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Monday, March 26, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan national cricket team had got deputy championship in the 20 over cricket tournament held in the United Arab Emirate (UAE) and got second position. 
The national cricket team of the country accepted defeat from the Ireland during the electoral 20 over cricket competitions, but enjoyed the second position to get access to the 20 over world cup expected to be held in September, this year.

Monday, March 26, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Hashmatullah Barikzai the cyclist of Afghanistan secured third position in the 18th Pakistani cycling competition the other day and received Bronze medal. 
In the race, attended by 45 cyclists from Afghanistan and Pakistan to cycle 160 km from Lahore to Sahiwal, two Pakistani cyclists secured first and second positions and Hashmatullah Barikzai stood in the third round. 
Head of the Cyclists Federation, Mohammad Sadiq Sadiqi said that Barekzai had won gold medal in competition last year.

Friday 23 March 2012,

(BNA)

Dubai - Afghanistan captain Nawroz Mangal led his side to a place in the ICC Twenty20 world cup and then said he wanted the team to be given the chance to compete against the top cricketing nations on a regular basis.

Mangal's side beat Namibia by 47 runs in front of 3,000 passionate supporters at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday, a result that sealed a place in the final of the 16-team qualifying tournament and the first of the two available places for September's event.

The result also made it eight wins out of eight for Afghanistan in the tournament and Mangal said a statistic like that made a compelling case for his side to be given more opportunities to play against the established teams.

"It is a big day for us and the entire nation to compete at a bigger level," Mangal told reporters through an interpreter.

"Afghanistan is no longer at a stage to compete against associate and affiliate members. In every single tournament we have participated in, in the ACC (Asian Cricket Council) and in global associate and affiliate tournaments, we have beaten every single team.

"So we want to compete on a bigger level and the stage is there. The boys are up to that and we will do our best."

The success against the Africans confirmed Afghanistan's second successive qualification for the Twenty20 world cup after reaching 2010's edition in the West Indies.

ONE-DAY STATUS

Afghanistan was granted one-day international (ODI) status by the game's governing body, the International Cricket Council, in 2010 when they narrowly failed to qualify for last year's 50-over cricket world cup.

However, it was only last month that they finally played their first ODI against one of the top-10 sides, acquitting themselves creditably despite losing by seven wickets to Pakistan in Sharjah.

Coach Kabir Khan, in his second spell with the squad after almost two years with the United Arab Emirates national side, said the success of the Afghanistan team was having a positive effect within the country.

"It is a moment of big happiness for me, the country and the future of the country's cricket. Cricket is a positive thing, sport always helps with peace," he told reporters.

"In Afghanistan, cricket is playing a big role in peace. With the youngsters, the statistics have about 70,000 youngsters registered with us.

"Now we have some time on our hands, we have to prepare really well and make a really good bunch of boys for the (Twenty20) world cup," Khan added.

Although Afghanistan's total of 146 looked a little below par, their bowlers and fielders tore into the Namibian top-order.

Fast bowler Dawlat Zadran took two wickets in the first over, including bowling the tournament's leading run-scorer Raymond van Schoor first ball.

Zadran, who ended with figures of 3-5, helped reduce Namibia to 18-4 and with his opening partner Aftab Alam (4-25) returning to mop up the tail, Afghanistan bowled Sarel Burger's side out for 99 with 11 balls unused.

Namibia still have a chance of joining Afghanistan in Sri Lanka, if they beat the winner of Friday's play-off game between Ireland and the Netherlands.

Ireland secured their spot in that match after making 109-0 to hammer Canada by 10 wickets on Thursday. Paul Stirling (61) and captain William Porterfield (42) surpassed Canada's 106-8 in only 9.3 overs.

The Netherlands overcame Scotland by three wickets with five balls in hand. Scotland made 166-6 before the Dutch replied with 169-7. Former Australia under-19 batsman Tom Cooper spearheaded the chase with a whirlwind 60 from 32 balls.

Friday 23 March 2012,

(BNA)

 Dubai - Afghanistan qualified for its second successive ICC World Twenty20 when it comprehensively beat Namibia by 47 runs in the 1st Qualifying Final of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2012 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium (DICS) on Thursday afternoon.

In front of about 3,500 cheering and jubilant supporters, Afghanistan fast bowler Dawlat Zadran dismissed Namibia's in-form openers Raymond van Schoor and Gerrie Snyman in his first over and then his new ball partner Aftab Alam ripped the heart out of the African side, as it stuttered to 99 all out in 18.1 overs after being set a target of 147.

Man of the match Zadran finished with impressive figures of 3.1-1-5-3 while Alam returned figures of 4-0-25-4.

