Afghanistan December 1, 2010

We need exposure against the top teams

While the excitement of our Asian Games campaign won’t be forgotten in a hurry, we are all looking forward to our latest challenge, which is to win the ICC Intercontinental Cup against Scotland this week in Dubai
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Hamid Hassan

What a year it has been for Afghanistan cricket! Winning the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Dubai in February was a moment I will never forget; having the chance to play India and South Africa at the ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean was amazing and beating Pakistan at the Asian Games and securing a silver medal was one of the greatest moments of my career.

Obviously it would have been nice to have won gold but the fact that we pushed Bangladesh so close, particularly a strong team led by somebody as accomplished as Mohammad Ashraful, showed that we deserve a chance to play against the big teams on a more regular basis. We need exposure against some of the top ODI nations if we are to improve, and that is my main wish for 2011.

While the excitement of our Asian Games campaign won’t be forgotten in a hurry, we are all looking forward to our latest challenge, which is to win the ICC Intercontinental Cup against Scotland this week in Dubai. We beat Scotland in the group stages and have enjoyed a good record against them, but we know that we have to play well to beat them.

Although not that many cricket fans know too much about the ICC Intercontinental Cup, I think it is a really important tournament. My game has improved a lot as a result of playing in the tournament and that has helped me in the shorter format as well.

You certainly have to be a lot fitter to last a four-day game and I think that has helped us become a better fielding side as well. The fact that Ireland, who have set the standards in Associate cricket in recent times, have won the previous three titles, shows that you need to be an excellent team to win this trophy.

I am excited that the final is being played over five days as it will be like playing Test cricket, so I am keen to perform well. I think a five-day game makes you work harder to take wickets as there is less pressure on the batsmen to score quickly, so they take less risks.

We have been training at the new ICC Global Cricket Academy, which I am told is where the Pakistan and South Africa players prepared for the recent Test Match in Dubai, and it is an amazing facility. I wish we had something similar back home, but at least things are moving in the right direction in that regard and we are all excited about the building of new cricket stadiums in Kabul and Jalalabad. However, we need to have lots of pitches all over Afghanistan to ensure that in the future we can have the best young players in the world.

We have had our final day of training today ahead of the final starting on Thursday and I am hoping that thousands of Afghans living in Dubai will come and support us like they did at the Twenty20 Qualifier.

To lift another trophy this year would be a special moment for the team and I would quite like to add another medal to my collection.

Akhila Ranganna is assistant editor (Audio) at ESPNcricinfo

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  • kanoon on May 31, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    It is very disappointing that we loose all 3 matches from Pakistan A. But I hope Afghan National team can learn a lot of things from this series. And in future they will play with determination and responsibility. All the best Afghanistan. It is also very disturbing that our Main bowler Hameed Hassan was not fit and he was injured but a team can not rely only on one player. I pray for Hameed to become fine and healthy very soon. Allah mo Kamiab Lara.

  • khanshirsahel on May 24, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Hameed i proud of our all palyers they are very importent and very good guy i like my afghan teame and also proud of my yuong player i know that

  • Munir Ahmad on April 10, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    We are with international teams and we have been building up this strong team i think with afew years we will be playing as a unbeatable international team ,, inshallah

  • Khalid Stanikzai on March 26, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    Afghanistan is a good team now a days Afghanistan team beat to Iraland too mach time and Pakistan did lose in 2007 should ICC will meet with Afghanistan cricket broad after 2011 world cup to make for the team of Afghanistan to meet with top teams to play with them

  • Kerrie on January 10, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    This is why ICC's decisoin to exclude associate teams from the World Cup 2013 and onward is a confusing one.

  • Abdullah on January 8, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    Shame to Proud on Hamid hassan pakistani player he is 100 % Pakistani I know his family and brothers in peshawar If any one wish to prove him pakistani contact with me khan_haqmal@yahoo.com Abdullah Herat univeristy Engineering faculty

  • Lindsay-George-Hall on January 1, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    I am new here. I am British and love cricket as I was brought up with it, so to speak, as a 'gentleman's game. It is a delicious surprise to learn that the Afghani side is beginning to assert itself in international cricket as well. Well done, boys, I will relish your future success.

    L.

  • Khanzadah Waziri on December 26, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    i'm ur fan Hamid. I hope Afghanistan win the cup....INSHAHALLAH!!! May ALLAH bless Afghanistan's cricket team.

