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    The Afghanistan Thread - Mk II

    So let's give this another try eh? Afghanistan have done well enough in a very short period of time that they deserve a thread without idiotic political debates.

    Cricinfo - Netherlands take third, Afghanistan win again

    Impressive stuff to win their first ODI, against Scotland no less.
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    Kenya should be disappointed with their efforts just shows haw much they have fallen of the ladder since 03.

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    anyway, very happy that even without RtD we are awesome! imagine Schiferli and Nannes opening the bowling!
    first time in years I feel confidentish about dutch cricket..

    Afghanistan have impressed but personally, I do hope it does get a lot of media coverage in Afghanistan, and not just the media attention to make it look like America did well for attacking Afghanistan...
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    Go Afghanistan! Wonderful to see them progress so well.

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    Im not sure of the wisdom of granting OD status to a nation with no infrastructure, little depth, no prospect of hosting games or a proven history of producing talent.

    However, that is by-the-by.

    Congrats to them for their achievement. They played some very impressive cricket by the sounds of it. Also, it is an uplifting story. Great that they have made some people smile.

    Definately a feel good story.
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    Congratulations to Afghanistan. I recall reading a few months back that they were an up-and-coming force but I suspected that it was in the five to ten year period rather than the one year period.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
    Im not sure of the wisdom of granting OD status to a nation with no infrastructure, little depth, no prospect of hosting games or a proven history of producing talent.

    However, that is by-the-by.

    Congrats to them for their achievement. They played some very impressive cricket by the sounds of it. Also, it is an uplifting story. Great that they have made some people smile.

    Definately a feel good story.
    Technically, it isn't something that was granted to them but something they earned by placing themselves in the top 6 of associate nations. They played every other similar associate nation to do so. These rules were made well before Afghanistan was a contender for such a slot, no bars were lowered for them and no strings were pulled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeevan View Post
    Technically, it isn't something that was granted to them but something they earned by placing themselves in the top 6 of associate nations. They played every other similar associate nation to do so. These rules were made well before Afghanistan was a contender for such a slot, no bars were lowered for them and no strings were pulled.
    All true. Afghanistan earned their place fair and square.

    However, as I mentioned in another thread (not regarding Afghanistan on this point) is that the system seems flawed where 4 years of status is dependant on the result of a few games in a short period of time.

    IMO, too much rides on one short tournament.

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    If after four years of extra funding, if you can't place into the top six even accounting for a dip in form, do you really deserve ODI status?
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    I dont think it is a flawed system at all, teams are called World Champs for four years after winning few matches in a tournament. I remember India beat WI in 1983 and immidiately after that WI came ti India and humiliated us both in Tests and ODIs. Doesn't mean that India didn't deserve the tag of World Champs.

    There will be always be weaker teams and there will always be one sided games, no matter what system we follow. It is a fair result for Afghanistan and hopefully this marks the beginning of a new era for the country and its people.

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    who knows maybe we will see afghanistan vs pakistan as a rivalry to replace pak vs india.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    If after four years of extra funding, if you can't place into the top six even accounting for a dip in form, do you really deserve ODI status?
    It depends. A one off tournament is hardly the best way to gauge progress. I can understand an event being a qualifyer for the WC as it is one event to qualify for another (ignoring the fact that the next World Cup is years away). That part of the event makes sense.

    But it makes no sense to give a 4 year status based on one event. Anything could happen.

    A couple of injuries, maybe loss of form, players withdrawing, a bit of bad luck etc and a team like Ireland may have lost OD status. They are clearly the best Associate and yet they could have had it all taken away if a couple of results went the other way.
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    I think its hard to look at afghansitan without first looking at the polictics of the situation .
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