Afghanistan May 6, 2010

We are heading home with our heads held high

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Hamid Hassan
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Hamid Hassan

I believe we are heading home to Afghanistan with our heads held high despite losing our second consecutive match of the tournament.

Although we are all disappointed with our batting against South Africa, I think we can be proud of the fact that we did ourselves justice in the field with a really good bowling display.

South Africa has one of the best batting line-ups in the world and so to restrict them like we did was an incredible effort and I really enjoyed the challenge of bowling to them. I think it was one of my best ever spells of bowling in my career!

Graeme Smith and a few of the other players came up to me at the end of the game and congratulated me on how I bowled which was really nice of them. To take three wickets in four overs was such a great feeling and I really enjoyed the occasion – I just couldn’t stop smiling throughout the whole match.

I also can’t believe how well I batted – I think it was my best ever score in a Twenty20 match. My favourite shot was my six off Albie Morkel. I thought I would surprise him by trying to hit him straight over his head and I don’t think I could have connected with it better.

Looking back on the event, I think we have shown that we have the potential to compete against some of the Full Members, and it is just a shame that we didn’t qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 as I think with another year to improve we could have surprised a few teams.

I have already been asked a few times what my favourite moment of the event was. Although there was lots to choose from I think getting Jacques Kallis, who I think is one of the greatest players in the history of the game, with my first ball of the match is a moment that I will remember forever.

So what do we need to improve? We all obviously need to get more experience at playing against the best teams in the world on a more regular basis. We have shown what we have been able to do in these two matches and with more regular exposure to top quality batters and bowlers then we can get better.

We also need to continue to play more cricket, in all formats of the game, and so while our focus in the past few months has very much been on Twenty20 cricket, we want to go and develop our games playing four-day cricket. We are currently top of the table in the ICC Intercontinental Cup, the first-class competition for the leading Associate and Affiliate, which has been really good for us in improving our games, and it is one of our priorities to win that tournament this year.

To try and become the best non-Test playing country in the world we need to prove that we can win titles on a regular basis and not just in the Twenty20 format of the game. That is why we will all be taking our preparation for the ICC World Cricket League Division 1, which is in early July in Amsterdam, very seriously. A lot of our opponents will be preparing for the ICC Cricket World Cup so we need to show that we are capable of matching those teams in the 50-over game.

It has been a wonderful adventure to come to the Caribbean, play teams like India and South Africa, score some runs and take some wickets, and I am certain this isn’t the last you have heard of Afghanistan cricket!

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  • M.S on June 13, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    HI MAN you are really the best we proud for you you are a hero for your country wish you all the best and successes .

  • Niaz Nangerhari on May 28, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    Hameed jan Well played all the guys. I am proud of you and i am sure the whole of afghanistan will be proud with your perpormances against india and south africa. your bowling was top class. I just wish you guys get more experience in batting, then i am sure afghanistan will be a top team in the years to come.. good luck in your future matches and all the best dear

  • Alef Gul Arioby on May 18, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    Dear Hamid, We are really Proud on you guys specially your performance in the match against south Africa, and the match which i have seen was a little bit pressure in Afghan Team specially in batting there for they had not done good performance in the batting side, anyhow, it was your first match with super teams, but i am sure you have got use with them and inshallah you will do well doing against them in future, and please, not be disappointed, we are with you and we are doing prayer for you guys to have more success in future, We are proud on you (Hamid Jan) Allah Help you,

    Good luck

  • Indian on May 13, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    C'mn hamid we are eagerly waiting for your words about the grattitudes got from your countrymen. Plz find some time to blog on

    Wth luv Ashish

  • Vikram Maingi on May 10, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    Great Job Afghanistan. Afghanistan is really unlucky in missing the berth for 2011 CWC. IF we have any similar kind of qualifying tournament, I am sure Afghanistan will finish in top 2.

  • Hamid on May 9, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    Dear Hamid, I am proud of you, for your hard working. I still remember the day that u and rashid started the game with us, we palyed too many matches but u lefted our team and joined the clubs. What u have achived is for your hard working and you deserve that. we all afghans proud of you and always shine our country like a star.

