Sport – Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency http://www.khaama.com The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:48:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Afghanistan confirmed as full members by the International cricket council http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-confirmed-as-full-members-by-the-international-cricket-council-03006 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-confirmed-as-full-members-by-the-international-cricket-council-03006#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:59:24 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76920 Read the full article...]]> The Afghanistan national cricket team has been confirmed as the full members by the International cricket council.

“ Afghanistan Cricket Board and Cricket Ireland have been confirmed as Full Members of the International Cricket Council after a unanimous vote at the ICC Full Council meeting at The Oval today,” ICC said in a statement.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) in a statement said the International Cricket Council meeting was underway in London city of the United Kingdom and as a result the Afghanistan and Ireland cricket teams managed to achieve the full membership.

The statement further added that the Afghanistan cricket board had submitted an application for the full membership few days earlier.

This comes as reports regarding the consideration of the full membership for the Afghan cricket team emerged for the first time earlier in April this year.

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Rashid Khan takes 7 wickets as Afghanistan defeats WI by 63 runs in first ODI http://www.khaama.com/rashid-khan-takes-7-wickets-as-afghanistan-defeats-wi-by-63-runs-in-first-odi-02899 http://www.khaama.com/rashid-khan-takes-7-wickets-as-afghanistan-defeats-wi-by-63-runs-in-first-odi-02899#respond Sat, 10 Jun 2017 06:00:36 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76601 Read the full article...]]> The Afghanistan national cricket team managed to secure its first victory in the One Day International (ODI) series between the two countries after whitewashed in Twenty20 International series.

Played at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St Lucia, the Afghan team won the toss and elected to bat first, setting a target of 213 runs from 50 overs.

Afghanistan lost six wickets in total with Javed Ahmad scoring 81 runs, Rahmat Shah 17 runs, Noor Ali Zadran 5 runs, Asghar Stanikzai 2 runs, Samiulllah Shenwari 22 runs, Mohammad Nabi 27 runs, Afsar Zazai13 runs, and Gulbaddin Naib 41 runs.

The West Indies cricket team could not chase the given target and lost all their wickets by scoring only 149 runs with Rashid Khan taking the most wickets.

He took 7 wickets in 8.4 overs and by giving only 18 runs to restrict the West Indies batsmen before they chase the given target.

The other bowlers contributed in the game were Dawlat Zadran who took 2 wickets, Gulbaddin Naib took 1 wicket, Mohammad Nabi, Amir Hamza, and Samiullah Shenwari could not take any wicket.

This comes as the Afghanistan cricket lost the T20I series and were whitewashed by the host team 3-0.

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Afghanistan defeats Maldives 2-1 in friendly football match http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-maldives-2-1-in-friendly-football-match-02878 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-maldives-2-1-in-friendly-football-match-02878#respond Tue, 06 Jun 2017 19:24:17 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76543 Read the full article...]]> The Afghanistan national football team defeated Maldives 2-1 in a friendly football match organized in United Arab Emirates tonight.

Both the teams started the match aggressively but the Afghan footballer Hassan Amin managed to hit the first goal of the game during the initial minutes of the first half.

However, the Maldives footballers increased their attacks and subsequently managed to level the game by hitting a goal during the 38th minute of the game.

The first half of the game ended with the both the teams hitting one goal each.

But it was Omid Popalzai who hit the second goal for Afghanistan during the second half and in 62nd minute of the game.

The players of the two teams attempted to hit further goals but no results were achieved and the friendly match ended in Afghanistan’s favor after the additional time given by the match referees ended.

Afghanistan and Maldives have appeared head to head for at least four times since 2009 with Maldives having a upper hand in at least two matches.

The first match was organized in 2009 which the Afghan team lost 3-0 but the second and third matches ended in draw.

However, the Maldives team managed to secure victory 4-1 in the fourth and final match with Afghanistan in 2015.

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West Indies wins T20I series with 2nd consecutive win against Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/west-indies-wins-t20i-series-with-2nd-consecutive-win-against-afghanistan-02865 http://www.khaama.com/west-indies-wins-t20i-series-with-2nd-consecutive-win-against-afghanistan-02865#respond Sun, 04 Jun 2017 07:04:29 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76470 Read the full article...]]> The West Indies cricket team secured their second consecutive win against the Afghanistan national cricket team and clinched the series 2-0.

West Indies set a target of 123 runs by losing 3 wickets during the second match after winning the toss the electing to bat first.

However, the target and overs of the match were reduced through Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method after the rain interrupted the match.

Afghanistan needed 113 runs from 15 overs to level the series however the Afghan batsmen could not chase the given target and lost all their wickets during the 13th over of the game.

West Indies won the match by 29 runs and claimed the series victory 2-0.

The third and final match of the series is expected to be played on Monday, the 5th June.

The first match of the series was played on Saturday and the West Indies team managed to claim a victory by 6 wickets and 21 balls remaining from the overs.

With the conclusion of the T20I series, the Afghanistan national cricket team will compete for a series of One Day International (ODI) matches against West Indies.

The three-match One Day International (ODI) series is expected to kick off from the 9th June.

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Afghanistan and Pakistan to play T20 cricket matches: PCB Chairman http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-and-pakistan-to-play-t20-cricket-matches-pcb-chairman-02843 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-and-pakistan-to-play-t20-cricket-matches-pcb-chairman-02843#comments Sat, 27 May 2017 16:42:28 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76259 Read the full article...]]> The Afghanistan and Pakistan national cricket teams will face each other during a friendly Twenty20 cricket series, the Pakistani officials have said.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shahryar Khan has said the series will likely be played either in Afghanistan, Pakistan, or Sharjah city of the United Arab Emirates.

Khan quoted in a report by the local newspaper, Dawn News, said he date of the series could not yet be decided as the two cricketing sides were preoccupied in their own commitments at the moment.

The PCB Chairman further added that Pakistan would help Afghanistan in International Cricket Council (ICC) issues and in making the country a permanent member of the international cricket governing body.

He said eight or nine Pakistani players would be facilitated in their endeavours to participate in an Afghan cricket league.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) officials have not formally commented regarding the possible series so far.

The Afghanistan national cricket team is currently in West Indies as they expect to play series of Twenty20 International and One Day International matches with the West Indies team.

If confirmed, the bilateral friendly series with Pakistan will be another major event for the Afghan team as they have stepped up efforts to organize matches with the major international teams.

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Nabi and Rashid Khan returns to Kabul after finishing IPL tour http://www.khaama.com/nabi-and-rashid-khan-returns-to-kabul-after-finishing-ipl-tour-02776 http://www.khaama.com/nabi-and-rashid-khan-returns-to-kabul-after-finishing-ipl-tour-02776#comments Fri, 19 May 2017 06:05:55 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76050 Read the full article...]]> The two Afghan national cricket players returned to Afghanistan after participating in the Indian Premier League (IPL), playing for the SunRisers Hyderabad.

