World Twenty20 Qualifier 2012 March 24, 2012

Afghanistan hope to play Tests - Nabi

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Afghanistan hope to achieve Test status by building on the success they have had in the Twenty20 format, allrounder Mohammad Nabi has said. Afghanistan have qualified for the World Twenty20 for the second time running, and Nabi said the next step was Test cricket.

"We really hope that we are granted Test status as we are playing so well and also we have such a fanatical following in Afghanistan," Nabi told PakPassion.net. "We will try our best by playing good cricket in the coming months to show the world and ICC that we deserve Test status." 



Afghanistan have also shown progress in four-day cricket; they won the last edition of the Intercontinental Cup, and beat Canada before drawing against the UAE in the ongoing edition.

After winning eight straight games in the World T20 qualifiers, Afghanistan will make an appearance in the main event, which will be played in Sri Lanka in September-October 2012. In the 2010 World T20, Afghanistan had failed to win a single match, and Nabi said the immediate challenge on the road towards long-term goals would be to compete with the stronger opposition in their group. They will play the final of the qualifiers on March 24, against Ireland, and Nabi is hoping for a win, which would put Afghanistan in Group B in the World T20, along with Australia and West Indies.*

"Of course, we will try our best to win the tournament but realistically we would like to win against Australia and West Indies; give them as tough a time as possible and, god willing, qualify for the next round and then take it from there."



A loss in the final would mean Afghanistan would be in Group A, with India and England.

Nabi said the success in cricket had brought joy to the masses in Afghanistan and was a widely discussed topic across the country.

"This is the second time we have qualified for the ICC World T20 event and everyone at home is happy; we have made our nation proud and are very proud of our achievements. People have been calling me from the UAE and Afghanistan to tell me that they have been praying that we win; everyone is so happy that they have no words to express their joy."

*12:30 GMT, March 24, 2012: This article originally said Afghanistan were in Group B in the World Twenty20. It has been corrected to reflect that their group will be decided by the final of the World Twenty20 qualifiers

Edited by Devashish Fuloria

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  • on March 27, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    We will see that how soon Afghanistan become full member.

  • mihir_nam on March 27, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Afghanistan Board should play 3ODI's and 2 t20's with Pakistan annually on home and away basis..one year in AFG one year in PAk.this way Pakistan can prove they can host International teams also. Even if Afg is safe why not teams will tour them..which is highly unlikely at the moment..but Afg can get good revenue from which they can build good Infrastructure..and rise to associate level.. Afg go ask help from Pakistan Board. Way you played in ODI first few overs was amazing for t20 against Pakistan. And Afg should be included in ASIA cup along with one more Asian Associate.

    Ireland who are already knocking on doors of ICC should be granted test status first and sooner.

  • MukhtarEB on March 26, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    Afghanistan Cricket team is a great team, and i wish they reach to TESTS cricket soon with achievements. All the best

  • on March 25, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Insha Allah Afghan cricket team will played test status and have more success in near future and i am sure they deserve.

  • on March 24, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Test status? must be joking. look at bangladesh. first prove yourselves CONSISTENTLY at ODI level.

  • Nadeem1976 on March 24, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    Wait Afghanistan wait, you got to play ODI cricket against big teams first and then setup your first class structure and then you will get test status in next 10 years. It's not that easy, it takes lots of years, lots of investment to get test status.

    Just hope that ICC allow you play T2020 and ODI against big teams and you can win some games to show us how good you are.

    Afghanistan is an awesome team and i believe they can beat any team in the world on their best day. Great job in current qualifiers. Great performance.

  • on March 24, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Afghanistan have the right attitude at the moment. They are doing well. They have been exceptional in this tournament. If they continue to play like this, who knows, in 20 or 30 years they'll even start playing International Test Cricket. Congratulations and All the Best Afghanistan.

  • Muzgrob on March 24, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Perhaps they should get associate status first before worrying about tests?

  • on March 24, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Good luck to Afghanistan for the final. You are a fantastic team. If you continue to play like that, you will surely get test status sooner than latter. Best wishes to you.

  • Harry_Kool on March 24, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    It is good to have ambitions. I think they will be competitive in T20 very soon and continue to compete for a while yet. But to be brutally honest, they are a long, long way off from being competitive in test cricket. There is no infrastructure for first class cricket, and test players need years of this type of cricket to be prepared. Bangladesh is an example of a country tossed into the test arena too quickly. 10 years after they have debuted, they are as far from the next lowest team as when they began. Sure there will be odd occasions when they compete, but their infrastructure is severely limiting their test performances. They need years of playing against "B" teams and their own domestic system need to be incorporated with Pakistan in order to develop the necessasry skills to complete at the elite level. I do with them well in their quest however.

  • on March 27, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    We will see that how soon Afghanistan become full member.

