Pakistan v Afghanistan, one-off ODI, Sharjah February 11, 2012

Even Taliban lends support to Afghanistan cricketers

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Such is the unifying power of cricket in Afghanistan that even the Taliban sent a message of support to the team ahead of their historic ODI against Pakistan in Sharjah on Friday. The match, which Pakistan won by seven wickets, was Afghanistan's first ODI against a Test-playing nation and the first ODI played between an Affiliate Member of the ICC and a Full Member.

A spokesman for the Taliban contacted the Afghanistan Cricket Board on the morning of the game to wish the team well and assure them they would be remembered in their prayers.

Indeed, the event appears to have unified the Afghanistan nation in unprecedented fashion. The country's president, Hamid Karzai, phoned officials at the ground several times in order to be kept up to date with the scores, while the country's minister of finance, Dr Omar Zakhilwal, estimated that "hardly anybody was not watching" the match. "Nothing has ever brought us together like this," he said.

Zakhilwal, who is also chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board, stressed the importance of cricket in his war-ravaged country and called on the Full Members of the ICC - the Test playing nations - to remember their "responsibility" to continue to develop the game and to reach out to a country in need.

"Cricket is not just a game for us," Zakhilwal said during the ODI. "We have had so much bad news in Afghanistan. But cricket - and this game against Pakistan - has brought good news for the people of a country who have suffered so much in the past. This is a proud day.

"There is nothing that can touch cricket in popularity or as a force for good in Afghanistan. There is absolutely nothing else that mobilises our society in the same way. Not politics, political events or reconstruction. Between 80-90% of kids will be watching this game and they play it on every street. President Karzai is watching and has phoned several times to get the latest news. Even the opposition Taliban have sent a message of support. Their spokesman said we are praying for the success of the team.

"We have received support from other countries. But it is important people realise the role that cricket can play: it can help in our development and help rebuild our society. It can be used an example to show what we can achieve if we have peace and we work together. It can help restore peace and give people a sense of purpose. For other countries to play a role in bringing something good is a responsibility; Pakistan has contributed to this purpose and I hope other countries will also contribute."

As things stand, however, Afghanistan have no more ODIs scheduled against Full Member nations. They will not be competing in the Asia Cup, an ODI event that includes India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, which Zakhilwal refers to as "disappointing." He hopes, however, that when the Full Member nations realise how important the sport has been in raising morale and providing a sense of purpose and unity in Afghanistan, they will rally to the cause and ensure the momentum is not lost.

"The top teams shy away from playing us," Zakhilwal continued. "I suppose they feel the benefits of beating us are small but the pain of losing to us would be great. We are pushing India, Australia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka for games as only by playing them can we improve and take cricket to the next step in our country.

"The story of cricket in Afghanistan only started about ten years ago when people returned from the refugee camps in Pakistan. But there is something about the game that seems to appeal to the psyche of the Afghan people. It has created a sense of unity and happiness that has brought people together. This match is breaking the ice. But we want to be part of the big club."

Cricket is booming in Afghanistan. Not only is the international team now full time, but there are league teams in 28 of the 34 provinces and the country has an A team, an Under-19 programme and, next year, the sport will be made compulsory as part of the school curriculum.

A country starved of entertainment, success and joy is crying out for support from the ten Full Members of the ICC. It remains to be seen who is listening.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 10, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    afghanistan cricket team is 10 years and pakistan had more year are in cricket. this lost is won gor afghan tigers i thing

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    really nice......its really nice to hear that a sport is bringing peace in a war based country...providing relief..and a moment of happiness...to the people of a country....

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    I would like to appreciate the PCB with my heart. They gave a chance to Afghanistan to galvanize in the international arena which is amazing. Pakistan always helped Afghan players by allowing them to play in there domestic cricket. Everyone playing for Afghanistan has played in Pakistan and learned great skills from there. Thanks PCB once again for this nice gesture of brotherhood. by the way I am Afghani and I was supporting my own team

  • POSTED BY njr1330 on | February 13, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    There is something special going on in Afghan cricket, and everybody (including England) needs to help. Why didn't England play Afghanistan as a 'warm-up' the other day, instead of having a glorified net against the 2nd XI ?! ...Maybe ICC could pay for Afghan players to be 'pros' in Sydney 1st Grade, or Lancashire League ?

  • POSTED BY fireal on | February 13, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Inspiring. They deserve to play more.

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | February 13, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    Afghanistan must get Associate status asap. Apart 4m Intercontinental Cup, they can play 1st class matches against A-squad of BD, Zim, Pak or SL. Look at Namibia, Scotland & Dutch team. They r participating in South African & English Domestic circuit. But Afghans only participate in Pakistani T-20 cup. Pakistan should allow AFG to play in their domestic 1st class tournaments.

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    Guys be positive, this is our 1st step in ODIs, Inshallah will win more matchs as they are wining T20 games against other teams, One day will hold the world Cup infornt for of the World...... very soon, keep supporting our team and they will show.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | February 13, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    I would say the greatest sports documentary I have ever seen is the one that detailed Afghan's rise. Seeing the joy & enthusiasm those guys took to the field brought tears to my eyes. I would like the Oz government to invite the Afghani cricketers over to play Cric Oz in an ODI every year. It's quite amazing that Afghanistan currently are ranked above Zim & Banga in T20s. I read somewhere that local games can attract 5,000 spectators - that's more than a round of Shield games in Oz!!!! They must be fast tracked to some sort of limited Test status, where they can play Zim & Bang (Ireland too).

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | February 13, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    I hope BCCI will support Afgan cricket more like they helped BD to achieve test status. Any team visiting India must play an ODI against Afg too. They can take it as a warm up match. Just like Ireland match before English tour.

  • POSTED BY Silloh on | February 13, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    Really pleased to read of the unity CRICKET is bringing to the people in Afghanistan. Great start and from the Caribbean, I wish their game will continue to improve.West Indies cricket with the stars of the 1980s once brought this sense of pride and unity to all in our region. I wish the WICBoard and WIPA here will take note also of what is happening in Afghanistan and put aside differences here also to explore all opportunities to bring about the cricket glory of the past , and all in the interest of Caribbean unity.Good luck Afghanistan and all other cricket developing nations.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 10, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    afghanistan cricket team is 10 years and pakistan had more year are in cricket. this lost is won gor afghan tigers i thing

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    really nice......its really nice to hear that a sport is bringing peace in a war based country...providing relief..and a moment of happiness...to the people of a country....

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    I would like to appreciate the PCB with my heart. They gave a chance to Afghanistan to galvanize in the international arena which is amazing. Pakistan always helped Afghan players by allowing them to play in there domestic cricket. Everyone playing for Afghanistan has played in Pakistan and learned great skills from there. Thanks PCB once again for this nice gesture of brotherhood. by the way I am Afghani and I was supporting my own team

  • POSTED BY njr1330 on | February 13, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    There is something special going on in Afghan cricket, and everybody (including England) needs to help. Why didn't England play Afghanistan as a 'warm-up' the other day, instead of having a glorified net against the 2nd XI ?! ...Maybe ICC could pay for Afghan players to be 'pros' in Sydney 1st Grade, or Lancashire League ?

  • POSTED BY fireal on | February 13, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Inspiring. They deserve to play more.

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | February 13, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    Afghanistan must get Associate status asap. Apart 4m Intercontinental Cup, they can play 1st class matches against A-squad of BD, Zim, Pak or SL. Look at Namibia, Scotland & Dutch team. They r participating in South African & English Domestic circuit. But Afghans only participate in Pakistani T-20 cup. Pakistan should allow AFG to play in their domestic 1st class tournaments.

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    Guys be positive, this is our 1st step in ODIs, Inshallah will win more matchs as they are wining T20 games against other teams, One day will hold the world Cup infornt for of the World...... very soon, keep supporting our team and they will show.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | February 13, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    I would say the greatest sports documentary I have ever seen is the one that detailed Afghan's rise. Seeing the joy & enthusiasm those guys took to the field brought tears to my eyes. I would like the Oz government to invite the Afghani cricketers over to play Cric Oz in an ODI every year. It's quite amazing that Afghanistan currently are ranked above Zim & Banga in T20s. I read somewhere that local games can attract 5,000 spectators - that's more than a round of Shield games in Oz!!!! They must be fast tracked to some sort of limited Test status, where they can play Zim & Bang (Ireland too).

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | February 13, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    I hope BCCI will support Afgan cricket more like they helped BD to achieve test status. Any team visiting India must play an ODI against Afg too. They can take it as a warm up match. Just like Ireland match before English tour.

