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Afghanistan enter ICC's ODI rankings

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March 2, 2014

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The Afghanistan players celebrate their landmark win, Bangladesh v Afghanistan, Asia Cup, Fatullah, March 1, 2014
Afghanistan convincingly outplayed hosts Bangladesh in the Asia Cup © AFP

Following their landmark win against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup, Afghanistan have qualified for the ICC one-day rankings. They come into the rankings with 32 rating points, which puts them in 12th place behind Ireland and the Test nations. Should they register another win in the Asia Cup, they will leapfrog Ireland on the table.

The win against Bangladesh was Afghanistan's first against a Test-playing nation, and it came less than five months after they had secured their place in World Cup 2015 by finishing second in the World Cricket League Championship - the ICC's top one-day tournament for non-Full Members.

To gain promotion to the main rankings table, an Associate either needs to win two ODIs against Full Members, or register one win against a Full Member and have a winning percentage of over 60% against other Associates in the qualifying period (since August 2010). Afghanistan have met the second criterion.

A team also needs to have played a minimum of eight matches, in the format, in the qualifying period to get a ranking. Afghanistan have played 12 ODIs since August 2010.

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Posted by AdelMujaddidi on (March 8, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

Well, it is such a big honor for the Afg team and nation to come such a long way and defeat a test playing nation such as Bangladesh. It is really something that they should really be proud of. No doubt, Afghanistan has a marvelous bowling attack - be it fast bowling or spin. They have shown their capabilities in the field of bowling and fielding in the Asia Cup. They are, however, quite far behind the standard as far as batting is concerned. They really need to work hard in that department. I look forward to see them playing (and winning) matches in the T20 format. All the best to my heroes!

Posted by Drew2 on (March 8, 2014, 4:00 GMT)

@Farid Ahmad Nayebkhil - Sadly, you are way off if you thing that Afghanistan's bowling attack is any where near that of Australia and South Africa. Having said that, I applaud what they have done so far, and will be hoping that this team improves as it plays the bigger fish.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 4:01 GMT)

Afghanistan has massive bowlers even better than India Bangladesh and Zimbabwe we can say it equal to Australia and South Africa bowling but only the weak point is batting and it will improve after play some more games with full member teams

Posted by burnt_cow on (March 4, 2014, 5:47 GMT)

Well played Afgans ! But they need to play like this consistently. Kenya once reached WC semis but now lost their ODI status. This bunch of players are good but they need players in the pipeline. Other than that it's just an upset nothing else

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 4:39 GMT)

Man Afghanistan Bowling Attach doesnt look like any associate teams, after watching these games they surely look like a test playing team. I believe they lost to SL because of lack of experience. I dont see a big problem with their batting it is just that they should always bat first, cause for them to chase it is not good. They have have a great bowling attact thus it is easier to control the game if they bat first.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 1:48 GMT)

Okay Afghan brothers, you didn't win today but you got one more chance... Go grab it!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 1:27 GMT)

When batting is concerned Afghan players could learn a lot from like Sanga, Kohli & Amla... These players so focused on the game and no matter even the whole world turned upside down they will keep their heads cool and play. And also have to mention that we know Indians are a very good team even though they looses the place in finals. This time around it was a very very tough contest and it could have gone either way with many nail biting finishes. Even as Sri Lankan fans we love to watch Indian batting likes of Kohli..

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 1:11 GMT)

No matter what has been the outcome, but I would say Wow Afghanistan, Superb first half. As Sri Lankan Fans, after watching Afghan balling, we thought we almost lost the match. Even though some Sri Lankan middle order players are going through rough patches still this is a clinical performance. We saw even Sanga took time to get settled and they continued the pressure throughout the first Innings. As cricket lovers we r so happy to see how u have grown to a mature balling unit. While watching the match guys were commenting like " Oh my, Is this really Afghanistan..?" Keep up that consistency and improve your batting. We are Really Proud of you Afghanistan. Best wishes for your team and Country.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 18:23 GMT)

I am very happy to see how Afghanistan played and win against bangladesh and today's match against Srilanka also shows their potential in bowling department..batting needs to be improve and it will be improve as they play more games..congratulations for getting ICC ranking and Inshallah this Afghan team will be glistening and replaced Bangladeshi cricket team...Cheers and lots of love from Pakistan :D

Posted by John_Mil on (March 3, 2014, 18:13 GMT)

Though I'm an Indian I still admired the way the Afghanistan played in Asia Cup. Afghanistan has a good bowling attack.Though they have good batting but that needs to be more consistent.I think when they play more games before the world cup that too against the test nations I think they can give a "Shock Treatment"to any big team.They have the potentials.Because the way bowled against Pakistan and Srilanka would have been enough how much potential they have.If they would have done the samething in their batting I'm sure they would have beaten any one of these two teams also.If Afghanistan are consistent and smart with bowling and batting.They can gain success.Good Luck...Afghanistan.