The Afghan Cricket Board (ACB) said the two national players put on display the rich talents they had being a member of the national team.

The two national players were warmly welcomed in the compound of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) and hailed them for their performance in the Indian Premier League.

Nabi and Rashid Khan returned to Afghanistan after the SunRisers Hyderabad could not make to the final of the Indian Premier League.

The SunRisers Hyderabad lost the match to Kolkata Knight Riders during the elimination match on 17th May.

Some of the major performances of Rashid Khan during the IPL matches include 3 wickets for 19 runs during the second match of the team against Gujrat Lions earlier last month.

Khan had also shined during the opening match of the SunRisers Hyderabad against Royal Challengers Bangalore on 6th April. He had taken two wickets during his debut of the Indian Premier League.

He had also taken 3 wickets during the 14th match of the SunRisers Hyderabad in IPL against Gujrat Lions on 13th May.

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Shpageeza league teams auctioned at high prices amid rising domestic cricket in Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/shpageeza-league-teams-auctioned-at-high-prices-amid-rising-domestic-cricket-in-afghanistan-02761 http://www.khaama.com/shpageeza-league-teams-auctioned-at-high-prices-amid-rising-domestic-cricket-in-afghanistan-02761#respond Mon, 15 May 2017 10:44:46 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=75957 Read the full article...]]> The Shpageeza league teams were purchased at high prices as the domestic cricket grows rapidly in Afghanistan.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) said the auction took place in Serena Hotel in Kabul and various prominent domestic and international entrepreneurs participated in the auction to purchase the cricket teams for the upcoming Shpageeza season.

The General Petroleum purchased Kabul Bazan (Kabul Falcons) at a price of USD 89,000.

The Spinghar Zmaryan (Spinghar Lions) was purchased at a price of USD 69,000 by Muslimyar group.

Band-e-Amir team has been purchased at  a price of USD 150,000 by Paragoon Trading Group while the Boost Guardians team has been purchased at a price of USD 80,000.

The Amu Divers team has been purchased at a price of USD 110,000 by Al-Masafi compny while Mes Aynak team has been purchased at a price of USD 90,000 by Waziri Group.

This comes as the cricketing sport had major achievements on the domestic and international level during the recent years.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) awarded First Class and List A status for the domestic cricket competitions earlier this year.

The latest development comes as Afghanistan is expecting to achieve Test Status from the International Cricket Council.

According to ACB “Afghanistan’s Cricket Domestic Four Day matches are honored with First Class status and Shpageeza Cricket League with Grade A by ICC.”

The domestic four day matches are being organized annually under the name of Ahmadshah Abdali Tournament while the Shpaeeza cricket league is played in the format of Twenty20.

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Afghanistan announces squad for ODI and T20 series against West Indies http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-announces-squad-for-odi-and-t20-series-against-west-indies-02707 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-announces-squad-for-odi-and-t20-series-against-west-indies-02707#respond Wed, 10 May 2017 05:07:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=75861 Read the full article...]]> The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) officials on Tuesday announced the national cricket team squad for the upcoming series of matches against West Indies.

The head of the Afghanistan Cricket Board selection committee Nawroz Mangal told reporters that West Indies is an experienced team and therefore the Afghanistan Cricket Board has done its best to select the experienced players for the series.

He said the Afghan team will travel to India on 11th May and will play practice matches for 15 days so that they are further prepared for the matches.

Mangal further added that the Afghan team will leave for West Indies on 2nd June after completing their training in India.

According to the Afghanistan Cricket Board, the squad for the One Day International (ODI) matches includes captain Asghar Stanikzai, Noor Ali Zadran, Javid Ahmadi, Usman Ghani, Rahmat Shah Zarmati, Nasir Jamal, Mohammad Nabi Esa Khel, Samiullah Shenwari, Gulbuddin Naib, Rashid Khan Arman, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Shapoor Zadran, Amira Hamza Hotak, Dawlat Zadran, Afsar Zazai, and Farid Malik.

Naveen-ul-Haq and Sharafuddin Ashrafuddin Ashraf have been included in the list of the reserve players, ACB said.

The squad for the Twenty20 International matches includes captain Asghar Stanikzai, Noor Ali Zadran, Javid Ahmadi, Usman Ghani, Mohammad Nabi Esakhel, Samiullah Shenwari, Najeeb Zadran, Gulbaddin Naib, Rashid Khan Arman, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Shapoor Zadran, Amira Hamza Hotak, Farid Malik, Dawlat Zadran, and Karim Janat while Naveen-ul-Haq, Afsar Zazai, and Sharafuddin Ashraf have been included in the reserves list.

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Indian government to make movie about Afghan cricketers playing in IPL http://www.khaama.com/indian-government-to-make-movie-about-afghan-cricketers-playing-in-ipl-02674 http://www.khaama.com/indian-government-to-make-movie-about-afghan-cricketers-playing-in-ipl-02674#respond Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:43:05 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=75645 Read the full article...]]> The government of India is planning to make a movie regarding the two Afghan cricket stars, Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan, currently playing in the world’s largest cricket league, the Indian Premier League, it has been reported.

The movie is expected to be released in three formats, including a 10 minute format, a 5 minute format and a 2-minute promo.

Officials quoted in a report by The Indian Express newspaper, said the movie will target the international and domestic audience, and showcase the journey of young leg-spinner Rashid Khan and veteran all-rounder Mohammad Nabi from the national team to the international platform and in IPL 2017.

“The treatment and storyline should be fast paced, engaging to watch, cohesive and creatively presented. Narration or an anchor-driven approach may be chosen without long monologues,” an official said.

Khan and Mohammad Nabi were selected to play in IPL during the auction for the league late in the month of February.
Nabi was sold for 3,000,000 Indian Rupees while Rashid Khan was sold for 4 million Indian Rupees.

This is the first time the Afghan cricketers will participate in one of world’s largest cricket events in India.

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Rashid Khan secures 3 wickets as SunRisers Hyderabad wins second IPL match http://www.khaama.com/rashid-khan-secures-3-wickets-as-sunrisers-hyderabad-wins-second-ipl-match-02539 http://www.khaama.com/rashid-khan-secures-3-wickets-as-sunrisers-hyderabad-wins-second-ipl-match-02539#comments Sun, 09 Apr 2017 17:30:53 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=75141 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan secured three wickets and was awarded the man of the match award for his astounding performance in the second match of the SunRisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League.

Khan managed to take three key and top order batsmen of the Gujrat Lions to restrict them to 135 runs along with the other players of his team.

The first wicket of Gujrat Lions fell during the 4th over of the game after Brendon McCullum was given an lbw in Khan’s ball.

The second wicket was taken Bhuvneshwar Kumar during the 5th over of the game while the third and fourth wickets, including Suresh Raina and Aaron Finch were taken by Rashid Khan during the 6th and 8th over of the game.