  • POSTED BY Silloh on | February 13, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    Really pleased to read of the unity CRICKET is bringing to the people in Afghanistan. Great start and from the Caribbean, I wish their game will continue to improve.West Indies cricket with the stars of the 1980s once brought this sense of pride and unity to all in our region. I wish the WICBoard and WIPA here will take note also of what is happening in Afghanistan and put aside differences here also to explore all opportunities to bring about the cricket glory of the past , and all in the interest of Caribbean unity.Good luck Afghanistan and all other cricket developing nations.

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2012, 2:32 GMT

    @tippman - Ireland and the other nations you are referring to are considered Associate nation (the second tier of international cricket). However, Afghanistan are still in the 'Associate' tier which places them in essentially the third division of international cricket. Thus this is actually the first time a full-member and associate have played one another.

    On another note, good on Afghanistan, may not have won, but hopefully the game will only bring good to their country. Best of luck to them in the future.

  • POSTED BY on | February 12, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    agree with lord dravid.....

  • POSTED BY on | February 12, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    @Happy_AusBang: Don't u remember ? before hammered no 1 test team 3-0 we whitewashed u guys as well in all form of cricket! and u have to mature quickly because we luv and support our Bangladeshi brothers also... If u don't like some individuals comment here then u shouldn't hav targeted Pakistan as a whole!

  • POSTED BY on | February 12, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    @tippman... ireland and other countries who have played in worldcups are associate members of ICC whereas Afghan team is affiliate member.

  • POSTED BY mansoorJ on | February 12, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    May be it wsn't a big game for Pakistan cricket but it was offcourse the big day for Afgan cricket, As this shows " Even Taliban lends support to Afghanistan cricketers " We know n belive in that cricket can play a big role to maintain gud relations between the countries ( i.g Pakistan and Indian diplomecy)). I belive too that this sport brings the whole nation in one unit, i am sure the time pak afgan teams were playing at sharja stadium millions of Afgani were watching and wota moment wota a pleasure for them when they really forgot their all day problems n tense and war effects..CRICKET BROUGHT SMILE, HAPPINESS, FASTER HEART BEATS and may be dancing moments when it was hit BOUNDRY or BOWLEDOUT.CRICKET ZINDABAD

  • POSTED BY pak94fan on | February 12, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    @Happy_AusBang (Post @ February 12 2012, 02:03 AM GMT)

    Everyone knows what has happened in the past but the fact remains that Bangladesh have been around a while, but they have never been able to put together a string of good performances which is why they don't deserve to be a test team, I think same goes for Zimbabwe, at the moment at least. I think BPL will help BD but they need more practise in tests and ODIs, and they should continue playing ODIs with the top tier teams and hopefully do well in the near future. I also hope that Afghanistan get the proper funding needed and become a regular ODI team, and hopefully eventually a test team too. Sorry, not sure if I read that right... PAK are at the bottom part of the top tier teams? Maybe you did not notice that we whitewashed the World #1 test team, England, ten days ago, and beat SL before that? I have no issue with facing BD as long as they improve which has not happened in recent times. Poor Shakib can't carry the whole team.....

  • POSTED BY tippman on | February 12, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    Nonsense to say that Afghanistan's game against Pakistan is the first ODI between a Full Member and an Affiliate. Ireland have played ODIs against England and Australia, perhaps others, and all the Affiliate Members who have played in the World Cups have played ODIs against Full Members

  • POSTED BY drdani on | February 12, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    @Happy_AusBang--may b the "top" cricket teams shud follow pakistan's example n b courageos enough to play with afghanistan if they really want to help them..wat do u say?? n i agree with the writer that they shud hav been included in the coming Asia cup.

  • POSTED BY drdani on | February 12, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    well done afghanistan!! keep it up !! afghanis will surely climb to the top..the thing is in their blood..goodluck from ur pakistani brother!! @Bruisers-i dont know wat u mean by playing XI..v had our full odi team out there..may b u shud closely follow the cricket world. @Happy_AusBang-ofcorse v cant forget that v were beaten by a not-so-good team..but i guess the team that wins is the better team!! u mentioned pak ind n sl,i think u forgot aus "deliberately" ;) btw team afghanistan will not only defeat pak in near future but also all the other best teams coz,on a lighter note, they r being trained by the best in the world !! :D

  • POSTED BY maanwari on | February 12, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    yeah vilander we also want that our team play a friendly ODI with Indian team to get more experience

  • POSTED BY ASKhater on | February 12, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    Dear All good wishers of Afghanistan Cricket, thank you very much for your kind words and support.

  • POSTED BY sal80 on | February 12, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Pakistan has always been helpfull to Afghanistan from last 3 to 4 decades & now in filed of cricket pakistan has proved again that we love our Afghan brothers to grow in this game, Afghan team has learn cricekt by playing in pakistan..infact BOOM BOOM pakistan kit sponsor is sponsoring afghanistan team too so there is so much for pakistan to give you. Long live pak-afghan friendship..those days are not far when team afghanistan will imerge as strong nation.

  • POSTED BY Mr_Force on | February 12, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    BTW, just to let the whole world know, not only Pakistan break the Afghan cricket ice but also help them in different ways as well, more than half of Afghan team used to play Pak first class cricket. If you check their profile you guys would know what I am talking about.

  • POSTED BY Lord_Dravid on | February 12, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    the afgan people are naturally hard-working with good instincts and have immense fire power in their blood to do well, and the determination to suceed at the highest level. Despite conflict in afganistan, they've come along way with cricket in a short space of time. Now i believe it's just a case of funding which needs to come from the ICC and the top four richest boards and, also match practice against good domestic sides around the world will help them lift their game. If all these things are granted, i'm sure afghanistan has the potential of becoming a test side in the next 10-12 years. I'd like to see them replacing Zimbabwe as a test side who have been atrocious since given test status with no signs of improvement.

  • POSTED BY Happy_AusBang on | February 12, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    Seems like PAK fans still can't forget that they were beaten by Bangladesh in a World Cup match. IND fans are much better in that respect. When they were beaten by BD in an ODI I remember seeing a lot of good comments from Indian fans about the BD team. Same when Sril Lanka got beaten by BD. I am very happy that the Afghanistan team is doing well and am confident they will beat PAK in and ODI at least in the not too distant future. Although it is disappointing that BD is not having regular success against the top teams but PAK fans should be reminded that BD was consistently at the top of the Associate teams for a long time. Maybe they should still continue playing the top Associate teams and the bottom part of the top-tier teams like PAK, WI, and NZ. This will ensure they will have at least 50-50 win-loss ratio.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    Welcome to the Afghan team from a Kiwi. You played with spirit and some real skill. I hope the NZ Cricket will support your aim to play the top teams regularly. I saw the bond that cricket builds when i visited pakistan and Iindia in the 80s. Everyone wanted to talk about cricket and Richard Hadlee.

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | February 11, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    Hahaha. Pakistan were way too afraid to not field their best playing XI against AFGHANISTAN..

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | February 11, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    Its time for the Afgans to visit India , they look the part. Now do your role BCCI call the Afgan team for a match in Mumbai.. :)

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    ICC, please listen and act positively to the request of the people of Afghanistan. George from the West Indies.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    Best of luck to our Afghan brothers & sisters Love from Karachi Pakistan

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | February 11, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    MAYBE TALIBANI WILL ALSO BE SEEN PLAYING CRICKET FOR AFGANISTAN IN NEXT FEW YEARS .

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    It's a great ODi match. Afghanistan should to play in future Asian Cup, along with China, Malaysia, Singapore & Nepal. Don't neglect them. It's nice to hear that Afghan Cheetahs will compete in the first season of the proposed Pakistan Premier League (PPL), which is expected to begin at the end of 2012. After successful lunch of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL)in this year, hope PPL will be another fantastic franchise model of T20 Cricket. Asian nations should unite under the unifying power of cricket, and hope we will see a great union of South Asian Independent Countries with equal rights of all its members in a very short future like European Union under the banner of today's SAARC nations. Long Live South Asian countries friendship and their cricket's achievements!!!

  • POSTED BY MahboobGulestani on | February 11, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    When it comes to fielding or bowling, Afghanistan is as good as the rest of the world. Afghanistan needs to work on it's batting (specially against spinners). I'm eagerly waiting for Afghanistan's next ODI against another test nation. Thanks to Pakistan for giving a chance for Afghanistan to showcase their talent at the world level.

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | February 11, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    @ Charlie_Ellis - Scotland and Ireland are Associates while Afghanistan is an Affiliate. Good effort by young Afghan team. Too bad they are not in Asia Cup, I bet they would spring a surprise or two and ICC is in no mood to grant full ODI status to them. If Pakistan are to be no.1 they must be ruthless on the field and in their selection, like the good ole Aussies.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    It was good match and kudos to Afghan team.

