :)

  • Shalin Naik on May 5, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    Good luck Hamid on your match today. I play cricket for a club in the USA and one of my teammates plays for USA. He played against you in the World T20 qualifier and ICC Division 5 League. He spoke very highly of you as well as your team. I am pulling for you guys to beat South Africa and progress. While there is extreme political tension between our countries, sport is not politics. Behind India, I am pulling for you guys to win the tournament. Your team's story is remarkable and amazing. I hope to see you guys do very well and play in many more international tournaments. Hopefully by the 2015 world cup your team will have qualified and Afghanistan will be a superb team. Good luck today and hope to see you do well

  • Gijo Augustine on May 5, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    Afghanistan team deserves a win in this tournament. This will definitely boost the Sports portfolio of Afghanistan and will pave way for peace and harmony. Praying for Afghanistan to win this match.

  • Zacky Ahsan on May 5, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    Dear Hamid. we in Canada wish all the best for the match against SA.We pray for your team to be successul Inshallah, and take T20 Championship (who knows any thing can happen)go for it and keep positive attitude.you have come so far and from here u will go further. Khuda Hafiz- Zacky Ahsan

  • subramanya sai on May 5, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    The twenty 20 format is quick to make any adaptations and improvisation unlike 50 50 or test cricket

  • Md. Mejbahul Sarker on May 5, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    I think it is very very difficult for Afghanistan to win against SA.

  • Hemant on May 5, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    Good luck to you guys. I am glad India won against you... but otherwise I am rooting for you guys. Make it a David vs Goliath match with SA. Bowl Jacques Kallis in the block hole (even if he moves). Don't bowl short balls to him. He will hit those. JP Duminy is another danger man. Contain him and their score can be curbed. These are the only two I can think of. I am sure you will have a better strategy in mind though. Just adding my 2 cents. Play hard and don't worry about the result. Just make sure that there are no dropped catches and run them out every chance you get. If you make them afraid in the first couple of overs you will have a psychological edge.

  • The great kali on May 5, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    Best of luck fellas, great to see you have finally made it to the big stage, now you need to gain the experience out of this tournament and come back stronger in future - Best of luck

  • Nadeem on May 5, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    Hi i love my team afghanistan they playing will but plz practice for shot pitchballs

  • karthik on May 5, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    i wish you guys a great cricketing future. hope you make it big within the next 2 world cups. all the best!!!

  • Sayyad Mukhtedir Kazi on May 5, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    i saw ur match against us(IND), ur team is gud. epecially the guys who were hitting sixes and the guy who is left arm fast bowler. u guys need to work hard and need to improve like Bangladesh, BAN is playing a gud cricket now a days and their future will be gud surely as looking to their current form. please work hard to improve ur team

  • sj on May 5, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    Good luck for the game against SA, Hamid! As much as I like the saffers, I'm gonna be rooting for Afghanistan.

  • kishore on May 5, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    good hameed..keep up ur spirits. I think u guyz did a good job against us (India). Good luck and show a good fight against SA.

  • Sachin on May 5, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    Hi Hamid, Nice to see your honest artcile. Believe me , We Indians also Liked the Way Afganistan has been playing and doing quite well. I did see pressure on Indians of the first match. Afganistan Pace attack has been refreshing.

  • Deepak on May 5, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    Nice post Hamid !! We really enjoy your rise in world cricket and wish you all the best for the match against SA.

  • Shiva on May 5, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    Hamid...Remember what Greg Chappel told...When you are in the field p;aying a match you are not bowling to Graeme Smith or Jaques Kallis you are just bowling to two batsmen. Dont play against a player's reputation. Show fearlessness and courage and success wull knock your door soon. May god be with you all through

  • Mir Irfanullah on May 5, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    Goood Luck Afgan Cricket team, keep up your good work, hope you only improve from this experience.

  • Pranesh Modgil on May 5, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    All the best for your future matches.

  • Zaid Khan on May 5, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    Salaam Hassan, I am a big SA supporter but wish you guys well in the game. All the best INSHALLAH.

  • chandra on May 5, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    Nice to see a honest opinion.Good luck!! Hope you progress to second round.

  • cecil soans on May 5, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    Great article. Wish you guys the very best. Hope to see you at the top soon.