  • hamid hassan on December 24, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    thanx to all of you, by encouraging me. inshallah i will keep rocking, pray for our success.

  • Hameed Wafa on December 23, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    Great perfommance by Afghan Cricket Team, there is no doubt that our players are playing with International Standards but Specially Hamid Hassan is really improving day by day, and he is qualified to play at any level of International Games, he is my favorite Cricker. Well Done Afghan Cricket Team,, Best of luck in the future, De Khuday Pa Aman....

  • kanoon on May 31, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    It is very disappointing that we loose all 3 matches from Pakistan A. But I hope Afghan National team can learn a lot of things from this series. And in future they will play with determination and responsibility. All the best Afghanistan. It is also very disturbing that our Main bowler Hameed Hassan was not fit and he was injured but a team can not rely only on one player. I pray for Hameed to become fine and healthy very soon. Allah mo Kamiab Lara.

  • khanshirsahel on May 24, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Hameed i proud of our all palyers they are very importent and very good guy i like my afghan teame and also proud of my yuong player i know that

  • Munir Ahmad on April 10, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    We are with international teams and we have been building up this strong team i think with afew years we will be playing as a unbeatable international team ,, inshallah

  • Khalid Stanikzai on March 26, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    Afghanistan is a good team now a days Afghanistan team beat to Iraland too mach time and Pakistan did lose in 2007 should ICC will meet with Afghanistan cricket broad after 2011 world cup to make for the team of Afghanistan to meet with top teams to play with them

  • Kerrie on January 10, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    This is why ICC's decisoin to exclude associate teams from the World Cup 2013 and onward is a confusing one.

  • Abdullah on January 8, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    Shame to Proud on Hamid hassan pakistani player he is 100 % Pakistani I know his family and brothers in peshawar If any one wish to prove him pakistani contact with me khan_haqmal@yahoo.com Abdullah Herat univeristy Engineering faculty

  • Lindsay-George-Hall on January 1, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    I am new here. I am British and love cricket as I was brought up with it, so to speak, as a 'gentleman's game. It is a delicious surprise to learn that the Afghani side is beginning to assert itself in international cricket as well. Well done, boys, I will relish your future success.

    L.

  • Khanzadah Waziri on December 26, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    i'm ur fan Hamid. I hope Afghanistan win the cup....INSHAHALLAH!!! May ALLAH bless Afghanistan's cricket team.

  • hamid hassan on December 24, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    thanx to all of you, by encouraging me. inshallah i will keep rocking, pray for our success.

  • Hameed Wafa on December 23, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    Great perfommance by Afghan Cricket Team, there is no doubt that our players are playing with International Standards but Specially Hamid Hassan is really improving day by day, and he is qualified to play at any level of International Games, he is my favorite Cricker. Well Done Afghan Cricket Team,, Best of luck in the future, De Khuday Pa Aman....

  • Milu Ahmed on December 23, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    As a bangldeshi I support afganistan cricket team because of the way they r improving.ICC should give them full ODI status and give them more opportunity to play full member team.This is the only way to go far away in cricket.Wish u all the best to be one of the best team in the world in future.

  • Abdul Salam Hamkar on December 22, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    it's wel defined that Afghanistan National Cricket Team is among those teams that gained more achievments with less possibilities in a limited duration. the idea behind these achievments is your strong intention and insuperable resistance.

    Best Wishes Abdul Salam Hamkar paktia

  • cricfan on December 9, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    hope you will play near future teames like zim and bd

  • Syed Wafiullah on December 5, 2010, 7:09 GMT

    Well-Done Afghanistan Cricket Team in general and Hamid Hassan, the Tiger of Afghanistan Cricket in particular. You have been one of the most important member of the national side taking it to the heights of excellence and glory. All Afghans are proud of you. Your contribution towards the achievements of team in the international cricket arena would always be remembered and marked with honor and distinction. May Afghanistan Cricket Team flourish on the sky of Cricket World (Amen). Congratulations on the recent win against Scotland by securing the Intercontinental Cup, moving another step forward towards laying a solid foundation to achieve One-Day International Cricket Nation status and in turn, Test Nation Station for Afghanistan.

