Afghanistan v Kenya, WCL Championship, Sharjah October 4, 2013

Afghanistan secure World Cup berth

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Afghanistan 96 for 3 (Nabi 42*) beat Kenya 93 (Ouma 39, Hotak 3-19) by seven wickets
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Afghanistan secured their passage to Australia and New Zealand in 2015 by beating Kenya comprehensively for the second time in succession in Sharjah, sealing their maiden World Cup qualification. They finished second in the World Cricket League Championship - nine wins in 14 matches - and joined Ireland as the second Associate team in the 2015 World Cup, while the remaining two spots for Associates will be decided by a qualifying tournament in New Zealand in 2014.

Afghanistan had to beat Kenya to prevent UAE from gaining qualification and their bowlers delivered once again. Having dismissed Kenya for 89 on October 2, Afghanistan skittled them for 93 today, ensuring their batsmen had a facile target to achieve their World Cup goal. They did it in 20.5 overs to reach their third global tournament, having appeared in the World Twenty20s in 2010 and 2012.

Before their wickets began to tumble, however, Kenya had been stifled: their run rate was less than one during the first 15 overs. Karim Sadiq provided Afghanistan their first wicket, trapping Irfan Karim lbw in the sixth over for 3 off 27 balls. The second came one over later, with Mohammd Nabi bowling the debutant Gurdeep Singh for 1 off 23 deliveries. Gurdeep, at 15 years and 258 days, was the second youngest player to appear in an ODI.

Morris Ouma had just struck the innings' first boundary, off the last ball of the 16th over, when he lost his partner Collins Obuya the next ball. Their partnership of 9 had taken seven overs, leaving the innings with no momentum. Kenya then had their largest stand - 53 between Ouma and Rakep Patel for the fourth wicket - but after that was broken when Patel missed a cut off Hamza Hotak, there was no more resistance.

Ouma followed for 39 an over later - run out by Samiullah Shenwari - and Hotak and Hamid Hassan made short work of the lower order. Afghanistan took seven wickets for 24 to dismiss Kenya in 43.3 overs. It was Kenya's third sub-100 score against Afghanistan in five days; they had been routed for 56 in the Twenty20 on September 30.

Needing only 94 to join cricket's elite at the World Cup, Afghanistan's chase began poorly when they lost the opener Mohammad Shahzad for 1 in the second over. They scored slowly too, but their bowlers had given them the luxury of being able to do so while seeing off the new ball. By the time the umpires took the players off for lunch, Nawroz Mangal and Asghar Stanikzai had taken the team to 24 for 1 in nine overs.

Mangal found the long-off boundary in the first over after the resumption, which went for nine runs to give Afghanistan impetus. However, they were jolted severely in the 11th, Shem Ngoche bowling Stanikzai with the first ball and trapping Mangal lbw with the last to reduce Afghanistan to 34 for 3.

Any worries of a collapse, however, were allayed by Mohammad Nabi and Hashmatullah Shaidi, who shared a 62-run stand for the fourth wicket to kill the contest. Nabi was aggressive, scoring at nearly a run a ball and accelerated towards the finish with two huge sixes. He sealed the World Cup berth with a smash to the midwicket boundary.

They will join Pool A at the World Cup along with Australia, Bangladesh, England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and another qualifier. Afghanistan's progress means that Netherlands, UAE, Scotland, Kenya, Namibia, Canada, Uganda, Hong Kong, Nepal and Papua New Guinea will have to compete for the last two Associate berths.

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  • on October 4, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Sometimes the prize is not worth the costs. The means by which we achieve victory are as important as the victory itself. Well Done Afghan Cricket. Actually, you added more taste and spice to up coming World Cup. Watch out big boys, the Khans are coming. Also thanks from all cricket fans around the World who supported us during this historic steps. To add more, special thanks from Cricinfo for keeping us updated through out this big journey.

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    This is a staggering achievement by the Afghan team . Their growth in cricket has been remarkable considering that they have been competing in the international circuit only for the last 5-6 years . Now what they need is exposure at the highest level to become a force to reckon with . They also need to be included in FTP and should play at least few matches in a year with the top countries

  • Isabel on October 7, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Having seen Afghanistan win Division 5 in Jersey only 5 years ago, and following them on Cricinfo since then, I am very pleased but not at all surprised they have been so successful. Very well done.

  • on October 6, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    Congratulation to the people of Afghanistan and our National Cricket Team. The remarkable victory and qualification of world cup dream change to reality.

  • BenGridley on October 5, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    impressive stuff mate. i wanna see the full match. anyone aware of sites which has it? checked on you tube ay but it's not there!! cheers

  • on October 5, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Congratulations Afghan Cricket for two achievements. One: Going into World Cup. Two: Bowling out sorry Kenyan for under 100 in all FOUR matches. Keep it up. To Kenya Cricket: There seems to be no end to the downward trend.

