ICC news June 28, 2013

Afghanistan get Associate membership

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Afghanistan have been granted the Associate membership of the ICC to become the 37th country to get that status. The decision was taken by the ICC at its ongoing annual conference, which ends on June 29 in London. The nomination request had been sent by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) last year based on the continuous progress made by Afghanistan, especially in its cricket development.

"Afghanistan is the only country that receives the Associate membership in a short period of time in reward to the efforts Afghanistan made for the promotion of cricket," Dr Noor Muhammad, CEO of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), said on the ACC website. Becoming an Associate would mean higher funding and, importantly, more exposure for the passionate and cricket-starved players from Afghanistan, a war-torn country. So far, the ICC was paying $700,000 in annual funding to Afghanistan, which is now likely to rise to $850,000 based on the Associate status.

Afghanistan became an Affiliate member of the ICC in 2001 when they travelled to Pakistan for their first tour. Languishing at one time in the fifth division of the World Cricket League, Afghanistan won the hearts of global cricket fans when they nearly qualified for the 2011 World Cup, but they lost to Canada and could not surpass Kenya's net run rate in the World Cup qualifiers. Immediately, they were granted the ODI status, valid until 2013.

One of the fascinating tales in cricket (a documentary based on their rise in cricket Out of the Ashes was produced a few years ago), Afghanistan have also featured in the last two editions of the ICC's World Twenty20 (2010 and 2012). They have played ODIs against two Test-playing nations so far, Pakistan and Australia, and despite losing both the matches, players like Hamid Hassan and Mohammad Nabi turned heads with their impressive performances.

Over the last two years, the ACB has undergone organisational restructuring in a bid to provide better leadership and find qualified staff to run cricket administration. They are currently developing their domestic cricket infrastructure, and have signed a two-year deal with the Pakistan Cricket Board for the development of Afghanistan cricket ahead of the 2015 World Cup. The ICC has played a big role in the upliftment of Afghanistan cricket and in April this year, granted $422,000 as part of the targeted assistance programme.

Afghanistan is the eighth country in the Asian region to become an Associate member after Hong Kong (1969), Kuwait (2005), Malaysia (1967), Nepal (1996), Singapore (1974), Thailand (2005) and UAE (1990). "It is a tremendous achievement by Afghanistan, the current administrators have worked very hard to advance Afghanistan's interests and much credit goes to Dr Noor and his team at the Afghanistan Cricket Board," Bandula Warnapura, ACC development manager, said.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Nutcutlet on June 29, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    In a war-torn country beset by huge problems, it's wonderful to know that, of all civilized activities, cricket above all others, is being recognised in Afghanistan by the granting of Associate Status by the ICC. Many congratulations to all those who have put in the hard work which has made this possible. I wish them every success & much joy from joining with the rest of the cricketing world. Beyond the immediate situation, I sincerely hope, with girls' education now becoming more widespread in the country, that, in time, women's cricket will also be encouraged. As I have said before, cricket is far too good a game for it to be kept as an exclusively male preserve. The ICC mission states that it aims to: "..inspire people of every age, *gender*, background & ability while building bridges between continents, countries & communities." So be it. I'm sure that enlightened people everywhere will hope that women's cricket also comes to pass. Then the world will have truly moved on.

  • TESTnT20 on June 29, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    Being a long time follower of Afghanistan cricket I am pretty happy to see that finally they have got Associate status. They deserve this recognition more than any other associates in Asia. Congratulations to Afghan Cricketers, fans and administrators. So fur Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has done some fantastic job to emerging Asian countries like Afghanistan and Nepal despite having very limited financial resources compared to ICC and their original rival AFC, the supreme body of Asian Football! Credit must be given to them also. Now they should take step to incl Afghanistan in Asia cup as fifth team. ACC should also launch 'Asian T20 championship' consisting 6 nations including Afghanistan and Nepal; another emerging cricket crazy nation. A 5 nation Asia Cup and 6 nation T20 Asia Cup will not only increase popularity and sustainability of the game in new frontiers but also significantly boost income of ACC which they can pump to Afghanistan, Nepal and other emerging Asian countries.