    However I think their post game comments about how they should have won smack of arrogance specially given that Pak won by 7 wickets and Younus and Misbah were toying with the Afghan bowlers late in game... I think Afghan cricket needs more time, I felt the Pak team wanted to play in good will instead of competitively but was surprised by the lack of respect and brashness of the Afghan team. Case in point the hilarious reverse sweep six and Ajmal's look. It was clear that Misbah and Younus were in kill mode later in the game and you knew the game was basically over once Pak got serious.

    Good game though, who cares about these things.

  • POSTED BY Dannymania on | February 11, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    afghans dont deserve any help from pakistan.they are a real rival to pakistan,in every regard.

  • POSTED BY Cricmick on | February 11, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    Come on guys! don;t get carried away, it is just a head start for the Afghan Cricket, they are just a tiny chick which has hatched from the egg, but surely looks as if they are on the run. This is quite encouraging, one could not have expected them to give a moderately hard time to this contemporary cricketing giants.But an inevitable defeat was obviously in their mind even before the battle was fought. The only strategy which they had was to give a big swing to what ever they get. Nevertheless, the Afghans are at the right direction and have to go through innumerable conventional stages just like the rest of the members have done.It is just a matter of realization by the Afghans that different phases in cricket actually evolves and it is something which is mandatory. Cricket is not a hit and run love affair, it requires rendering your devotion, dedication,inspiration and sometime your commotion also. This is what cricket is all about! so are you ready for this Afghans are you?

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    me as a kashmiri,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,too much confusion which team i will support when it is pak v/s afgh ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,what ever it is but i always think even tonnes of bombs couldn't break afghan they dont need (or we dont need) any body to help them they will prove itself that they can beat anyone,,,,,,,,,,,,,anyone like India/Aus/Rsa......................

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    they will be better than Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY ZAKHTARZAI on | February 11, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    As an Afghan and Cricket fan, I would like to thank everyone for their comments, Afghanistan team is in developing stage, it has been just 12 years that cricket is started in Afghanistan, we have got in 2011 two international cricket grounds and are trying to build 4 more quickly. However, Pakistan has really contributed a lot for the development of this game in Afghanistan which no one can forget. But we are not happy with India, as per the information from ACB, several contacts and proposals have been sent to ICB, if they can give us opportunity of playing in any domestic or club level matches in India but unfortunately no response at all. We do realise the love of people around the globe for Afghan team and we promise Afghanistan will give a new name and shape to this game that everyone will enjoy Inshallah. Thanks to all fans and friends for their valuable comments.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    I live in New York, but living in Kohat, pakistan for7 yrs as child I have lots of pleasant memories of interacting with afgn. Afgn people r proud and brave. Same trait can be seen in their team. People of Pakistan feel privileged to be considered friend by brave afgani. Rather than begging BCCI for series, PCB should arrange more games with afgn.

  • POSTED BY DingDong420 on | February 11, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    get a grip everybody, small steps....... Afghanistan need to go the Ireland route matches here and there until they are ready for the big stage.

  • POSTED BY VickGower on | February 11, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    Allow Afghanistan in Asia Cup and cricket may do something truly historic for a nation. Come on administrators, it's a no brainer. The event will be heard the world over. Nothing to lose, everything to gain!

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    our best bowler Hameed Hassan the tiger was not in the match :(

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    As a Pakistani, I feel proud that my country has assisted Afghanistan's cricket so much. Congratulations to our Afghan brothers for a massive massive occasion in their country's sports history. I say we include Afghanistan as well as Ireland in all formats of the game. If teams like Bangladesh are playing, why not more worthy teams like these two. Keep up the good work guys!

  • POSTED BY sunhooks on | February 11, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    I would love to see Cricket Australia stretch out a helping hand and fly the Afghan team out here (and perhaps their U19s group as well). They could play some state 2nd XI sides, a PM's XI and a one-off ODI at the SCG... I suspect that if promoted right, such a game would get a decent crowd.

    What's stopping it from happening?

  • POSTED BY bombay4u on | February 11, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    i agree that Afghanistan should be included in some form of cricket in the major tornaments, even if it means practice or non-point match against couple of contries before the major tornament. Cricket will bring this nation to peace and unity that fighting cannot. Its a disgrace that ICC or BCCI or any one else does not give them opportunity that they deserve, furhter more ICC should allocate funds in AF to promode cricket, build piches ground and couching in some form to further the game. I really think the world will appriciate that Afghan people have some recreation that unite the community rather then fights. I wish really sincerely for Monitory and support for thier team as thier side has some exciting players and they play very good cricket, thier team should be welcomed everywhere.

  • POSTED BY BravoBravo on | February 11, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Well my best wishes to AFG team and lot of credit goes to PAK for making this ODI happen. I hope this trend continues and PAK may play few more friendly ODI with them either in Karachi or in Kabul. Certainly this kind of friendly encounter will bring good will not only to both nations but it will have its longlasting effect in countries like ENG, AUS, NZ, and other full-member -ICC-nations. I always admire that how ENG and AUS have been more than willing to accomodate quality cricket for the sake of game. I hope I am not reading too much by just one ODI played between a full member and and associate member. Good luck Afghanistan, and make cricket a popular sports in the country.

  • POSTED BY avmd on | February 11, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    Afghanis are basically tough and hard working people, they have potential to become a good cricketing nation, much better than BD and Zimb in 10 years or so if provided with support from ICC, PCB and indian board. Nothing wrong with being optimistic and. Hope peace will prevail I'm dreaming of a ODI game being played at Kabul in 5-6 years.

  • POSTED BY Ehsan_Satti on | February 11, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    Most of Afghanistan cricket players were born in refugees camp and they went through one of the most brutal reality of life on earth. These guys deserve all sympathies and credits. Its now time for big power to understand and let Afghan to rule and live in their country peacefully. ICC should reserve special fund for Afghanistan cricket and the young players should bring to ICC cricket academy. All the best for Afghanistan cricket. We are with you guys

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    Sport at it's best.Simple as that really.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    would have been interesting to see the message given by taliban if the afghans played against the english or the aussies for that matter.

  • POSTED BY Dannymania on | February 11, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    @Karachikid...what're you talking about?Look my friend,you should get up and read a couple of history books.we,as pakistanis,should all know that Afghanistan was the LAST country which recognised pakistan as a country.did you know that?yeah,its true.Afghanistan did NOT recognise pakistan as a country up until 1978,when they needed pakistan's help.And you say that we're conjoint twins!Open your eyes,its because of igonrant people like you who dont read history and just come and say whatever they wanna say.Literate yourself please,before posting such comments.dont take it personally dude,this is the truth.We pakistanis take the truth very personally and we regard it as an attack on our freedom or something.COME ON!!!

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | February 11, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Maybe India can invite Afghanistan for an ODI series so that SRT can complete his meaningless 100th 100 and retire. That will be a small price to pay for a good riddance.

  • POSTED BY Take_A_Single on | February 11, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    Team Afghanistan would give Bangladesh a tough time if they play head to head. They have raw talent that can be groomed only if they play against full member teams.

  • POSTED BY Dr_Van_Nostrand on | February 11, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Why would anyone care what the taliban has to say?

  • POSTED BY chmirfan on | February 11, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    well played afghan. and well wishes from pakistan

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | February 11, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    I've got a question!

    Supposedly, the Taliban are "hiding" in caves but managed to contact the AFC chairman.

    So............

    Why can't the all "powerful" usa with all it's high tech track down and locate these guys?

    I know it's sport but that was in my mind, bugging me and had to get it off my chest.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    I would love to see a match against Bangladesh...you guys have a chance to win

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Yes, a test match (or for that matter ANY international) is hard to envisage right now in Kabul or kandahar, but let them play in UAE as much as possible. The bigger teams must show some balls and agree to play them either there or in Aus, NZ, India, Eng, etc. Good luck Afghan cricket. It's about time your country had some luck!

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Good to see the game we love is doing its bit to help a couple of unfortunate countries.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Yes, I really believe Pakistan deserves great credit for playing an ODI against Pakistan. Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka were once novice teams, struggled against the better nations Australia, West Indies and England. Having witnessed how much frequent International cricket means to Afghanistan, they should surely be given more opportunity on the International stage.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    My best wishes to the Afghani team.......... tose bats would just beat the hell out of guns.

