Afghanistan national cricket team

Afghanistan national cricket team

Infobox non test cricket team
country_name = Afghanistan



image_caption = Flag of Afghanistan
icc_member_year = 2001
icc_status = Affiliate member
icc_region = Asia
current_captain = Nowroz Mangal
WCL_division = Three
regional_tournament = ACC Trophy
regional_tournament_division = Champions
first_match = 15 October 2001 v Nowshehra at Gymkhana Ground, Peshawar, Pakistan
world_ranking = 29th (equal with four other teams)
regional_ranking = 4th
asofdate = October 2007

The Afghan cricket team is a national cricket team representing Afghanistan. They have been an Affiliate Member of the ICC since 2001, and an Associate Member of the Asian Cricket Council since 2003.

Originally the Taliban regime in Afghanistan had banned cricket as they had banned most other sports, but in early 2000 there was a change of heart and the government wrote to the Pakistan Cricket Board asking for the PCB's support for an Afghan application to the ICC.

History

Cricket was previously little known in Afghanistan, until civil war drove many Afghans as refugees into Pakistan, where they found the game of cricket common as a leftover from the British Raj; those refugees returning brought it back to Afghanistan. [BBC TV news] In 2001, the Afghan side took part in a four-match tour of Pakistan, visiting Peshawar and Rawalpindi, and the team also visited in 2003 and 2004. In 2004 Afghanistan played in the ACC Trophy in Kuala Lumpur - the regional qualifying competition for the ICC Trophy - and performed respectably, with the highlight being a surprise win over hosts Malaysia. They finished sixth in that tournament, only just missing out on progression along the qualifying path for the 2007 World Cup by one place.

In 2006 Afghanistan hosted an MCC team led by former England captain Mike Gatting in a 40-over contest, and the Afghans won by 171 runs with Gatting being dismissed for a duck.ref|MCC

Later in 2006 the team competed in the ACC Trophy for the second time and finished in third place, thereby gaining entry to Division Five of the ICC World Cricket League which forms part of the qualification pathway to the 2011 World Cup. In May 2008, Afghanistan reached the final of the Division Five competition to qualify for Division Four. In the final, Afghanistan defeated Jersey, the host nation.Afghanistan defeated Hong Kong in the final of the tournament, which means they both reached WCL Division 3 too. Afghanistan kept its unbeaten record by beating Fiji, Tanzania, Jersey, Hong Kong (2 times) and Italy in the tournament. Now, they are setting for the WCL Division 3 tournament which be held in Argentina in January 2009.

Tournament History

ICC World Cricket Division Four Champion

Afghanistan Cricket Team has chosen a new coach Kabir Khan and a new chair, Allah Dad Noori in September 2008 prior to the Division 4 tournament in Dar-al-salam, Tanzania. Afghanistan will face Fiji on the first day, and will continue to battle with Tanzania, Jersey, Hong Kong and Italy the next days.The schedule for Afghan matches is as following:

Match 1Limited Overs Matches
date = 4 October 2008
team1 = cr-rt|AFG
score1 = 132 all out (35.3 overs)
score2 = 52 all out (20.4 overs)
team2 = cr|FJI
runs1= Ahmed Shah 34 (43)
wickets1 = Hamid Hassan 4/25 (4 overs)
runs2 = Simon Jepson 8 (5)
wickets2 = Iniasi Cakacaka 3/26 (8 overs)
result = Afghanistan won by 80 runs
venue = Kinondoni Ground, Dar es Salaam
umpires = Rockie D'Mello and Karl Hurter
motm =
rain = Match reduced to 36 overs a side due to rain.

Match 2Limited Overs Matches
date = 5 October 2008
team1 = cr-rt|AFG
score1 = 203/9 (50 overs)
score2 = 81/10 (35.5 overs)
team2 = cr|Jersey
runs1= Karim Khan 60 (106)
wickets1 = Hasti Gul 3/20 (10 overs)
runs2 = SR Carlyon 17 (34)
wickets2 = SSJ Dewhurst 2/26 (5 overs)
result = Afghanistan won by 122 runs
venue = University Ground, Dar es Salaam
umpires = IL Howell (south Africa) & S Modi (Kenya)