  • SHAMS SHINWARI on May 9, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    well done Hamid, your bowling was incredable, we proud of you and the others bowlers they did good perform but pls batting need to be improve and belive it one day you and your team will rock the world.

  • Salim on May 8, 2010, 19:09 GMT

    Salam to all Cricket team of Afghanistan. Will done, Afghanistan cricket team. Superb in bowling, superb in fielding, but please work hard in Batting.

  • ASH on May 8, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    Dear Hamid,

    I am really happy hearing a lot of good comments about our team and you really worth it.

    Not only you but all Afghan Cricket teams is an valuable asset for Afghanistan, though you guys didn't win but for us you are the real Champions. It was not an easy task to bound SA to 139 while they got 170 against NZ, your bowling is awesome but when it comes to batting it is not an easy task to handle bowling of world's fastest blower Steyn..... when we lost 8 wickets for 32 I was really afraid of getting the lowed score ever in 20/20 but thank God you and Ashraf had a good partnership and save Afghanitan Last night india experienced the same Against England... so Please come back home as you said with head held up.

    ASH from kabul

  • Nida Khan on May 7, 2010, 22:34 GMT

    Hi Hamid! For the first time I became someone's biggest fan in sport and this person is you. You are superb bowler and I am soooo happy that our Afghan cricket team was able to rock in West Indies. I know you guys gonna well do better and better in the future. You were just rocking, and I am soooooooooo proud that our Afghanistan has a such great player like you. Please, always practice and make our country proud. Thanks for your hard work. May Allah bless you and support you in all ways of your life. i hope to see you guys here in Canada and play a game. If this happen I would probably come to meet you especially.

  • M.S on June 13, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    HI MAN you are really the best we proud for you you are a hero for your country wish you all the best and successes .

  • Niaz Nangerhari on May 28, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    Hameed jan Well played all the guys. I am proud of you and i am sure the whole of afghanistan will be proud with your perpormances against india and south africa. your bowling was top class. I just wish you guys get more experience in batting, then i am sure afghanistan will be a top team in the years to come.. good luck in your future matches and all the best dear

  • Alef Gul Arioby on May 18, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    Dear Hamid, We are really Proud on you guys specially your performance in the match against south Africa, and the match which i have seen was a little bit pressure in Afghan Team specially in batting there for they had not done good performance in the batting side, anyhow, it was your first match with super teams, but i am sure you have got use with them and inshallah you will do well doing against them in future, and please, not be disappointed, we are with you and we are doing prayer for you guys to have more success in future, We are proud on you (Hamid Jan) Allah Help you,

    Good luck

  • Indian on May 13, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    C'mn hamid we are eagerly waiting for your words about the grattitudes got from your countrymen. Plz find some time to blog on

    Wth luv Ashish

  • Vikram Maingi on May 10, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    Great Job Afghanistan. Afghanistan is really unlucky in missing the berth for 2011 CWC. IF we have any similar kind of qualifying tournament, I am sure Afghanistan will finish in top 2.

  • Hamid on May 9, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    Dear Hamid, I am proud of you, for your hard working. I still remember the day that u and rashid started the game with us, we palyed too many matches but u lefted our team and joined the clubs. What u have achived is for your hard working and you deserve that. we all afghans proud of you and always shine our country like a star.

  • SHAMS SHINWARI on May 9, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    well done Hamid, your bowling was incredable, we proud of you and the others bowlers they did good perform but pls batting need to be improve and belive it one day you and your team will rock the world.

  • Salim on May 8, 2010, 19:09 GMT

    Salam to all Cricket team of Afghanistan. Will done, Afghanistan cricket team. Superb in bowling, superb in fielding, but please work hard in Batting.

  • ASH on May 8, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    Dear Hamid,

    I am really happy hearing a lot of good comments about our team and you really worth it.

    Not only you but all Afghan Cricket teams is an valuable asset for Afghanistan, though you guys didn't win but for us you are the real Champions. It was not an easy task to bound SA to 139 while they got 170 against NZ, your bowling is awesome but when it comes to batting it is not an easy task to handle bowling of world's fastest blower Steyn..... when we lost 8 wickets for 32 I was really afraid of getting the lowed score ever in 20/20 but thank God you and Ashraf had a good partnership and save Afghanitan Last night india experienced the same Against England... so Please come back home as you said with head held up.