  • shaleen on May 5, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    I just love the simplicity of afgan players, no big ego like other sub continent players and they truly play for their country. All the best guys, you have travelled a long way from div 5 to here but still long way to go.but you guys can do it.

  • Anwar on May 5, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    I like your words, and hope will who against south africa. The prayer of the people of afghanistan are with you .

  • Arcadian on May 5, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    Good luck Hamid !

    A photograph with Kallis is nice, but remember...this wont be the last time that you play with great players like Kallis. Work hard on your cricket and become another Kallis in the coming years.

  • Nitro Cricket Club - Washington Cricket League on May 5, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    We are interested to invite you to play a weekend game for our club if possible in Washington DC area if you are planning to travel to USA. Please email if you can be our guest for a weekend?

  • Asif tanoli on May 5, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    I am pakistani from NWFP mansehrah but my forefathers wher Afghans recently living in taiwan its nice to see a new country in the cricket world and i think its a life time experience for new Afghan team to play world cup and learn from the best teams of the globe, i think that winning should not be matters to them what matters to to them is oppertunity of learning from the great teams and players of trh world and they have to grab that oppertunity ALL Mighty ALLAH bless them.Best of luck.

  • M. Wasim Bahar on May 5, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    May your expectations turn into reality. Our prayers are with you.

  • Arun Raghu on May 5, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    Hi..Good Luck dear..even if u might be able to beat SA now from what we have seen from the your first match with India, the days are not far where Afganisthan becomes a formidable force in world cricket..atleast better than Bangladesh in couple of years

  • Ganesh on May 5, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    I like your simplicity. Wish you all the best for the next game and for future. I am sure you will do well

  • Yash on May 5, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    Keep up the spirits Hamid !!! You are definitely one of the most keenly followed teams around !! keep going and would love to see you all FIGHTING it out and not making it easy for SA !!! after all a win against SA and you'll be in the SUPER 8!! Go for it !! Funnier things have happened !! remember Ireland beat Pakistan and Bangaldesh beat India in the 2007 World Cup .. All the Best

  • Pawan on May 5, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    Great effort by you all to reach this stage. Hats off.Give your best and enjoy the moment.

  • Sohail Tausif on May 5, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOUS FROM EVERYONE HERE IN CHRISTCHURCH NEW ZEALAND !!! WIN OR LOSE WE ARE ALL PROUD OF YOU ALL.

  • Manav on May 5, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    Refreshing, how the innocence of this fantastic team comes across through the words of the captain. No pretence, just the sheer joy of being able to rub shoulders with the big boys without losing the competitive edge of a true sports person.

  • Aditya on May 5, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    great post mannn....it was a jolly read..............

  • Stelle on May 5, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    I'm South African and would of course like to see the Proteas go through to the Super 8's...But I would REALLY like to see the Afghani's put up a good show!

  • Imranullah Niazi on May 5, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    Salam Dear Brothers! Millions of people Praying for success of Afghanistan. May you bring more happiness to the people of Afghanistan. Hope everything go well tonight.

  • V.Seeetharaman on May 5, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    It is nice that a Team from Afghanistan is in the World Scene. Most of the players are young and this series though small is an learning experience. They should not feel bad even if they lose their 2nd match to SA. In the years to follow i feel they will be one of the top teams to fear. I wish them all Luck. It is good they are enjoying their stay at W.I. Infact i had a plan to visit W.I. and watch the matches live but could not do so. Wishing onceagain the Afghanistan cricket team all the luck. Seetharaman

  • Balaji on May 5, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    Good luck Hamid. I was particularly impressed with Afgani fielding the other day. Though there were occasional lapses, the effort in the outfield was stunning for a team that is just making an international debut. There are still a few kinks in batting and bowling, but I'm sure you will learn as you progress.

  • Ahmad Faisal on May 5, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    Hamid Jan, It does not matter what the outcome of the game may be. Just try to gain as much experience as you can. Learn from your mistakes and implement them so you may get used to them. I wish you all the best. Enjoy your time and have a blast. :)

  • Raj on May 5, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    Congratulations on reaching where you have and it is truly fantastic to see you guys playing as big boys, against the big boys...I do hope you cause an upset...but good luck with the game... I do look forward to seeing you in action more regularly and will go see Sam Mendes' movie among other things!

  • lakesidey on May 5, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    Go get 'em tiger!