  • on October 5, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    Afghans can take part in the upcoming T20 cup, if they qualify for the event in November. So, double celebration could be ahead :) All the best.

  • AhsanMuhib on October 5, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    THANK you so much for the crickets fans supporting our cricket team here how sweet you write here and awesome ideas you have about our cricket I HAVE NO WORDS TO THANK YOU PEOPLE FOR KIND WORDS AND YOUR SUPPORT, you know my TEAR is unstoppable when i am reading YOUR comments THANKS MY DEAR ALLAH, now we have the whole world to support our cricket team. PLEASE ICC SUPPORT our team in the preparation for the BIG EVENT !!! THANKS ESPN

  • on October 5, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    Congrats to All the Afghans wish you very best for WC Best wishes from Bangladesh

  • SurlyCynic on October 5, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Great achievement by Afghanistan. Congrats from all cricket lovers, hope you become a top international team in future.

  • on October 4, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Sometimes the prize is not worth the costs. The means by which we achieve victory are as important as the victory itself. Well Done Afghan Cricket. Actually, you added more taste and spice to up coming World Cup. Watch out big boys, the Khans are coming. Also thanks from all cricket fans around the World who supported us during this historic steps. To add more, special thanks from Cricinfo for keeping us updated through out this big journey.

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    This is a staggering achievement by the Afghan team . Their growth in cricket has been remarkable considering that they have been competing in the international circuit only for the last 5-6 years . Now what they need is exposure at the highest level to become a force to reckon with . They also need to be included in FTP and should play at least few matches in a year with the top countries

  • Isabel on October 7, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Having seen Afghanistan win Division 5 in Jersey only 5 years ago, and following them on Cricinfo since then, I am very pleased but not at all surprised they have been so successful. Very well done.

  • on October 6, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    Congratulation to the people of Afghanistan and our National Cricket Team. The remarkable victory and qualification of world cup dream change to reality.

  • BenGridley on October 5, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    impressive stuff mate. i wanna see the full match. anyone aware of sites which has it? checked on you tube ay but it's not there!! cheers

  • on October 5, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Congratulations Afghan Cricket for two achievements. One: Going into World Cup. Two: Bowling out sorry Kenyan for under 100 in all FOUR matches. Keep it up. To Kenya Cricket: There seems to be no end to the downward trend.

  • on October 5, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    Afghans can take part in the upcoming T20 cup, if they qualify for the event in November. So, double celebration could be ahead :) All the best.

  • AhsanMuhib on October 5, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    THANK you so much for the crickets fans supporting our cricket team here how sweet you write here and awesome ideas you have about our cricket I HAVE NO WORDS TO THANK YOU PEOPLE FOR KIND WORDS AND YOUR SUPPORT, you know my TEAR is unstoppable when i am reading YOUR comments THANKS MY DEAR ALLAH, now we have the whole world to support our cricket team. PLEASE ICC SUPPORT our team in the preparation for the BIG EVENT !!! THANKS ESPN

  • on October 5, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    Congrats to All the Afghans wish you very best for WC Best wishes from Bangladesh

  • SurlyCynic on October 5, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Great achievement by Afghanistan. Congrats from all cricket lovers, hope you become a top international team in future.

  • on October 5, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    The dream came true for which we had been waiting for 12 years. How did you achieve it? How was the journey? How passionately we waited? What's cricket? As far as I know, it was late but as we say later is better than never. Well done boys. We stand by you. You are the reason of smiling on those millions of faces who had been crying. What else will we expect??? We just pray for more successful careers of each player. And please ICC and ACC take it serious now. Ireland and Afghanistan have been playing so consistently. I know it is not time for test but at least give them a chance to play the shorter versions more and more.

  • Fawad.Surosh on October 5, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Congrats to all Afghanistan people. Afghanistan played fantastic innings in 2013 that is why it deserves to play in Asia Cup 2014.

  • tjsimonsen on October 5, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Huge congratulations to Afghanistan! It's a great and positive result for a war-torn country, and indeed a great result for world cricket. It is, however, disturbing to see how deep Kenya has fallen. From WC semifinalists in 2003 with a hope of achieving tests status, to this. Unfortunately, there have been similar (if not quite so remarkable) examples earlier: Denmark from being a dominant force amongst the associate nations from the late 1970s to the early 1990s, now in division 3 I think; The Netherlands from being THE top assiciate nation in the 90s and 2000s to becoming more of the soft middle today. Obvioulsy the countris in question must take some of the blame, but so must the ICC for neglecting to help taking the game to the top level in associate countries - if potential isn't nurtured it dies away. Hopefully Afghanistan will become a true success story and go all the way to the top layer (together with Ireland).

