Afghanistan in Zimbabwe 2013-14

Zimbabwe set to host Afghanistan next month

Umar Farooq and Firdose Moonda

December 11, 2013

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The Afghanistan players celebrate their 34-run win over Kenya, Afghanistan v Kenya, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Group B, Sharjah, November 24, 2013
The Zimbabwe series will be the first time Afghanistan are hosted by a Full Member country for an international series © ICC/Getty
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Zimbabwe is set to host Afghanistan for a limited-overs tour starting late next month, ESPNcricinfo has learnt. This will be the first time Afghanistan are hosted by a Full Member board for an international series. The series, which is likely to include several Twenty20s and one ODI, is set to start from January 28.

Amid financial crisis in Zimbabwe cricket, a planned visit by Sri Lanka in October 2013 was postponed on ZC's request because of a lack of funds. However Afghanistan while touring Zimbabwe will bear their logistic expenses of their own.

This year Bangladesh, India and Pakistan all visited Zimbabwe between April and September. The series against Bangladesh and Pakistan consisted of two Tests, three ODIs and two T20s each and corporates associated with the two visiting countries, such as Cool & Cool from UAE and Haier from Pakistan were signed on as sponsors. The India series consisted of just five ODIs but provided ZC with a much-needed cash injection.

Afghanistan have qualified both for next year's World Twenty20 as well as the 2015 World Cup and in return received a massive financial boost from the ICC. They will receive $1 million from the ICC as preparation fee for the 2015 World Cup, in addition to the $422,000 awarded in April as part of the ICC's Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme. Next year, the top Associate and Affiliate Members - including Afghanistan - will also receive approximately $750,000 through the ICC Development Funding Policy.

Pakistan hosted Afghanistan in 2011 but fielded an A team against the visitors. Afghanistan played their first ODI against a Full Member country last year in February when they took on Pakistan in Sharjah.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by expert22 on (December 15, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

The only thing iam concerned over is to lose our bowlers due to lack of matches, and lack of professional Physiologs and bowling coaches. such as brilliant Hamid Hassan who pick injuries, it be a waste if his carreer is over before its even kicked off in high level cricket :). but no particular worries about the currents batsmen.

Posted by Edrees.Nawabi on (December 15, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

Will be a dream come true, seeing Afghanistan playing in Asia Cup next year.

Posted by   on (December 13, 2013, 16:27 GMT)

Afghanistan will put up a good show of cricket against Zimbabwe..Insha Allah

Posted by   on (December 13, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

thanks zimbabwe for supporting afghanistan

Posted by   on (December 12, 2013, 22:11 GMT)

Great achievement it cricket fiel for mre associate to build their scale thanks to Zimbabwe

Posted by   on (December 12, 2013, 12:04 GMT)

Why Afghanistan is not playing in Asia Cup 2014. As they got ODI status, they should play this ODI series.

Posted by Younas126 on (December 12, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

An other good opportunity for Afghanistan cricket team to be ready for 2014 and 2015. Our cricket team has to improve their weakness. Playing with full member countries can improve our cricket team.

Best of Luck Afghanistan for Victories.

Posted by Unomaas on (December 12, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

Great news for Zim and I totally agree with many posters here! This is an excellent way for Zimbabwe to a) Generate revenue, b) keep zim team on there toes with international cricket.

For Zim to improve, they need a constant diet of international cricket and with their test victory over Pakistan, they will be hungry to show the world that they can punch above their weight.

Zim should also extend offers to Nepal and Ireland team as well as they could generate substantial income from television rights. Cricket South Africa should also assist by offering to host these affiliate nations for a ODI or T20 match. SA can play their 2nd String side to give them experience.

Posted by   on (December 12, 2013, 8:29 GMT)

It will be good for AFG to host a full member team for the first time

Posted by Azooz-Afgfan on (December 12, 2013, 7:27 GMT)

I dunno why some Afghan fans are thanking ICC for this series ?? Don't you see ACB is paying the expense for it!

