Ireland's quest to become the first team to win three ICC tournaments in a calendar year hit a stumbling block on the opening day of their Intercontinental Cup final against Afghanistan as they were bowled out for just 187 in Dubai.
The cool, calm and collection of captain Mohammad Hafeez ensured Pakistan avoided defeat in Sunday's one-off Twenty20 International against Afghanistan at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
On the face of it, Ireland and Afghanistan don't have too much in common. But for all the cultural, religious and economic diversities, their cricketing histories are remarkably comparable.
The short-list nominees for the 2012 International Cricket Council awards have been announced.
Afghanistan booked a berth in next year's World Twenty20 with a 34-run win over Kenya in Sunday's Qualifier fixture at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
The real test for these Young Indian Batsmen awaits them in the Test Series, I am eagerly waiting to see how they are going to cope on the bouncy, seaming wickets of South Africa!! Then we will get to...Have Your Say