  • on July 4, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    Finally. A day to remember in the history of our country which has registered only war in last couple of decades. These guys have made us proud and beleive it or not, I have read this news couple of times and each time I almost cry of joy. Way to go guys. It was an honor meeting you guys twice here and may Allah bless you guys and bring peace to our country. Congrats to all cricket lovers all over the world and specially Afghan cricket lovers.

  • Mirkhan786 on July 1, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    Congratulations to all Afghans around the world. It was the performances of our players that we get this status today. Proud of Our Heroes! Every Afghan, particularly the young generation should take our players as models and perform as them in order to reach to a prosperous Afghanistan. I am really very very happy that we have cricket in afghanistan I am really proud

  • Udendra on July 1, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    It's a duty of Regional 'seniors' like Pakistan, India & Sri Lanka to provide AFG with more playing opportunities, at least in their domestic levels.

  • Anil_Koshy on July 1, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    ICC should organise a champions trophy like event for leading associate nations like Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland, Holland, Namibia and Nepal and to bring competitiveness they shall include Zimbabwe and Bangladesh who otherwise don't get a chance to play in Champions trophy.

  • Timmuh on July 1, 2013, 1:55 GMT

    This is good news and small recognition for some large strides made in the worst imaginable circumstances. That the Afghan team has been able to acheive a high level of cohesion given the sate of the nation is remarkable. As others have said, the likes of Afghanistan and Ireland need a pathway to Test cricket now. First Class games against professional teams, limitd overs games against full member nations, etc. They need to be challenged, and meet the challeges, so that the door to Test cricket is open. It is the responsibiity of full member nations to provide that path, only with our help can the highest level of the game go to new frontiers.

  • on June 30, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Congratulations to all Afghans around the world

  • on June 30, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    Congrats Afghan Cricket! Well Deserved!!!

  • calcu on June 30, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    @gnanzcupid I agree. Future of SL really looks bleak

  • Nutcutlet on June 29, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    In a war-torn country beset by huge problems, it's wonderful to know that, of all civilized activities, cricket above all others, is being recognised in Afghanistan by the granting of Associate Status by the ICC. Many congratulations to all those who have put in the hard work which has made this possible. I wish them every success & much joy from joining with the rest of the cricketing world. Beyond the immediate situation, I sincerely hope, with girls' education now becoming more widespread in the country, that, in time, women's cricket will also be encouraged. As I have said before, cricket is far too good a game for it to be kept as an exclusively male preserve. The ICC mission states that it aims to: "..inspire people of every age, *gender*, background & ability while building bridges between continents, countries & communities." So be it. I'm sure that enlightened people everywhere will hope that women's cricket also comes to pass. Then the world will have truly moved on.

  • TESTnT20 on June 29, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    Being a long time follower of Afghanistan cricket I am pretty happy to see that finally they have got Associate status. They deserve this recognition more than any other associates in Asia. Congratulations to Afghan Cricketers, fans and administrators. So fur Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has done some fantastic job to emerging Asian countries like Afghanistan and Nepal despite having very limited financial resources compared to ICC and their original rival AFC, the supreme body of Asian Football! Credit must be given to them also. Now they should take step to incl Afghanistan in Asia cup as fifth team. ACC should also launch 'Asian T20 championship' consisting 6 nations including Afghanistan and Nepal; another emerging cricket crazy nation. A 5 nation Asia Cup and 6 nation T20 Asia Cup will not only increase popularity and sustainability of the game in new frontiers but also significantly boost income of ACC which they can pump to Afghanistan, Nepal and other emerging Asian countries.

  • on July 4, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    Finally. A day to remember in the history of our country which has registered only war in last couple of decades. These guys have made us proud and beleive it or not, I have read this news couple of times and each time I almost cry of joy. Way to go guys. It was an honor meeting you guys twice here and may Allah bless you guys and bring peace to our country. Congrats to all cricket lovers all over the world and specially Afghan cricket lovers.

  • Mirkhan786 on July 1, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    Congratulations to all Afghans around the world. It was the performances of our players that we get this status today. Proud of Our Heroes! Every Afghan, particularly the young generation should take our players as models and perform as them in order to reach to a prosperous Afghanistan. I am really very very happy that we have cricket in afghanistan I am really proud

  • Udendra on July 1, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    It's a duty of Regional 'seniors' like Pakistan, India & Sri Lanka to provide AFG with more playing opportunities, at least in their domestic levels.

