Thursday, April 29, 2010

T/20 world cup Afghanistan

The journey of this war torn country from the lower divisions of cricket to qualifying for the T/20 world cup has been nothing, but extraordinary. Just about 8 or 10 years ago, they were nowhere in the picture, but now they have even qualified for the the world cup! Afghanistan have shown that they can match the best associate team Ireland as well and have even defeated them recently as they beat Ireland in the finals of the qualifying round for the T/20 world cup and again defeated them yesterday in a warm up match.

Key players

Hamid Hassan- Hassan who usually wears a blue headband is a big fan of Freddie. Hassan has the ability to bowl at a nippy pace and can swing it both ways. He is also a fine outfielder. Just like other players in the side, he just plays with so much enthusiasm and that is what one would like to see in a amateur team.

Nabi-He is a very useful all-rounder and a key member of the Afghan team. He is a very useful off spinner and showed his mettle by being the highest wicket taker in the qualifying round for the T/20 world cup and a fine middle/lower order batsman as well.

Shahzad- Shahzad is a talented young batsman, who showed his class by smashing the Irish team all over the park in the finals of the T/20 qualifying round. Shahzad also came up with a brilliant effort against Canada in the intercontinental tournament as he scored a double hundred to help the Afghan team chase down a mammoth target in excess of 400. He is just 18, but has a bright future ahead of him.

Mangal- The captain himself has been in excellent touch in first class cricket, but hasn't found it easy to get runs in the shorter formats of the game. The team no doubt would require their captain to lead from the front.

I would also like to mention the left arm medium pacer, Zadran as he has chipped in with crucial wickets for Afghanistan.

The Afghans have always come across as a team, who enjoy playing the game. Yes, they would likely be thrashed by heavyweights like South Africa and India in their group, but it has no doubt been a remarkable journey for this war torn country.


Wes said...

Nooooo they must not get thrashed, I so want them to reach the second stage, what a brave little team. I saw a video last night about their development, they absolutely deserve to make it a bit further than just the group stage!

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greyblazer said...

Lol in T/20 cricket anything can happen but they are up against SA and India. It is ironic that Afghans who won the qualifying round would play India and SA and Ireland who finished runners up would play England and the Caribbean team.

Anonymous said...

I'm like Wes, I want them to go far. I haven't seen them yet and really want a chance to watch them.


half-tracker said...

I think Hamid Hassan can go far, and would be one bloke I'd love to see get a contract in the expanding IPL next year. Shahzad has amazing potential, and is lethal in all formats. I also do like the look of Nabi, as he has a knack of picking up wickets.

I think we might see Afghanistan's usual tactics against South Africa and India - using Hamid as 6th or 7th bowler to kill off any end of innings attack.

greyblazer said...

It would be great if they defeat India or SA!