Match 3Limited Overs Matches
date = 7 October 2008
team1 = cr-rt|AFG
score1 = 143/10 (46.3 overs)
score2 = 130/10 (44.2 overs)
team2 = cr|Tanzania
runs1= Shafiqullah 25 (49)
wickets1 = Mohd Nabi 3/12 (7.2 overs)
runs2 = B Mwita 37 (54)
wickets2 = Nassoro 3/24 (10 overs)
result = Afghanistan won by 13 runs
venue = Anadil Burhani Ground, Dar es Salaam
umpires = K Hurter (South Africa), S Modi (Kenya)

Match 4Limited Overs Matches
date = 8 October 2008
team1 = cr-rt|Hong Kong
score1 = 206/9 (50 overs)
score2 = 209/6 (49.4 overs)
team2 = cr|Afghanistan
runs1= Zain Abbas 69 (119)
wickets1 = Moneer Ahmad 2/27 (10 overs)
runs2 = Mohammad Nabi 70 (78)
wickets2 = Mohammad Nabi 5/32 (9 overs)
result = Afghanistan won by 4 Wickets
venue = Anadil Burhani Ground, Dar es Salaam
umpires = IL Howell (South Africa), R D'Mello (Kenya)

Match 5Limited Overs Matches
date = 10 October 2008
team1 = cr-rt|Afghanistan
score1 = 234/10 (50 overs)
score2 = 141/10 (44.4 overs)
team2 = cr|Italy
runs1= Raees Ahmadzai 68 (63)
wickets1 = Hamid Hassan 3/19 (8 overs)
runs2 = MN Northcote 35 (91)
wickets2 = Alaudin 2/21 (8 overs)
result = Afghanistan won by 93 Runs
venue = Leaders Club Kinondoni, Dar es Salaam
umpires = IL Howell (South Africa), D Odhiambo (Kenya)

FinalLimited Overs Matches
date = 11 October 2008
team1 = cr-rt|AFG
score1 = 179/10 (49.4 overs)
score2 = 122/10 (45 overs)
team2 = cr-rt|Hong Kong
runs1= Raees Ahmadzai 49 (69)
wickets1 = Mohammad Nabi 4/9 (9 overs)
runs2 = Tabarak Dar 33 (106)
wickets2 = Nizakat Khan 4/29 (7.4 overs)
result = Afghanistan won the FINAL by 57 Runs
venue = Anadil Burhani GroundDar-es-Salaam
umpires = S Modi (Kenya), S Prasad (Singapore)

ACC Trophy Elite 2008

The Afghanistan National Cricket team left the country on 23 July to participate in ACC Trophy Elite 2008. The ACC Trophy started on 25 July and ended on 03 August 2008. The ACC Trophy is the premier tournament in the Asia development region. The finalists of the ACC Trophy Elite qualify for the immediately succeeding Asia Cup where they take on Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in ODIs.

Schedule of Afghanistan Matches was as follows:

Match 1Limited overs international
date = 26 July 2008
team1 = cr-rt|Afghanistan
score1 = 214/10 (48.1 overs)
team2 = cr|UAE
score2 = 217/7 (46 overs)
result = cr|UAE won by 3 Wkts
venue = Bayuemas Oval, Malaysia
umpires = PDushantha Ekanayaka and Sarika Prasad).
runs1 = Nowroz Mangal 55 (67)
runs2 = Arshad Ali 68 (127)
wickets1 = Karim Sadiq 3/33 (10)
wickets2 = Riaz Khaliq 3/27 (8.2)

Match 2Limited overs international
date = 27 July 2008
team1 = cr-rt|Afghanistan
score1 = 264/9 (50 overs)
team2 = cr|Malaysia
score2 = 197/10 (46.3 overs)
result = cr|Afghanistan won by 66 Runs
venue = Selangor Turf, Malaysia
umpires = SS Hazare (Ind) and SH Sarathkumara (Srilanka).
runs1 = Karim Khan 81 (73)
runs2 = M Krishnamurthi 34 (62)
wickets1 = Nowroz Mangal 5/24 (5.3)
wickets2 = DM Sockalingham 4/49 (10)

Match 3Limited overs international
date = 29 July 2008
team1 = cr-rt|Saudi Arabia
score1 = 172/10 (48.2 overs)
team2 = cr|Afghanistan
score2 = 175/4 (25.3 overs)
result = cr|Afghanistan won by 6 Wkts
venue = Kinrara Oval, Malaysia
umpires = SJ Phadkar (Ind) and BB Pradhan (Nepal).
runs1 = Abid Naseem 67 (100)
runs2 = Noor Ali 70 (49)
wickets1 = Ijaz Sagheer 1/27 (5)
wickets2 = Mohammad Nabi 5/30 (8.2)