    ASH from kabul

  • Nida Khan on May 7, 2010, 22:34 GMT

    Hi Hamid! For the first time I became someone's biggest fan in sport and this person is you. You are superb bowler and I am soooo happy that our Afghan cricket team was able to rock in West Indies. I know you guys gonna well do better and better in the future. You were just rocking, and I am soooooooooo proud that our Afghanistan has a such great player like you. Please, always practice and make our country proud. Thanks for your hard work. May Allah bless you and support you in all ways of your life. i hope to see you guys here in Canada and play a game. If this happen I would probably come to meet you especially.

  • Faisal Taquie on May 7, 2010, 19:09 GMT

    I think Afghanistan today is probably where Sri Lank was back in the 1970's...competing well with the Test-playing teams. Just like then, the South Asian neighbors need to step in. Afghanistan should get a chance to play in regional tournaments, against A teams of Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka and perhaps ODI series against BDesh. I think, if they get proper support, then they certainly have the passion and the talent of doing a Sri Lanka!!

  • Faisal Taquie on May 7, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    I think Afghanistan today is probably where Sri Lank was back in the 1970's...competing well with the Test-playing teams. Just like then, the South Asian neighbors need to step in. Afghanistan should get a chance to play in regional tournaments, against A teams of Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka and perhaps ODI series against BDesh. I think, if they get proper support, then they certainly have the passion and the talent of doing a Sri Lanka!!

  • Edrees on May 7, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    Hamid, very very well done, i can't express my feelings in words about afghanistan cricket team, wish you good luck in your next fixtures.

  • Jerry Anthonyrajah on May 7, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    Hamid my man!well done!I watched you're 3-for against SA and it was awesome, you clocked 90+ consistently and those sixes at the end were a great treat to watch. Your team's never say die attitude is inspirational. You're right, your team needs alot more practise against the short-ball though cause the top-order looked too inexperienced and lacked the foot movement, but I'm sure with practise that will change. I honestly think you also have a great chance of making to IPL with your genuinely quick bowling and late order hitting. I'm 100% sure the 2 new franchises will definitely consider you. Will be awesome to watch the afghans play more often and I know the asian bloc will be very supportive. all the best buddy!cheers!

  • Balaji on May 7, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    Hamid, well played man. I was hoping that your team can stage an upset either against Ind or SA. But, still I am proud of what you guys have achieved in this last 2 years. Do build on your & your Team's performances and we hope to see you again on the world stage, competing against top teams, very soon. Cheers!

  • prabhakar sivan on May 7, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    You guys played really well against both south africa and india. Eventhough u guys did not qualify for the super eights but still you guys can walk back home with your heads held high and I am sure this is only the beginning and many more to come soon

  • DEEPAK SHARMA on May 7, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    Dear Hamid bhai, First of all congratulations to you for the splendid display of cricket. Honestly speaking I never expected that your team can deliver this much.It shud be an eye opener for the ICC to ensure that they arrange your players visits to INDIA /PAKISTAN/BANGLADESH/SRILANKA so that your team gets better exposure to tackle various aspects of the game.Your boys have potential and I am 100% sure if your team would have been in IPL, definately you wud have surprised various teams bec. in IPL only four foriegn players are allowed and except indian national players you are at par with our local lads.That is for sure. I am very much interested to see your boys playing atleast with india's domestic champion teams if INDIAN BOARD CAN ARRANGE.Try to request thru diplomatic channels of afganistan to india that your tem shud be allowed to play with our domestic state teams this year 20/20 0r One Day tournament.If it happens it will bring wonders for you and for ICC also.

  • Bakhtiar on May 7, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    great performance from you Hamid jan i congratulate you even though you didn't win the game but you played very well bowling at strongest team and players was admirable especially you bowled well hope to get more chances with big teams. we are not disappointed from the side hope you will do well in World Cricket League Division one

  • Meety on May 7, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    I would also like to propose that at the Champions Trophy a composite side from Emerging nations play. It would give some higher exposure for talented players in the Non-test world with better players around them. Hows this for a team; 1 Ali Afghanistan 2 Porterfield Ireland 3 S Massiah USA 4 ten Doeschate Netherlands 5 S Tikolo Kenya 6 R Watson Scotland 7 A Bagai Canada 8 Hassan Afghanistan 9 Johnston Ireland 10 Varaiya Kenya 11 Rankin Ireland 12th M Nabi Afghanistan That side would do okay I think.