Posted by lesterloyd on (March 3, 2014, 17:37 GMT)

I think if Afghans play few more games they will be more aggressive than Zim & Bangladesh. They have more passion than these 2 countries. And can be a threat to other nations as well.. Afghans are Amazing

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

Let's hope that Afghanistan will have more opportunities to play against the big fish. I don't see test status any time soon given the lack of infrastructure etc. However, there's no denying the talent.

ICC needs to have a streamlined plan to grant deserving associate nations test status.

Posted by Philip_Gnana on (March 3, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

You just have to admire the grit and determination of the Afghans. It is remarkable that a country that has been in turmoil for such a great length of time has come this far. Considering, that they do not have access to the facilities for lack of resources and the infrasturcture that is available to the rest of the cricketing nations, hats off to them.

Another win and they will be above Ireland gives us an indication of things to come.

Well done Afghanistan. We await your rapid progress.

Philip Gnana, Surrey

Posted by thinkgood on (March 3, 2014, 13:49 GMT)

Afghanistan should keep their country's dreams alive by winning today. Go Afghanis !

Posted by mihir_nam on (March 3, 2014, 9:39 GMT)

Why don't ICC elevate Ireland and Afghanistan to Test Match Status.. Ireland defeated Afghanistan in IC cup final. ( Only first Class game which Afghanistan Lost) They have won the trophy 4 Times now . Ireland cricket will certainly go down if England do not help them ..Look at ACC they gave Afghanistan chance in ASIA cup games already won one game..

Move them to full Membership Let teams like Scotland PNG rise to the ranks in Associate..

Zimbabwe already in Mess . No big teams wants to tour Zim or Ban . So they have many free days where they can schedule Ireland and Afghanistan. Let Ireland Afghanistan play against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in Home Away test till 2-3yrs if improved then let them play Windies New zealand Pakistan

Posted by amogh_the_great on (March 3, 2014, 8:36 GMT)

@Malcolm Gordon, what if I tell you india beat Bangladesh

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 7:44 GMT)

it goes to show how much of a joke the rankings are, zimbabwe can bearly win a game, bangledesh just as bad and afghanistan win one game and they could be ranked higher than ireland please, if england didnt take irish players away and ireland test status different story, the asia block will push for afghanistan to get closer to test status all politics and votes

Posted by wapuser on (March 3, 2014, 7:35 GMT)

Hahaha so funny to hear that Afghanistan going to beat Sri Lanka today! Dont live in dream worlds brothers. We are Lions. Dont even think about it. ;-)

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 7:34 GMT)

We cannot afford batting and fielding coaches and don't have standard cricket grounds and we don't expect Asia Cup from our champs and ICC, but just few more great games against full member nations. For me as an Afghan Cricket fan, win or lose is not important at this stage, but well performance, given tough time to opponents and learning from each single mistakes is a road-map for our future success.

Posted by wapuser on (March 3, 2014, 7:20 GMT)

we proud we have such a cric team they won a match from bangl and if we win or loss against sril no matter other teams that lost the game for sril should have tention caus they have every thing experiance cricket baground etc

Posted by AjmalYousafzai on (March 3, 2014, 7:08 GMT)

Afghanistan will gain the first rank in next few years Inshallah ,if ICC give them more matches with full members.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 6:29 GMT)

I see that Afghanistan beet srilanka and other upset in Asia cup today.

Posted by bootlicker on (March 3, 2014, 4:29 GMT)

I agree with Tinybaba. Watching footage and playing with SL in the real life could be totally different especially with cricketers like Malinga, Ajantha, Sanga, Mahela, Thisara, and Kusal. Today SL will make history either by losing to Afgan heavily of giving them a lesson they have never learned in their life or they will never learn for 100 years ahead.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 2:34 GMT)

If Afganistan beat Bangladesh, and Bangladesh beat NZ, and NZ beat India then Afganistan will now beat India. You heard it here first.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 2:26 GMT)

thats great news for Afghanistan cricket and we are realy happy about that hopefuly we can beat other tast nations aswel sooner that we can get better than this INSHA ALLAH ... and afghans are capable of all this so we deserve to be a high ranked ...