Posted by   on (December 12, 2013, 6:59 GMT)

Great achievement for cricket

Posted by   on (December 12, 2013, 5:46 GMT)

this is great achievement for the cricket of Afghanistan.i hope Afghanistan can win against Zimbabwe and thanks for Zimbabwe cricket board too for hosting Afghanistan.

Posted by   on (December 12, 2013, 5:02 GMT)

This is the most interesting and brilliant news for me.

Posted by   on (December 12, 2013, 2:56 GMT)

love u Afghanistan inshallah we will won all the match's

Posted by   on (December 12, 2013, 1:54 GMT)

very good news thanks ZCB

Posted by   on (December 11, 2013, 23:39 GMT)

It is a great news for Afghanistan but my advice to our team and management is to be ready for the series if they are going to Zimbabwe they should go for a win not to go their and come back with empty hands I have seen that recently our team is getting weaker day by day I don't know what is the reason but honestly our team is getting weaker and weaker I think before going to Zimbabwe we need to hire a batting coach at least for a month so our players can learn something before going to Zimbabwe. also Zimbabwe is not a weak team they are strong they will have the home ground support so we need a good and sharp team otherwise it will be waste of Money and sources to go there and come back empty hand Good luck Afghanistan for a good performance Inshah-allah

Posted by Meety on (December 11, 2013, 23:21 GMT)

@grahaam on (December 11, 2013, 17:25 GMT) - that is the problem - Zim should NOT see Afghan & Ireland as threats. They are opportunities to play cricket against sides that shouldn't thrash them. A full strength Zim should win against Afghan, but by no means certainly.

Posted by Meety on (December 11, 2013, 23:19 GMT)

Some of the best news I have seen for the development of International cricket in ages.

Posted by Jonah58 on (December 11, 2013, 20:11 GMT)

Why is everybody thanking the ICC for this? It clearly states Afghanistan are paying the costs involved in this tour not the ICC. This is the reverse of what happens usually. When you invite somebody to play you in your your country you pay the costs! However Good Luck Afghanistan I hope you win and you certainly deserve the exposure.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2013, 19:45 GMT)

Good news for Afghanistan. ICC should give Afghanistan and Ireland more games with top teams.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2013, 19:43 GMT)

If afghan win cricket world will rotate 360 degrees & it would be a revolutionary inshaallah.good luck for afghans.

Posted by grahaam on (December 11, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

Great news for Afganistan , who with Ireland are a threat to Zimbabwe Cricket in so much as they are well administrated and can therefore progress whilst the financially stagnant Zimbabweans continue to suffer. If the T20s take place first the Afgans will be a real threat, once acclimatized , in the ODI format. Zimbabwe may regret accepting this tour as they have all to lose and nothing to gain, a win against these minnows would be just expected. A defeat a clear call for elevation of Afgan and Irsh cricket , both well run organisations over Zimbabwes corrupt and dis jointed administration.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2013, 17:22 GMT)

AFG needs to get a very experience batting coach as soon as possible. their batting technique is very poor.ICC should look at this problem and focus on it .. recently they showed very poor batting against Ireland . and Zimbabwe is very good team with a strong batting lineup

Posted by Azooz-Afgfan on (December 11, 2013, 17:22 GMT)

Now that's a kind of news we anxiously waited for several years. Afghanistan deserve more fixtures against FMs and watch what they gonna come up with. All the best men in blue.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2013, 17:20 GMT)

this is great great news for Afghanistan. I hope they win against Zimbabawe to show the world that they have talented team.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

good/ That's a great news in Afghanistan Cricket history, can't wait to see the matches live on TV, best of luck Afghanistan.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

We will face them with positive results. Its a big chance for Afghanistan to gain the master mind game playing with full members. We are waiting for a big upset.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

We want to from icc to give more series for Afghanistan

Posted by   on (December 11, 2013, 13:50 GMT)

Great news, Afghanistan team should to keep good practice for this match. we are really happy to heard about this match. may God give good future for both team.Shams Hasami From AFghansitan.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

best of luck against zimbabwe

Posted by   on (December 11, 2013, 12:49 GMT)

well good luck for afghan players and hope to keep good Security of the Zimbabwe players and thanks form Zimbabwe for coming to Afghanistan they are really help to afghan cricketers