Match 4Limited overs international
date = 30 July 2008
team1 = cr-rt|Afghanistan
score1 = 293/9 (50 overs)
team2 = cr|Bahrain
score2 = 286/9 (50 overs)
result = cr|Afghanistan won by 7 Runs
venue = Bayuemas Oval, Malaysia
umpires = Buddhi Pradhan (Nepal) and Anisur Rehman (Pakistan).
runs1 = Asghar Stanikzai 102 (110)
runs2 = Ashraf Mughal 81 (81)
wickets1 = Dawlat Ahmadzai 3/39 (8)
wickets2 = Halal Abbasi 2/25 (7)

Semi-finalLimited overs international
date = 01 August 2008
team1 = cr-rt|Hong Kong
score1 = 154/9 (50 overs)
team2 = cr|Afghanistan
score2 = 129/10 (43.4 overs)
result = cr|Hong Kong won Semi-final

3rd & 4th place play-offLimited overs international
date = 02 August 2008
team1 = cr-rt|Nepal
score1 = 210/8 (50 overs)
team2 = cr|Afghanistan
score2 = 213/7 (48.2 overs)
result = cr|Afghanistan won by 3 wickets

Tour to USA: Compton Cricket Club vs Afghanistan national cricket team Sep 2008

A match with the Afghanistan national cricket team had been organised for June 7th. 2008 [http://www.comptoncricketclub.org/index.php?PID=afghan Compton Cricket Club - The Afghan Games] . Unfortunately the match has had to be postponed due to lack of funding for the National Cricket team from Afghanistan to fly from their home camp to Los Angeles for the historical match.

The 2 clubs are working towards another date fixture for this match.

This will be the first time that a cricket team from Afghanistan has toured to America. The match will help raise money for an orphanage rebuilt by US marines in Afghanistan and continue the CCC's vital work around the world promoting greater peace through 'cricket diplomacy.

2008 ICC World Cricket League Division Five Champions

Afghanistan overcame Jersey and win a dramatic ICC World Cricket League Division 5 (WCL Div. 5) final in Jersey on 31 May. In a low-scoring match at the Grainville Jersey, Afghanistan completed the target of 81 runs with two wickets to spare. Afghanistan and Jersey join Hong Kong, Fiji, Tanzania and Italy in the six-team ICC WCL Div. 4 set for the Tanzanian capital of Dar Es Salaam from 4 to 11 October. In turn, the top two teams from that tournament will progress to WCL Div. 3 in Argentina next January and hope to finish in the top two to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2009 in the UAE, which incorporates Divisions 1 and 2. The top four Associate or Affiliate teams from the ICC World Cup Qualifier will book their places at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 to be staged in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Limited overs international
date = 23 May 2008
team1 = cr-rt|Afghanistan
score1 = 179/10 (35.4 overs)
team2 = cr|Japan
score2 = 87/10 (40.2 overs)
result = cr|Afghanistan won by 92 runs
venue = Victoria College, Jersey, England
umpires = PK Baldwin (GER) and Sanjeev Kad (Finland).
runs1 = Karim Khan 47 (46)
runs2 = NA Miyaji 19 (54)
wickets1 = Hasti Gul 3/22 (10)
wickets2 = T Hagihara 5/25 (7.4)
----Limited overs international
date = 24 May 2008
team1 = cr-rt|Afghanistan
score1 = 105/5 (24.2 overs)
team2 = cr|Bahamas
score2 = 0/0 (0 overs)
result = Match abandoned
venue = Les Quennevais 1, Jersey, England
umpires = L Goldsmith (GER) and C McElwee (Ireland).
runs1 = Asghar Stanakzai 27 (40)
runs2 = ( - ) 0 (0)
wickets1 = ( - ) 0/0 (0)
wickets2 = ML Ford 3/35 (9.2)
----Limited overs international
date = 25 May 2008
team1 = cr-rt|Bahamas
score1 = 46/10 (24 overs)
team2 = cr|Afghanistan
score2 = 49/5 (6.3 overs)
result = cr|Afghanistan won by 5 wickets
venue = Les Quennevais 1, Jersey, England
umpires = L Goldsmith (GER) and C McElwee (Ireland).
runs1 = JB Barry 8 (39)
runs2 = Nowroz Mangel 18 (10)
wickets1 = ML Ford 3/5 (2)
wickets2 = Gulbadin Naib 5/7 (4)
----Limited overs international
date = 26 May 2008
team1 = cr-rt|Botswana
score1 = 128/10 (34.4 overs)
team2 = cr|Afghanistan
score2 = 129/3 (19.5 overs)
result = cr|Afghanistan won by 7 wickets
venue = Les Quennevais 2, Jersey, England
umpires = CG McAllister (Ireland) and B Hartong (Netherlands).
runs1 = S Muhiyuddin 36 (77)
runs2 = Karim Khan 62 (71)
wickets1 = JWN Moses 1/12 (1.5)
wickets2 = Mohammad Nabi 4/20 (5.4)
----Limited overs international
date = 27 May 2008
team1 = cr-rt|Singapore
score1 = 145/10 (29.3 overs)
team2 = cr|Afghanistan
score2 = 76/10 (20.2 overs)
result = cr|Singapore won by 69 runs
venue = FB Fields, Jersey, England
umpires = J Mountford (Guersney) and BD Papworth (Scotland).
runs1 = CR Kumarage 32 (45)
runs2 = Mohammad Nabi 24 (24)
wickets1 = C Janik 5/9 (3.2)
wickets2 = Mohammad Nabi 3/23 (4)
----Limited overs international
date = 28 May 2008
team1 = cr-rt|Afghanistan
score1 = 0/0 (0 overs)
team2 = cr|Jersey
score2 = 0/0 (0 overs)
result = No play due to persistent rain
venue = Grainville, Jersey, England
----Semi-Final (Jersey defeated USA)