The SunRisers Hyderabad managed to chase the given target by losing only 1 wicket with 27 balls remaining.

This comes as Rashid Khan shined during the opening match of the SunRisers Hyderabad against Royal Challengers Bangalore on 6th April.

He had taken two wickets during his debut of the Indian Premier League.

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Afghanistan to face World Best XI team at Lord’s in July http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-to-face-world-best-xi-team-at-lords-in-july-02525 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-to-face-world-best-xi-team-at-lords-in-july-02525#respond Sat, 08 Apr 2017 05:29:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=75096 Read the full article...]]> The Afghanistan national cricket team is expected to face the World Best 11 team at Lord’s in coming July.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) said the Afghanistan national cricket team will face the World Best 11 team at Lord’s on 11th July.

The World Best XI team will play against the team under the captaincy of Brendon McCullum.

A statement by ACB said the match has been scheduled for July 11th based on an agreement reached between the Afghanistan Cricket Board Chairman Atif Mashal and the Chairman of Marylebone Cricket Club.

He said we have prepared a comprehensive plan for the development of cricket.

Mashal further added that the future of cricket in Afghanistan is bright as we will witness more developments in the future.

He also added that the upcoming match in Lord’s is a new chapter to be opened in the development history of the Afghanistan cricket.

This comes as the former Afghan coaches have been insisting to organize matches with the big teams of the world in a bid to help the Afghan team gain more experience on international level.

In the meantime, the Afghan cricket team is expecting to have series of T20 International and One Day International matches against West Indies in the month of June.

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Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan shines on Indian Premier League debut http://www.khaama.com/afghanistans-rashid-khan-shines-on-indian-premier-league-debut-02518 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistans-rashid-khan-shines-on-indian-premier-league-debut-02518#comments Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:39:12 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=75069 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan’ young all-rounder cricketer Rashid Khan shined on his debut in the major Indian Premier League (ILP) match.

Khan managed to take two key wickets during the bowling innings of the SunRisers Hyderabad team.

In his first over Khan took the wicket of Mandeep Singh of Royal Challengers Bangalore by bowling him out after his aggressive start and making 24 runs from 16 balls.

Singh’s wicket was the first wicket of the Royal Challengers Bangalore as they were chasing a major target of 208 runs.

Khan also managed to take the wicket of Travis Head after he tried to strike the ball for more runs but was caught out by Yuvraj Singh.

The SunRisers Hyderabad managed to win their opening match of IPL by 35 runs.

Khan and Mohammad Nabi were selected to play in IPL during the auction for the league late in the month of February.

 Nabi was sold for 3,000,000 Indian Rupees while Rashid Khan was sold for 4 million Indian Rupees.

This is the first time the Afghan cricketers will participate in one of world’s largest cricket events in India.

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Afghanistan and West Indies confirm T20I and ODI series to be played in June http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-and-west-indies-confirm-t20i-and-odi-series-to-be-played-in-june-02501 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-and-west-indies-confirm-t20i-and-odi-series-to-be-played-in-june-02501#respond Tue, 04 Apr 2017 06:05:31 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=75011 Read the full article...]]> The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) and West Indies Cricket Board have confirmed series of Twenty20 International (T20I) and One Day International (ODI) matches to kick off early in June.

The two teams will play a series of three T20I and three One Day International matches.

According to a statement by ACB, an agreement was signed between the two sides to confirm the series.

The statement further added that the Afghan team will leave for West Indies in the month of June as the first T20I match is expected to be played on 2nd of June.

The second match will be played on 3rd June and final match of the T20I series will be played on 5th of June.

The series of One Day Internationals will kick off from 9th June with the second match to be played on 11th and final match on 14th of June.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) said the conclusion of the agreement for West Indies series is a major achievement.

ACB said the Afghan team is for the first time facing the Champions of the T20 Internationals, expressing hopes that the Afghan team would put on display a good performance during the One Day Internationals against the host.

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Afghanistan beats Ireland by 172 runs and an innings in ICC Intercontinental Cup http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-beats-ireland-by-172-runs-and-an-innings-in-icc-intercontinental-cup-02474 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-beats-ireland-by-172-runs-and-an-innings-in-icc-intercontinental-cup-02474#comments Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:52:48 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=74923 Read the full article...]]> The Afghanistan national cricket team defeated Ireland by 172 runs and an innings in the ICC Intercontinental Cup played in the format of the four day match, test match.

Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat first, scoring 537 runs by losing 8 wickets from 138.5 overs.

The Afghan team decided to declare their innings with Asghar Stanikzai scoring 145 runs, Afsar Zazai 103 runs, Mohammad Shahzad 85 runs, Rahmat Shah 46 runs, Nasir Jamal 73 runs, Dawlat Zadran 32 runs, Shabir Noori 15 runs, Mohammad Nabi 11 runs, Rashid Khan 8 runs, and Hashmatullah Shahidi 2 runs.

However, the Irish team could not chase the given target and managed to score only 261 runs during their first innings.

The Ireland team trailed by 276 runs during their first innings after they lost all their wickets and subsequently started their second innings today but could only score 104 runs after losing their targets with the match ending in Afghanistan’s favor by 172 runs and an innings.

Mohammad Nabi took 6 wickets, Rashhid Khan 3 wickets, and Dawlat Zadran 1 wicket to restrict the rival team before they manage to create a lead in their second innings.

This comes as the Afghan team defeated Ireland in 5-match One Day International (ODI) series by clinching it 3-2 last week.

Earlier, the Afghan team had whitewashed Ireland during the 3 Twenty20 International matches.

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Afghanistan’s first match in AFC Asian Cup 2019 Qualifiers ends in draw http://www.khaama.com/afghanistans-first-match-in-afc-asian-cup-2019-qualifiers-ends-in-draw-02461 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistans-first-match-in-afc-asian-cup-2019-qualifiers-ends-in-draw-02461#respond Wed, 29 Mar 2017 05:33:16 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=74884 Read the full article...]]> The first match of the Afghanistan national football team against Vietnam in AFC Asian Cup 2019 Qualifiers ended in 1-1 draw.

The first half of the game ended with the both teams failing to hit a goal despite the players of the two side started the game aggressively.

The second half also continued for almost 20 minutes as both of Afghan and Vietnamese players attempted to hit a goal.

However, the first goal was hit by Vietnam continued to dominate at the start of the second half and deservedly took the lead after 64 minutes as Nguyen Van Quyet’s free-kick with Van Toan diverting the ball after it was parried by Azizi.

In the meantime, the Afghan team managed to level the result within almost six minutes after Hasan Amin hit a goal during the 70th minute of the second half.