  • Anil_Koshy on July 1, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    ICC should organise a champions trophy like event for leading associate nations like Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland, Holland, Namibia and Nepal and to bring competitiveness they shall include Zimbabwe and Bangladesh who otherwise don't get a chance to play in Champions trophy.

  • Timmuh on July 1, 2013, 1:55 GMT

    This is good news and small recognition for some large strides made in the worst imaginable circumstances. That the Afghan team has been able to acheive a high level of cohesion given the sate of the nation is remarkable. As others have said, the likes of Afghanistan and Ireland need a pathway to Test cricket now. First Class games against professional teams, limitd overs games against full member nations, etc. They need to be challenged, and meet the challeges, so that the door to Test cricket is open. It is the responsibiity of full member nations to provide that path, only with our help can the highest level of the game go to new frontiers.

  • on June 30, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Congratulations to all Afghans around the world

  • on June 30, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    Congrats Afghan Cricket! Well Deserved!!!

  • calcu on June 30, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    @gnanzcupid I agree. Future of SL really looks bleak

  • on June 30, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Congratulations to all Afghans around the world. It was the performances of our players that we get this status today. Proud of Our Heroes! Every Afghan, particularly the young generation should take our players as models and perform as them in order to reach to a prosperous Afghanistan.

  • on June 30, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    WWOWOWO Thanks ICC for your fantastic News regarding afghans tiger Mashallah Inshallah Congratulationa for all afghans and their funs

  • malavi on June 30, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    @gnanzcupid, I disagree with u, but even if u are right, I don't see why SL should be scared. If a better side beats us, its fine. And if Afghanistan has a good chance to beat SL, I'm sure they have just as good a chance of beating NZ, Zim and Bangladesh, not just Sri Lanka.

  • on June 30, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    Congrats to all Afghans and ACB for Associate Membership, Hopefully this year ICC and Asian Cricket council prepare some series to include Afghanistan with full Member cricketing nations, It will be interesting sight not only for Afghan fans but also for Asian and world cricket fans.

  • gnanzcupid on June 30, 2013, 0:29 GMT

    @Malavi afghan getting associate status is something special. But lanka will be really worried. After sanga and mahela, they have no real fight left in their kitty. Am not here to sledge lanka. But the future of lanka looks bleak

  • sweetspot on June 29, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    Fantastic news, and many congratulations Afghanistan cricket players and fans! We hope to see some exciting cricket from your team soon. Cheers from India!

  • on June 29, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Congratulations Afghanistan

  • Cpt.Meanster on June 29, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    Wonderful news !!! Congratulations and God bless.

  • on June 29, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Congratulation to all Afghans, Indeed, this was the struggle of Afghan lions for achieving Associate membership in this worst situation of Afghanistan, i am feeling so proud for mentioned achievment, wish you for more success in upcoming time. Best of Luck

  • CricketingStargazer on June 29, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    This decision has taken a while to come. The ICC could and probably should have awarded Associate status a few years back when it became obvious that Afghanistan's results were not just a flash in the pan.

    I look forward to the ICC charting the road to Test status for both Afghanistan and Ireland, giving them definitive goals to reach and the incentive to reach them.

  • LSAF on June 29, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    Fantastic news! Thanks to ICC. A lot of credit goes to ACC for this, they have been very helpful in the development of Afghan cricket. Sikandar Iqbal has been doing a lot for Afghanistan. The CEO, Dr. Noor Mohammad Murad has been doing a fantastic Job. The recently concluding T20 tournament among the five regions was a big success, and one could see how much love and passion for cricket exist in Afghanistan. I am surprised that Cricinfo have not had any coverage of this event. Looking forward to a lot of international cricket for Afghanistan. Afghanistan will be an Asian cricket giant in the coming 5-10 years, mark my words!

  • on June 29, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    Best if luck. Afghan brave players you can go a head inshallah keep it up proud of you all ...

  • B.Moizuddin.Gouhar on June 29, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    That's a good news - Hats off to all who supported and backed Afghanistan during their lean phase... Surly Afghan will a side to beat in Asia during coming years... Well done Afghan and LOTS OF CONGRATS..