Posted by Practical_person on (March 3, 2014, 2:08 GMT)

Afghanistan challenged Pakistan and beat BD. I am sure India and SL will be challenged by Afghanistan. The key thing is not make errors in fielding and make half chances count. Bangladesh needs to improve its cricket setup. I am sure they are talented - Mohd Ashraful scored a century against Australia. It is a question of harnessing the talent. BCB has more money at its disposal today then before, what are they doing with it? I hope Afghanistan does not go the same way once stakeholders can profit from their performance.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 1:44 GMT)

from now on afghanistan will face top teams in odi and t20. and this means that afg has to work more harder. afghanistan cant stay under dogs for long. like bangladesh. its very important that afg replace karim sadiq and mirwais ashraf. they r not goog enough no more. And afg aleardy have 3 top allrounders in team. you cant keep 5 allrounders. so they have to be replaced by professional batsmen.

afg wicket keeper shahzaf has to improve his batting and keeping or soon he will be replaced too. this is the time now when afg defenitaly need professional batting, bowling and feilding coach in order to take their cricket to next level. i really hope afg play good cricket in future and increase its ranking. and hopefully soon thry will get test cricket status. INSHALLAH

Posted by Tinybaba on (March 3, 2014, 1:31 GMT)

I believe for Afganistan to beat Srilanka , they need to play 500% of their ability and Srilankans should paly realy really badly. We all know how well Ajantha Mendis bowled agained the champions like India during last league match and he is almost unplayable in slow and spining tracks in Bangladesh. Specially if you havent faced him already , it will be nightmare to encounter him. Then comes the other champion Lasith Malinga. Both will be hard to play if you havent seen and faced them before. Even teams like India and Pakistan , who have a lot of experience facing this duo had find it very difficult face them in real life. Looking at a video footage of bowling them is something but facing them in a live match is a totally different ball game. But having said that we shouldnt forget their giant killing ability ( beating BD isnt falling in to that catagory as BD only talk but no work). Their U19 team beat SL U19 very convincingly so dont count your chicks before they hatch.

Posted by wapuser on (March 3, 2014, 1:08 GMT)

I time to come they will be a nation that other teams will have to take note of.well done again.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 0:47 GMT)

what we really impressed is afgans bowling attack. wow superb. if they can ball well in the death overs too their the best in asia. we are not even we lost them today. but will see how they face sl bowling attack. yeh we have nother good asian cricket team yep.

Posted by GeorgeV16 on (March 3, 2014, 0:36 GMT)

Afghanistan was the team to watch this Asia Cup. I must say they have done exceptionally well and impressed everyone. The shortfalls that we have seen with them is merely their lack of experience at international cricketing arena, which I am sure they will gain shortly. I look forward to another Afghan win by upsetting a big team in the remainder of their Asia Cup games.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 0:24 GMT)

Afghanistan will be beating India on a weekly basis like the rest of the world soon. That is their next step.

How bad are India? There is no way to tell, but I'd put them somewhere below UEA and Hong Kong at this stage.

Posted by TowfiqueToronto on (March 2, 2014, 23:27 GMT)

To BD Fans: Don't praise too much about BD teams just keep quite when BD will regularly perform well Every one will accept that BD is good Team. Being a Bangali I believe BD is improved team but not up to the mark that we can regularly challenge top 6 teams. Bcz of Some ignorant BD supporter who are not logical and talk nonsense example we will beat india pakistan and Srilanka etc. So When BD doesn't perform well then BD haters get chance to say rubbish against BD team. I hope very soon BD team will play better Cricket. Congrats to AFG being in ICC Rangking.

Posted by pulkit10 on (March 2, 2014, 22:21 GMT)

The Afghans show a lot of promise - just need the ICC's support in hosting more games against the bigger nations. Just like Ireland does. But congratulations to the Afghans.

Also...Bangladesh fully deserve it. To term this a "shameful loss" was a huge blunder on the captain's part and just shows that the recent number of victories against major nations went to their heads. Which, by its very nature, is baffling as they have neither been consistent in delivering these victories, or convincing. Every 12 or so games, they bag an ODI game and that's all they have to show for progress.

This is a huge reality check for them and just goes to show how they should be focusing on fielding the best XI and training/learning the best as opposed to getting involved in senseless politics and side-picking. Simply put, they lack the focus to consistently succeed at this level and this humbling defeat should set them straight.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 20:47 GMT)

afganistan bowling is better than india´s bowling, you have a long run to go, keep it up, hope u give some fight with sri lanka, good luck

Posted by curter on (March 2, 2014, 19:58 GMT)

Afghanistan played really well, they played by the book but experience... BD team is now nothing but waste... nor they're doing well in test matches neither in ODIs... if this continues, i think it's high time they should stop playing cricket for a while... I really donno what's their problem! sometimes the players perform really well (ie last asia cup) but most of the times they are incomprehensible ...