Limited overs international
date = 30 May 2008
team1 = cr-rt|Afghanistan
score1 = 142/10 (49.3 overs)
team2 = cr|Nepal
score2 = 105/10 (45.5 overs)
result = cr|Afghanistan won by 37 runs
venue = Grainville, Jersey, England
umpires = BD Papworth (Scotland) and T Magee (Ireland).
runs1 = Mohammad Nabi 48 (64)
runs2 = M Alam 17 (37)
wickets1 = Dawlat Ahmadzai 3/18 (10)
wickets2 = B Regmi 3/30 (8.3)
----Final

Limited overs international
date = 31 May 2008
team1 = cr-rt|Jersey
score1 = 80/10 (39.5 overs)
team2 = cr|Afghanistan
score2 = 81/8 (37.4 overs)
result = cr|Afghanistan won the final by 2 wickets
venue = Grainville, Jersey, England
umpires = PK Baldwin (Germany) and M Hawthorne (Ireland).
runs1 = JM Gough 23 (56)
runs2 = Hasti Gul 29 (40)
wickets1 = RC Driver 4/26 (10)
wickets2 = Hameed Hasan 4/27 (9.5)

ACC Tournaments

*ACC Trophy
**2004: Sixth Place
**2006: Third Place
**2008: Third Place
*ACC U-15 Cup
**2005: Finalists

*ACC U-19 Elite Cup
**2007: Finalists

*ACC Twenty20 Cup
**2007: Winner

Middle East Cup

2006: Finalists

Match with MCC

2006: Defeated MCC team led by former England captain Mike Gatting

Tour of England

*June 11, 2006: Afghanistan Vs Hoddesdon (Afghanistan won by 57 runs)
*June 14, 2006: Afghanistan Vs Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (Afghanistan won by 7 wickets)
*June 15, 2006: Afghanistan Vs Glamorgan 2nd XI (Afghanistan won by 2 wickets)
*June 19, 2006: Afghanistan Vs Loughborough UCCE (Afghanistan lost by 1 wicket)
*June 20, 2006: Afghanistan Vs Essex (Afghanistan won by 1 wicket)
*June 21, 2006: Afghanistan Vs Leicestershire 2nd XI (Afghanistan won by 6 runs)
*June 22, 2006: Afghanistan Vs Ditchling CC (Afghanistan won by 96 runs)

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Best Performance

Afghan Cricket Squad

References

* [http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/ci/content/story/241837.html Gatting falls for a duck against Afghanistan] from Cricinfo. Retrieved 28 March 2006.
* [http://www.icc-europe.org/DATABASE/ARTICLES/articles/000039/003917.shtml European Cricket Council]

External links

* [http://www.afghan-web.com/sports/sports_history.html Afghan Sports History]


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