The Afghan squad for the game included Owais Azizi, Hasan Amin, Sharif Mohammad, Kanishka Tahir, Benyamin Najam, Milad Intizar, Abasin Ali Khel, Milad Salim, Farshad Noor, Omid Popalzai, and Zubai Amiri.

Afghan team is expected to face Cambodia during the second game of the series on 13th June.

Afghanistan is appearing in the AFC Asian Cup 2019 Qualifiers under the leadership of the new coach with the Afghan team securing first win against Singapore in a friendly match organized last week.

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Afghanistan defeats Ireland in fifth and final ODI and wins series 3-2 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-ireland-in-fifth-and-final-odi-and-wins-series-3-2-02455 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-ireland-in-fifth-and-final-odi-and-wins-series-3-2-02455#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:27:14 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=74771 Read the full article...]]> The Afghanistan national cricket team defeated Ireland in the fifth and final match of the One Day International (ODI) series to clinch a victory 3-2 in the bilateral series.

In the final match of the series, Ireland won the toss and elected to bat first, setting a target of 230 runs for Afghanistan by losing all their wickets in 48.1 overs of the game.

The Afghan team managed to chase the given target after losing 3 wickets from 48.4 overs.

On the bowling side, Rashid Khan took 4 wickets, Fareed Ahmad 3 wickets, Dawlat Zadran 2 wickets, and Gulbadin Naib 1 wicket to restrict the Irish team to 229 runs from 48.4 overs.

Rahmat Shah scored 108 runs from 164 balls on the batting side with Samiullah Shenwari scoring 62 runs from 95 balls, both batsmen remained not out until the end of the innings.

Mohammad Shahzad scored 13 runs, Najeeb Tarakai 5 runs, and Asghar Stanikzai 39 runs.

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Afghanistan defeats Singapore 2-1 in friendly football match http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-singapore-2-1-in-friendly-football-match-02453 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-singapore-2-1-in-friendly-football-match-02453#respond Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:18:07 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=74764 Read the full article...]]> The Afghanistan national football team defeated Singapore 2-1 in a friendly football match.

Hosted in Qatar, the Afghan team managed to hit their first goal during the initial minutes of the first half.

The first goal was hit by Sharif Mohammad but the Singapore managed to draw the result of the match during  the second half which was soon changed in Afghanistan’s favor after Mustafa Azadzoi hit the second goal for Afghanistan.

The two games could not hit any further goal during the second half and the game subsequently ended in Afghanistan’s favor.

This was Afghanistan’s first victory under the leadership of Otto Pfister who assumed the charge as the coach of the Afghan national football team last month.

Today’s victory against Singapore comes as the Afghan team is facing Vietnam on 28th March in their first qualifier match for the AFC 2019.

The 70-year-old German coach has supervised around 160 matches and has experience with different teams, including Egypt,   Lebanon, Tunisia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Ghana, Congo, and several other teams.

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Afghanistan announces squad for T20, ODI, and I-Cup against Ireland http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-announces-squad-for-t20-odi-and-i-cup-against-ireland-02303 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-announces-squad-for-t20-odi-and-i-cup-against-ireland-02303#respond Wed, 01 Mar 2017 08:03:11 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=74286 Read the full article...]]> The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Tuesday announced the national team squad for the upcoming series of matches against Ireland.

Afghanistan will play a series of T20I and ODI and a Four Day match of I-Cup with Ireland.

Nawroz Mangal Head of the selection committee said “The players’ selection has been taken place in accordance to their specific skills in relevant format and youngsters have been given special consideration.”

Haji Wali Amin member of the selection committee described that, the ACB selection committee is a fully independent committee contributing to the development of National team structure and youngsters.

The squad for T20 includes Mohammad Shahzad, Najib Zadran, Rashid Khan, Usman Ghani, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Hamza Hotak, Najeeb Tarakai, Mohammad Nabi Esa Khel, Shapoor Zadran, Asghar Stanikzai, Karim Janat, Dawlat Zadran, Samiullah Shenwari, Gulbadin Naib and Farid Malik.

Aftab Alam, Sharafuddin Ashraf, and Afsar Zazai have been named as reserve players for the T20 series.

The squad for One Day International (ODI) includes Mohammad Shahzad, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Gulbadin Naib, Noor Ali Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Jawid Ahmadi, Mohammad Nabi Esa Khel, Dawlat Zadran, Asghar Stanikzai, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Amir Hamza Hotak, Rahmat Shah Zurmati, Nasir Jamat and Farid Malik.

Shapoor Zadran and Usman Ghani have named as reserve players for the ODI series.

The squad for Four Day Match I-Cup include Noor Ali Zadran, Mohammad Shahzad, Rashid Khan, Jawid Ahmadi, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Zahir Khan, Shabir Noori, Nasir Jamal, Dawlat Zadran, Asghar Stanikzai, Mohammad Nabi Esa Khel, Yamin Ahmadzai, Rahmat Shah and Afsar Zazai.

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Nabi and Rashid Khan selected to play in Indian Premier League http://www.khaama.com/nabi-and-rashid-khan-selected-to-play-in-indian-premier-league-02928 http://www.khaama.com/nabi-and-rashid-khan-selected-to-play-in-indian-premier-league-02928#comments Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:52:48 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=74056 Read the full article...]]> Two prominent Afghan cricket athletes, Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan, have been selected to play in the new season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The two Afghan athletes were selected by Hynderabad Sun Risers to play in the upcoming league.

The former Afghan skipper Nabi was sold for 3,000,000 Indian Rupees while Rashid Khan was sold for 4 million Indian Rupees.

The IPL matches are scheduled to begin on 3rd April and will continue until 21st May of the year until the winner of the league is ascertained.

The Sun Risers are the champions of the league by sealing a victory in the final of the last year’s competition.

They will continue to defend their championship in the new season of the league.

In the meantime, the Afghan cricket Mohammad Shahzad was not selected by any team during the auction today along with the Afghan skipper Asghar Stanikzai.

This is the first time the Afghan cricketers will participate in one of world’s largest cricket events in India.

The selection of the two Afghan athletes follow a series of their outstanding performance with the Afghan team on international level along with several other talented Afghan cricketers, including Mohammad Shahzad.

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Afghanistan defeats Zimbabwe by 54 runs in second match of ODI series http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-zimbabwe-by-54-runs-in-second-match-of-odi-series-02925 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-zimbabwe-by-54-runs-in-second-match-of-odi-series-02925#respond Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:06:41 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=74046 Read the full article...]]> The Afghanistan national cricket team defeated Zimbabwe by 54 runs in their second appearance in a bilateral One Day International (ODI) series.

The Afghan team won the toss and elected to bat first in the second game, electing a target of 239 runs for the host team.

Afghanistan set the given target by losing 9 wickets from 50 overs with Mohammad Shahzad scoring 64 runs, Rahmat Shah 53 runs, Mohammad Nabi 33 runs, Najibullah Zadran 45 runs, Noor Ali Zadran 14 runs, Asghar Stanikzai 6 runs, Gulbain Naib 5 runs, Rashid Khan 3 runs, Dawlat Zadran 1 runs, and Hashmatullah Shahidi 2 runs.

