Karachi: Afghanistan's cricket coach Kabir Khan on Wednesday said the team was on course for next year's World Cup and looking forward to touring Australia and New Zealand next month. Afghanistan earned a maiden berth in the 50-over World Cup to cap a remarkable rise which saw them graduating from division five in the World Cricket League in 2008.
Having learnt the game in refugee camps in Pakistan during the Soviet occupation of the 1980s, Afghanistan have played in two World Twenty20 competitions and have won hearts with their progress. Their coach said the team was well set for the World Cup. "We had a good tour of Zimbabwe last month, where we showed a lot of resilience by squaring a four-match series 2-2 after losing the first two games, and that was remarkable," Khan told AFP by phone from the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar.
Khan said his players are excited at the prospect of touring the World Cup co-hosts. "We will be touring Australia and New Zealand from September 13 where we will play several matches against state sides and I am sure that will further mature the players for the World Cup," said Khan, who played four Tests and 10 one-day games for Pakistan in the 1990s.