  • on October 5, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    Fromdivision 5 few years ago, they are this far winning consecutive divisions! Its an incredible achievements from the land of war and least financial capabilities! There is another country coming up in the same manner but are one step below Afghanistan... Its Nepal.. From Division 5 they have managed to reach Division 2 in very short time period. They are playing the qualifiers in newzealand next year. To be more realistic, expect them to play the 2019 ODI World Cup and 2016 T20 World Cup

  • on October 5, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Congratulation to all. The team has next enough time to prepare themselves for 2015 World Cup. Best of Luck!

  • on October 5, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    Afghanistan qualified for 2015 WC in style. On route to their WC qualification Afghanistan earned six straight victories, Beating Scotland, Namibia and Kenya with big Margins. White washing every series in 2013. Best of luck for 2015 WC!

  • FaiztalabSafi on October 5, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    Well done, Congratulation to all nation

  • on October 5, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    to Australia People and world Cricket fans... we are coming to play World cup 2015..

  • AhsanMuhib on October 5, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    our dream came true thanks you so much team Afghanistan for giving us the happiness we are praying for success. Afghan fast bowling is enough strong and have good spinners as well but the most important is our batsmen are really strong against fast bowling which the crucial in the patches where world to be held ................ i would like to thanks the world the people who support our team we love you all and i hope you people support our team at the world cup as well. thanks

  • on October 5, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Will Done.Congratulation To All Afghan Proud People For qualifying Afghan National Cricket Team To 2015 Australia World Cup.I Proud on Afghan National Cricket Team.

  • on October 5, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    heartiest congrats from Sri Lanka..keep going the good work

  • MeijiMura on October 5, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    Afghanistan will be seriously competitive at the 2015 World Cup. Their headline matches against Australia at the WACA and England at the SCG will suit them. Afghanistan have the pace bowlers to really trouble Australia on a fast and bouncy surface at the WACA whilst their spinners will cause England all sorts of headaches at the spin-friendly SCG. Those are the matches I am most looking forward to. The game against Bangladesh in Canberra will also be an interesting one and I'm sure the Bangladeshis are already feeling nervous about it. I'm not sure how Afghanistan will cope playing matches in NZ as the conditions will suit neither their pace bowlers nor their spinners, but their aggressive, big hitting batsmen might come into their own with the short boundaries there.

  • Bangla.tiger on October 5, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    well done. congratulation!!!

  • on October 5, 2013, 1:40 GMT

    great job done by Afghanistan Captain Mohammad Nabi, in his captaincy he won all the remain six matches and have qualified for WC..

  • on October 4, 2013, 23:46 GMT

    thank you very much to all my brothers who congratulate us an our nation.. love an peace to all

  • on October 4, 2013, 23:38 GMT

    Well done, Congratulations to my Afghan brothers and all afghanistan

  • on October 4, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    Well done Afghanistan for Qualifying for the world cup really proud of of you guys .... really speechless... Congratulation

  • Ghajni_Dharmadutta on October 4, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    Good Team = Good results. Ireland and Afghanistan, see you in World Cup 2015 quarter finals.

  • on October 4, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Heartiest congratulations to Afghanistan, well done!!

  • EnglishCricket on October 4, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    Both Afghanistan and Ireland are clearly the best associate teams and need a new challenge. Now they qualified for the world cup, they need to be playing as many ODIs as possible especially against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh so that they are getting the International experience and can be a competitive team at the main tournament. A lot of their players are already playing in County Cricket, Dhaka Premier League etc but along with that International experience against better opposition, Ireland and Afghanistan will just get better and better. ICC should look at this because this is Cricket's best chance to reach to other new nations and get more playing the game.

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 4, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Congratulations Afghans !!!! Well done and well played to qualify for WC 2015. Believe in your abilities and I am sure God will take you to glory. Your country needed this joy and I hope you deliver a good result to them in the World Cup. I hope you get ODI status very soon and I would like you to come to India and play an ODI series against the men in blue one day. Congratulations and God bless !!!! :)

  • on October 4, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    fabulous achievement .. now want 2 c d Afgans thrashing d Bangladeshis !!!!