  • Edrees on May 7, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    Nice blog as usual, you guys did really well, a great bowling attach and a cool fielding, hope you surprise teams like India and South Africa someday. keep up the good work and success would be all yours best of luck

  • Veena on May 7, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    Hi hamid, Hope dis ll be d begining of ur journey to a most demanding test status. Its ll b d prodest moment dat the 5th asain country gain it. In fact u r d super stars not nly 4 afghanistan bt 4 d whole asian populatn also. U got fans through out d world despiting nationalities n bordes, nly not bcoz of ur ideal performance in d field, but ur passion n simplicity yields a lot. No othrs players have such a win thirst like u guys. Its hard dat yu guys didnt qualify for d big event at d sub continent, if u did, u ll also join the favourites list vth d 3 asian giants.

    Hope can c some of u guys in ipl near future, n a personal interest, ;) u play 4 ma fav team csk dere. God bles u

  • Tushar on May 7, 2010, 2:40 GMT

    Hi Hamid, seriously i enjoyed ur batting. Your reaction at hitting van der merve for a six was priceless. :) And also at the other end, Ashraf was hitting huge sixes. All the best for the future.

  • Naseer Momand on May 7, 2010, 2:26 GMT

    Hamid Jana! You and the entire team did a great job at the tournament and inspired the AFGHAN nation, we proud of you and love you all. In fact, you have shown your talent to the world and especially your death bowling to SA lolz, so, we see a bright future of AFGHAN cricket and soon will have a big win INSHALLAH… long live AFGHANISTAN and long live our beloved cricket team.

  • ian wason on May 7, 2010, 1:08 GMT

    the way hamid hasan bowled, i'll say that he deserve to be a test bowler, he is a better bowler than some test bowlers i have seen, all the best mate

  • Ali Afshar on May 7, 2010, 0:01 GMT

    Salaam Hamid jaan, You guys especially you, made us all propud of being an Afghn, I live in New Zealand and when I came to work today I proudly said to everyone that we restricted SA to 139 for 7 but the same SA scored 170 for 4 against NZ...A little practice in Playing short pitch balls and bouncers would have given you a chnace to play in the second stage, but still you guys did great. You guys are quick learners and I am sure you will improve in NO Time.... My favuorite moments of the game were when you got JP Duminy with a great catch from Nawroz Mangal and also the LBW you got plus when you hit AB Morkel for a six and when Mirwais hit that LONG six..Graeme Smith was shocked to see that...:-)) Inshahullah one day you will come to New Zealand and we will have a chnace to do Mehman Nawazi of you guys and take you to see some nice places in NZ... Ali Afshar: sheek777@yahoo.com.au

  • rafiullah ahmadi on May 6, 2010, 23:29 GMT

    salam hamid jan we are so so so proud of you bcz you save our face to whole world yu played very gd i hope you will fit to next month for divison 1 in holland inshulah y guys will win this 2 salam tc we so proud of you hamid jan and rest of team i am witing for you to get some wickt agains soctland in scotland inshulah i will be there to watch you

  • Phani Ram on May 6, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    Yes Hamid! You deserve to hold your heads high. It is true that your teams bowling is one of the best for a debutant nation to international arena. Sure, Afghan cricket will turn into a bigger team in years to come.

    Way to GO! Keep concentrating on the coming Leagues, and i bet certainly you will become a regular international side in less than 2 years from now. Send me a mail on that day :)

    All the best in forthcoming tours, and eagerly waiting to see you ppl more in the top notch matches. Try to play the counties, Ranji's in India, etc as a domestic team & that experience will be a very handy one, and makes you learn more and more.

    Last but not the least, this is a very good learning step indeed, and it started in the right direction.

  • Raja Mohamed on May 6, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    Congratz Hamid, on a wonderful bowling performance...yep, as u said u can go back to your Country with your heads held high and be proud of what you boys achieved in the tournament...

    Convey my special wishes to Noor Ali, for his wonderful fifty against us (India)...

