The National Cricket Team will face Hong Kong in the quarter round of the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier on Tuesday.
Scotland and Ireland are already through to the semi-final round of the competition while the winners of the Afghanistan vs Hong Kong and the Namibia vs the Netherland’s match will move forward.
The national cricket team is currently in third place after Scotland and the Netherlands but still needs to beat Hong Kong.
“Tomorrow’s match is very important for us and [if we lose] it could end our hopes. To go to semi-finals we have to beat Hong Kong,” the deputy of Afghanistan’s Cricket Board (ACB), Azizullah Fazli said.
Afghanistan has faced Hong Kong on a number of occasions in the past, but past results show we have a good chance of beating them, said Fazli.
“The last time when we beat Hong Kong it was T20 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2014,” he said.
The national team has meanwhile, already beaten the Netherlands, the UAE and Scotland and drew two matches – against Kenya and Canada – which were cancelled due to rain. Afghanistan sustained one loss – against Oman.
The qualifying rounds of the World Cup kicked off earlier this month.
Afghanistan has a strong record in T20 World Cup qualifying founds as the national team has already played in three previous world cups.