  • SaadRocx on October 4, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    Well Done Afghanistan for Qualifying for the World Cup...Amazing Win..Congratulations :)

  • ozone8237 on October 4, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    .. cont.. their place in the cricket elite club. Though my well wishes are with them and I want to be successful and earn their respect from other teams. Zimbabwe once played competitive cricket in the times of flower brothers and Heath Streak but after retiring of their Legends they are back at the Associate Level Cricket. So.. Team Afghanistan don't get carried away plan for future now think after Mohammad Nabi, Hamid hasan and a few of the good players keep the fighting trend and competitive approach maintain it by searching fresh talent and start the grass root training and searching now before the struggling stage starts. Good LUCK from Farhan

  • TSJ07 on October 4, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    Wow!! many congrates to Afghan players and people.This is great result for them and it will be path breaking for their cricket. I just hope they create one or two upset in the WC 14 and then other countries can take them seriously and include them in their FTP. And as an Indian I wish that BCCI comes forward to help Afghan team by allowing them to play our domestic teams more often and later BCCI can help then to get the full member status just like we did for SL.

  • ozone8237 on October 4, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    AS PREDICTED, the pace, momentum, discipiline, hunger, and desperation, to be included in the glorious elite of the WC 2015 participants, THE PROUD TEAM AFGHANISTAN did it. Beating Kenya with such a huge margin and bowling them out at 89 and 93 showed that in the upcoming WC they might be able to go neck to neck with tough opponents. Now the thinking point for the team, the management and coach would be how to maintain this winning and competitive track for years to come. This is always the most important step with any new entrant to the elite cricket club. UAE, Kenya and even Zimbabwe, and Bangladesh could not maintain the promising competitive approach. After UAE & Kenya's initial inclusion into Prior World Cups there were expectations that they will show some more progress but they were trashed by the strong teams and were left far behind. Bangladesh's initial victory against Pakistan had raised high hopes but even after gaining ODI and test status team Bangla still has to justify..

  • Umballa_Kim on October 4, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    Congratulations, Afghanistan. Well done indeed! Your admirers from India and around the world are really happy and wish you all the best in 2015.

  • Usman_Jilani on October 4, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    Afghans are known for their warriors, and that's the spirit that they have shown us over the years in Cricket. Having this warrior mentality can even win them the World Cup. Congrats, from your neighbour (Pakistan).

  • Nutcutlet on October 4, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    I am thrilled, absolutely thrilled, for Afghanistan & her cricketers! Many, many congratulations to the players, their families who have given them their unstinting support to bring them to this momentous achievement, the coaching & back-up staff - indeed, all who have made a contribution! Just wonderful! The more contact that Afghanistan can have with other countries & cultures, the more advancement can be made there, a tribal country, unfortunately known far more for war-torn strife & the subjection of women than for the amazing achievements of their cricketers. I have always maintained that cricket should be a unifying force between disparate nations. I would like to think that the recent sporting success of that country, first in football (soccer) & now followed rapidly by the cricketers' World Cup entry, is also a unifying force within the country - a building block towards genuine nationhood. And finally, please, remember your sisters in all of these derserved celebrations!

  • on October 4, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    Nepal is a strong contender for one of the last two Associate berths. They are desperately awaiting to meet Netherlands, UAE, Scotland, Kenya, Namibia, Canada, Uganda, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea in the New Zealand qualifying tournament in 2014. We will exact revenge on Afghanistan in the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

  • Biggus on October 4, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    Tremendous news. I've only seen a very little of the Afghans (one ODI Vs we Aussies) but I saw enough in that one game to want to see them again. These guys are one of the truly good news stories for cricket fans lately and they play an enterprising brand of the game. I think it's wonderful to be able to welcome another team to the international cricketing table. I'll be watching all their games and they'll be my second choice side (after OZ of course) for the tournament.

  • on October 4, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Weldon, my heroes, great achievement, we have waited for that moments for years. Finally a dream comes true. During 1987 World cup I was a primary school student in a refugee camp of Mianwali, Pakistan. That time Pakistan lost the semi's to Australia, Craig McDermott Bowled well, and Saleem Jaafar gave too many runs in his one over that cost Pakistan to lose the semi. From that time I became a fan of cricket and a fan of great Imran khan and was dreaming of our own cricket team. Now we have a team and in our 2nd attempt we have done it to Australia. Now I have request from ICC and other full members like Australia, india, Newzeland and Britain who are spending millions of dollars in Afghanistan on war of terror, if they want to bring smiles on Afghans faces they have to invest on sport. That is the only way to bring peace, unity cheers to a war turn country. Thank you ESPN for updating us.

  • balajik1968 on October 4, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    Well done Afghanistan. I am worried by the way Kenya has gone back.

  • on October 4, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    Congratulations! to all the Afghans around the world Well done Afghan Hero's, you all are our proud can not stop my crying the drops coming from my eyes is for the happy moment my afghan tigers give us. Australia we are coming Afghan Cricket will play well there too in 2015 World cup and really thanks from ESPN cricinfo.com all teams for their good articles about Afghanistan Cricket team.

