Tuesday 30 November 2010 

Afghanistan Confident Ahead Of Cup Final

Afghanistan Confident Ahead Of Cup Final
Afghanistan Confident Ahead Of Cup Final
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Afghanistan coach Rashid Latif says he is confident his side will deliver during the ICC Intercontinental Cup final against Scotland, which gets underway in Dubai on 2nd December.

His team recently claimed a silver medal in the Asian Games, losing in the Twenty20 final to Bangladesh, and they are hopeful of avoid a second final defeat in the space of a week.

"In the ICC Intercontinental Cup we have played six matches and won five times against quality opposition. That's why I am very confident in the final," Latif said, referring to his side's impressive effort in the group stage of the competition, where Afghanistan to top the standings.

And captain Mohammad Nabi shares his coach's optimism, believing that his team will take plenty from their near-miss in China, where the Asian Games were held.

“The silver medal has inspired us to try even harder in the International Cup Final.  We want to play as much as possible, wherever possible. The aim is to join the big league," he said.

"It is the passion for the game and our country that keeps us going. Cricket is the fastest growing sport in our country with many thousands of people playing the game or following it on radio and TV.  Cricket is now the biggest peaceful movement in Afghanistan.”

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