Afghanistan seal their place at the ICC World T20 Championships for second time
Afghanistan earned their place at September's ICC World T20 Championships in Sri Lanka, beating Namibia by 47 runs in Dubai on March 22 2012.
Around 3,000 passionate fans saw captain Nawroz Mangal lead his team to victory at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium and after the game, Mangal called for his team to be given the chance to face the elite teams.
The result against Namibia ensured Afghanistan's place in the final of the 16-team qualifying tournament and with that, the first of two available places for the World Cup in Sri Lanka.
Not only have they reached the final of the qualifying tournament but incredibly, their latest result made it eight wins out of eight in their quest to qualify. Captain Mangal said that the statistic supported his team's case to be given the opportunities to play the elite cricketing nations more often.
"Afghanistan is no longer at a stage to compete against associate and affiliate members. In every single tournament we have participated in, in the ACC (Asian Cricket Council) and in global associate and affiliate tournaments, we have beaten every single team.
"So we want to compete on a bigger level and the stage is there. The boys are up to that and we will do our best."
Afghanistan's appearance at the ICC World T20 Championship in Sri Lanka, will be their second in the competition-they also qualified for the 2010 tournament in the West Indies.
In 2010, Afghanistan were granted One Day status by the International Cricket Council, following their failure to qualify for the 2011 50-over World Cup.
However, they finally played their first ODI in February 2012 against Pakistan, where they did their chances of a sustained run against the elite sides no harm-losing by seven wickets.