The Zimbabwe team could not chase the given target and lost all their wickets after scoring184 runs from42.1 overs.

On the bowling side, Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan took 3 wickets, and Amir Hamza and Gulbadin Naib 2 wickets each to restrict Zimbabwe to 184 runs.

This comes as the Afghan team secured their first victory in the opening of the series by defeating the host nation in their opening match on Thursday.

Afghanistan defeated Zimbabwe by 12 runs in a rain-hit match which concluded in the Afghan team’s favor.

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Germany’s Otto Pfister assumes charge as new Afghan football coach http://www.khaama.com/germanys-otto-pfister-assumes-charge-as-new-afghan-football-coach-02867 http://www.khaama.com/germanys-otto-pfister-assumes-charge-as-new-afghan-football-coach-02867#respond Mon, 13 Feb 2017 05:21:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=73864 Read the full article...]]> Germany’s Otto Pfister has assumed charge as the new coach of the Afghanistan national football team, the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) announced Sunday.

A contract was signed between AFF and Mr. Pfister during a press conference in Kabul while the former national footballer Anoosh Dastagir was appointed as the assistant coach of the Afghan team.

Ali Askari has been appointed as the general manager of the national team while Mansoor Faqiryar has been appointed as the goalkeeping coach of the national team.

The AFF officials said they are hopeful to have major achievements with the new appointments with AFF secretary general Keramuddin Karim saying they have appointed the team members for the better utilization of their talents and experience.

In his turn, Mr. Pfister said he has accepted the contract considering his coaching and football experience.

He said he has plans for the development of the Afghanistan football , insisting that his presence with the Afghan team is both a pride and a challenge.

However, he said he enjoys the challenges to reach to success with the AFF officials saying that the Afghan team should prepare for the upcoming events with the available resources they possess at the moment.

The new appointments came as the Afghan team is facing Vietnam on 28th March in their first qualifier match for the AFC 2019.

The 70-year-old German coach has supervised around 160 matches and has experience with different teams, including Egypt,   Lebanon, Tunisia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Ghana, Congo, and several other teams.

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Afghanistan’s Nabi placed 2nd by ICC in ODI All-Rounder rankings http://www.khaama.com/afghanistans-nabi-placed-2nd-by-icc-in-odi-all-rounder-rankings-02859 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistans-nabi-placed-2nd-by-icc-in-odi-all-rounder-rankings-02859#respond Sun, 12 Feb 2017 05:38:18 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=73835 Read the full article...]]> The former Afghan skipper Mohammad Nabi has been placed second by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in One Day International All-Rounder rankings.

Shakib Al Hasan secures the first position in the latest ranking table of International Cricket Council (ICC).

According to ICC, Hasan has been placed first by having 377 rating while Nabi secures the second spot with 331 rating.

Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews secures the third position and Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez has secured the fourth position.

Nabi also secures the 10th position in ICC bowling rankings for the One Day International (ODI) matches.

Meanwhile, in the T20 International side, Afghanistan’s Mohammad Shahzad secures the 7th position and Nabi secured the 3rd position in All-Rounder rankings of ICC for T20I.

The Afghanistan national cricket team secures the 10th position in ICC team rankings for One Day International matches.

Similarly, Afghanistan’s position in Twenty20 International rankings is 9th in the latest team ranking of the International Cricket Council.

South Africa tops the rankings table for ODI while New Zealand is placed 1st in the ranking table for Twenty20 International rankings table.

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Afghanistan’s Mohd shahzad likely to get contract in Indian Premier League http://www.khaama.com/afghanistans-mohd-shahzad-likely-to-get-contract-in-indian-premier-league-02832 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistans-mohd-shahzad-likely-to-get-contract-in-indian-premier-league-02832#respond Tue, 07 Feb 2017 15:05:04 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=73728 Read the full article...]]> Following extraordinary performance by the Afghan opening batsman Mohammad Shahad in his recent international appearances, news reports have emerged that the Afghan player may get a contract in the most popular Indian league, the Indian Premier League (IPL).

With his big-hitting ability, Shahzad is likely to get a major deal during the IPL 2017 auction along with four other Afghan cricketers.

Shahzad is likely to get a chance with the four other players, including Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran and Najeeb Zadran, it has been reported.

A total of 799 players from all around the world are said to have thrown their hat in the ring, but the list is going to come down after the teams submit their list of choices before the weekend, according to International Business Times newspaper.

Hence, it is not clear if all the five Afghan players given above will feature in the final list of IPL 2017 auction pool.

Shahzad broke the record of India’s Virat Kohli by scoring four 50s in one international tournament last month, attracting the world cricketing attention.

He also made history by scoring two 50s in two different international matches on the same day and became the first ever player in the world to have the record.

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Afghanistan to tour Zimbabwe for 5 ODI matches http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-to-tour-zimbabwe-for-5-odi-matches-02806 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-to-tour-zimbabwe-for-5-odi-matches-02806#respond Sun, 05 Feb 2017 05:50:30 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=73630 Read the full article...]]> The Afghanistan national cricket team will tour Zimbabwe for five One Day International (ODI) matches scheduled to begin on 16th February.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) announced the squad for the ODI series during a press conference on Saturday.

Afghanistan’s Chief Selector Nawroz Mangal announced the squad as he spoke regarding the structural compatibility of the national cricket team.

Mangal further added that the national team has been elected based on the findings of the 15-day training in United Arab Emirates.

He said the selection of the team was done considering all the angles.

According to ACB, the squad for tour of Zimbabwe, includes Captain Mohammad Asghar Stanikzai, Mohammad Shahzad Mohammadi, Noor Ali Zadran, Ehsanullah Janat, Rahmat Shah Zurmati, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Samiullah Shenwari, Najeebullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi Esakhel, Rashid Arman, Gulbadin Naib.

Karim Janat, Dawlat Zadran, Farid Ahmad Malik, Aftab Alam, and Hamza Hotak.

ACB further added that the reserve players for the tour includes Afsar Khan Zazai, Nasir Jamal, and Naveen-ul-Haq.

The matches will be played on 16th, 19th, 21st, and 26th of February in Harare city of Zimbabwe, ACB said.

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Afghanistan-A cruise to 4-0 series lead over Zimbabwe with 4th win http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-a-cruise-to-4-0-series-lead-over-zimbabwe-with-4th-win-02798 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-a-cruise-to-4-0-series-lead-over-zimbabwe-with-4th-win-02798#respond Sat, 04 Feb 2017 04:28:11 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=73603 Read the full article...]]> The Afghanistan A cricket team, development team, cruised to a 4-0 series lead over Zimbabwe-A with the 4th consecutive win an unofficial One Day International (ODI) series.