  • POSTED BY binojpeter on | February 11, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    I agree with the views of many Pakistani fans in this forum that Pakistan should be appreciated for helping improve Afghan cricket by including Afghan players in their domestic competitions. Nice gesture by PCB and Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    I wish Afghanistan Cricket team will grow up to a good team and compete well with strong Cricket teams often all over the world. I'm an Indian Cricket fan.

  • POSTED BY fataquie on | February 11, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    I was just wondering that if it weren't for Afridi's 5-for, Afghanistan could have pushed for around 250. Chasing a total has always been a mental thing for Pakistan, and that too a total of around 250, regardless of the opposition. If that had happened, it could have been more close. I'd say, given a full 5 ODI series, Afghans would do a lot better than a lot of other sides like Bangladesh, Zimb., and perhaps the Kiwis. They are the same stage where once Sri Lanka were in the 1970's. If supported well, they would be a rare combination of passion, skill, and pace bowling!

  • POSTED BY Happy_AusBang on | February 11, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Surely Rajajee is delusional and flawed with his facts. Pakistan plays more T20 IPL type circus than Bangladesh. He laments that Afghanistan may become like Bangladesh. That will be a welcome start for Afghanistan if they could beat Pakistan like Bangladesh did in the World Cup. Instead of making self-serving delusional statements Rajajee please urge your team (who by the way I support against most teams) to get to a respectable standing and maintain that. Currently, they are only above West Indies and New Zealand on a regular basis and struggle to stay above the others for a reasonable period.

  • POSTED BY Cricfan27 on | February 11, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Want to see Afghanistan in Asia Cup. Why ACC is ignoring the fact is beyond comprehension. My guess is may be there is an Asian country who are afraid of losing to Afgans and then risk their status.

  • POSTED BY sophocles on | February 11, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    If heaven is a name for a new horizon, a new life, then Afghanistan have been knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door. But the stairway to heaven is steep. As cricket globalizes in a market economy, Afghanistan will need much more than talent and skill to take it to the next level. A test match in Kabul, anyone?

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    goodluck team Afghanistan for future endures...

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    They said that "The Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing-fields of Eton" I now appear that peace might be won on the cricket fields of Afghanistan.

  • POSTED BY Moneypenny on | February 11, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Do the world war lords realize a great opportunity would be lost here to turn this region into into peace loving paradise? Pak duely deserves credit for bringing Cricket to Afghanistan.Afghan by nature is a proud warrior nation and their young children now have the first opportunity to turn their energy and "will to fight and win" into a peaceful war. Suddenly they realize there are other ways of winning as well.Afghans played early cricket in Pak and now they have their own clubs. Lets give them cricket "jobs" in Pak, India, SL, BD, county cricket, Aus, SA. Help them in beating you all in 10 years time in a world cup.Superpowers ! please realize and help a great nation that is putting down the arms and picking Bats up.Watch out they will still win!Please don't let this opportunity go wasted.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Afghanistan should be invited to play Indian A team in a series of matches. And Afghanistan should definitely play the Asia cup. Even if they lose, they will be entertaining.

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | February 11, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    FROM WASHINGTON DC;Afgans, you have my support. I got up early to watch the match, went to work at 8am washington time, came back after 2 hours just to watch the game live. Hard to believe such a talented side are not playing is Asia cup. They should get chance to play ODI with all test playing nations. I bet many of those teams will have hard time to beat this Afgan team. Pakistan was luck to escape loosing couple of more wickets which would make the match much more interesting. Why there is not another match?

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    You go Afghanistan ! ! my prayers are with you as well. Best wishes to you all from an Indian sister :)

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Well done Afgans. U guys have a bright future. Best wishes frm Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY KarachiKid on | February 11, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    We support our twin brothers in cricket and elsewhere. There may be political differences between our ruling establishment and Afghan government / NATO but we as people understand that we are actually conjoint twins. Well played Afgahnistan. May I also suggest that Afghanistan A team should be made a permanent team in our domestic first class Quad-e-Azam and one-day cricket tournament. This will be great for both the countries.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    very touching article.!!Cricket has connected hearts.It feels great how cricket is playing imp role in peace building process.It clearly shows,Cricket is more than a game and a perfect platform to ease out the tension between countries.ICC should come in picture here and redesign,restructure cricket FTP,so that things doing such a noble cause wont affected.At the end of the day,Game should full its purpose i.e to unite people.As author has put very first line,hoping this power will be eternal.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    afghans played spin (even though failed against afridi ) better than top class full member teams ; they played fast bowling like an unimaginable expected cartografic positions

  • POSTED BY igorolman on | February 11, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    England does their part with playing Ireland once every year, and scheduling one against Scotland (which always gets rained off lol), but I would have liked them to play against Afghanistan as well - maybe the Lions can do it? If the ICC is serious about developing the Associates and Affiliates, they should limit ODI and T20 series to a total of 5 games, 6 max (combined) and get the Full Members to play annually against their minnow neighbours - or get the touring side to do it. F'r instance, say instead of a warm up game against Kwazulu-Natal, a touring side played Zimbabwe. Or Namibia. County/state sides never put their first team out anyway, so it's not like the quality would suffer - who's going to give you a better game, Gloucester 2's going through the motions or Ireland thirsting for blood?

  • POSTED BY G-Wyll on | February 11, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    We Kiwis love the steady rise of the Afghan team. Talent to burn and good solid performances, if it can result in the country coming together for once to support cricket, then maybe there is hope for the nation. Come down to NZ, we'll support a tour of T20s and ODIs.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Much talented team..it should play asia cup..even it has the ability to win that

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    Afghanistan & Afghans are the beautify of the world's atlas that has been always hoping for the best of each and every humanbeing worldwide.The nature of Afghans are such that they bend but never break, never think howmany times 've they fallen rather think howmany times 've they need to stand back & strive for the sustainability.

    I as one of the member of this facebook, solicit, request from all your great personalities around the world of any age to think positive about Afghans & Afghnstn & possibly appreciate their efforts in all means. This Country has always suffered only and only due to some key factors, for instance its geographical & strategic location, existence of natural resources that are tried to be accessed by external factors. This country support dignity, respect & love to all countries of the world, so please support our national cricket team with your positive comments & cheers.Because sometimes our sole and inner satisfaction lies in others happiness & promotion

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    as an Afghan i really appreciate Pakistan and its cricket time , give Afghans chance to play with them, Thank you Pakistan,,,,,,,, Pak +Afghan Doosti zanda baad

  • POSTED BY Charlie_Ellis on | February 11, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    Afghanistan's cricketing rise is wonderful story that can hopefully help unite the nation, and agree with all who support further integration into the international game via the Asia Cup, but I'm wondering why this game is being desribed as the first ODI between an Associate and Full ICC member? Surely England and Full Member touring sides have been playing Ireland and Scotland on UK tours for several years now. Is that not the same?!

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    i thank afghanistan players played well but the big mistak was that they were playing for them selves not for there country caz evry body were trying to hit big shot at the start on big spinners of the ballls as it wasnt nesseary

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | February 11, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    @ Aǯiǯ Afghan AǯoOǯ on (Feb 11 2012, 11:00 AM GMT) : - . Thats great news. I don't know what your sources are, but if that is true it will be great news for both Afghanistan and Pak. I hope other countries decide to take this route. Also Last year after the WI tour Pak played a two match ODI series with Ireland, that was very good, but i am not seeing any other countries following suit. I HOPE THEY DO.

  • POSTED BY Nerk on | February 11, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Such is the power of cricket, and indeed most sports. It unifies a nation, it builds a nation faster than guns or politics. Consider Australia. It was a cricket team before it was a nation. Consider India, ditto. The Windies are not a nation, but unify (however tenuous that unification may be sometimes) to play cricket! And in this age where the game is everincreasingly run by money, power and politics, these two teams show us the real nature of the game that we all love.

  • POSTED BY ZAKHTARZAI on | February 11, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    First of All we all Afghans really thanks Pakistan Cricket Board, ICC, Emirates Cricket Board for providing all the opportunities and support to play this wonderful historical and big match against a strong full members of ICC. I really appreciate the way it went up, and it was a fantastic match for both teams they really played an entertaining cricket for the crowed in a friendly environment. We request PCB, ACC, ICC and all other full members of ICC to help us in rising this game in Afghanistan. Cricket has become a subject in our schools and it is compulsory for every body to know and play cricket. Therefore, it is the responsibility of all above to give a hand to Afghanistan and let the game be more improved.

