May 4, 2010

Afghanistan

We are excited about taking on SA

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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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Posted by 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.

Posted by 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).

Posted by 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.

Posted by Haris on (May 6, 2010, 0:46 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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

Posted by 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

Posted by 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

Posted by 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

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