Posted by jamespapa on (December 11, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

Wow! It's a great news for Afg. It's now in there hands to show the world what they are capable of. I think they will play only 1 one day international. There should be at least 3 odi because they need more games of longer format. Nevertheless this is a very good news for afg cricket. Best of luck Afghanistan

Posted by   on (December 11, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

Finally Some Even match competition beared by the Visitors

Posted by   on (December 11, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

It's really good news for both Countries hope Afghanistan positive cricket

Posted by   on (December 11, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

Great news. The tour will provide excellent opportunity for the Afghan side to gain some valuable experience. The more often you play, especially in different conditions, the quicker you get to improve your game. I wish all the best to Afghan and other Asian cricket teams.

Posted by afghan_cric_lover on (December 11, 2013, 11:23 GMT)

thast great news for us thanks ICC inshallah afghanistan will play positive cricket nd its great opportunity to be prepaared for world twney20

Posted by ashakim on (December 11, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

I am very happy to see Afghanistan hosted by the full members, this is a great step towards preparation for the T20 World cup 2014 and the 2015 World Cup. This is now Afghanistan's time to show consistency.

Posted by Edrees.Nawabi on (December 11, 2013, 11:11 GMT)

That's a great news in Afghanistan Cricket history, can't wait to see the matches live on TV, best of luck Afghanistan.

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (December 11, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

It's really sad to see a full member is struggling to attract sponsors 4m home. In fact all the home series of Zim were sponsored by foreign companies in recent years. Even series against BD have been sponsored by 2 BD mobile companies in recent years. That's really alarming for Zimbabwe. Although they've no difficulties with political or security issues, financial crisis is daunting the progress of their cricket. Btw, the courage of hosting an associate under such circumstances is a brave decision by ZC. Afghans r already getting enhanced opportunity in domestic tournaments of PK & BD. Hope they can play full ODI series vs all Asian full members within 2015.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2013, 10:57 GMT)

brilliant news for zimbabwe cricket !!! Pity that there arent any 4-day matches

Posted by   on (December 11, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

it will be a landmark for Afghanistan to tour a full member. people will invite them to their countries, soon, if they keep performing well.

best of luck Afghanistan

Posted by Pat93 on (December 11, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

Would love to see a first class game played as well.

Posted by Fawad.Surosh on (December 11, 2013, 10:45 GMT)

I am very happy to see a full member hosting Afghanistan for the first time in history. It is now the time that Afghanistan may show consistency and some match-win against a full member. These are the initial steps to dig in and show quality to get full membership. Hope, one day we see Afghanistan amongst full members.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

Absolutely delighting well news hope Afghanistan get more tours and series with full members test nations in future.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

this is a grete news for afghanistan team and fans.. thanks ICC

Posted by   on (December 11, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

Absolutely delighting well news hope Afghanistan get more tours and series with full members test nations in future.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

the next big thing in World Cricket - Team Afghanistan, Supporter from INDIA, Come on Guys

Posted by calcu on (December 11, 2013, 10:38 GMT)

great news for cricket

Posted by   on (December 11, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

Very good move towards the development of game. Afghanistan deserve every shot at the big stage and this will pave way for them to step up against a deserving competitor.

Posted by Zarin_Khan on (December 11, 2013, 10:10 GMT)

Great news! Wishing Afghanistan best of luck and we demand some upsets as well!

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (December 11, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

Good to see these teams getting games but still don't think it will make much of a difference as both teams are simply not good enough to qualify for main round at the tournament.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

good news for afghanistan

Posted by   on (December 11, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

Great news, 3 ODIs followed by 5 T20s in preparation for the World T20 would be perfect. Should be very competitive.

Posted by FiraazFysal on (December 11, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

Certainly Afghanistan will be a good contender in years to come, but not very far. The way they played recently showed south Asia will have a better competitor. No sooner South Asia will be the best region for English introduced cricket with Nepal is also joining the force.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2013, 9:51 GMT)

Great News for Afghanistan Cricket

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