  • Azooz-Afgfan on October 4, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Watch out for Afghans against Bangladesh in #cwc15

  • on October 4, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    Well done Afghanistan! This is an amazing job. Your team has a lot of heart. I will not be surprised if the Afghani's win a few games in the WC in 2015.

  • on October 4, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    Afghanistan Cricket Team in the World Cup finals is a great news. I hope this will divert the attention of Afghans away from the War. Pakistan should help Afghan promote cricket in their streets. Sports are one the great instrument in bringing people together.

  • on October 4, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    its a wonderful day for afghanians!

  • hhillbumper on October 4, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    Well done to them and everything they represent.Cricket is a world game to be enjoyed.I look forward to seeing them at the world cup.

  • on October 4, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    All over Afghanistan the celebration is ongoing on qualifying for the main event in Austrillia. The whole nation proud our Cricket Heroes.

  • on October 4, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    Many many congritulations to the Afghan team .., love you Afghans and Afghanistan !!!

  • Dannymania on October 4, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    Its the pakistani talent thats showing. They were all born in pakistan and raised in pakistan.They played their cricket in pakistan.Then they went back and made their own team!If you all open each player's profile, you'll see that they were all born in pakistan.If it says that they werent, it'ld be a lie because i personally know that all the afghani cricket squad has been in pakistan all their lives.They all live here and play their cricket here even now!

  • naidanac on October 4, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    Well done Afghanistan. Have to feel sorry for Netherlands though. Their chances of qualifying were ruined when one of their matches in Canada was abandoned because of a waterlogged ground. The ground in question was known to have faulty drainage and should never have been used for an international match.

  • on October 4, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Congratulations!...Winning got our Habit,,,

  • on October 4, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    Well done lads. Great to see so many positive comments from everyone as well. If the afghan side wishes to compete and win matches in the world cup, they must use the available time to prepare. Ask icc to set up matches in nz or aussie to familiarise themselves in such conditions. Make sure they pay attention to fitness and building a good bench strength. Good luck.

  • SpitFire on October 4, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    I really feel sorry for the Kenyan team, they were once the Semi Finalist in the World Cup... All they have to do is get Steve Tikolo in as the President of Kenyan Cricket board... and get rid of the existing ones

  • 2.14istherunrate on October 4, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    If you had asked me in the mid 1990's where the next top cricket nation would be I would have said Afghanistan. The reason is precisely that it can easily be added on geographically to the solid block of Asian countries and has many things in common with Pakistan. It seems to be happening quite fast. I look forward to their participation in higher cricket in future. It should be very interesting!!

  • Sussexx on October 4, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    many many congratulations to Afghanistan for winning this match andsecuring a berth in the World Cup 2015, I must say that you will do very well in the 2015 World Cup as well and give me a big blowto one of the major teams .... INSHALLAAH! !!

  • on October 4, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    Well, there you have it Mashallah. I now have my second favorite team for the tournament after Pakistan. I think it should be clear by now that this Afghanistan team will do many upsets in the near future. They should be given full membership associate status immediately. It is amazing how quickly they emerged on the scene, shows the rich cricketing history in Afghanistan. Good luck for the future, you guys rock!

  • SaroarIslam on October 4, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Well done afganistan. .it's not good to see that people comparing afgan team with BD,ZIM or IRE,it is very early to compare. .long way to go. .they have some good player,but they have to prove it in highest level. . .lets see what happen in near future. .from a BD cricket fan

  • Azooz-Afgfan on October 4, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    We have waited 12 years for this and it was our major dream, Alhamdulilah our dream came true today tears of joy in ma eyes UNBELIEVEABLE !!

  • brusselslion on October 4, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Guess that's everyone's "2nd team" sorted out for the next World Cup then! Well played, Afghanistan.

    Thoughtful post from @StraightHit which gives a nice summary of the past, present and an idea for the future.

  • on October 4, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    I know they are gonna produce great cricketers, because whatever they do they put their hurt, world will see bowlers who bulldoze and batsman who smash hard. All my best wishes is for them and wanted to see more existing cricket...

  • Rameshavi on October 4, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    ICC should increase the quota of Worldcup playing nations. Only by this there gonna be huge improvement of such struggling nations and increment in investment. If not possible for the involvement of minnows in Worldcups, there should be some high level tournaments for such countries. Let us give some damn about those nations, please.

  • adnanadu on October 4, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    And now at last AFGHANISTAN after such magistic performances have qualified to world cup 2015. wow just wow how staggering this team is they are just outrageous. only been on the site for last 5 years and look at the achievements they get in shape of qualification. so all the poll teams have now to be worried how to stop these KHANS. HATES OFF TO TEAM AFGHANISTAN....

