Friday 4 October 2013 

'I Can't Express My Feelings' - Mohammad Nabi

Afghan players celebrate
Coach Kabir Khan is held aloft by the victorious Afghan players after their win over Kenya
© ICC/Saleem Sanghati
 

Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi and coach Kabir Khan have reacted joyously to their side's seven-wicket win over Kenya that earned them qualification for the 2015 World Cup.

In 2008, Afghanistan were playing the likes of Jersey and Japan as they began their World Cricket League journey but made swift progress and weren't far away from reaching the 2011 World Cup.

Over the last 28 months, however, they have earned their place at the 2015 event by finishing second in the World Cricket League Championship to Ireland, thanks to a seven-wicket win over Kenya in Sharjah.

Kenya were bowled out for just 93 and Afghanistan survived a wobble after lunch, when they lost two wickets in one over, to storm home.

"I can’t express my feelings," Nabi said following the match. "It is a very big day in my life. I’m sure there will be huge celebrations back home. I’m happy for the people of Afghanistan and look forward to playing in Australia and New Zealand.

"I didn’t expect to play in a World Cup when I started playing cricket. But now I can cherish this moment and look forward to playing against the best sides in some of the best playing facilities. Playing in a World Cup will be one grade up and we’ll try to work hard and do better."

Looking ahead to the tournament, where Afghanistan will play co-hosts Australia and New Zealand, three-times runners-up England, 1996 champions Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and another qualifier, Nabi added:

"We know about some teams but we’ll leave no stone unturned in our preparations and will try to give them a run for their money.

"There will be no pressure against Australia. We played against them here in Sharjah and I had a good outing against them and maybe they’ll be a little scared with me. I’ve never played in New Zealand and look forward to the trip to Dunedin."

Coach Kabir Khan said he could also barely find the words to do the situation justice.

"I'm lost for words. This is the best day of my coaching career," he said. "I had very few great and memorable days in my life and this is right up there. It has been a dream for so many years and now we have achieved it. It’s like a dream coming true.

"There will be tremendous atmosphere in Afghanistan and I’m so happy for them. This year they’ll get two Eids to celebrate."

© Cricket World 2013