  • mihir_nam on March 27, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Afghanistan Board should play 3ODI's and 2 t20's with Pakistan annually on home and away basis..one year in AFG one year in PAk.this way Pakistan can prove they can host International teams also. Even if Afg is safe why not teams will tour them..which is highly unlikely at the moment..but Afg can get good revenue from which they can build good Infrastructure..and rise to associate level.. Afg go ask help from Pakistan Board. Way you played in ODI first few overs was amazing for t20 against Pakistan. And Afg should be included in ASIA cup along with one more Asian Associate.

    Ireland who are already knocking on doors of ICC should be granted test status first and sooner.

  • MukhtarEB on March 26, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    Afghanistan Cricket team is a great team, and i wish they reach to TESTS cricket soon with achievements. All the best

  • on March 25, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Insha Allah Afghan cricket team will played test status and have more success in near future and i am sure they deserve.

  • on March 24, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Test status? must be joking. look at bangladesh. first prove yourselves CONSISTENTLY at ODI level.

  • Nadeem1976 on March 24, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    Wait Afghanistan wait, you got to play ODI cricket against big teams first and then setup your first class structure and then you will get test status in next 10 years. It's not that easy, it takes lots of years, lots of investment to get test status.

    Just hope that ICC allow you play T2020 and ODI against big teams and you can win some games to show us how good you are.

    Afghanistan is an awesome team and i believe they can beat any team in the world on their best day. Great job in current qualifiers. Great performance.

  • on March 24, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Afghanistan have the right attitude at the moment. They are doing well. They have been exceptional in this tournament. If they continue to play like this, who knows, in 20 or 30 years they'll even start playing International Test Cricket. Congratulations and All the Best Afghanistan.

  • Muzgrob on March 24, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Perhaps they should get associate status first before worrying about tests?

  • on March 24, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Good luck to Afghanistan for the final. You are a fantastic team. If you continue to play like that, you will surely get test status sooner than latter. Best wishes to you.

  • Harry_Kool on March 24, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    It is good to have ambitions. I think they will be competitive in T20 very soon and continue to compete for a while yet. But to be brutally honest, they are a long, long way off from being competitive in test cricket. There is no infrastructure for first class cricket, and test players need years of this type of cricket to be prepared. Bangladesh is an example of a country tossed into the test arena too quickly. 10 years after they have debuted, they are as far from the next lowest team as when they began. Sure there will be odd occasions when they compete, but their infrastructure is severely limiting their test performances. They need years of playing against "B" teams and their own domestic system need to be incorporated with Pakistan in order to develop the necessasry skills to complete at the elite level. I do with them well in their quest however.

  • yoogi on March 24, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Surely these two teams deserve test status atleast on a temporary basis, ie for two years to see whether they come good against second rung of Test nations, like Zim, Bang and occasionally WI, NZ and India. That will keep that group interested and busy. Otherwise in tests bangla and Zim plays too often like Sri Lanka and India. Also Pak and Bangladesh will be more accommodating to them and they dont have to invite western world to have local matches. But the problem is already one test nation Pak, is struggling to hold any match in its own country and Afgan would be a second one if granted.

  • on March 24, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    of courz.. LOOK at BANGLADESH now.. they surprised PAK in their first WC & then they didnt need to look back.. now look whr they are.. try to UPSET some big teams , then u cn certainly make a call

  • AdrianVanDenStael on March 24, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    I don't think the way these things work Afghanistan will get test status any time soon, but I think that they (and Ireland) should get it. If cricket really has pretensions to be a global game, as is often claimed, it should be looking to expand, and ignore prissy talk about standards.

  • on March 24, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    you deserve a test status bros....go afghan go

  • huttse96 on March 24, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    PNG deserve test status! best junior program and great u19 and mens sides

  • on March 24, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Well done Afghanistan for achieving a place in the T20 Worldcup. As fellow Afghan living in Australia you have made me very proud. Manny people don't understand the importance of this success, it brings together a nation that has been divided and torn by conflict for over thirty years. I hope to see you one day touring Australia for a test series and would love to support you at the MCG.

  • frozendilemma on March 24, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Don`t want to sound too rude but Ireland are far more deserving of Test status as they have constantly played good cricket and they have beaten big teams like Pakistan,England and they would`ve beaten WI also in the last world cup if it weren't for a shocking umpiring howler...They have beaten Bangladesh and Zim and I`m sure they can beat beat Bang or Zim in their home conditions if given test status...Afghanistan is full of promise no doubt but they haven't really beaten any body at the big stage and they have yet to qualify for the ODI world cup...

  • bpm2012 on March 24, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Afghanistan is now much improved team , it will be good news if they wlil get the Test status , but i felt very sad that at least Afghanistan should get a chance to perform in ASIA CUP. At least they can learn how to play with big teams.

  • on March 24, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    one day Afghanistan win world cup..............INSHALLAHA

  • Prasanthikullayappa on March 24, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    I wish a hearty congratualations to Afgan team. you guys having the responsibility to show how your coutry in other angle wat ever the circumstances u r having... but all world teams would encourage u

  • on March 24, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Only nabi not all afghanistan cricket fans want test states if icc have a look to afghanistan its good time to give test states to afghansitan and may be ireland too

  • on March 24, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Now a days ODI and T20 cricket is played more than Test cricket. So, Nabi you should try to beat the big teams in T20 format like Ireland did. Sure your team will get test status very soon. Hope for best.

