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    Afghans qualify for 2012 U-19 World Cup

    KABUL (PAN): By the dint of a convincing eight-wicket win over Canada at the Bready Club in Ireland on Tuesday, Afghanistan qualified for the 2012 ICC Under-19 World Cup.

    In their final game, Canada won the toss and opted to bat first -- a decision that patently backfired. They were skittled out for 71 in the 33rd over.

    The target was easily achieved by Afghans in the 15th over for the loss of only two wickets. Syed Sherzad, Yamin Ahmadi and Abdul Basir took two wickets apiece.

    Australia also qualified for the cup.

    For the winners, Javed Ahmad played a significant innings of 34 runs. Another top-scorer for the side was Hashmatullah Shahidi, who chipped in with a valuable 23.

    Afghanistan Cricket Board Chief Executive Nasimullah Danish hailed the outcome as a historic moment for the country. He congratulated the team and the nation on the victory.

    Afghanistan played nine matches in the tournament, winning five and losing four.

    ma/mud