  • on October 4, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    Congrats to all Afghanistan I'm very hopy ileve Afghanistan

  • on October 4, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    Congrats to Afghanistan cricket team

  • on October 4, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    I am Afghan Citizen and a crazy lover of Cricket.. in 2011 World Cup I was a crazy fan of South Africa but not more, because i have my own team in World cup 2015 and Insha Allah they will beat some of their Component Like Bangladesh and the other which will qualify, and surly we will beat one of these four as well New-Zealand, Australia and Sir Lanka, England.

    Wish You Best of All My Tigers, My Heroes, My Afghans

  • TheProfPak on October 4, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Can someone tell why Team Afghanistan has blue outfit? This doesn't match the Afghanistan Flag.

  • on October 4, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    Firstly a special thanks to our non-Afghan friends for their kind words here... Cricket need further expansion and no doubt that Suuporting the Afghanistan cricket should be a high priority for ICC... Honoistly speaking when I see our team playing the way they crushed Kenya in the last three maches I really get confuse why they are yet to beat full members . It seems beside limited exposure to high level cricket the other reason could be that they need someone in the camp to work on their confidence and convince them that they have the ability to compete with anyone, however, their strengths to be used for a win not just to give tough fight to full members... A good evidence of this is that things have improved alot after Nabi took the lead.... Overall heads-up to our players , you done it for us and we are very very proud of you.... Looking to your further success stories

  • on October 4, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    congratulation from Bangladeshi ....... well done (Y)

  • on October 4, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    the afghans should make a good use of this opportunity.

  • obaiii1 on October 4, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    I would like to congratulate my Afghan team and wish them best of luck for their up comming matches and want them to keep the good work up because the real challenge is playing against full memebers and I am sure they will do good if they work hard enough and prepare well. I also want to thank Pakistani and indian supporters who say nice things about Afghan team and support our team. Afghans also always cheers for Pak and India team when they are playing against other nations. peace and love to all

  • on October 4, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    At current form, I reckon that Afghanistan will defeat both Bangladesh and Australia in pool matches. Pakistan should provide all the support for the Afghan Team.

  • on October 4, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Amazing journey. Do they now get ODI ranking staus for two wins against ODI teams or do they have to beat FULL members rather than teams on the ODI listings?

  • ProdigyA on October 4, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    Congrats and Good luck AfGuns...Hope you do better than Bdesh - From Indian fan.

  • DJstriplefive on October 4, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    Clearly Ireland and Afghanisthan are way a head of all associates nations.....the quality n consistency shown should be rewarded..To see cricket on par with Soccer globalization is required....Encourage teams like Zim,Kenya,Ireland,UAE and Afghanistan to raise the standard and viewership......Lately Zim,Ireland and Afghanistan has made the game so exciting ........

  • speengher on October 4, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    An unbelievable dream comes true for Afghan nation. Its finest sporting moments for War-weary Afghanistan by qualifying for its first Cricket World Cup - We just want to leave our mark (at the World Cup) and we want other teams to notice us - Congrats team Afghanistan.

  • on October 4, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    It is place of pride for! well done Afghanistan

  • anton1234 on October 4, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    The ICC must, for once, take note. Both Afghanistan and Ireland could become very decent cricketing nations if the right resources are afforded to them. Neither countries have much funding to grow the game properly. It would be great if a Big Bash and IPL franchises sign up one or two Afghans, Irishmen. It would will raise the profile of the game in both countries, particularly Afghanistan if even one Afghan is selected.

    There is also some good cricketing talent in Kenya and Uganda. The ICC rather than waste resources on US, whose sports market is already very crowded, have a great opportunity with these countries where only really soccer is played.

  • on October 4, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    loved their performance , and also love their team coz lots of them have grown up in pakistan and played in pakistani streets and grounds , proud of them , inshallah one or two upsets will happen by the hands of afghani team inshallah

  • on October 4, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    The wait is over. Afghanistan cricket team will play 50-over World Cup in Australia in 2015!! As a big cricket fan, its the most special day for me

  • on October 4, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    War Ruined Afghan but I Strongly Believe that CRICKET Will Bring the Nation towards History!! Great Effort & Wishes from Srilanka!!

  • bharatputra83 on October 4, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Congratulations to the Afghan team. Finally they made it to the big stage. With the giant strides Afghan cricket has been making, I am pretty sure Afghanistan along with Ireland will be knocking on the doors of ICC to elevate their level of membership soon enough, Would love to see more of the Afghans at the top level. All the best.