Played at Harare, the Afghan team elected to field first in the fourth match, with the Zimbabwe team setting a target of 213 runs for Afghanistan.

Tinotenda Mutombodzi in the middle order scored the highest runs for Zimbabwe with 62 from 84 balls, despite they lost early wickets in the top order.

Innocent Kaia scored 33 runs, Ryan Burl 24 runs, Malcolm Waller 25 runs, Nathan Waller 22 runs, Wellington Masakazada 7 runs, Peter Moor 5 runs, Tarisai Musakanda 9 runs, Richard Ngarava remained not out after scoring 4 runs with Tendai Chatara who scored 13 runs.

The runs and overs of the match were reduced applying the Duckworth–Lewis method with the Afghan team requiring 162 runs from 40 overs.

Afghanistan chased the given target by losing 4 wickets and 21 balls remaining.

Karim Sadiq scored 14 runs, Imran Janat 4 runs, Younas Ahmadzai 30 runs, Noor-ul-Haq 47 runs, Waheedullah Shafaq remained not out after scoring 51 runs with shafiqullah who scored 8 runs.

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Simmons of West Indies appointed consultant of Afghan cricket team http://www.khaama.com/simmons-of-west-indies-appointed-consultant-of-afghan-cricket-team-02788 http://www.khaama.com/simmons-of-west-indies-appointed-consultant-of-afghan-cricket-team-02788#respond Thu, 02 Feb 2017 05:55:18 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=73570 Read the full article...]]> The former West Indies cricketer Phillip Simmons has been appointed as a consultant with Afghanistan National Cricket team.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) in a statement said “Phillip Simmons, the former West Indies National Cricket team player appointed as a consult coach with Afghanistan National Cricket team.”

The statement further added that Simmons would be assisting the current head coach on technical issues.

“Phillip Simmons, the Right handed Batsman and Right Arm Medium Pace Bowler, has mass experience in terms of Cricket coaching. He has been the head coach of West Indies, Zimbabwe, as well as Ireland,” the statement added.

His achievements include World T20 championship while coaching West Indies National Cricket team.

Simmons has played 26 test and 143 ODI matches. Besides, he has also played207 First Class matches.

According to ACB, Simmons has tremendous experience in team management and has immense technical expertise.

Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) Management considers Simmons appointment a valuable step in players’ capacity development. “His appointment will have a great impact on team performance,” ACB said.

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ICC may consider Test Status for Afghanistan cricket team http://www.khaama.com/icc-may-consider-test-status-for-afghanistan-cricket-team-02778 http://www.khaama.com/icc-may-consider-test-status-for-afghanistan-cricket-team-02778#respond Wed, 01 Feb 2017 04:53:00 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=73536 Read the full article...]]> The International Cricket Council (ICC) may consider Test Status for the Afghanistan National Cricket team, it has been reported.

The Ireland team is also in consideration of ICC for Test Status as part of an overhaul which will be discussed during the meeting between 2 to 5th February in Dubai.

The proposals, if approved, for the overhaul to bring changes in governance and finance structures will include Afghanistan and Ireland as the new Test-playing nations.

The consideration to give Test Status to the two countries will be in addition to the existing ten teams which have full membership.

But reports suggest that the grant of Test Status will not necessarily mean that Afghanistan and Ireland will gain full membership.

This comes as the Afghanistan national cricket team had major achievements during the recent years.

According to reports, the consideration of Test Status for Afghanistan and Ireland comes as the two teams had better performances although there could be contenders in the Netherlands and Scotland as well.

That decision will lead to another logical proposal – the twotier Test system, according to Mumbai Mirror newspaper.

The plan was previously abandoned because of the opposition from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) but much water has gone through the Arabian Sea since that plan was shot down six months ago.

The ICC policy makers think that this is the best time to push the reforms as the BCCI is not on a strong wicket. It is unlikely the Indian board will agree to it, as it does not want to distance itself from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, the countries that will be badly affected by the new system.

The contentious finance distribution model will also be discussed but one is not sure how much will be the projected loss for the BCCI from the previously agreed system. One theory is that the BCCI will lose somewhere between Rs 1500-1800 crore if the new finance model is approved.

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Afghanistan A wins series against Zimbabwe A with third consecutive victory http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-a-wins-series-against-zimbabwe-a-with-third-consecutive-victory-02777 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-a-wins-series-against-zimbabwe-a-with-third-consecutive-victory-02777#respond Tue, 31 Jan 2017 15:49:12 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=73533 Read the full article...]]> The Afghanistan A cricket team secured their third consecutive win against Zimbabwe A in a 5-match unofficial One International series.

The Afghan A team defeated Zimbabwe A team by 20 runs during the third match of the series.

With Zimbabwe winning the toss and electing to field first, the Afghanistan A team set a target of 280 runs by losing only 4 wickets.

Despite losing the opener batsmen during the initial overs of the game, the middle order batsmen continued to maintain a running making momentum with Younas Ahmadzai scoring 104 runs.

Waheedullah Shafaq scored 42 runs, Khaibar Omar remained not out after scoring 54 runs with Shafiqullah who scored 70 runs from just 29 balls.

The Zimbabwe A batsmen could not chase the given target despite one of their opener batsmen Innocent Kaya hit a century and Ryan Burl scoring 70 runs.

They fell short of overs after scoring 259 runs and losing 9 wickets.

On the bowling side, Nawaz Khan took the most wickets with his 51 for 5 from 10 overs.

Mohammad Ibrahim took 2 wickets and Zamir Khan 1 wicket to restrict the Zimbabwe A batsmen before they manage to chase the given target.

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Afghanistan A cricket team defeat Zimbabwe A by 55 runs http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-a-cricket-team-defeat-zimbabwe-a-by-55-runs-02762 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-a-cricket-team-defeat-zimbabwe-a-by-55-runs-02762#respond Sun, 29 Jan 2017 16:10:02 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=73484 Read the full article...]]> The Afghanistan A cricket team defeated Zimbabwe A by 55 runs on Sunday during the second unonfficial One Day International (ODI) match.

The Afghan A team leads the series 2-0 in a 5-match unofficial bilateral series and following their victory in the opening match on Friday.

Afghanistan A team scored 208 runs from 47.3 overs but the target was reduced to 182 runs as per the Duck and Lewis method after the game was interrupted.

However, the Zimbabwe A could not chase the given target and lost all their wickets after scoring 126 runs from 27.5 overs.

Shafiqullah scored the highest runs on the batting side for the Afghanistan A team by scoring 50 runs from 53 balls.

Imran Janat scored 49 runs, Nasir Khan 28 runs, Rahman Gul 28 runs, Zamir Khan 13 runs, Khaibar Omar 8 runs, Abdull Adil 7 runs, Noor-ul-Haq 5 runs, Shahidullah 5 runs, and Ziarurehman Akbar 2 runs who remained not out at the final moments of the Afghan A team batting inning.

