Hassan dismisses Regan West in the World Cup Qualifier match between Afghanistan and IrelandHameed Hasan, the Afghanistan pace bowler, was a clear winner of CricketEurope's Associate and Affiliate Player of 2009 poll, receiving over 3,000 votes. With almost a third of the total votes cast in his favour he finished more than 1,000 votes ahead of Ireland captain William Porterfield, who recently picked up the ICC Associate Player of the Year award.

Hameed has been one of the main reasons for the rise of Afghanistan from World Cricket League Divison 5 in 2008 to gaining One Day International status in 2009. Throughout the three World Crciket League divisional events and then the World Cup Qualifier in South Africa, he has consistently turned in match-winning performances when his team most needed them.

Another Afghanistan player finished in third place - Mohammad Nabi, who was the star of his country's recent triumph in the Asian Cricket Council's Twenty 20 Cup held in the UAE.

Dutch players Edgar Schiferli and Alexei Kervezee finished in fourth and fifth places, respectively.

Hameed Hasan will be presented with his award during the World Twenty20 qualifying competition in Dubal in February.

The final results of the poll were as follows:

32.7%
Hameed Hasan (Afghanistan)
21.4%
William Porterfield (Ireland)
13.6%
Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan)
11.5%
Edgar Schiferli (Netherlands)
4.6%
Alexei Kervezee (Netherlands)
4.5%
Neil McCallum (Scotland)
4.2%
Niall O'Brien (Ireland)
2.7%
Kevin O'Brien (Ireland)
2.4%
Steve Tikolo (Kenya)
1.8%
David Hemp (Bermuda)