    On a side note, did u get the T-Shirt and autograph from Greame Smith for ur friend???

    Have a nice and safe journery back home...be proud of your achievements and aim for even more higher...cheers...

  • FINLAND HAMED on May 6, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    hello dears ,we all proud of balling , but u guys need to practice short balls this is the weak point of batting , but i love the last wicket partnarship that was enough to be proud , thank u

  • sam on May 6, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    Hamid, just a quick note to say well done despite your losses - you guys got plenty of support from cricket fans around the world and more importantly the respect from both India and South Africa cricketers. Good six against Abel Morkel. Best wishes for the future and hope to see you guys in the Netherlands.

  • nis on May 6, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    Well played guys. I am proud of you and i am sure the whole of afghanistan will be proud with your perpormances against india and south africa. your bowling was top class. I just wish you guys get more experience in batting, then i am sure afghanistan will be a top team in the years to come.. good luck in your future matches.

  • Ilanks on May 6, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    It's refreshing to see an Associate team like Afghanistan do so well. Though I wasn't able to watch the matches in their entirely, I saw parts of the match against India and was impressed by some of the bowling and fielding. I think more teams (Afghanistan, Ireland etc) need more exposure to International Cricket. These are exciting teams and have so much potential - why not give them the chance to develop into solid teams.. Agree wholeheartedly with Hassan and Porterfield (his comments earlier in another article) that more exposure is a sure way for developing cricket in these countries. Well written Hassan... and hopefully your team will continue to surprise until it's no longer a surprise for Afghanistan to perform well on the international arena.

  • Jess on May 6, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    My sons and I saw you play against India. (and at the hotel) You made some great plays, saved some impossible boundaries and your players are nice guys. Your determination and talent will soon make you winners.

  • Rohit Saxena on May 6, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    Hi Hamid. I am your big fan now. I have watched all your matches very curiously and I found that your team has the potential to compete against the best teams of the world. Unfortunately, you have not qualified for the super eights but in my opinion, your team has impressed a lot in the world cup. Against SA, it was looking that Afghans batsmen had some problem against the bouncers but in the end your team managed to get a respectable score. WI pitches are really bouncy and sometimes best batsmen do get out early. Overall, Afghanistan bowling was really up to the mark against India as well as SA. I hope that Afghanistan will play more and more big matches in the future. Keep practicing more and more and one day Afghanistan cricket team will be among the best in the world. Best of luck for Afghanistan.

  • Roman on May 6, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    hi Hassan!! i think you guys did more than the expectations overr all, i think you won even by losing,u guys shown yor talent and ability most of all the entusiasm and spirit, i hope some of you guys get contract in IPL, and other domestic cricket clubs. it was amazing cricket show i have ever seen, last night:) keep it up :)all the best friend

  • Vivek on May 6, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    Hamid,nice to see Afghani team performing so well.You guys stand as an example for the whole world,so as to how to perform even amidst any circumstances.I wish Afghan team plays more cricket and challenge bigger teams.Pls work more on your batting,because every new team that come to international cricket faces teh same challenge.They bowl and field well,but are not convincing wiht the bat.Make your batting strong and you can start competing with big teams.Again congrats for putting up a good show.You are good ambassadors for your country.

  • Shyam on May 6, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    Well done Afghanistan. However remember Hamid, against any better teams you feel like you can do it and come close, but couldn't win that easily. The closer you go the more resistance you will get (ask Bangladesh!). It was pleasure watching your team play after reading a lot about you. One thing though I wished that you could have accepted was that one of the biggest weakness of your team was playing short pitched deliveries and were clueless to handle it. It literally looked like a school boy cricket when any of your players tried to play short pitch balls. But ofcourse that all comes with experience and wish you all the best.

  • P on May 6, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    It was a pleasure watching you bowl consistently at 90 mph. Quite unbelievable actually! You've got some serious talent! That and your stand with Mirwais Ashraf after the top order had been destroyed was a treat to watch. Your team may have been outbowled, but you guys were never scared or overwhelmed. That shows some great spirit from your team. I hope you get to play something like the IPL because you're a genuine quick and a decent batter too. That six off Morkel was amazing, as was Mirwais' hit out of the ground! The Afghan journey has been great to watch and I'm certain that with a young, strong and bold side, your team will do great amongst the associates!

