Afghanistan cricket team riding high on the all-round show by captain Mohammad Nabi has secured place in ICC world cup 2015 by defeating Kenya by 7 wickets.
Afghanistan has become the second side to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 after Ireland qualifying earlier.
The groups announced after Afghanistan’s victory over Kenya :
Team A Team B
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson congratulated Afghanistan Team and said: “Afghanistan has performed incredibly well in this tournament – Congratulations to the team, the Afghanistan Cricket Board and to the country for supporting them.”
After Afghanistan’s win, Mr Richardson said: “Afghanistan’s journey has been a remarkable one. It started in World Cricket League Division 5 in 2008, and will now make its maiden appearance at the ICC’s flagship 50-over event, the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Afghanistan is a talented team who will prove a competitive opponent for any team that comes up against it.Afghanistan’s rapid rise is a feather in the cap for the ICC’s Global Development Programme. The World Cricket League Championship has proven a great success, providing meaningful context for Associate and Affiliate cricket and a fantastic pathway for all teams to reach the pinnacle of the sport.”
“Well done also to the remaining six sides in the Championship, who have competed well over the two years of this competition. They will now have a second opportunity to qualify, alongside Hong Kong, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and Uganda, at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2014 in New Zealand, and I wish all ten sides the best of luck.”- He added.
Brief Score (Afghanistan Vs Kenya) :
Kenya 93 all out, 43.3 overs (Morris Ouma 39, Rakep Patel 18; Hamza Hotak 3-19, Karim Sadiq 2-10, Mohammad Nabi 2-10, Hamid Hassan 2-11)
Afghanistan 96-3, 20.5 overs (Mohammad Nabi 46 not out, Nawroz Mangal 19, Hashmatullah Shaidi 13 not out; Shem Ngoche 2-30)