Afghanistan May 6, 2010

We are heading home with our heads held high

Hamid Hassan

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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  • fanedlive 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 .

  • fanedlive 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

  • fanedlive 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

  • fanedlive 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

  • fanedlive 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.

  • fanedlive 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.

  • fanedlive 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.

  • fanedlive 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.

  • fanedlive 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

  • fanedlive 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.

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