  • sab on December 5, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    Rashid Latif is a good coach, i hope he will help them to play a good cricket Khalid latif and rahsid latif are good friends, Khalid plays for Rahsid Latif accadamy and he was the captain of Pakistan team in Asian games, the rest to solve is not hard...lol but, i hav alots of aghani friends back in pak and they are cricket loving nation too, i hope they will be better than bangladesh soon and beat india easily and offcourse we will help them as we always did....good luck Afghanistan, but plz readers dotn start against me now...lol

  • naseeb achak on December 5, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    Great man hamid hassan ... all afghanian proud of u bcz u r the lion of afghanistan and we will pray for u that u be the man of the cricket world as u r man of the tournament and get place in IPL

  • khan on December 5, 2010, 2:50 GMT

    Good job Hamid. Congratulation on the win.I was wondering how would someone get into the Afghani cricket team?

  • saifurahman saqib on December 4, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    congrats ICC intercontenental cup to afghan nation,may Allah bless u my brother,u played awsome,i cant express the pleasure today in a few words i celebrated this victory by tears in my eyes.hope to see u in next IPL, saifurahman saqib,india

  • Hashim Pashtun on December 4, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    Finally your dream of winning Inter Continental Cup has come true....All d Best for ur Future series....All Afghans Are Praying For u.....

  • raja on December 4, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    Afgan well played

  • Mohammad yonus aryan From Mysore India on December 4, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    thanks Hamid Hassan jan from ur bowlling u did ur job in very fantastic manner and Inshullah one day again i we will see Afghan cricket team in international cup like last T20 world i hope all those brothers which they liked cricket so much they will support our Afghan cricket team like Pakistan India UK AS US ect............

  • khanshirsahel on December 4, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    i happy in this successfully won the maech i preay to my ullah i want more success in the cricket

  • Kamran Mehmood on December 4, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    Good luck hamid bhai, u r really a fighting cricketer,and as a team, afghanistan has much improved their game and abilities,they have very strong side, Noor Ali,NAWROZ mangal,muhammad nabi, and off course mohammad shehzad is like don bradman, he very exeptional batsmen.Wish u best of luck, u are the world champion.

  • Ahmad Farhat on December 4, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    Congratulation to all Afghans and Cricket team.

    Best Regards, Ahmad Farhat from Kabul.

  • Abdurahimzai on December 4, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    this year was for Afghanistan, great job done by all players, especially by u Hamid, we proud of.

  • Dilraj Lama on December 4, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    I have been following the progress of Afghanistan cricket for sometime now and I have to say it has been amazing...I just wish you guys go from strenght to strenght and I fully agree that the other top cricket nations should play a significant role by inviting the Afghanistan cricket team to play on a regular.

    Congrats and best wishes.

  • wajid aryan on December 4, 2010, 2:41 GMT

    Hi everybody and the hero of our national team . iam about the recent improment of our national team and i hope that we will win this intercontinental cup and request our batsman to play with more passion and restrict the scotland to 120 lead and then bat and win this game by our master opener batsmans. i think that it is not far that we beat the best teams of the world such as Australia and india . I am really very proud of u guys and make us and our country more proudful. BEST OF LUCK FOR THE FUTURE GAMES AND COMEBACK VICTORIOUS TO OUR COUNTRY AND WE WILL WELCOM U GUYS WARM.GOOD LUCK.........................................

  • amin on December 3, 2010, 23:27 GMT

    i wish i can see my afghan team playing in lordz so i can watch it live in stadium..

  • amin on December 3, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    i wish i can see my afghan team playing in lordz so i can watch it live in stadium..

  • Hayden on December 3, 2010, 22:50 GMT

    Go Afghanistan! Everybody's favourite associate!

  • Boom_Boom_Khan on December 3, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    I am a fan and am very happy to see your progress. I agree that you need more and more matches against ICC full members. I hope you make it to the next ODI world cups as well. To be very honest with you we (Afghans) are known to be short tempered and agressive but to see how you guys have handled 4 day games especially chasing down 450 od runs on foreign surfaces is just remarkable. I can sense the next pace sensation comming out of Afg. God Bless!

  • Edrees Nawabi on December 3, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    Great job boys, i have no words to say how you guys did it, 6 important wickets, that's not something easy in last session, hope we get a target of under 200, Hamid bro you're always the key, wish everyone of you the best of luck, and off course you all got our prayers.

  • Abdul Waris on December 3, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    Afghanistan is the best cricket team i have ever seen, it has the best bowllers but the only problem it has is that they get excited soon and they dont have a plan for matching and i think nowroz mangal should have a good plan for bowllers.