  • ihsan on May 5, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    Very good to see afghanistan playing in the worldcup. Just keep working hard. We are expecting much from you in the future. wish you all the best.

  • Arvind Yadav on May 5, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    Good luck Hamid, I am an Indian but impressed with u guys. I reckon u sitting among the best teams in 4-5 years. Please keep hardworking and rise like a storm. Cricket world needs badly few more new teams after sad progress of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. You seem to me similar to Pakistani teams of 80s. Keep it up and live to the expectations of borderless fanbase. Cheers!!

  • Totakheyl on May 5, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Hamid! All Afghans are looking forward to your game against SA, we hope you will win this match and make all our people happy...

  • Muralidhar on May 5, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    Hi Hamid,

    Indeed Afghanistan is the most deserving country to be in the Oneday Level. I have been watching you guys performing from the ICC Intercontinental Cup to the current World T20 Championship. You guys have been improving with each and every outing and are building confidence to become a fullfledged cricketing nation.

    Next time around, we wish to see you get into the Super 8's level. Please give your best everytime you visit the opponents in the middle.

    Wishing that everything happens for good of Afghanistan Cricket.

    Best regards Murali

  • Gary Goodbloke on May 5, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    Fantastic, you guys are awesome! I'm an Aussie, so obviously I will always back my team, but you guys are the other team I'll follow and I'd love to see you guys improve, do well, win and give us some good stories to read about Afghanistan... BTW, did you know Mark Waugh's nickname was "Afghanistan?"

  • NC on May 5, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    Good luck Afghans!you guys are a real inspiration to every emerging team out there!

  • NC on May 5, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    Good luck Afghans!you guys are a real inspiration to every emerging team out there!

  • Vineet on May 5, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    Yeah, go and knock SA out of the tournament. They're poor at playing crunch games :-)

  • Abdul Wahid Sayad on May 5, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    We are proud of our team and hope they will get good result against South Africa tonight. I am sure the Afghan cricket players have that talent to play against all powerful teams of the cricket world. Wish you all the best forever.

  • Arun on May 5, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    All the very best to the Afghan team! You are winners irrespective of the result of your match against South Africa. Your speed of progress in the internationa arena has captured every cricket follower's imagination. Keep up the spirit! results are bound to follow!

  • Zabihullah Akhterzai on May 5, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    Salaam Hamid Jan, that is really a pleasure that you guys are happy there and geting ready for the upcoming big match against SA. this time i want to comment on Batting side instead of Bowlling. Karim we request you to see the ball and the situaton then go for it. Nowroz i request you to give early chance for those who are inform for you and can score more runs like Nabi, Raees. you know in Afghanistan it will be 1:00 am midnight but again so many people will be watching you so we request and hope and pray that you will win and by early morning all afghans will be delighted regarding your performance.

    Please dont think that you are playing with SA but think and consider them that you are playing agianst Ireland or Scotland... so you shouldnt be under preasure.

    Allah Mo Malsha Be successful Zabihullah Akhterzai

  • Samiullah Ghafari on May 5, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    Hamid Hassan, You are talented than Dale Steyn, and I believe that you will gain more fame if you play as much international cricket as Steyn played. We all Afghans here in Afghanistan are proud of you and pray for your further successes.

  • Boris on May 5, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    Good on you Hamid. It has been heartening to see how hard you and your team have tried and the spirit with which you approach the game. All the best to your team, give the South Africans a run for their money!

  • Alex Farooque on May 5, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    Hamid u've gotta knock SA out of this tournament. U guys are more then capable of doing that. Don't play too much on the front foot and check the bouncers and short balls. Back foot game is beautiful and u don't need to hit every ball for a six. Rotate the strike. Keeping wickets intact will frustrate the South Africans. They come under pressure pretty easily. Go Afghanistan Go!! U can win the cup! It will be HISTORY first of its kind.

  • Totakheyl on May 5, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    Hamid! All Afghans are looking forward to your game against SA, we hope you will win this match and make all our people happy...

  • Askar on May 5, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    Yo yo yo...Time to get yur Afghan flags on your cheeks again? ;) I missed the first match due to my own match but tonight am not going to move my eyes even a second from the TV-screen. I wish ya'll good luck and as you know we're all proud of you guys,however,don't get away with that we can scrutinize you if you don't give 100%.Keep up the good work and trust me you'll get Smith's shirt if he hears the clatter of his stumps with a nasty yorker!!! ;P RESPECT n LOVE

  • Habib on May 5, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    All the best and we all pray for Afghanistan victory. Who know today will be Afghanistan’s Players day.