  • POSTED BY ZAKHTARZAI on | February 11, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    First of All we all Afghans really thanks Pakistan Cricket Board, ICC, Emirates Cricket Board for providing all the opportunities and support to play this wonderful historical and big match against a strong full members of ICC. I really appreciate the way it went up, and it was a fantastic match for both teams they really played an entertaining cricket for the crowed in a friendly environment. We request PCB, ACC, ICC and all other full members of ICC to help us in rising this game in Afghanistan. Cricket has become a subject in our schools and it is compulsory for every body to know and play cricket. Therefore, it is the responsibility of all above to give a hand to Afghanistan and let the game be more improved.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Wish Pakistan and Afghanistan play in India and vice versa. Cricket can be the cure.

  • POSTED BY sabee66 on | February 11, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    I hope Afghan Talibans will send a msg to Pakistani Talibans and tell them not to harm International players anymore so that they can come and play in Pakistan otherwise Pakistan will not play against Afghanistan Taliban should think that Pakistan is helping them to have some fun so they shouldn't destroy our fun and income and stay in peace or go some where else and fight with animals

  • POSTED BY zaheer_aml on | February 11, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    ICC should consider Afghan playing V Pakistan. that was their first ODI against test nations . and Afghan team have't had coach in last six months

  • POSTED BY kingcobra85 on | February 11, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Ireland has been struggling for years and frankly has a better team but still they are not given a chance. But I think Afghan will get a chance because there is local support and its a good PR for ICC

  • POSTED BY nide on | February 11, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    i think Afghan Cricket Team better then Bangladesh and Zimbabwe they should deserve to play in Asia cup good luck Afghans

  • POSTED BY PAKISTAN.CRICKET.TEAM on | February 11, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Afg and pak team should rock CRICKET INSHALLAH WISH AFG ALL THE BEST IN THE FUTURE

  • POSTED BY Rajajee on | February 11, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    As a Pakistani it was one of the best day of our lives when we saw our twin brother on world stage..Paksistan should put its weight behind ICC inorder to include Afghan team in Asia cup..Afghans sgould play more in Pakistan to learn Pakistan style cricket which they displayed yesterday..If they start playin in IPL type leagues they wil end up like Bangladesh..Pak-Afghan is 1 country and we always with Afghan brothers...

  • POSTED BY Tellthetruth on | February 11, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    This is absolutely disappointing that such a talented team is not in Asia Cup. I hope Asia Cup organizers make special arrangements to include Afghanistan in the tournament.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    this Match proves the Talent of Afghan players and they deserve to play in upcoming Asia Cup . we not only requiest the Asian Cricket Council but Either to ICC for bringing Afghanistan to Asia cup as Asia is Not limited to SL,PAK.BAN.IND..

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    we are trying to encourage the international cricket council that we can play and compete with the full members, the Afghan team has enough ability to play with full members and i hope we could be provided some chances to show them our talent.

  • POSTED BY doctornikki on | February 11, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    I toatally agree with Misbah's team selection and am disappointed why ppl wanted him to field a weak side..he is a thorough professional who doesnt believe in taking chances..its called professionalism,not defence...

  • POSTED BY Gizza on | February 11, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    It is pleasing to see cricket grow and grow in Afghanistan. It is even more pleasing to hear the Taliban wishing them well because from memory they had once banned all sports in the country.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | February 11, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    In the ODI series Eng should stop worrying too much about Ajmal and should concentrate on BOOM-BOOM Afridi. In the last 12 months Afridi has been the Paks best ODI bowler taking 46 wickets @ 16.8 -avg, and a strike rate of 25.1 deliveries per victim. Also In the ODI's Wahab Riaz has very effective stats, throw in Gul, Hafeez & Ajmal. I think Eng have some tast on hand.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    i think this team can beat england in the sub-continent pitches.afghanishtan should play the next edition of asia cup . we had tried u.a.e , hong kong but afghanistan is surely better team than them.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    i think World has to realize the role of Pakistan in Afghanistan Cricket. Pakistani board provided them with the facilities and the grounds to play on. They even gave them the opportunity to Play against Pakistan A.Best of Luck Afghan Cricket Team. We hope you become stronger than the teachers.

  • POSTED BY Bijit_BD on | February 11, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Salute the spirit and power of cricket. Heartiest greetings for Afgan people from Bangladesh. Hope we will host you in near future.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Well played Afghanistan, they will be one of the best cricket nation in near future, don't worry Afghanistan you will beat them in next couple of years, Pakistan should pray to Afridi otherwise you will saw the target exceed 300, don't forget if we had Hamid Hassan than the 195 target was defendable.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | February 11, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    @ John-Price on (Feb 11 2012, 10:28 AM GMT) :- . . Yes. The figures definately indicate that the present Afghan team has played Ajmal better than the Eng boys. But also i feel that ODI is different ball game. so how things pan out in the ODI series will have to be seen. However, i think in the ODI afridi is going to be the real threat who will be ably asisted by Ajmal & Hafeez. And in this confussion of the spin web we always forget Umar Gul. Also in the ODI level (after Totsobe) Wahab Riaz has the 2nd best strick rate. --> http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283275.html .. So Some work for the Eng batters.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Afghanistan Deserve to play in big Areans & the good news comin for us very soon, PCB promised ACB for 3 T20 Match Series Taking Place in Lahore later neXt month. All the Best For Afghans <3

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | February 11, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Misbah sacrifised a geniune Wicket Keeper to get S.Malik in. And then messed it up. I call this a half hearted attempt. Being so scared against the young Afghan team does not speak well of Misbah. Once the got Malik in the XI, he should have tested him by promoting in the batting order. Also Younis Khan could have been rested in this match. being so defensive against Afghanistan was surprising. Also U.Akaml, S.Malik & S.Afridi needed match practice but i must say Misbah move with the batting order was baffeling.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    Please include Afghanistan in the Asia Cup...

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    Afghanistan deserve a wild card entry in Asia Cup. I am sure ICC will intervene in this matter to make this nation happy. Pakistan is always willing to support Afghan brothers.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | February 11, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Instead of playing a practice match with Eng Lions, the english team should have played a practice match wth this Afghan team. It would have definately challenged them more. They would have got bette quality match practice, just like Pak did. But i think Misbah got too defensive and made a mistake. When such a good practice opportunity was available he shoulld have tested out U.Akmal, S.Malik & S.Afriidi. After all these boys have been rusting for sometime now. But it looks that the Afghan boys gave Misbah a real scare and he decided to play safe.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    As an Indian, its wonderful to see Afghanistan ingratiating itself with the rest of the world through cricket. I hope this positive event continues and that Afghan cricket grows healthily in the years to come.

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | February 11, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    @waqasyasin83 - Whoa cool down man.... Firstly try writing with the CAPS OFF. Secondly, India made it to the finals in the 2003 WC, whereas Pakistan 'badly' crashed out in the first round itself... LOLOL... Also try to remember which team lost 'badly' in the 1999 finals ..... Hahaha

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    Being a Pakistani and a fan of Cricket, it my humble request to ICC to reschedule the Asia Cup and give our Afghan brothers a chance to play in Asia Cup as well. Plz Plz Plz.....:)

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    cricket need more competitive countries, so everybody should support Afgan and Ireland, but Bangladesh should be banned from ICC events, they are just stupid,

  • POSTED BY John-Price on | February 11, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal 10 1 32 0 3.20

    Looks like they played him a lot better than the English batsmen

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Cricket is a powerful game that brings a nation together. India is a great example for unity through a sport. Nothing is as adhesive as cricket in India. Cricket should do a better job in Afghanistan as there isn't much of the variety we see in India. Hope, very soon, their players will be bought by IPL franchises and made to feel at home with cricketers all over the world.

  • POSTED BY Kirk-at-Lords on | February 11, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Pakistan do indeed deserve much credit for supporting development of Afghan cricket. It is the mirror opposite of what has gone on in the Pak domestic setup over the years. Only now does Pakistan's own national squad appear to be as stable and positive as their Afghan charges. Hopefully this is more than just a temporary coincidence, as both nations can only benefit for themselves and each other by continuing along the path of sobriety and stability.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Long live Afghanistan - Pakistan cricket. You guys won our hearts last night by getting together.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | February 11, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    I was highly impressed by Afg and I think they would beat one or two of big teams in sub-continent conditions.

    I don't think they'll win against the top 3 sub-continent sides in Asia but I think they have a chance against the one's which struggle in Asia.

    I'm not sure how they'll cope with pace, swing and bounce but I guess only time will tell.

  • POSTED BY Kirk-at-Lords on | February 11, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    I stand corrected: Ireland and Scotland are Associates, not Affiliates. So Afghanistan does indeed hold the distinction of being the only Affiliate ever to play a Full Test-playing member. Kudos, boys!