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 19:29 GMT)

BD should be respectful of their opponents and not so ashamed of their cricket team because Afghanistan cricket team is a new team however they are naturally a strong team no team knows that better then Pakistan cause Pakistan have played with them. BD lost to a better team there is no shame to that maybe in 10 years from now BD people would remember that they lost the game to World Champions.

Posted by keralite on (March 2, 2014, 19:23 GMT)

Sri Lanka will win it easily because they have a great bowling line up- Afghanistan will surely struggle against Malinga and Mendis. Although they registered a win against a test playing nation they should not get carried away. The top order should try to play as many balls as possible because there are valuable batting lessons to be learned. But having said that I would be very happy to see an Afghan win. All the best to them. :-)

Posted by bouncer709 on (March 2, 2014, 19:18 GMT)

Afghanistan should improve their fielding, and batsmen should try to rotate strike more. I wish they beat big teams soon, so we will have competitive cricket among Asian teams and the big three will have less impact on cricket. Though Afghanistan missed the winning chance Against Pakistan but I think they have another big chance here against India.. Indian team seems demoralised, and they will try to win with bonus point against Afghanistan, in doing so they will make mistakes too and create chances for Afghanistan too, Afghanistan have to grab these chances. Best of luck for tomorrow match.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 19:01 GMT)

Well played Afghanistan , they have capability to beat zimb ,banglasdesh on regularly basis . just wait for the right time they will surprise world with astonishing performances . Clinching a nail biter with Bangladesh was really a great win ..

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:55 GMT)

Just to summarize, whatever response to this articles regarding Afghan's team, let me say, that, Afghan's players had the talent, spirits, and physically very well athletic nature. In very short period of time they did defeat India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and other Asian countries in football, plus other international sports, despite of insecurity, and war broken war country. Keeping this in mind let's be more realistic about the people of Afghanistan. If they are provided with enough time and chances, I am sure they will be able to defeat some respectful teams in cricket world. It is just the matter of time and more chances to play with other full members. Watch carefully, never looks down to your opponent even if he was weak. Cricket sometime is unpredictable game. Anything can happen in any time during the game.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:52 GMT)

Afghanistan is a well deserving side, they have everything that a great team requires, they have good fast and spin bowling, their fielding is excellent most of the times, their batting is improving and specially they have many players who can hit big shot, they have that ability which make them better than Bangladesh. overall Bangladesh played well in that match but Afghanistan outclassed them. Congrats.

Posted by afghan_cric_lover on (March 2, 2014, 18:47 GMT)

proud moment for Afghanistan

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:34 GMT)

As a bd supporter I m Feelling shame .. It's a totally disgrace for us .. I'm confuse why bd cricketer does not improve .. Why they does not improve play the way they should play .. To lost again afghan it's totally disgrace .. Whole nation upset .. Bd cricketer should not play with the emotion of peoples .. They are useless. God bless them

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:31 GMT)

Afganistán will become soon a strong test cricket nation. The cricket structure that has been set up in ground level in the Country will be very surprised the cricket nations, because in Afghanistan more the 500000 youngsters have been registered for cricket and recently Afghanistan got 7th position in under 19s world cup. Afghanistan is the rising star in cricket nation. They have proved to the cricket nations that in future Afghanistan will be cricket world champion and logically there is no doubt in that time to happen soon. Afghanistan cricket know that their future is more bright then alot of countries therefore they don't care losing this kind of tournaments or upset big teams.

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 18:30 GMT)

Thank you all for your kind & supportive comments about Afghanistan cricket team.. GOD bless you all......

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:25 GMT)

afghan team have ability to play international cricket hopelly afg team will played in the next matches weldone afghanistan heroes.

Posted by DwightR on (March 2, 2014, 18:23 GMT)

Afghan & Ireland are the only true associates...ICC should capitalize & they should be full members ASAP before they lose momentum and go back into oblivion like Kenya did when they were the next big associate side

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:17 GMT)

new team afghan but proud of afghan player they are play every time tuff games . and good result in bangladesh match . pathan zindabad

Posted by Jimmyvida on (March 2, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

When Afghanistan beats India in their next game where would they go in the ICC rankings?

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:00 GMT)

@ahmedfaysal Bangladesh is a useless team. Even after playing cricket for so many years they have not shown much improvement. Afghanistan looks a refined lot and winning againts a test playing nation in just their fourth match is a commendable effort. Moreover just wait and watch, this time will have a lot of suprises in the near future and I won't be suprised if they overtake atleast West Indies in the ICC rankings.

