Pakistan’s cricket captain Misbah-ul Haq (R) and his Afghan counterpart Nawroz Mangal (L) hold the One-Day International trophy during a press conference at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah on February 9, 2012. Afghanistan team players are excited and have promised to put up their best showing in their first-ever one-day international against Pakistan in Sharjah.
SHARJAH: Pakistan and Afghanistan play a historic first-ever one-day international between the two countries here on Friday with both captains vowing to make the game a memorable one.
“It is a very important game for both countries and we will try to make the occasion memorable with some quality cricket,” Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq said. “It is important for countries like Afghanistan to play a top team which will help them improve and we are going to play with our full strength team as they have some good players.”
Friday’s match in Sharjah Stadium – which holds the world record of staging the most one-day internationals with 201 – is fitting because most of the Afghan players learnt their game in Pakistan while staying as refugees after the Soviets invaded their country in 1979.
Afghanistan captain Nawroz Mangal thanked Pakistan for giving them chances. “We thank Pakistan for allowing us to play this one-day and also giving us opportunity to play in their domestic competitions which raised our confidence,” said Mangal, who led Afghanistan to one-day status.
“It is a history making match against a top team like Pakistan and we will try our best to put up a good fight in a contest which is a big challenge for us,” said the 27-year-old Mangal, an off-spin bowler.
Pakistan will be further boosted by the return of allrounder Shahid Afridi who will add variety to team’s spin attack.
Afghanistan, one of the 59 associate members of the International Cricket Council (ICC), is also the title holders of the Inter-Continental Cup meant for the Associate nations.
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