  • Abdul Haleem Esaqzai on December 3, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    I am very happy that today we have heroes in sports and I always praying for them they become succes in this final Inshallah,

    but unfortunetly in here (Afghanistan) we can't watch this match on tv i hope Afghan government make special tv for sports

    Ameen

  • Zaeb on December 3, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    Insha Allah. team afghanistan will win. with scotland already 6 down.... i wish you will wrap up the remaining four wickets. in the first hour or so. and will help your team achieve yet another feet.

  • james_w on December 3, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    hi Hamid hassan!

    GReat bowling, from u and mirwais but whats really wrong with the batting, its always been batsmens failure, whats the coach doing to improve batting lineup???

  • abdul wahab on December 3, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    Best of luck for my country we will pray for them in shah Allah they will win the ICC INTERCONTINENTAL CUP..........

  • Tim on December 3, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    I agree with Jez - I'm five minutes' walk away from the Basin Reserve right now, and I would love to see Afghanistan play there. New Zealand's provincial T20 competition is on at the moment, with two overseas players per team - it would be great to see some of Afghanistan's players getting a chance to play in competitions like this, too.

  • Mrinaal Sharma on December 3, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    All the very best for your endeavours and best wishes from India.. You can request your cricket board to somehow manage sending you to play with domestic league champs in dif countries. There are many international crickets, who are not in their side now, playing domwstic leagues.. you will get exposure as well as the test of your mantle will be increamental.. Even for a very seasoned domestic player, it's very tough to make transition into international level (in a country like India). see if you can do so.. And ofcourse i will be following your match, though not in stands, but through cricinfo... add this also to your supporters list bro.. :-)

  • dan on December 3, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    hamid, i hope u get ipl contract

  • Jez on December 3, 2010, 1:16 GMT

    I have followed Afghanistan's rise through the ranks from the very start. I believe the ICC's decision to remove associate nations from the World Cup is ill conceived and that the top associate nations should have more access to top flight opposition.

    I'm not sure when the off season might be for the Afghanistan national side, but the New Zealand season runs from November to April and it would be wonderful if your best players could make the trip down to play here.

    Some proven results on our green seaming pitches could encourage New Zealand Cricket to extend an invitation to the entire Afghanistan side to play down here. I for one would love to see Hamid Hassan steaming in at the Basin Reserve.

  • omid on December 2, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    Afghanistan played really well, yesterday i was a excellent start 97/8 but i don't way and what happened they got 115 for just two wickets which was not good but still we a chance and we are the better side so please becareful and play calm shabir was a good player we should keeped him for later but anywhy still we have good player hopefully we make it to 350 and then the cup is ours.

    Thanks Mohammad Omid from united state

  • hidayatullah mushfiq on December 2, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    inshallah we will win this match clearly because we have 5 heroz hamida hassan and mirwise ashraf .shapoor zadran,mohammad shehzad goo wicketkeeper,asghar stanikzay

  • Edrees Nawabi on December 2, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    Very happy to see that positive performance of yours once again, you guys were awesome today, and hope the batsmen are in good form tomorrow and score above 300 runs, that would be great if the batsmen bat all day tomorrow and keep the run rate above 3.5, so wish you guys the very best of luck.

  • Mark on December 2, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    hi !

    its great Hamid that u guys working hard and winning most of the games thanks to good bowling, batting is far from good enough to compete with other nations, the team needs young batsmen, not over 30 years, if u want to have a future u have to bring young guys in.

  • Waleed Safi on December 2, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    Great Job my Brother !! Keep the Good work Up, we are always praying for You !!

  • blaster_boy on December 2, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    best of luck .. afganistan . i wish you will be a good challanger against big teams

  • Hashmat on December 2, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    I just want to see Afghanistan playing always.so I want ICC to give more games to Afghanistan...

  • Madhu Ranganathan on December 2, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    Good luck guys, our prayers and best wishes are with you... maybe soon we will see you guys playing here in the IPL and in international fixtures too.