  • on June 29, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Congrats

  • on June 29, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Congratulation Afghanistan

  • on June 29, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    wonderful news. Afghanistan will be a top team in years to come.

  • Dannymania on June 29, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    The afghani team was born in pakistan and played all their cricket in pakistan.This isnt the afghani talent that we see.It is actually the pakistani cricket talent that we see in them.NONE of the afghani players has ever lived in afghanistan.Its only the name that counts though.Anyways,i am absolutely certain that this pakistani talent in them is far better than bangladesh's talent,Kenya's talent or for that matter,even scotland's or netherlands'. If bangladesh deserves a test status,afghanistan surely deserves atleast a one day status.Even if that is to give the other team practice sessions like bangladesh does,in test cricket. I know this comment will make people,umm,,uncomfortable to say the least.But its the truth so be calm and cool about it.No need to be fussy about it.

  • on June 29, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    congratulations to the entire nation.... Mohammad Nabi - surely the player to watch out for....

  • on June 29, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    thank you ICC , ,,, i kindly requesting ACC please support Afghanistan cricket

  • on June 29, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    they should be allowed to play in asia cup as the 5th team in a 5-team round robin format commencing with a final.....thus they will get much exposure at international level

  • MaxG9 on June 29, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    Congratulations Afghanistan. Strange that they were an affiliate all this time when they even participated in two WC T20's & came this close to qualifying in a 50 over WC.

    Anyway better late than never & hope they proceed further, & soon. For that to happen the ICC should organize a FTP for them with countries like Ireland, Zimbabwe & Bangladesh as has been mentioned by several people on this forum. Regional countries like SL, Pakistan & India should also give them support & an ODI from time to time.

    Will be watching their progress with interest as I have been from the time they started shooting up from a Division 5 cricket nation.

  • on June 29, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Congratulations guys. We in India welcome this. All the best for your future in cricket.

  • on June 29, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    Finally the have got it ......Congrats to all Afghans .....Mashallah.....

  • on June 29, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Congratulations guys good news for All Afghan cricket Fans..we should improve now...:)

  • Ozcricketwriter on June 29, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Afghanistan are a fair bit better than Thailand. They won an ODI match by some 400 runs!

  • TheProfPak on June 29, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    Congratulations to Afghanistan on this achievement. They deserved to get this title. Hopefully, they will keep the hard work going to get full member status.

  • on June 29, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Congratulation To Afghanistan ! It is exactly a really good news being as associate but Afghanistan have many capability of Test nation !~ We are also awaiting for the ICC decision to grant Afghanistan as TEST Nation ! that is the last hope of AFGHANISTAN to become gain Full membership ! InshahALLAH that day is also no more away !

  • on June 29, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    i proud my afghan national team

  • TheRisingTeam on June 29, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Good news! hopefully it will allow them to play more ODI matches. ICC should make a 3/4 way ODI tournament like the current Triangular series in the Caribbean between 2 of the top associates Afghanistan and Ireland and 2 lowest full members Zimbabwe and Bangladesh or series between these nations.

  • vish57 on June 29, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    A special achievemnent to Afgan cricket; they are a better team than any of the remaining Asian Associate teams. ICC should ensure that these Associate members especially who have qualifed in the last 2 eddition of ODI/T20 WC should be mandated to play 2 full members every year for exposure. Afghanisthan or Irland or Scotland can easily defeat Zimbabve or Bangaladesh on any given day. Tops teams such as India, Pak also need to play them.

  • on June 29, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    Great News for all of us!!!! We want to improve the game of cricket here in Afghanistan. Thank you so much ICC :)

  • on June 29, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Wow ! What a good news for my country man inshallah we will get very soon full membership .

  • on June 29, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    ofcourse they must give matches to afgahanistan and i am sure they well do they are best ..any way thanks icc

  • on June 29, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    congratulations to all afghan well done ACB

  • class9ryan on June 29, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    Afghanistan should play matches against Zimbabwe, Ireland, Bangladesh at least to make use of that associate status. If they can play a ODI or 2 against any of the top 8 ranked sides, it will be remarkable.