On the bowling side, Fazal Niazi took 3 wickets, Ziaurrahman Akbar, Zamir Khan, and Shafiqullah 2 wickets, while Abdullah Adil taking 1 wicket to restrict the Zimbabwe A team to 126 runs and before they manage to chase the given target.

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Shahzad breaks Virat Kohli record with four 50s in one tournament http://www.khaama.com/shahzad-breaks-virat-kohli-record-with-four-50s-in-one-tournament-02724 http://www.khaama.com/shahzad-breaks-virat-kohli-record-with-four-50s-in-one-tournament-02724#respond Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:17:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=73342 Read the full article...]]> The Afghan opening batsman and wicket Mohammad Shahzad has broken the record of India’s Virat Kohli by scoring four 50s in one international tournament.

Shahzad also made history by scoring two 50s in two different international matches on the same day and became the first ever player in the world to have the record.

According to reports, Kohli was previously the record of scoring maximum three  50s in a single tournament.

However, Shahzad helped the Afghan team to win the Desert T20 Challenge with his four 50s in the tournament.

Kohli had set the record ICC World Twenty20 which was held in India last year.

Afghanistan played the semi-final match against Oman on Friday and defeated them 8 wickets where Shahzad scored 80 runs.

The final match of the tournament was held hours after the Afghan team defeated Oman where Shahzad scored 52 runs and helped defeat Ireland by 10 wickets.

The final match victory was Afghanistan’s fifth consecutive win in the tournament following back to back wins in group matches against Ireland, United Arab Emirates, and Namibia.

The final match of the tournament was played at Dubai International cricket stadium.

The Afghanistan is currently holding the champion status of the 2016/2017 Desert Twenty20 Challenge.

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Afghanistan becomes Desert T20 champion, defeats Ireland in final http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-becomes-desert-t20-champion-defeats-ireland-in-final-02710 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-becomes-desert-t20-champion-defeats-ireland-in-final-02710#respond Sat, 21 Jan 2017 04:38:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=73301 Read the full article...]]> The Afghanistan national cricket team became the champion of the Desert Twenty20 Challenge by defeating Ireland in the final match of the tournament.

The Afghan team defeated Ireland by 10 wickets and 73 balls remaining as Mohammad Shahzad scored 52 runs from 40 balls.

The other Afghan opening batman, Nawroz Mangal, scored 17 runs from 8 balls and remained not out.

Ireland won the toss and elected to bat first setting a target of 72 runs for the Afghan team.

They lost all their wickets during the 13 over of the match with Mohammad Nabi taking 4 wickets, Amir Hamza, Fareed Ahmad, and Karim Janat taking 2 wickets each.

The final match of the tournament was held hours after the Afghan team defeated Oman in the semi-final of the tournament.

This was Afghanistan’s fifth consecutive win in the tournament following back to back wins in group matches against Ireland, United Arab Emirates, and Namibia.

The final match of the tournament was played at Dubai International cricket stadium.

The Afghanistan is currently holding the champion status of the 2016/2017 Desert Twenty20 Challenge.

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Afghanistan defeats Oman in Desert T20 Challenge semi-final http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-oman-in-desert-t20-challenge-semi-final-02709 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-oman-in-desert-t20-challenge-semi-final-02709#respond Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:16:56 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=73298 Read the full article...]]> The Afghanistan National cricket team defeated Oman by 8 wickets in Desert Twenty20 Challenge by wickets and qualified to the final of the tournament.

The Oman batsmen set a target of 150 runs for Afghanistan after batting first with Afghanistan winning the toss and electing to field first.

Oman lost 8 wickets in 20 overs and scored 149 runs with Zeeshan Maqsood scoring the highest run for his team by making 33 runs.

Fareed Ahmad took 3 wickets, Rashid Khan 2 wickets, Amir Hamza and Samiullah Shenwari 1 wicket each on the bowling side.

Afghanistan chased the given target easily with an aggressive start by Mohammad Shahzad who scored 80 runs from 60 balls.

Nawroz Mangal scored 34 runs from 30 balls, Asghar Stanikzai remained not out after scoring 25 runs with Samiullah Shenwari who scored 6 runs.

Afghanistan completed the given target during the 18.3 over of the match.

This was the fourth consecutive win by the Afghan team following their three back to back wins in group matches.

Afghanistan defeated Ireland in their opening match, United Arab Emirates during the second match, and Namibia in their last match.

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Afghanistan defeat Ireland by 5 wickets in Desert T20 Challenge http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeat-ireland-by-5-wickets-in-desert-t20-challenge-02672 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeat-ireland-by-5-wickets-in-desert-t20-challenge-02672#respond Sun, 15 Jan 2017 04:36:13 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=73183 Read the full article...]]> The Afghanistan national cricket team defeated Ireland by 5 wickets in their opening match in Desert Twenty20 Challenge.

Ireland started their batting inning after they won the toss and elected to bat first.

They lost 6 wickets to set a target of 126 runs for the Afghan team with Paul Stirling scoring 25 runs, Stuart Poynter 18 runs, William Porterfield 17 runs, Kevin O’Brien 12 runs, Gary Wilson 23 runs, Greg Thompson 3 runs, Andy McBrine remained not out after scoring 7 runs with George Dockrell 13 runs.

The Afghan team chased the given target by losing 5 wickets and 8 balls remaining from the over.

Mohammad Shahzad scored 29 runs, Najeeb Taraki 31 runs, Asghar Stanikzai 6 runs, Samiullah Shenwari 13 runs, Gulbaddin Naib 2 runs, Mohammad Nabi remained not out after scoring 23 runs, Najibullah Zadran who scored 11 runs.

On the bowling side, Amir Hamza took 2 wickets with Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan taking 2 wickets as well to restrict the Ireland batsmen.

Afghanistan will face United Arab Emirates during their second group match on Monday and will be played at Abu Dhabi.

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Afghanistan’s Owais Azizi to play in Iran Pro League http://www.khaama.com/afghanistans-owais-azizi-to-play-in-iran-pro-league-02617 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistans-owais-azizi-to-play-in-iran-pro-league-02617#respond Wed, 04 Jan 2017 11:10:56 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=73012 Read the full article...]]> The Afghan footballer Owais Azizi will play in Iran Pro League, Persian Gulf Pro League, the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) said Wednesday.

According to AFF, Azizi arrived in Iran to attend the training sessions of Tehran Naft after he was picked by the team to play in the league.

“Owais Azizi, Afghanistan football national team goalkeeper arrived to Iran to attend Tehran Naft FC’s training sessions,” AFF said.

AFF also added “He is the first option for Ali Daee, Naft FC’s head coach, and after reaching an agreement with the team, Owais will be the first afghan player in Iran football premier league.”