  • POSTED BY Kirk-at-Lords on | February 11, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Afghanistan continues to amaze, both on and off the pitch. The side must be the only thing that all parties in their country can agree upon. (To keep this fragile peace, let's not mention the women's team, which actually does exist, I believe.) The upcoming competition for a place in the World T20 Cup will I hope (and even trust) put the Afghans in one of the two spots. The ODIs with Ireland later this year ought to be fascinating; I do hope someone will televise them. One small caveat: the claim made in this article and elsewhere that this is the first ODI featuring an affiliate and a full member seems an obvious error. England have been playing a one-off ODI each with Ireland and Scotland at the end of the English summer for at least the last couple of years. Admittedly most of these matches have been rained off, but I do believe a couple have actually been played at least to Duckworth-Lewis conclusions.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Oh Really Wahab Haider.. u r right, Pakistan is the only country who contributed the Afghanistan to evolve and get better and developed. I appreciate the team of pakistan by giving such opportunities to play with them.No other full member country has presented to play with Afghanistan. Thanks for Pakistan Team.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    Thank you Pakistan for providing us with this opportunity. Thank you Pakistan for exposing us to the game of cricket.Thank you Pakistan for letting us paly in your T-20 matches and your clubs. You area great neighbour and we will always love you. Just like Shahid Afrid ,Younis Khan and Umar Gul, we haope that one day we also play for you. Thank you from the bottom of the heart,

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    that is great to see the Afghanistan against Pakistan

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | February 11, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    @ Tejas Pradhan on (Feb, 11 2012, 05:21 AM : - .. One thing that the Afghan team will always remember & the world will always acknowledge is that it is the Pak team that gave them the first break. Hope other teams will take a cue from this game and follow suit.

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | February 11, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    yes they showed some character. i think icc should provide more chances for these teams like afghan & ireland to play full members. there is a window in future program for ipl. pak is not part of ipl, england only couple of players, aus, sa, wi, nz also few players. so these small teams can play internationla games with big teams during that window. ok big teams may not be 100% strength but 7/8 international players will give small teams enough experience instead of playing A teams or others. meanwhile afghan should eneter in pak domestic system.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    Afghanistan cricket team is clearly better than Bangladesh! And I'm sure if they have a series against each other, afghanistan will be victorious!

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | February 11, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    Posted by Tejas Pradhan on (February 11 2012, 05:21 AM :- .. Yes. that is a good idea. In anycase now adays there are so many t20 tournaments being played across the world at the club level. Bangladesh is their closest neighbors and also India. If these boys do well they they can also reach more places. One thing i have noticed, when ever any country playes flashy/attractive cricket, immediately the whole world recognises it.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    Afghan national team played very well against pakistan nationall team.

    I really appreciate the pakistan captain(misba-ul-haq) comments on afghan national cricket team, but X captain Shahid Afridi comments were so disappointed and he just acted as he mock on our brave team . one day these afghans will take revange from Pakistan. Inshallah that day is comming very soon... Hey Afridi you just shew your 50 years strength and power , but you did not see the afghan 13 years strength and power and that day is not too far you will see in no time inshallah... By the time we beat pakistan, you will be the captain of pakistan.... we kindly request from Afrid that instead of to mock on our team, please share your expreince and efforts with our team and play role as a patan....

    AFGHANISTAN ZINDA BAD

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    well this is just amazing at the start of match everybody expected afghans to be nervous and will start slowly but the way the started aggressive wow was just stunned and happy but what i had feared came true afridi will just come and demolish them like he did to Canada and Kenya in WC but doesn't matter they will improve ICC and other boards need to work to provide them and other non test more ODIs isn't it great that Afghanistan first T20 against a full member was India and ODI Pakistan . look forward to see Afghanistan in world t20 2012 and WC 2015 too . Also shows cricket is bigger than anything and We (India) should resume out ties with Pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Great to see how Afghan players showed the courage against mighty Pakistan. Afghan team will only get better from here on, the need is to get more talent out of the country and train the current team to international level. ICC's funding is much needed in creating some grounds in Afghanistan so new kids get inspired by the game. Pakistan's contributions was always there to support Afghan team and let's hope it never stops.

  • POSTED BY ejsiddiqui on | February 11, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Organizing Afghanistan's match against a full member was a great idea. You can't imagine the crowd if it is held in Peshawar. I think, ICC should organize Afghanistan's and associates team matches with the Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. It will be the win win situation for everyone. Zimbabwe and Bangladesh would get the chance to test their bench strength and other teams would get the chance to play a full member. Thats how cricket would develop.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    I LOVE AFGHANISTAN TEAM HANDSAME

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | February 11, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    Posted by Mahinder Kumar on (February 11 2012, 06:14 AM GMT) : - .. AGREED. The fast bowling department looks set to take them to the next level. Maybe they just need some little help and support in the form some good coaches at the local level.

  • POSTED BY Rakim on | February 11, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    So nice to read. Wish them peace and prosperity :)

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    Thanks to Pakistan for Playing a great game with Afghanistan, where enven Bangladish is not welling to play against Afghanistan. Do not let down your spirits the Aghan team has played a very good game.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    waqasyasin83 : India were beaten only by the Aussies, and smashed everyone out of the park in the World Cup 2003.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | February 11, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Posted by Subhash Devadiga on (February 11 2012, 08:58 AM GMT) : - .. FULLY AGREED. Evne though Haroon Lorgat was present on behalf of the ICC, but i hope the ICC takes some positive initiatives to promote Cricket in Afghanistan. I also hope They get to play more such matches. I think it would have been better for Eng if they played Afghanistan just like pak did, instead of playing a practice match with Eng lions. Afghan team would have definately chalenged them more and would have given them more better quality practice.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Thanks to Pakistan for Playing a great game with Afghanistan, where enven Bangladish is not welling to play against Afghanistan. Do not let down your spirits the Aghan team has played a very good game.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | February 11, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    @ prashkannam : - ... AGREED . I must admit that by giving some jitters to PAK the Afghan boys have really surprised me. These boys reallyn played with a lot of flair, maybe they looked like the pak team of 80's and 90's in style and flair. Their fieding was good, except for a few blemishes. With the attacking batting style i think they are more suited to T20 games. Their bowling had a bit of Pak flair in them. Looking at the performance i feel if cricket is supported back home they might come out good in the future.

  • POSTED BY circguru on | February 11, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    They played well. Wish them best of luck from entire Pakistani nation !!!! I have strong hopes that the Afghanistan will be a good team in future !!!!

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | February 11, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Why oh why, with all three teams coinciding in the country, couldn't a game between England and Afghanistan not be included in the tour schedule or, even better, a triangular series of the three sides? It would have been a fantastic experience and an eye-opener for all concerned. The goodwill nurtured would have offset any economic cost.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    its sad to see that no one mention pakistan,s contribution in the development of Afghan cricket,Mr Dobell it was not expected from you to overlook this,Afghanis played in pakistan t20 competion,there several players train and play in differnt clubs of pakistan and yet no one is mentionin that

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    It is nice to see cricket rising against all the boundaries.We saw this during the world cup final in 1996.Sri Lankan separatist Tigers silenced their guns on that day and apparently have been watching the match .Wish good luck to Afghan cricket and all the test playing countries should have a contribution towards the development of the cricket in affiliate members.It s good to see that Taliban has decided to share the fun of modern day entertainment and bit surprised why their Pakistan counterparts attacked Sri Lankan team in Lahore.If it is a change of attitude with time, it is mostly welcomed.

  • POSTED BY Mr_Force on | February 11, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Yes, give some credit to Pakistan openly guys....fear in your mind to lose from minows, Pak had courage to take it and break the Ice, now go on everyone Start playing with Afg. They are good they wont disappoint you....Keep up Team Afghanistan, this is how Sri Lanka started to go toward World Champions (at least i see sri lanka was struggling in 80's because I am not old enough to know about rest of the teams) not including Zim. coz they are still struggling.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    Afghanistan shouldregularly play with the side like Zimbabwe,Bangladesh and even West Indies regularly.ICC must also look forward that they must be included in Next Asia Cup too.I love to see Asian teams to play cricket

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | February 11, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    well done Afghanistan, i watched a programme showing your matches in the world cup qualifiers and a tournament in Jersey(think it was intercontinental cup?) and was genuinely touched by your enthusiasm and spirit for the game..the cricket family grows a little bigger and that's always good..with everything that is going on in your country, its great to see the entire coutry unite in cricket..there shoudl be more matches scheduled for Afghanistan and Ireland against the likes of Zim and Bang as those teams can use these matches to blood new players also and have healthy competition..

