Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 5th 2013 Contents Afghanistan secured their passage to Aus-
tralia and New Zealand in 2015 by beating
Kenya comprehensively for the second time
in succession in Sharjah, sealing their maiden
World Cup qualification, yesterday.
They finished second in the World Cricket
League Championship - nine wins in 14 match-
es---and joined Ireland as the second Associate
team in the 2015 World Cup, while the remain-
ing two spots for Associates will be decided
by a qualifying tournament in New Zealand
Afghanistan had to beat Kenya to prevent
UAE from gaining qualification and their
bowlers delivered once again. Having dismissed
Kenya for 89 on October 2, Afghanistan skittled
them for 93 today, ensuring their batsmen had
a facile target to achieve their World Cup goal.
They did it in 20.5 overs to reach their third
global tournament, having appeared in the
World Twenty20s in 2010 and 2012.
Before their wickets began to tumble, how-
ever, Kenya had been stifled: their run rate
was less than one during the first 15 overs.
Karim Sadiq provided Afghanistan their first
wicket, trapping Irfan Karim lbw in the sixth
over for 3 off 27 balls. The second came one
over later, with Mohammd Nabi bowling the
debutant Gurdeep Singh for 1 off 23 deliveries.
Gurdeep, at 15 years and 258 days, was the
second youngest player to appear in an ODI.
It was Kenya s third sub-100 score against
Afghanistan in five days; they had been routed
for 56 in the Twenty20 on September 30.
Needing only 94 to join cricket s elite at the
World Cup, Afghanistan s chase began poorly
when they lost the opener Mohammad Shahzad
for 1 in the second over. They scored slowly
too, but their bowlers had given them the lux-
ury of being able to do so while seeing off the
new ball. By the time the umpires took the
players off for lunch, Nawroz Mangal and
Asghar Stanikzai had taken the team to 24 for
1 in nine overs.
After lunch they were jolted severely in the
11th, Shem Ngoche bowling Stanikzai with the
first ball and trapping Mangal lbw with the
last to reduce Afghanistan to 34 for 3.
Any worries of a collapse, however, were
allayed by Mohammad Nabi and Hashmatullah
Shaidi, who shared a 62-run stand for the
fourth wicket to kill the contest.
Afghanistan will join Pool A at the World
Cup along with Australia, Bangladesh, England,
New Zealand, Sri Lanka and another qualifier.
Afghanistan s progress means that Netherlands,
UAE, Scotland, Kenya, Namibia, Canada, Ugan-
da, Hong Kong, Nepal and Papua New Guinea
will have to compete for the last two Associate
Afghanistan 96 for 3 (Nabi 42*) vs Kenya 93
(Ouma 39, Hotak 3-19). Afghanistan won by
JP Duminy is set to regain his
Test place after 11 months as South
Africa embark on a two-Test series
against Pakistan. Duminy spent six
months recovering from a ruptured
Achilles tendon and after a suc-
cessful one-day return, has been
given a vote of confidence from the
national coach to make a Test
comeback as well.
"How we ve worked is that when
a player has a spot and he gets
injured, once he is fit again, he will
regain his spot. I think that s only
fair," Russell Domingo, South Africa s
coach said ahead of the squad s
departure. "I very much see JP being
in the starting XI."
Duminy had previously spent two
years out of the Test team following
a loss of form after creating a stir
with a 50 and unbeaten 166 against
Australia in his first two matches.
He returned against New Zealand
in March 2012 and scored a century
and also played an important role
in South Africa s win against England
at Lord s last June which gave them
the Test mace.
He could play no part in their vic-
tory over Australia because of his
injury. Faf du Plessis took his spot
and impressed with a match-saving
century in Adelaide. That would
mean the likely loser from Duminy s
return would be Dean Elgar, who
replaced Jacques Rudolph and, apart
from a century against New Zealand,
has not made the spot his own.
Following an extensive rehabili-
tation period, Duminy returned to
action during the Champions Trophy
in June this year.
He scored an unbeaten 150 before
the tournament during a warm-up
against the Netherlands, had a lean
run through the competition but
had one innings of 97 in the ODI
series in Sri Lanka, which South
Africa lost 4-1.
He has also become a significant
contributor with the ball, sending
down 36.2 overs of offspin in the
Duminy s potential as an all-
rounder is what South Africa are
hoping to use to their advantage in
the UAE. "With JP back in the mix,
whether we need to play a second
spinner still needs to be debated,"
Conditions are expected to be
conducive to turn---given that was
how Pakistan got the better of the
last No.1 side to tour the UAE, Eng-
land---and South Africa have includ-
ed two specialist spinners in their
Robin Peterson is the incumbent
but they have also brought back
Pakistani-born legspinner Imran
Tahir, who played 11 Tests but was
dropped after conceding 260 runs
without taking a wicket in Adelaide.
Peterson has had some success,
most notably with five wickets in a
match against Pakistan in Cape
Town, but Tahir s attacking ability
were thought to create a tough con-
test between the two for a spot.
Domingo confirmed he would allow
Peterson to start before turning to
At the moment, I still feel Robbie
is the guy. He has made some con-
tributions," he said. "You are always
going to take two spinners to the
subcontinent but Imran has to do
something special to knock the door
The rest of the line-up will retain
its familiar look with Graeme Smith
fully recovered from ankle surgery
to lead the team and open the bat-
ting. Domingo indicated he would
continue with the seven batsmen
and three seamers strategy that was
used under Gary Kirsten.
That one change would be
Duminy s return but Elgar need not
despair yet. There is a chance he
will feature in the series after all
because South Africa may have to
do without Hashim Amla for the
The No.3 batsman and his wife,
Sumayya, are expecting their second
child to be born "some time after
the first Test" according to team
manager Mohammad Moosajee.
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A day after Ajit Chandila was
interrogated in New Delhi on
Wednesday by the BCCI Anti-Cor-
ruption and Security Unit chief
Ravi Sawani, his lawyer has crit-
icised the BCCI s procedure, alleg-
ing that the Sawani report has
relied on police documents rather
than original investigation.
"The BCCI s procedure in itself
is faulty," Rakesh Kumar, Chandila s
counsel, said. "They have appointed
a commissioner for inquiry who is
not conducting any investigation
on his own. He is just relying on
the police documents which are
submitted to the court."
Kumar, who accompanied
Chandila for the questioning that
lasted nearly three hours, added that
his client wasn t even "issued a
"I am not aware what are the
charges against my client and they
are simply holding him guilty. In
case they go ahead and take severe
action against my client, we will
certainly challenge it in the court
While the BCCI on September 13
announced the verdict on all the
other five Royals cricketers who were
allegedly involved in the IPL spot-
fixing scandal, Chandila s case has
been pending for long.
Since Chandila received bail on
September 9, Sawani, who had been
appointed to hand over a report to
the BCCI disciplinary committee,
couldn t meet the him earlier. As a
result, the disciplinary committee
of the BCCI had proceeded based
on Sawani s finding on all the other
players except Chandila.
Duminy to make Test comeback
Afghanistan secures World Cup berth
Afghanistan players are overjoyed at qualifying for their first 50-over World Cup after beating Kenya by seven wickets in the WCL Championship in
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE), yesterday. PHOTO COURTESY ESPNCRICINFO
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