  • Hameed Mohmand on May 5, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    congrats team Afghanistan, you guys have made every Afghan very proud. i really appreciate the way you handled yourselves at a big stage in your first appearance . wishing you good luck for the upcoming match against SA, Zhwadi De wi Afghanistan.

  • Qaseem hilal khogiani on May 5, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    Hamid just come early. Best luck for afghanistan.

  • Max Gunasekera on May 5, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    Hey guys. Greetings from Sri Lanka. Best of luck against the SA's. Nothing would please me more than seeing you beat them.Don't be over awed by reputations. Who knows old D-L might favor you.

  • Ezatullah Khoram on May 5, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    Seeing to the tallent of Aghan cricket guys I am sure they will the most from this game. I won't a simple game. As South Africa is a very smart and experienced team so that playing against them is not an easy job.

  • Veena on May 5, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    Its nice to hear yu guys r tentionlss b4 a big match like dis. Aim 4 d maximun n win today, we al wanna c u ppl on super 8s. God bless u .

    Veena mumbai

  • hamid ali on May 5, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    Hamid Keep the play simole and just focus the point of winning

  • Abdul Waris from Gardez Afghanistan on May 5, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    Good Luck our Hero! Wishing you all the best!!! You guys are part of our history and we will proud on you guys forever!!!

    If you win or lose that doesn't matter for me!!!

    Trust m when you are winning I am crying and when you are losing I am crying too but the reasons are diffrent!!!

    Best of Luck

  • Qpee on May 5, 2010, 0:55 GMT

    As a West Indian, I will say that there were many, many local people who were proud of your display against India. You guys did brilliantly, no matter what the result was.

    I wish you guys luck against SA and I really hope you guys can come on a tour here sometime in the future!

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  • Qpee on May 5, 2010, 0:55 GMT

    As a West Indian, I will say that there were many, many local people who were proud of your display against India. You guys did brilliantly, no matter what the result was.

    I wish you guys luck against SA and I really hope you guys can come on a tour here sometime in the future!

  • Abdul Waris from Gardez Afghanistan on May 5, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    Good Luck our Hero! Wishing you all the best!!! You guys are part of our history and we will proud on you guys forever!!!

    If you win or lose that doesn't matter for me!!!

    Trust m when you are winning I am crying and when you are losing I am crying too but the reasons are diffrent!!!

    Best of Luck

  • hamid ali on May 5, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    Hamid Keep the play simole and just focus the point of winning

  • Veena on May 5, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    Its nice to hear yu guys r tentionlss b4 a big match like dis. Aim 4 d maximun n win today, we al wanna c u ppl on super 8s. God bless u .

    Veena mumbai

  • Ezatullah Khoram on May 5, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    Seeing to the tallent of Aghan cricket guys I am sure they will the most from this game. I won't a simple game. As South Africa is a very smart and experienced team so that playing against them is not an easy job.

  • Max Gunasekera on May 5, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    Hey guys. Greetings from Sri Lanka. Best of luck against the SA's. Nothing would please me more than seeing you beat them.Don't be over awed by reputations. Who knows old D-L might favor you.

  • Qaseem hilal khogiani on May 5, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    Hamid just come early. Best luck for afghanistan.

  • Hameed Mohmand on May 5, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    congrats team Afghanistan, you guys have made every Afghan very proud. i really appreciate the way you handled yourselves at a big stage in your first appearance . wishing you good luck for the upcoming match against SA, Zhwadi De wi Afghanistan.

  • Habib on May 5, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    All the best and we all pray for Afghanistan victory. Who know today will be Afghanistan’s Players day.

  • Askar on May 5, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    Yo yo yo...Time to get yur Afghan flags on your cheeks again? ;) I missed the first match due to my own match but tonight am not going to move my eyes even a second from the TV-screen. I wish ya'll good luck and as you know we're all proud of you guys,however,don't get away with that we can scrutinize you if you don't give 100%.Keep up the good work and trust me you'll get Smith's shirt if he hears the clatter of his stumps with a nasty yorker!!! ;P RESPECT n LOVE