  • on June 29, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    Afghanistan deserved this...well done. they have the ability to have the grade .

  • svengali47 on June 29, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Fantastic news and so pleased to see this tough little country joining the ICC and hopefully one day we will see the first Afghan/Australia Test Match....

  • on June 29, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Congrats to all of our countrymen and to our tigers cricket team

  • Rafelgibt on June 29, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Congratulations to Afghanistan from a Bangladeshi cricket fan.Hope BAN would be always with you by the passes of time regarding your improvement in CRICKET.All the best brothers.....Lets conquer the whole world>>>>

  • on June 29, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    Congrats to all Afghans and to our Tigers

  • hkiran1 on June 29, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    Well done and all the best brothers.

  • on June 29, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    Congratulations to all Afghans...We, Afghans appreciate the the decision of the ICC.

  • Hate.ME on June 29, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    Congratulations to Afghans.

    Some of the nations like Hing Kong, Malaysia have got this status in 1960s ? That's surprising that they still have not been able to establish themselves as a good Cricketing nation/ team.

    I hope, Afg make full use of this opportunity and soon become competitive Cricket team. They have already got some good players. Way to Go. Good Luck.

    -Indian Fan.

  • kc69 on June 29, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    Afghanistan deserved this...well done. Why not ICC try by giving a test status to Ireland. I Believe they're a lot better than Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

  • malavi on June 29, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    @gnanzcupid. LOL. No need to hate on Sri Lanka. Ppl have been saying that since we won the 1996 World Cup, and it has never come to fruition. Besides SL and Pakistan will be very happy to see Afghanistan do well. Pakistan and SL have provided Afghanistan with cricket matches and Afghani players have been playing in Sri Lankan clubs. SL uses it's position in world cricket responsibly and for the good of international cricket, not selfishly.

  • Azooz-Afgfan on June 29, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    The only difference between Associate and Affiliate is that Associate get 100000$ fund more than Affiliate, what we want is to get more series more matches with test boring teams. Else then no use of being Associate.

  • ReverseSweepIndia on June 29, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    very good news indeed. BCCI, as much they are bully of world cricket, I think can get some of the sins washed if they take some steps to promote cricket in Afgan. They can ask their players to play in Ranji Trophy which can help them build their game. They can also arrange their team to play with Ind-A, Ranji champions etc. We people in India can see hugely talented cricketers playing in ground, they will get exposure and BCCI as they always do and good at it too, can exploit it commercially and nobody will have any grouse with it. But they need support, and game becoming pretty expensive now a days, BCCI will all their money can lead the way. They will become more competitive (they already did pretty without much support)

  • on June 29, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    Keep trying Lions, you will soon get full membership Insh Allah.

  • on June 29, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    This will be remarkable day for Afghanistan Afghanistan have achieved associate membership In just under 12 years wow and I think afg will Get icc full membership in 2016 or 2017

  • on June 29, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    So great Long live my Afghanistan...!!!!

  • on June 29, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    i appriciate ICC decision regarding to they made an very important and very acceptable decision to give Associate membership to Afghanistan

  • on June 29, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    Congratulations to all my Afghan brothers and sisters may Allah give them more success in future. long live Afghanistan

  • on June 29, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    This is very good news for Afghanistan I hope to get the first position one day, I am really happy about this good news, well done Afghanistan Team.

  • ac_Indian on June 29, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    Congratulations Afghanistan! Best of Luck.

  • on June 29, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    the greatest news, long live Afghanistan i am sure cricket can bring peace and happiness to our beloved country

  • on June 29, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    Congratulation: Afghanistan will lead the associate any more and has ability to improve it cricket and get full member ship. as an afghan really appreciate Afghanistan Cricket Board Administration which really worked hard to get this statues... thanks ICC for helping Afghanistan Regarding the Cricket

  • hemamalini on June 29, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    Afghanistan are 37th & not 38th Associate member of ICC. are there any newmembers of ICC?

  • on June 29, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    gud going Afghanis..

