Afghanistan’s sixth place finish in the ICC World Cup Qualifier earlier in the year gave them One Day International status for four years and they will play their first two against the Netherlands at the end of August. This will follow two four-day matches in the ICC Intercontinental Cup against the Netherlands and Zimbabwe A earlier in the month. All Afghanistan’s matches are being played away.

“We are greatly excited to be playing our first four-day cricket and ODIs,” says Raees Ahmadzai of the national team, “we have been waiting to play serious cricket ever since the World Cup qualifying and I think we have a good chance against all the countries.” The Netherlands finished fourth in the ICC World Cup qualifier and claimed the last World Cup 2011 place open to Associate and Affiliate nations. Afghanistan is the only Affiliate nation in the history of the game to get ODI status.

Related: Afghanistan Country Profile

Filed July 29th, 2009