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  • P on May 6, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    It was a pleasure watching you bowl consistently at 90 mph. Quite unbelievable actually! You've got some serious talent! That and your stand with Mirwais Ashraf after the top order had been destroyed was a treat to watch. Your team may have been outbowled, but you guys were never scared or overwhelmed. That shows some great spirit from your team. I hope you get to play something like the IPL because you're a genuine quick and a decent batter too. That six off Morkel was amazing, as was Mirwais' hit out of the ground! The Afghan journey has been great to watch and I'm certain that with a young, strong and bold side, your team will do great amongst the associates!

  • Shyam on May 6, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    Well done Afghanistan. However remember Hamid, against any better teams you feel like you can do it and come close, but couldn't win that easily. The closer you go the more resistance you will get (ask Bangladesh!). It was pleasure watching your team play after reading a lot about you. One thing though I wished that you could have accepted was that one of the biggest weakness of your team was playing short pitched deliveries and were clueless to handle it. It literally looked like a school boy cricket when any of your players tried to play short pitch balls. But ofcourse that all comes with experience and wish you all the best.

  • Vivek on May 6, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    Hamid,nice to see Afghani team performing so well.You guys stand as an example for the whole world,so as to how to perform even amidst any circumstances.I wish Afghan team plays more cricket and challenge bigger teams.Pls work more on your batting,because every new team that come to international cricket faces teh same challenge.They bowl and field well,but are not convincing wiht the bat.Make your batting strong and you can start competing with big teams.Again congrats for putting up a good show.You are good ambassadors for your country.

  • Roman on May 6, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    hi Hassan!! i think you guys did more than the expectations overr all, i think you won even by losing,u guys shown yor talent and ability most of all the entusiasm and spirit, i hope some of you guys get contract in IPL, and other domestic cricket clubs. it was amazing cricket show i have ever seen, last night:) keep it up :)all the best friend

  • Rohit Saxena on May 6, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    Hi Hamid. I am your big fan now. I have watched all your matches very curiously and I found that your team has the potential to compete against the best teams of the world. Unfortunately, you have not qualified for the super eights but in my opinion, your team has impressed a lot in the world cup. Against SA, it was looking that Afghans batsmen had some problem against the bouncers but in the end your team managed to get a respectable score. WI pitches are really bouncy and sometimes best batsmen do get out early. Overall, Afghanistan bowling was really up to the mark against India as well as SA. I hope that Afghanistan will play more and more big matches in the future. Keep practicing more and more and one day Afghanistan cricket team will be among the best in the world. Best of luck for Afghanistan.

  • Jess on May 6, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    My sons and I saw you play against India. (and at the hotel) You made some great plays, saved some impossible boundaries and your players are nice guys. Your determination and talent will soon make you winners.

  • Ilanks on May 6, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    It's refreshing to see an Associate team like Afghanistan do so well. Though I wasn't able to watch the matches in their entirely, I saw parts of the match against India and was impressed by some of the bowling and fielding. I think more teams (Afghanistan, Ireland etc) need more exposure to International Cricket. These are exciting teams and have so much potential - why not give them the chance to develop into solid teams.. Agree wholeheartedly with Hassan and Porterfield (his comments earlier in another article) that more exposure is a sure way for developing cricket in these countries. Well written Hassan... and hopefully your team will continue to surprise until it's no longer a surprise for Afghanistan to perform well on the international arena.

  • nis on May 6, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    Well played guys. I am proud of you and i am sure the whole of afghanistan will be proud with your perpormances against india and south africa. your bowling was top class. I just wish you guys get more experience in batting, then i am sure afghanistan will be a top team in the years to come.. good luck in your future matches.

  • sam on May 6, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    Hamid, just a quick note to say well done despite your losses - you guys got plenty of support from cricket fans around the world and more importantly the respect from both India and South Africa cricketers. Good six against Abel Morkel. Best wishes for the future and hope to see you guys in the Netherlands.

  • FINLAND HAMED on May 6, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    hello dears ,we all proud of balling , but u guys need to practice short balls this is the weak point of batting , but i love the last wicket partnarship that was enough to be proud , thank u