  • akhilesh0109 on October 4, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    I'm an Indian and I've been following Afghanistan cricket team since 2009 when they lost out on qualification by one win. Glad to see that they have gone one step further this time around. Also happy to see 5 Asian countries (minimum, hopefully UAE come through as well) in the world cup. Sincerely want to see Afghanistan team being given proper exposure by arranging matches against the full members. Asia cup would not be a bad way to start with.. Hopefully the ACC keeps Afghanistan in mind while planning the Asia cup. Congrats Afghanistan.. See you at the world cup..

  • CricketChat on October 4, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    Tremendous achievement by Afghanistan! I think they are the best associate team right now based on consistency and progress made in the last 3/4 yrs. Hope they won't lose momentum from now on. This is the time elite cricket nations and ICC must create 10 yr program to ensure they don't go backwards from this point. Also, let's not forget the contribution of Pak coaches who led them to this point.

  • on October 4, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    Congratulations from India :)

  • on October 4, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    Congrats to the Afghan Cricket team...... You have mad the country proud......

  • on October 4, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    congratzzzzzzz Afghan brothers from Pakistan.. i am a big fan of Afghanistan cricket Gooood luck and welcome to world cup 2015

  • MENDIS_Forever on October 4, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    congrats to Afganistan!!!! What a wonderful journey this has been....Worth making a cricket movie ..

  • on October 4, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    well done Afghanistan Cricket heroes...............

  • scorpion4u on October 4, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    Congratulation, congratulation to all brave afghans around the world, very big victory for the first time ever.

  • LionelLength on October 4, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Congratulations from England. Afghanistan should be extremely proud of this achievement and I hope it is the first of many World Cups.

  • subbuamdavadi on October 4, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    Although I am happy for Afghanistan, I cannot but also feel sorry at the state of Kenyan cricket. A few world cups back they were the semi-finalists!!

  • on October 4, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    There you go Afghan Tigers..glory is waiting for u!!!

  • on October 4, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Congrats to all Afghans ..... Finally the have done it ... i wish the should be given a chance to play in Asia Cup.... they deserve it ....

  • on October 4, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Heartly congratulations to the afgani's. From India.

  • on October 4, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Afghan people congratulations and best of luck for world cup 2015

  • on October 4, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND here we come!

  • Anil_Koshy on October 4, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    Great job Afghanistan, it would be great to see if any team from Netherlands,Scotland, Kenya, Namibia, Uganda,Nepal and Papua New Guinea qualify, as they have more home grown players, they are hard working teams, ICC should encourage them.

    It would be sad for the game if teams like Canada, UAE or Hong Kong qualify, they only have expatriates from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

  • on October 4, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Congratulations Afghanistan! May your Cricket go from strength to strength.

  • on October 4, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    That was just a perfect setup, to get in to the world cup 2015. Rest of the world watch out for the brave nation, which will make history in 2015. We are coming Australia!!!!!!!!

  • yoogi on October 4, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Give the nations afghan and Irelan an IPL team, something like Associates leven, so that some of the players can earn decent money, and their boards as well, and that will also help IPL expand its reach in afghan. Its an all win situation for IPL as it will produce more matches that are meaningful.

  • on October 4, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Proud moment for all Afghan,,, it's just the beginning of a bright Afghan cricket future... Well done guys and good luck for the World Cup 2015!!

  • Perera32 on October 4, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Congrats Afghanistan. These bunch of players they have are talented, especially the bowlers. You never know what could happen in the 2015 WC. All the best from Sri Lanka.

  • PPL11 on October 4, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    I will all the Afghan people congratulations and best of luck for world cup 2015 - From Indian Cricket Fan

  • on October 4, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    Many many congratulates for AFGHANISTAN team, Welcome to World Cup 2015

  • on October 4, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Congratulations Afghanistan!

  • on October 4, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    The Afghans first WC game is in Canberra v Bangladesh. I might go see that game, a historic first match and they have a good chance of winning it too!

  • on October 4, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Kudos to the Afghanistan side. I never expected them to make such significant progress in such a short amount of time. It says great deal about their determination to succeed. Great to see another Asian team doing well.

  • on October 4, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    hi icc we all the people afghanistan and me other want from icc full membership that we afghan prove that we are going to well we are happy that the world qualfier u give afghanistan cricket team associate membership thanks for that and also icc we all afghan kindly from icc full membership that we afghan people want to play best cricket in the world if you are looking for a while to get the best way to get the best cricket team in the world give to afghanistan big chances with full member that we afghan cricket team prove to u icc that afghanistan cricket team isthe best team inshallah but we chances of matches against the full member and kindly full membership please icc please icc

  • on October 4, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    congratulations to all afghan people for wining the cricket match and also for all our friends hope to more success

  • on October 4, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    Congratulation to all Afghans through out the world........... Proud to be Afghan...