Posted by bootlicker on (March 2, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

It could work in both ways. If SL rested top players for tomorrows match and give a chance Afgans to win, their entry to ODI rankings will be justified. In contrast, if SL play with full strength; Ohhh what shall I say? you may decide.

Posted by BDKu on (March 2, 2014, 17:55 GMT)

I have a feeling Afgans are going to beat the rest of the associates easily and beat at least Zim and Bangladesh regularly. They look genuine talented cricketers unlike other associate countries

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

WELL played Afghanistan. congrats

Posted by ahmedfaysal on (March 2, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

Mensan: at first afgan need to take over ireland and they will not do it because ireland is far better team than them. Bangladesh has 80 rating points. It will 40 years to take over bangladesh even they won't take over zimbabwe. This is your problem. One upset win over a injuruy hit team without it's top player and you think they will top bangladesh. They have no quality. They just slog. Slogging is not real cricket. They were lucky. Luck will not favour them for long. Be ready for some shame in near future.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (March 2, 2014, 17:39 GMT)

Now teams like Ireland and Afghanistan are part of the ODI ranking table, they should be playing lots of ODI games/series against the others especially against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Dozen teams in ODI table looks nice and simple but ICC needs to setup a programme for those teams to play plenty of games so we can get a true measure where they are amongst the rest. Its good to see Cricket finally reaching to nations are than the original 10 test playing teams.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:39 GMT)

you definitly see something about this afgan team!! you could see them in few years going against the big guns...thats for sure..they are diferent compared to bangladesh or zimbabwe...they sure have the guts and ditermination..and they would im sure give us a big fight tomorow!! congrats afgans welcome to the big league!! from srilanka!!

Posted by FawltyBean on (March 2, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

It is going to be tough for both Sri Lanka and India against Afghanistan. Unlike world beaters Bangladesh neither of them take other teams lightly.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

What a joke! Afghanistan will be doomed just like Kenya as also we already can see the fate of Ireland who could not qualify for the under 19 world cup. Within few years Ireland will go down like Kenya and Afghanistan will follow them for sure. BD is there to stay and they will bounce back as always. Come on Bangla Tigers!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

Congratulations Afghanistan. Keep praying and success will follow inshallah. Only recently did they get ODI status and hopefully in a few years test status!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:31 GMT)

Congratulation to our cricket team and to all nation... we are proud of you keep it up this good work....

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

All i m gonna say well done afghanistani team. Very happy for them. They still need some time but i m sure they wont take that long what bd took thier time to get in place of ICC. And hope to see some good cricket in future and in asia cup from them. Guys dont give it up just get them

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

Afghanistan can leapfrog india in the odi ranking is is big dream becouse afganistan atelast need another 40 years to reach their where the india and pakistan cricket at the movement

Posted by Hero88 on (March 2, 2014, 17:18 GMT)

Welcome to the big board Afghanistan :D

Posted by sheru-sher on (March 2, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

Soon Afganistan will leapfrog India in the ODI rankings. They should be given Test status instead of Bangladesh in a straight swap. Replace West Indies with Ireland also.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

Just waiting till afghanistan take west indies and england out of the rankings

Posted by Herath-UK on (March 2, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

While congratulating the afgans for their win over the BD,we should not lose sight that this has happened before any knee jerk reaction to promote willy nilly. Zim won over the Aussies many years ago & so was BDs over the Aussies in England. However what has happened is there for everyone to see. Both Zim & BD are struggling & finding very difficult in the big league now in spite of one or two heroics and both have been threatened with their Test status. Hope saner council with prevail with ICC & things are done for sports & not for political gains for BCCI. Hope Sri Lanka will not be complacent tomorrow which they do very often and in the last game against BD they rested half of their team! The players may not be so committed now because they know almost in the finals having beaten the other two biggies. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by mensan on (March 2, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

Soon Afghanistan will be ranked above Bangladesh.

Posted by Jonah58 on (March 2, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

Great news for Afghanistan, they can now really show their progress.

But having said that I have doubts that a few of the ranking positions show the true strength of some of the higher ranked teams as home and away get the same ratings Lets home some of the other ODI teams will actually play against them so they can get ranking points.

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 17:04 GMT)

Bangladesh as a full member is like an open door for the associates to gain points.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

well done Afghanistan, Cricketing world needs more and more nations! Wish t20 cricket be part of Olympics!

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Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

well done!! they look very promising!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

A big landmark for Afghanistan - may it be a stepping stone to even greater achievements.

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