  • Hanz on December 2, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    Hi Hamid,thanks for ur wonderful blog. Being a Bangladeshi cricket fan i understand your passion for cricket as a new team with very limited facilities. I have observed & supported Bangladesh cricket team as a fan since 1994 ICC trophy when i was only 11 years old. I still can remember the media coverage of that ICC trophy whereby we have lost the chance to fit ourself in top three associate team to qualify for world cup. However, we didnt stop supporting our team with endless love & as a result we have won ICC trophy in 1997 by beating Kenya in final. Trust me, 70% of our population of 120 million of that time were only concentrating on radio live coverage,starting from a 7 years kid to 60 years grand pa came on road shouting " Bangladesh " "Bangladesh ". we were dancing as if we have achieved the meaning of life.....well, thats what i would say passion which takes Bangladesh in today's position. Pls have that passion for your country for your team & overall for Cricket !!

  • Dr izzatullah on December 2, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    Afghanistan played well in the final of the Asian cup in guangzhou what a best play by our players specially from stanikzai he is the best player but our bad luck and lack of our captains experience. we have to give chance for our youngsters because we have some best talent in our national player by giving them chance we can get the best of the result.

  • Muhibullah Sabiri on December 2, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    Afghani Cricketers, be work hard and get the ICC. This is the time that you peoples can shows to the world of Cricket that Afghanistan is a country which have the ability to bet any team in cricket. Personally I am requesting to ICC to give a chance for Afghanistan to play with Bangladesh, west indes and other counties which are in low test ranking at the first they will play with countries which already have test cap and second Afghani Cricket team make a changes in there cricket.

  • shoaib on December 2, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    inshallah, Keep up the hard work hamid hassan.You have the venum and the pace that every team dreams of and you have been the top performer for your team.inshallah that day is not very far when you are going to make it big. good luck

  • lakesidey on December 2, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    It's always a pleasure to read your blog, and I'm glad to see you guys have kept on performing, match after match. Yes, the intercontinental cup may not be that well known yet, but it is a stepping stone to greater things - you guys have the potential to surprise the world (as you have been doing for the last couple of years). Keep it up!

  • Maiwand Wardak on December 2, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    Hamid, you will make us proud again. Your success has been remarkable over the past two years and makes us optimistic about the future of Afghanistan. In near future, Afghanistan cricket team will be among the strongest teams of the world. God is with you.

  • Habib Siddiqi on December 2, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    Inshullah, By the hard work of you and your colleague & prayers of Afghani’s all over the over the world, The Afghan team will win the Intercontinental Cup.

  • UBAIDULLAH GULABYAR AHMADZAI on December 2, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    Nice Blog; Best of luck for the Final Match and i am sure if you bat well we will win this match very comfortable. Please Tell Karim to play to his potential. He is a very good player but he in the recent times i think he is not looking to the ball at all just want to hit sixes which is not possible. Karim just be in the pitch for 5 overs and then you will automatically hit sixes as you feet will move freely you hand and eye coordination will improve just be in the pitch for 5 over and you will see the difference. Talking about Nowrooz mangal i love his calmness in the middle specially in 4 days game. Dear all The team We trust your capabilities and we know you will win this Match. Just believe in your skills and try to utilize your skill this way you will beat Scotland very very comprehensively. Best of luck to all of you

  • UBAIDULLAH GULABYAR AHMADZAI on December 2, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    Nice Blog; Best of luck for the Final Match and i am sure if you bat well we will win this match very comfortable. Please Tell Karim to play to his potential. He is a very good player but he in the recent times i think he is not looking to the ball at all just want to hit sixes which is not possible. Karim just be in the pitch for 5 overs and then you will automatically hit sixes as you feet will move freely you hand and eye coordination will improve just be in the pitch for 5 over and you will see the difference. Talking about Nowrooz mangal i love his calmness in the middle specially in 4 days game. Dear all The team We trust your capabilities and we know you will win this Match. Just believe in your skills and try to utilize your skill this way you will beat Scotland very very comprehensively. Best of luck to all of you

  • Mushtaq Rahim on December 2, 2010, 3:19 GMT

    The Lion! we are all behind you and we wish you good luck. win and loss is part of the game, but what makes you guys special is your attitude. we are looking forward to your roars and your each roar will not only tear Scotts apart but will make is scream here in Afghansitan to back you. our prayers are with you and we look forward to a good game, a win will of course will be icing on the cake. Keep up the great work and keep bringing glories.

  • Iqrar khan on December 2, 2010, 0:06 GMT

    you guys our heroes we proud on u guys we hope that you guys beat scotland in final and bring tropy to Afghanistan ,long live Afghan cricket team

  • Lutfullah Stanikzai on December 1, 2010, 23:54 GMT

    Hamid, I wish you and the team all the best. I am certain that you guys will give it 100%. Our expectations are very high from our heroes.