  • on October 4, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Can't wait to see Afghans here in New Zealand. 2015 is still far and we are talking about buying its tickets. Once again it will be great to see and watch Afghan team in our home town Auckland.

  • on October 4, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Congratulation Afghan Cricket fans.. the great emerging cricket nation they r improving very quickly..

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 4, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Congrts to Afg. Hope they taste some success in that group. NZ will be tough at home ground.

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Congratulations to my brave nation. We have done it. WOW!! Feeling over the moon. Thank you cricinfo for live update of this series!!

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    yahooooo.we are coming Austriliaaaa

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    There is very little difference of strength between Team Pakistan & Afghanistan in their present form. Though it is not perfect time & having enough experience for Afghans to be compared with team Pakistan. But we hope & pray the world would fine another cricketing giant like Pakistan. The team Afghanistan has very good & bright future in world cricket than team like Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Ireland & the rest of associates, because they are strong, laborious & determined for success. Best of luck dear Afghans, we love you.

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    'Dominant' that's the word I'll use to describe Afghanistan. Absolutely ripped apart Kenya's fragile batting line-up and cruised to a huge win with their batsmen knocking off the small target with ease. The spot was thoroughly deserved, and I can see no other way than forward for this Afghan team. My personal thought would be that Netherlands and Nepal will take the remaining two spots, but cricket's a funny game folks, anything can happen!

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    There is very little difference of strength between Team Pakistan & Afghanistan in their present form. Though it is not perfect time & having enough experience for Afghans to be compared with team Pakistan. But we hope & pray the world would fine another cricketing giant like Pakistan. The team Afghanistan has very good & bright future in world cricket than team like Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Ireland & the rest of associates, because they are strong, laborious & determined for success. Best of luck dear Afghans, we love you.

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    congartulation to all afghans i m very happy for our cricket team they deseve

  • The_Millinator on October 4, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Congratulations Afghanistan! Let's hope they and Ireland can cause a few upsets in 2015.

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    This is the time to ICC give the full membership to Afghanistan that they deserve. Cricket made another outstanding turn in field of sport in Afghanistan. Please Commemorate this day as national pride day in every corner of Afghanistan. I saw the improvement i expected

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    congrats Afghanistan team and entire nation for this big moment

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Good! on one side Afghanistan played very well especially in the bowling side and on the other side, Kenya batsmen played very poorly which resulted in huge margin victory for Afghanistan. Now Afghanistan should focus on WC 2015 and should practice and practice for that.

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    congratulations Afghanistan

  • TheProfPak on October 4, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Congrats to my Afghan brothers on this occasion. I love the way they play their game, another flamboyant cricket nation in making after WI and Pakistan. Good luck for WC15.

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    congratulations to all afghan cricket team and the people of afghanistan congratulations again that afghanistan qualify matches in sharjah and qualify for the world cup 2015 in Australia that's big day for afghanistan cricket team mashallah afghanistan cricket team that beat Kenya cricket team by 7 wickets mobarak afghan cricket team and especially mohammad nabi

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    wow my Afghanistan into the world cup 2015 so brace yourselves we are coming..... my tears are coming what a feeling i have Long live my Afghanistan long Live my Nation Long Live our Cricket champs

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Proud to be an afghan

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Congrates for our whole nation, wish you guys Best of Luck for World Cup 2015. LOVE YOU ALL!!! " PROUD OF AFGHANISTAN".

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    Well done. Wish you guys more success :)

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    It is really overwhelming day for all afghans

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    It is really overwhelming day for all afghans

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    Well done. Wish you guys more success :)

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Congrates for our whole nation, wish you guys Best of Luck for World Cup 2015. LOVE YOU ALL!!! " PROUD OF AFGHANISTAN".

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Proud to be an afghan

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    wow my Afghanistan into the world cup 2015 so brace yourselves we are coming..... my tears are coming what a feeling i have Long live my Afghanistan long Live my Nation Long Live our Cricket champs

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    congratulations to all afghan cricket team and the people of afghanistan congratulations again that afghanistan qualify matches in sharjah and qualify for the world cup 2015 in Australia that's big day for afghanistan cricket team mashallah afghanistan cricket team that beat Kenya cricket team by 7 wickets mobarak afghan cricket team and especially mohammad nabi

  • TheProfPak on October 4, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Congrats to my Afghan brothers on this occasion. I love the way they play their game, another flamboyant cricket nation in making after WI and Pakistan. Good luck for WC15.

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    congratulations Afghanistan

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Good! on one side Afghanistan played very well especially in the bowling side and on the other side, Kenya batsmen played very poorly which resulted in huge margin victory for Afghanistan. Now Afghanistan should focus on WC 2015 and should practice and practice for that.

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    congrats Afghanistan team and entire nation for this big moment