  • POSTED BY UK-Arena on | February 11, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Good Cricket by Afghanistan team! however we shouldn't forget the role of Pakistan in helping other Muslim countries. Pakistan is always there to play against any such team. Pakistan made Bangladesh and now Pakistan has given opportunities to UAE and now A chance to Afghanistan. Long Live Pakistan!

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    our team is the best every AFGHAN must proud on them be succesever.

  • POSTED BY jackiethepen on | February 11, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    This bought tears to my eyes. We cricket fans ought to be so proud because we all love the game of cricket which we all want to play in the right spirit and watch in the right spirit. It is in the nature of the game itself and it's long tradition of fair play. It is not too romantic to say it is the gift of the villages of England who invented the game a 1000 years ago when shepherd boys first fashioned a bat and ball next to the wicket gate of the sheep pen. The village teams then developed the game much as the village teams of Afghanistan are. Congratulations to Pakistan for organising this match. It is wrong of the organisers of the WC to exclude the associate nations. The fans do not support it.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    we have a lot of expectation from our team and icc should give focus to their perfomance and prepare more oppertunaties aganist ICC full members team to improve their experience. Good luck Afghanistan

  • POSTED BY waqasyasin83 on | February 11, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Posted by 1983_2011_finals on (February 11 2012, 05:37 AM GMT) . . . DID YOU FORGET TO MENTION 2003 FINALS (THE ONE INDIA LOST "BADLY") IN YOUR DISPLAY NAME?? =P =P

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    our team has shown to the world that they can play with icc full member and they can beat them

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    Heart-touching article, I hope Afghan cricketers can somehow get inducted in different cricket leagues and a bit of more exposure to help unite the country.ICC must help Afghanistan; sports can make a contribution there to some extent.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    Rightly or wrongly, Australia has spent a lot of money and sacrificed lives in an effort to bring stability to Afghanistan through its military. Perhaps some cricket matches between Afghanistan and Australia would have more chance of achieving this aim.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    I'd like to see Afghanistan playing teams like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe (who are enjoying the full-member status taken for granted) and Afghans can realistically beat these 2 teams (and that's probably why these 2 teams would hesitate to take any initiative to play against the afghans).

    I wouldn't like to mix politics with cricket, but i'd like to mention that Afghan government officials are asking for other countries to help, but it would've been nice had they mentioned a little bit of gratitude towards Pakistan for already helping them enormously to actually build this Afghan team (or did they mention that somewhere ? but i can't read anything here).

    And mr. Dobell, your writing keep impressing.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    The fact that Pakistan needed two Khans of their own to stop the Afghans just shows how much good they are in cricket....Afghanistan and Ireland should be given more chance to show their talent.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    To be honest, I had fun watching the game. It was not like any other ODI's in which a team plans its tactics but rather Afghanistan were just there to have fun it showed the real passion of ODI cricket still exist even after all the commotion of T20. It would be supportive of the Asian teams to get Afghanistan into the Asia Cup not only will it raise the hopes of the people but show a solidified Asia in which you have India the World Cup Winners, Pakistan a team in transition to challenge the top 3, Sir Lanka with some of the entertaining players, Bangladesh a team rising. With Afghanistan competing it will help them all to do better with a competitor who does not care about the result but wants exposure. I hope the people up high sitting on leather chairs in the Asian Cup organisation and ICC see the prominence this team has brought to cricket and its country to consider them playing in the Asian Cup. Finally a well done to both teams as they lightened up Afghanistan.

  • POSTED BY ajasp on | February 11, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    my love is afghanistan and my life. I watched the match in Pakistan in large public gathering and it was just amazing supporting our afghanistan in pakistan. Long live Afghanistan.

  • POSTED BY bipulkumar on | February 11, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Bangladesh had similar promise when they were rooting for permanent membership. Years after that they still haven't improved and their interest have far reduced. Hope Afghanistan lives up to the promise and try to improve their game before pushing for a membership through sentiments.

  • POSTED BY EdGreen on | February 11, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Great news - there are a number of young people from Afghanistan playing a good standard of colts cricket in Surrey and showing a genuine passion for the game, sport is a tremendous force for good and it is a joy to hear how it is starting to help the long suffering people of that beautiful country.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    Afghanistan is a better team than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, and can beat West Indies on a given day.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    Excited to know that Cricket is bringing smile and peace in the region. Gud luck Afganistan , hope I can seeyou gys playing world cup finals :)

  • POSTED BY donda on | February 11, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    Come on ICC , wake up, look at the performance of Afghanistan team and compare it with Bangladesh and Zimbabawe.

    Give too many chances to this Afghan team, they are khans and they will never let you down. Come on whole cricket world, let afghanies enjoy on some thing for once.

    Thanks to PCB for supporting our brothers and i hope pakistan will play more T2020 and ODI's against Afghanistan.

    Afghanistan will be a force to reckon within ten years in cricket if you give them chance.

    Just imagin that how a right handed batsmen hit a huge reverse sweep six to world number 1 bowler in ODI. Bangali or Zimbawians cannot do that. Only pathan can do that. I am proud of Afghanies. great job.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    Great match and very impressive spirited Afghans performance ... The way Afghans handled Gul, wahab and ajmal is amazing.. It could be different result if they have not met world's best bowling unit but nevertheless its a gr8 effort much better than any affiliate countries... ICC must give more chances and arrange ODI's or T20's Series for them as quickly as possible And may be in future who knows AFGHANISTAN VS USA become greatest rivalries along with PAK-vs-IND and END-vs-AUS... happy to see them enjoying :) from PAKISTAN!

  • POSTED BY puma75 on | February 11, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    good to see afghans playing nicely against a top team, good luck for their future in Afghanistan and cricket. We pray for the peace and prosperity of the world. Cricket has brought the joys for so many countries who are politically handicapped and suppressed by others. I think cricket should be free of politics NOW, and this game can help countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan to bring joy and peace through cricket and beat terrorism and extremism, but denying cricket inside Pakistan is a shame on behalf of ICC and powerful cricketing nations..lets game be the game

  • POSTED BY S.Alis on | February 11, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Good luck to Afghan team. they played really good game and as Pakistan team fan i loved watching our neighboring brothers playing cricket with lot of spirit. I hope other countries will also help and PCB will continue their support. Cricket can unite us all together and relationships between countries will improve.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    Some of the Afghan Crickers showed good play, but some of them could not as they tried to strike big shots just to show themselves. Anyway as a whole they were good, but they showed learn more from the experiences of other teams, so they should play ODI and Test Series with the Full Member Teams. Good Luck. About the Taliban Message, It is good to hear it, but the suggestion for Taliban is to come to the Negotiation and Jarga Fields instead of Battle Fields. Good Luck

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    I think the future of the Afganistan Team is bright as other countries like India , Srilanka , Pakistan etc doesn't play competitive cricket in his intial years as afganistan team does . They have decent bowling line up , bowlers like Hamid Hasaan,but still working hard on his fielding, batting. ICC must support them & other associates countries like ireland , scotland etc. if they want to globalized cricket . Also , started programme for associative countries to tour the test playing nations against their A-teams to improve their game and also provided financial support to them . ICC must try to increase the No of Spots in the t-20 to the Associative teams otherwise , The game will not globalized .

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    very good sign indeed, that is the power of cricket. we see whenever Pakistan is up to a good match or series, the whole nation becomes united. May Allah bless Afghanistan with best of peace, prosperity and stability. CRICKET ZINDABAD. Congratulations to Afghan people on this historic event.

  • POSTED BY muqtaliff on | February 11, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Their fast bowling talent seems very promising - both Daulat and Shapoor Zadran were impressive!

  • POSTED BY sunnysaeed on | February 11, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    very well done by afghan team ... want to see more cricket from them with full members ....

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    I've been watching Afghanistan play cricket for a few years now and think it's awesome to see these lower teams playing. It adds more flavour to the game as we always see the Test nations playing. It's such a shame that the wars over there and in Pakistan have stunted the games growth, but with their passion and enthusiasm they will definitely flourish and with help from the ICC/Full members they will light up the cricketing calendar. If they ever come to NZ I will be ordering a ticket... Hamid Hassan is a great bowler and Nabi a good allrounder. Some lower league competitions in Australia, NZ, India, Sth Africa might want to give these guys a go, it would really help boost their skills and experience playing in a wide variety of conditions.