The victory, apart from earning Afghanistan a ticket to Sri Lanka for the tournament proper to be staged from 18 September to 7 October, has also put it in the final of the qualifying tournament which will start at 1800 (local time) at the DICS on Saturday, 24 March.

While Afghanistan has been assured of a place in the tournament proper alongside the 10 Full Members, Namibia still has an opportunity to win the second and last available spot when it plays the winner of Ireland and Netherlands match on the morning of Saturday, 24 March.

On Thursday morning, Ireland had reached the Preliminary Final after recording a thumping 10 wickets victory over Canada where it was joined by Netherlands which ended the challenge of Scotland by three wickets.

The grouping of the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012 will be decided on the basis of how the final pans out. The tournament winner joins Australia and the West Indies in Group B, while the losing finalist will complete Group A which also includes defending champion England and 2007 winner India.

Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat first on a good batting surface. All its frontline batsmen made good starts but failed to convert these starts into big innings. As such, the entire side was bowled out for 146 in 20 overs.

Karim Sadiq (28), Javed Ahmadi (24), Asghar Stanikzai (19) and Mohammad Nabi (18) were the prominent run-getters while 57-run first wicket stand between Karim and Javed was Afghanistan's highest partnership.

Namibia captain Sarel Burger (three for 16) and Christi Viljoen (three for 34) not only picked up wickets at regular intervals but also didn't allow the attacking Afghan batsmen to free their arms.

In turn, Zadran sent back the two in-form Namibian openers back in the hut in the first five balls of the opening over before Alam ended the prospects of a close finish when he picked up the prized scalp of Louis van der Westhuizen in the fourth over as Namibia eventually fell 47 runs short after being bowled out for 99.

ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat complimented Afghanistan on its achievement. Mr Lorgat said: "Many congratulations to Nawroz Mangal's fantastic team for becoming the first side to qualify for the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012.

"A second successive appearance for Afghanistan in a global ICC event after having only started to play internationally in the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 5 tournament in 2008, is very impressive.

"I expect there will be lots of celebrations in Kabul today ? and why not? After all, this team has once again made its people proud by earning the right to play alongside the Full Members in a global ICC event.

"By qualifying for the ICC World T20 tournament, which will be followed by billions across the globe, Afghanistan will get another chance to showcase its talents and passion for the game of cricket. Judging by how they have played in recent years, I have no doubt that they will be a team to be reckoned with.

"Namibia also deserves to be congratulated as it has performed well throughout this tournament. While it may be disappointed today, it still has another opportunity to qualify as it will now play the winner of Ireland and Netherland's match to will determine the second country to qualify for the main event."

In a one-sided Ireland-Canada match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, the North Americans batted first after winning the toss and managed only 106 for eight against a disciplined Irish bowling. Opener Ruvindu Gunasekera (23), Tyson Gordon (23) and Nitish Kumar (17) were the only batsmen who reached double figures.

Ireland's left-arm spinner George Dockrell (three for 19), fast bowler Max Sorensen (three for 20) and veteran Trent Johnston (two for nine) shared wickets.

In turn, openers Paul Stirling and captain William Porterfield achieved the target in less than 10 overs without being separated. Stirling clubbed nine fours and three sixes in a 32-ball 61 not out while Porterfield's 25-ball 42 including eight sizzling fours.

Johnston, reflecting on his man of the match performance, said: "I think that the more games we're playing, the better I'm getting.

"I've always enjoyed bowling here as it reminds me of the Australian wickets. I think as a bowler, you know there's something in there if you are prepared to bend your back."

At the ICC Global Cricket Academy Oval 1, Tom Cooper produced his best batting performance of the tournament when he scored an electrifying 60 that helped the Netherlands defeat Scotland by three wickets.

Cooper slapped four fours and as many sixes in a 32-ball 62 which helped the Dutch to overhaul the 167-run target with three wickets and five balls to spare.

Cooper took the crease at the score of 67 for three in 9.1 overs and when he became the seventh and last Dutch batsman to get out, 15 runs were required off 12 balls. Tom de Grooth and Tim Gruijters ensured that their side crossed the line without any further hiccups when they scored the required 15 runs in seven balls.

Earlier, Scotland, electing to bat first after winning the toss, collected 166 for five with openers Callum MacLeod (57) and Richie Berrington (37) adding 59 runs for the first wicket and then MacLeod and Preseton Mommsen (26) putting on 54 runs for the second wicket.

For Netherlands, Pieter Seelaar two for 25), Mudassar Bukhari (two for 30) and Peter Borren (two for 32) shared wickets.

A smiling Cooper said later: "The target was probably par for this pitch. So we were confident of chasing it down. We did well to pull things back in bowling. I knew that if one of us stayed till the end then we could chase it down."