  • gnanzcupid on June 29, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    The only country which would be sad of this news would be srilanka. They wil be afraid to lose to the young improving afghan team,considering the paucity in young talent among lankans. Be worried lanka

  • gnanzcupid on June 29, 2013, 1:44 GMT

    Wow. Good news for all you subcontinent people. Congrats afghan

  • TATTUs on June 29, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    Its good news for Afghanistan obviously. But cricket lovers and sundry who think about / care about the game need to check what happened to other 20 plus associates who no one even knows about. What about Nepal, UAE , Singapore, Canada and the likes where only expats play. No one have even seen Malasiya and the sort play cricket. What is ICC doing for developing prospecting countries like Ireland who just need a slight push to be a test nation? Most recent 'victim' of ICCs policy is Boyd Ranking who played T20 for England. What is ICC doing to develop domestic structure in each of these countries? Before heaping praise on the Afghans who are indeed fighters we need to think about others who have got a similar status.

  • bharath74 on June 29, 2013, 1:15 GMT

    Afghanistan is on the verge of becoming cricket crazy nation just like BD. It needs funding in millions to build infrastructure, rest of the associate nations have a very little chance of making it big.

  • Azooz-Afgfan on June 29, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    It's a good exposure for Afghanistan, and one last step for being a test team, is what we all dream about. Hope ICC provide plenty of ODI's against test teams, which is the only way to devolpe. Best of Luck Afghan tigers.

  • Dashgar on June 29, 2013, 0:27 GMT

    Next step, World Cup qualification. Final step, test status. Also a domestic first class competition and being able to play games at home must be goals but obviously there are infrastructure and security problems to worry about that can't be solved with mere funding. Well done Afghanistan, hope to see you in Australia in 2015

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on June 29, 2013, 0:10 GMT

    Congratulations Afghanistan !!

  • Shajadul on June 28, 2013, 23:41 GMT

    Congrats from Bangladesh...I hope you guys progress quickly...

  • SagirParkar on June 28, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    Awesome... great news indeed.. now if only the ICC supported Afghanistan and Ireland towards establishing a first class structure and granted them test status eventually... good luck to them !

  • ThatsJustCricket on June 28, 2013, 22:54 GMT

    This is wonderful news. Go Afghans.

  • nathangonmad on June 28, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    I assumed that already had it

  • nathangonmad on June 28, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    I assumed that already had it

  • ThatsJustCricket on June 28, 2013, 22:54 GMT

    This is wonderful news. Go Afghans.

  • SagirParkar on June 28, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    Awesome... great news indeed.. now if only the ICC supported Afghanistan and Ireland towards establishing a first class structure and granted them test status eventually... good luck to them !

  • Shajadul on June 28, 2013, 23:41 GMT

    Congrats from Bangladesh...I hope you guys progress quickly...

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on June 29, 2013, 0:10 GMT

    Congratulations Afghanistan !!

  • Dashgar on June 29, 2013, 0:27 GMT

    Next step, World Cup qualification. Final step, test status. Also a domestic first class competition and being able to play games at home must be goals but obviously there are infrastructure and security problems to worry about that can't be solved with mere funding. Well done Afghanistan, hope to see you in Australia in 2015

  • Azooz-Afgfan on June 29, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    It's a good exposure for Afghanistan, and one last step for being a test team, is what we all dream about. Hope ICC provide plenty of ODI's against test teams, which is the only way to devolpe. Best of Luck Afghan tigers.

  • bharath74 on June 29, 2013, 1:15 GMT

    Afghanistan is on the verge of becoming cricket crazy nation just like BD. It needs funding in millions to build infrastructure, rest of the associate nations have a very little chance of making it big.

  • TATTUs on June 29, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    Its good news for Afghanistan obviously. But cricket lovers and sundry who think about / care about the game need to check what happened to other 20 plus associates who no one even knows about. What about Nepal, UAE , Singapore, Canada and the likes where only expats play. No one have even seen Malasiya and the sort play cricket. What is ICC doing for developing prospecting countries like Ireland who just need a slight push to be a test nation? Most recent 'victim' of ICCs policy is Boyd Ranking who played T20 for England. What is ICC doing to develop domestic structure in each of these countries? Before heaping praise on the Afghans who are indeed fighters we need to think about others who have got a similar status.

  • gnanzcupid on June 29, 2013, 1:44 GMT

    Wow. Good news for all you subcontinent people. Congrats afghan