  • POSTED BY stark-truth on | February 11, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    This is the power of cricket - it is much more than a game. For it to be providing such joy and entertainment along with sense of collective achievement to a war-ravaged nation is a joy to behold. I hope the ICC fully realizes its role and not just confines the ambit to pure commerciality of its options. This is beautiful - it transcends the generally-perceived utility and power of sports - giving it a humane noble touch. We should all wish Afghanistan the very best of opportunities and progress in cricket. As a Pakistani, I felt great to see our proud neighbors vying for recognition and giving it their all.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Good luck to Afghan team. They can give a tough time to team like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Lots of credit goes to Pakistan, to nourish this beautiful game among Afghanis. Nearly all of them play domestic cricket in Pakistan now so I am sure in 7-8 years time, Afghanistan will be a better team. P.S that Saeed Ajmal's reaction after getting reversed swept for 6 was priceless :d

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    We love you and are proud of you...may almighty bring peace and prosperity to your nation...May Allah bless u :)

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | February 11, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    I am full of respect and admiration for the Afgani cricketers. The thought of a people ravaged by war, with none of the advantages of other cricket-playing countries, struggling into existence via refugee camps, providing a unifying focus for the different peoples of that country, and then being talented enough to compete against world class teams like Pakistan - you couldn't make it up. It offers a flaming beacon of hope that man's baser nature can aspire to better things than senseless slaughter. I've known all my life that cricket offers so much more than sporting competition - and can be a genuine force for good 'beyond the boundary' (incidentally and intentionally the title of CLR James's great work). It is now INCUMBENT on the ICC to offer ALL POSSIBLE HELP to Afghan cricket, not just the representative side, to nurture it into robust health. There is no other cause in the current world that should occupy them more than this. Oh, and keep the politicians away, at all costs!

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    we as Pakistani spectators wish our Afghan brothers best of Luck and we hope that other teams will encourage them by playing against them like Pakistan with LOVE from a Pakistani brother

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    I THINK AFGANISTAN IS THE BEST ASSCOCIATE TEAM ..EVEN BETTER THAN UAE,NETHERLANDS,KENYA,BEMUDA...THEY HAVE A BETTER PACE AATACK..THEY NEED TO CONCENTRATE ON THEIR BATTING...EVEN AS AN INDIAN I MUST SAY THEY CAN GIVE TOUGH COMPETITION TO ANY NATION IN COMING TWO YEARS...

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    I am so happy For Afghanistan. I am Pashtun from Pakistan and I found it quite difficult to support which team. Afghan is my brother in blood and Pakistan is my country. I am so excited to saw a full fledge Afghan team giving tough time to Pakistan team. I wish them success i future. Now I have two team in cricket to support. Pakistan and Afghanistan. Long live Afghan Cricket!

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    In my opinion Afghanistan team showing great skills in this match, specially in batting.In the early stages they played fast bowlers really well, they really played Saeed Ajmal and M.Hafeez so well.One thing that they needed most is a proper guidance about field placing and bowling according to the field. Otherwise a pretty good display of cricket, they should have been given proper chances like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. ACC should include this team in Asia Cup they really deserve this.

  • POSTED BY Saeedrhm on | February 11, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    They played well, they showed the energy, they will be very successful in future .... Love and respect to the Afghan team .... From Pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    What a wonderful story! Cricket in Afghanistan in the true Olympic spirit. I will be rooting for you in every game you play and i hope there will be more opportunities for you to compete at the highest level.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    That ws a great achievement for Afghanistan.They showed brilliance performance in field.They are far better than Zimbabway and Bangladesh.ICC should force other test playing nations to play match with them.they are very energetic and nice to watch them playing.Im a Pakistani supporter but i appreciate the way Afghanistan played.Well done and best of luck for future.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    Best of luck to Afgani Brave Boys from me and from my country Bangladesh

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    I think Afghan has the potential to be a good one day and 20-20 team. I always wonder why can't big test playing nations be adding one associate team to their home series, which will be a triangular series between two strong teams and one emerging team. that will help weak team, to play against more established teams and for the stronger team it will be a chance to test the reserve players......... I think that's how cricket can be popularized in new world.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    Excellent article George! As an Afghan I feel so much happy that our cricket team has come up this far. They played wonderfully and impressed us all with their allround performance. They made us proud today. And at the meantime I would like to thank The PCB for helping Afghanistan in cricket and I wish we see the other full members doing the same towards us. Thanks

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    Afghanistan will make an better test nation than Bangladesh ,unlike the Bangladeshis they have fast bowlers who can dismiss teams twice in an test match , the ICC should try to give Afghanistan full membership by 2015 ,and hopefully we will see many great fast bowlers from this country just like Pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    Best of luck for the Afghan Cricket and i think that Afghan team should be included in next Asia Cup.At least Bangladesh will find a competition.......

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    well done afganistan.....................

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    great story....this has tears in my eyes...afghanistan will be a great force in cricket one day and we will see great fast bowlers from this country. wish them best of luck

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    Well, how encouraging is this in times when cricket is going downhill. All the best Afghanistan

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Thats a good news. Good luck to Afghanistan.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    It would be great if the Second Eleven teams of the test playing nations can tour countries like Afganisthan, Ireland canada USA and netherlands.... it will be a good exposure for the younger players and the affiliate teams...

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    lOve to see afghani players playing spin much better than brits(especially hits down the ground and the reverse sweep). i would lOve to see Afghan team playing T20s and ODIs in Pakistan.They played brilliantly,just need more exposure and surely they are better than zimbabwe and bangladesh to sum extent...........Cheers@!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Good on the afgans and i think their cricket team has a lot of potential and they have a few great players like hamid hasan, mohamad shahzad and nawroz mangal. They have potential to be a full member in icc cricket and I know they will be a tough fight for some of the teams like bangladesh, zimbabwe, west indies and new zealand

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    Well done Afghanistan.....We proud of the team coz the spirit of the game was the best....the game played was competitive......Thanx to Taliban for showing their unity as a nation......Taliban are also part of our nation......We wish and hope for lots of success in the near future as welll...............Really proud that still there is sthing that keep the nation united....PROUD TO BE AN AFGHAN

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    Never thought I'd read the name "Taliban" on Cricinfo, but it's in the best context possible.

  • POSTED BY 1983_2011_finals on | February 11, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Good luck to afghanistan for great cricket future

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    very good article. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Taliban like cricket!! WOW!

  • POSTED BY HawksEyeFocused on | February 11, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    @shahzanelt : Afghanistan is emerging a good ODI and Twenty 20 team. ICC should pay special attention to the associate teams and provide them opportunities to play against full members so that they hone their skills and come up to the mark. The zeal and zest Afghan team showed yesterday was worth-watching. They love cricket. ICC should extend the cricket arena by giving these teams special attention and auspices!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    In the more immediate future a couple of afghan players could definitely be added to the IPL teams. We can atleast do that much...

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    may cricket brings peace in Afghanistan. Best of luck to brave Afghan team.

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  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    may cricket brings peace in Afghanistan. Best of luck to brave Afghan team.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    In the more immediate future a couple of afghan players could definitely be added to the IPL teams. We can atleast do that much...

  • POSTED BY HawksEyeFocused on | February 11, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    @shahzanelt : Afghanistan is emerging a good ODI and Twenty 20 team. ICC should pay special attention to the associate teams and provide them opportunities to play against full members so that they hone their skills and come up to the mark. The zeal and zest Afghan team showed yesterday was worth-watching. They love cricket. ICC should extend the cricket arena by giving these teams special attention and auspices!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    very good article. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Taliban like cricket!! WOW!

  • POSTED BY 1983_2011_finals on | February 11, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Good luck to afghanistan for great cricket future

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    Never thought I'd read the name "Taliban" on Cricinfo, but it's in the best context possible.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    Well done Afghanistan.....We proud of the team coz the spirit of the game was the best....the game played was competitive......Thanx to Taliban for showing their unity as a nation......Taliban are also part of our nation......We wish and hope for lots of success in the near future as welll...............Really proud that still there is sthing that keep the nation united....PROUD TO BE AN AFGHAN

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Good on the afgans and i think their cricket team has a lot of potential and they have a few great players like hamid hasan, mohamad shahzad and nawroz mangal. They have potential to be a full member in icc cricket and I know they will be a tough fight for some of the teams like bangladesh, zimbabwe, west indies and new zealand

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    lOve to see afghani players playing spin much better than brits(especially hits down the ground and the reverse sweep). i would lOve to see Afghan team playing T20s and ODIs in Pakistan.They played brilliantly,just need more exposure and surely they are better than zimbabwe and bangladesh to sum extent...........Cheers@!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    It would be great if the Second Eleven teams of the test playing nations can tour countries like Afganisthan, Ireland canada USA and netherlands.... it will be a good exposure for the younger players and the affiliate teams...