Afghans dream of world cup glory

Published: Sunday, September 21, 2008, 10:34 [IST]
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Afghan criketKabul: Afghanistan, the war torn country, now dreams for a place in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. Kabir Khan, new coach of the team has vowed to add mental toughness to the side"s natural talents as he prepares his side for the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 4.

Afghanistan kept alive its dreams of meeting the likes of Australia and India by winning the World Cricket League Division Five in May - beating hosts Jersey by two wickets in a low-scoring final - and is now preparing for the next qualifying stage.

From there, the top two sides will join a further 10 countries in the United Arab Emirates to play off for four berths alongside cricket's elite at the 2011 World Cup, to be jointly hosted by Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

"Lots of people in Afghanistan are closely following our journey toward World Cup and hopefully we will not disappoint them," says Bashir Stanekzai, general manager of the team.

"That's a long way, but we are moving in right direction."

There is one national cricket academy in the capital Kabul, but the Afghan players have decamped from the strife-torn nation to the relative calm of Peshawar in Pakistan to get some competitive games under their belts before travelling to Tanzania.

"We have good academy in Kabul, but the problem was we could not get tough matches like we'll be getting in Peshawar to train ourselves for the tournament in Tanzania," Stanekzai said.

A 13-day tour to Peshawar was organized in collaboration with the Pakistan Cricket Board, during which Afghanistan will play four practice matches.


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