  • waak hamed on December 1, 2010, 23:12 GMT

    wish u good luck guys, we all praying to able to beat scotland, and have the cup in afghanistan,

  • marwand sadat on December 1, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    afghanistan will inshalla win this cup,

  • Divyanand on December 1, 2010, 22:14 GMT

    I have been following your team for a long time...Really happy with ur success...Best of luck!!

  • David on December 1, 2010, 21:26 GMT

    I'm hoping Afghanistan do well against Scotland and I agree with what you've written. I wish the ICC would listen and try to involve the associates more in world cricket. I'd love to see the top associate sides tour against some of the test sides A teams for some exposure and experience.

  • Junaid on December 1, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    Gud luck . Ma bst wishz.. I hav been following ua blogs aswel as afghan teamz fairytale.. U reali hav improvd a lot...grt playr in making hamidhasan. May u get a chance in ipl. Gud£uck

  • Mustafa on December 1, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    salam,

    Best of luck Afghanistan... InsAllah we will win!!!

  • Ali Afshar on December 1, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    Salaam Hamid jaan. I do not see any problem with you guys in winning this Cup inshahullah as long as you play to your potential. You guys have the potential to beat many teams in the ICC full member list. We live in New Zealand, but we all have followed your every game and prayed for you guys. We were a bit sad that you lost the Asian games Final, but you guys played like Afghan Lions and No Problem if you were beaten by a much more experienced Team. Our Prayers will be with you and we can not wait to see you guys on TV as Int Con Cup Final is Streaming Live through Internet so I will connect our computer to TV and see you guys LIVE inshahullah. And also see you soon inshahullah playing soem IPL too :-)) Kamyab bashen

  • Marshal Tokhi on December 1, 2010, 20:10 GMT

    Wow... Iam realy happy for u, our proud that finally we got the place where we should be... Hope u bring another pride for our country.

  • Haji Mohammad on December 1, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    Afghanistan team has made us really proud and I hope that we will win this final to put more pressure on ICC and ACC to give us more tough matches....i will be there in the stadium...GOD BLESS

  • Edrees Nawabi on December 1, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    Great stuff Hamid bro, keep it up, and I believe you guys would rock.

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  • Edrees Nawabi on December 1, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    Great stuff Hamid bro, keep it up, and I believe you guys would rock.

  • Haji Mohammad on December 1, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    Afghanistan team has made us really proud and I hope that we will win this final to put more pressure on ICC and ACC to give us more tough matches....i will be there in the stadium...GOD BLESS

  • Marshal Tokhi on December 1, 2010, 20:10 GMT

    Wow... Iam realy happy for u, our proud that finally we got the place where we should be... Hope u bring another pride for our country.

  • Ali Afshar on December 1, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    Salaam Hamid jaan. I do not see any problem with you guys in winning this Cup inshahullah as long as you play to your potential. You guys have the potential to beat many teams in the ICC full member list. We live in New Zealand, but we all have followed your every game and prayed for you guys. We were a bit sad that you lost the Asian games Final, but you guys played like Afghan Lions and No Problem if you were beaten by a much more experienced Team. Our Prayers will be with you and we can not wait to see you guys on TV as Int Con Cup Final is Streaming Live through Internet so I will connect our computer to TV and see you guys LIVE inshahullah. And also see you soon inshahullah playing soem IPL too :-)) Kamyab bashen

  • Mustafa on December 1, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    salam,

    Best of luck Afghanistan... InsAllah we will win!!!

  • Junaid on December 1, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    Gud luck . Ma bst wishz.. I hav been following ua blogs aswel as afghan teamz fairytale.. U reali hav improvd a lot...grt playr in making hamidhasan. May u get a chance in ipl. Gud£uck

  • David on December 1, 2010, 21:26 GMT

    I'm hoping Afghanistan do well against Scotland and I agree with what you've written. I wish the ICC would listen and try to involve the associates more in world cricket. I'd love to see the top associate sides tour against some of the test sides A teams for some exposure and experience.

  • Divyanand on December 1, 2010, 22:14 GMT

    I have been following your team for a long time...Really happy with ur success...Best of luck!!

  • marwand sadat on December 1, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    afghanistan will inshalla win this cup,

  • waak hamed on December 1, 2010, 23:12 GMT

    wish u good luck guys, we all praying to able to beat scotland, and have the cup in afghanistan,