ICC World Twenty20 2010 May 6, 2010

Hassan proud of Afghanistan performance

Cricinfo staff

Hamid Hassan, Afghanistan's star quick-bowler, believes his team can head back to Afghanistan proud of their World Twenty20 experience and has challenged his side to become the best non-Test playing nation.

Hassan took three wickets in four overs against South Africa on Wednesday as Afghanistan put in a good showing against South Africa, restricting them to 139 off 20 overs. He removed Jacques Kallis, JP Duminy and Mark Boucher with impressive pace and his ebullient attitude epitomised the optimism sweeping across Afghani cricket.

"I believe we are heading home to Afghanistan with our heads held high despite losing our second consecutive match of the tournament," he wrote in his Cricinfo blog. "We can be proud of the fact that we did ourselves justice in the field with a really good bowling display.

Having tasted competition against the world's best Hassan is undaunted by the challenges that lie ahead for Afghanistan and thinks his side could surprise top teams soon.

"Looking back on the event, I think we have shown that we have the potential to compete against some of the Full Members, and it is just a shame that we didn't qualify for the [50-over] World Cup 2011 as I think with another year to improve we could have surprised a few teams."

Afghanistan narrowly missed out on qualification last March but bounced back to gain entry for the World Twenty20, beating Ireland in the final in qualifying tournament January. Hassan insists the best way for his team to improve is to get more fixtures against good teams.

"We have shown what we have been able to do in these two matches and with more regular exposure to top quality batters and bowlers then we can get better," he wrote. "To try and become the best non-Test playing country in the world we need to prove that we can win titles on a regular basis and not just in the Twenty20 format of the game."

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  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    Love afghanistan Love afghan team, Afghanistan Rised from 104 in world Cricket Ranking to 11 in T20 and 14 in ODI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! love u AFG

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    if bangladesh can play test cricket...afganistan should also play.

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    Love to see my Afghan boys on the field and I want to see them more but there is a big policy problem with the ICC. The division 5 or associate teams has far too less, almost nilhil games against full members. Till they don't play these full members they will have almost no chance to improve their game on higher level. For example Afghanistan got 2 games this t20 WC. Now they have to wait 2 years to qualify again for the t20 WC to get some games, the same for ODI once in 4 years.

    I think ICC should shuffle a little bit with their policies and send at least 4 full members with low ranking to the qualifying rounds of WC. This will give more games to associate teams to improve their level. Otherwise I think, such motivated teams as Afghanistan, will be also left to become as the likes of Scotland, Ireland, Netherlands etc. The more you play the more you learn and can adapt.

    Afghanistan was so absorbing and if they play these teams more, they can be really very competitive. goodluck!

  • Dummy4 on May 9, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    Well done Hamid what every you say is the best point to be mentioned , best of luck in future will pray for the Afghanistan team , best of luck for the coming tournament in Holland .In t20the team performance was best we believe we can do better in future we just need support of ICC & ACC and other team to facilitate the match against Full member teams, Pakistan team can be a very good and cooperative team in future of Afghanistan cricket. be happy bye

  • shahid on May 7, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    Biggest concern wasn't that they fell for mere 70 runs, but it was that not a single batsman moved his feet while playing rising deliveries. They must look at the video of this game again n again and observe how was their body and feet while playing those balls. Start from there and with passion and hardwork you will learn a lot to improve your batsmen. You need a batting coach to do a hard work on these guys to install some basic techniques. Its good thing that u got a match on a fast track. it will help you a lot to analyse things.

  • sayed on May 7, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    They really have good talent and brilliant future in the cricket world. But since we are discussing Afghanistan cricket international standard weakness therefore I should say that Afghanistan Cricket team need ICC matches with other nations and also international batting Coach from those countries. If the world want Afghanistan as cricket world champion then I believe after these two twenty20 matches they will support Afghanistan cricket team and the neighbor cricket countries will invite Afghanistan cricket team for ICC tour like India and Pakistan especially its good chance for Pakistan too since no other cricket team is visiting there regarding security issues.

  • wajahat on May 7, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    Their bowling attack is equal to any other top team, but they need to work on their batting. Maybe get some matches against Pakistan A or English county teams to get used to pace bowling.

  • Md. Moazzem on May 7, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    I think- Afganistan has a great cricket potential and they get the right opportunities to develop themselves- then within next 10 years , they would be one of the top 7 cricket nation.

  • Dummy4 on May 6, 2010, 21:43 GMT

    I was impressed by the performance of the Afghan team and i must say that of all the associate countries, they are the most improved of all. i might even go on to say that they could emerge the better team while palying against Zimbabwe and perhaps even Bangladesh... i wish them well and i hope that the ICC helps teams like Afghanistan and Ireland to develop cricket better in their respective countries.

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