  • maddy20 on March 24, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    Congratulations to the Afghan cricket team for making it to the World T20. As expected the two most deserving teams got the spots. Yes I agree that ICC should organize ODIs for the associates with a promising record. I would really love to see how they do in 50 over format.

  • on March 24, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    wish you all the best, tests I would say it would be abit premature and over ambitious. As afghani and a cricketer, I suggest Afghanistan still have a long time to test but to the ODI maybe. Pakistan is the main stream for us now, they were the ones who agreed to play us an ODI, they given us a window of opportunity which I believe we delivered. If you guy can keep your momentum they way you playing now their is a good possibility similar to Bangladesh and also play a series against them. best wishes from Zalmai.

  • on March 24, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    As i am an Afghan and Nabi is my one of the best and lovely player i am very big fan of you Nabi and you will said that we deserved to play test cricket, wish that we win the final today and also we beat Aus.. and Westines in world cup t20 all Afghan are praying for your success you all guys are really talented hero's of our lovely Afghanistan... Pervaiz Dostiyar Kabul - Afghanistan

  • on March 24, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    why not Nabi,u guys gona Play test Cricket for sure,u Guys got the talent and no one is better then u guys..keep the Spirit

  • K.A.K on March 24, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Well done Afghanistan team on how you have improved your game in last 2 years. Afghanistan team should play a series in Pakistan again soon. It will be helpful for both the teams.

  • on March 24, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Great Nabi our prays with whole team inshallah we will see our youngstars in super8 stage we pray to Allah to defeat such a strong team and do miracle

  • on March 24, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Afghanistan definitely deserve to be given the opportunity to play more ODI cricket, ICC needs to see how good they are in the 50 over game when there are more overs to bat then in the t20 format. If the Afghans can compete well in ODI's then they could be playing tests one day, Ireland needs to keep improving if they want to play tests, but i think ICC needs to organize ODI's for Afghanistan playing against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, not only to give the Afghans more cricket but also for zim and bang who dont play enough internationals, with the likes of Shehzad, Mangal, Nabi and Hamid Hassan the Afghans have a great chance to prove to the ICC and everyone that they belong at top level

  • on March 24, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Surely you will play one day INSHALLAH .

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  • on March 24, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Surely you will play one day INSHALLAH .

  • on March 24, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Afghanistan definitely deserve to be given the opportunity to play more ODI cricket, ICC needs to see how good they are in the 50 over game when there are more overs to bat then in the t20 format. If the Afghans can compete well in ODI's then they could be playing tests one day, Ireland needs to keep improving if they want to play tests, but i think ICC needs to organize ODI's for Afghanistan playing against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, not only to give the Afghans more cricket but also for zim and bang who dont play enough internationals, with the likes of Shehzad, Mangal, Nabi and Hamid Hassan the Afghans have a great chance to prove to the ICC and everyone that they belong at top level

  • on March 24, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Great Nabi our prays with whole team inshallah we will see our youngstars in super8 stage we pray to Allah to defeat such a strong team and do miracle

  • K.A.K on March 24, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Well done Afghanistan team on how you have improved your game in last 2 years. Afghanistan team should play a series in Pakistan again soon. It will be helpful for both the teams.

  • on March 24, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    why not Nabi,u guys gona Play test Cricket for sure,u Guys got the talent and no one is better then u guys..keep the Spirit

  • on March 24, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    As i am an Afghan and Nabi is my one of the best and lovely player i am very big fan of you Nabi and you will said that we deserved to play test cricket, wish that we win the final today and also we beat Aus.. and Westines in world cup t20 all Afghan are praying for your success you all guys are really talented hero's of our lovely Afghanistan... Pervaiz Dostiyar Kabul - Afghanistan

  • on March 24, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    wish you all the best, tests I would say it would be abit premature and over ambitious. As afghani and a cricketer, I suggest Afghanistan still have a long time to test but to the ODI maybe. Pakistan is the main stream for us now, they were the ones who agreed to play us an ODI, they given us a window of opportunity which I believe we delivered. If you guy can keep your momentum they way you playing now their is a good possibility similar to Bangladesh and also play a series against them. best wishes from Zalmai.

  • maddy20 on March 24, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    Congratulations to the Afghan cricket team for making it to the World T20. As expected the two most deserving teams got the spots. Yes I agree that ICC should organize ODIs for the associates with a promising record. I would really love to see how they do in 50 over format.

  • on March 24, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Now a days ODI and T20 cricket is played more than Test cricket. So, Nabi you should try to beat the big teams in T20 format like Ireland did. Sure your team will get test status very soon. Hope for best.

  • on March 24, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Only nabi not all afghanistan cricket fans want test states if icc have a look to afghanistan its good time to give test states to afghansitan and may be ireland too