Persian Gulf Pro League is a professional football league competition in which some of the high level football clubs compete.

The league secures 2nd spot among the Asian leagues in the Asian Football Confederation and the best league in western Asia.

Created in 2001, seven different teams have become league champions. Sepahan is the most successful club with five trophies.

The competition will kick off next week with the first match to be played between Machine Sazi and Saipa FC.

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Afghanistan loses 5-1 to India in 2016 SAFF Women’s Championship http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-loses-5-1-to-india-in-2016-saff-womens-championship-02570 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-loses-5-1-to-india-in-2016-saff-womens-championship-02570#respond Wed, 28 Dec 2016 05:18:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=72871 Read the full article...]]> The Afghanistan Women’s National Football team lost their opening game in the 2016 South Asia Football Federation Women’s Championship.

The Afghan team lost the game 5-1 as the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) officials are optimistic regarding the result, saying there has been  a major improvement in the performance of the women’s team as compared to the previous championships.

The Indian team managed to score 4 goals during the first half of the game and hit another goal in the second half.

Afghanistan’s only goal was hit during the 87th minute of the game by Farkhunda Mohtaj.

This was the third appearance by the Afghan women’s team against India following 2012 and 2014 games.

According to AFF officials, the Afghan team had lost 12-0 in 2012 games and 11-0 in 2014 games.

The second match will be played against Bangladesh on 29th of December.

The Afghanistan Women’s National Football Team Coach Kelly Lindsey told reporters on Monday that the Afghan team is having necessary preparations for the championship and the Afghan footballers are appearing with better moral in the games.

However, she sad the Indian team a strong opponent and Afghanistan has never recorded a victory against India as she said it would be interesting to play alongside them in Group B.

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Afghanistan clean sweeps comfortably against UAE, wins 3rd T20I by 44 runs http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-clean-sweeps-comfortably-against-uae-wins-3rd-t20i-by-44-runs-02498 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-clean-sweeps-comfortably-against-uae-wins-3rd-t20i-by-44-runs-02498#respond Sun, 18 Dec 2016 13:47:03 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=72641 Read the full article...]]> The Afghanistan National cricket team clean swept the United Arab Emirates in a bilateral series of Twenty20 International by derating the host team by 44 runs to win the series 3-0.

Played at ICCA Dubai, the Afghan team set a target of 190 runs after winning the toss and electing to fbat first.
Afghanistan lost 5 wickets to score 189 runs from 20 overs with Mohammad Shahzad scoring 44 runs by hitting 7 Fours and 1 Sixes.

Najeeb Tarakai scored 40 runs by hitting 5 Fours and 1 Sixes, Asghar Stanikzai scored 10 runs from 9 balls, Usman Ghani 2 runs from 17 balls, he hit 2 Sixes.

Samiullah Shenwari scored 39 runs from 22 balls by hitting 2 Fours and 3 Sixes, and Najibullah Zadran remained not out after scoring 18 runs along with Mohammad Nabi Nabi who scored 7 runs.

The UAE batsmen could not chase the given target and lost 8 of their wickets after scoring 145 runs in 20 overs.
The top order batsmen of UAE started aggressively to chase the target despite losing Mohammad Shahzad in the second over of their inning.

Rohan Mustafa scored 58 runs and Shaiman Anwar 56 runs but the middle order of UAE could maintain a momentum to secure the only victory for their team.

Rameez Shahzad was the only high scorer in the middle but he could only manage to score 15 runs while the remaining batsmen were taken off the field with none of them managing to score more than 5 runs.

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Afghanistan defeats UAE in second T20 International by 5 wickets http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-uae-in-second-t20-international-by-5-wickets-02484 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-uae-in-second-t20-international-by-5-wickets-02484#respond Fri, 16 Dec 2016 13:47:54 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=72599 Read the full article...]]> The Afghanistan national cricket team defeated United Arab Emirates (UAE) by 5 wickets during their second match a bilateral series.

Played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, UAE chose to bat first after winning the toss and set a target of 180 runs for the Afghan team.

UAE lost 4 wickets in 20 overs to score 179 runs with Rohan Mustafa scoring 43 runs, Mohammad Shahzad 8 runs, Shaiman Anwar 60 runs, Muhammad Usman 15 runs, and Rameez Shahzd 47 runs.

The Afghan team managed to chase the given target by losing 5 wickets with two balls remaining from the last over.

Afghanistan’s opener Mohammad Shahzad scored 31 runs, Hazratullah 18 runs, Usman Ghani 18 runs, Asghar Stanikzai 29 runs, Samiullah Shenwari 12 runs, and Mohammad Nabi remained not out after scoring 13 runs with Najibullah Zadran who scored 55 runs.

The Afghan bowlers, Fareed Ahmad took 2 wickets, Amirza Hamza and Rashid Khan 1 wicket each on the bowling side.

This comes as the Afghan team defeated UAE by 11 runs during the opening match of the series on Wednesday.

The third and final match between the two teams will be played on 18th December in ICC Academy in Dubai city.

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Afghanistan U-19 cricket team beats Pakistan in Asia Cup http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-u-19-cricket-team-beats-pakistan-in-asia-cup-02483 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-u-19-cricket-team-beats-pakistan-in-asia-cup-02483#respond Fri, 16 Dec 2016 13:27:40 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=72596 Read the full article...]]> The Afghanistan Under-19 national cricket team defeated Pakistan by 21 runs in their opening match of the Asian Cricket Council Under-19s Asia Cup. (Photo: Afghanistan Cricket Board)

The Afghan team set a target of 274 runs from 50 overs and by losing only 3 wickets after Pakistan won the toss and elected to field first.

Opening batsman Naveed Obaid made 31 runs and Ibrahim Zadran 51 runs while Tariq scored 59 runs and Darwish Rasooli remained not out after scoring 92 runs with Nisar Wahdat who scored 11 runs.

The Pakistani Under-19 cricket team could not chase the given target and lost all their wickets in 49.1 overs.

Pakistan’s middle order batsmen did their best to chase the target with Abdullah Shafique scoring 60 runs along with Saad Khan who scored 48 runs.

On the bowling side of the Afghan team, Zahir Khan took 3 wickets, Mujeeb 2 wickets, and Naveed-ul-Haq, Shams ur Rehman, Ibrahim Zadran, and Parwiz 1 wicket each to restrict the Pakistan team before they manage to chase the given target.

The match was played in Uyanwatte Stadium which is situated on the southern tip of Sri Lanka.

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Tajikistan defeats Afghanistan in friendly football match http://www.khaama.com/tajikistan-defeats-afghanistan-in-friendly-football-match-02270 http://www.khaama.com/tajikistan-defeats-afghanistan-in-friendly-football-match-02270#respond Sun, 13 Nov 2016 15:51:50 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=71940 Read the full article...]]> tajikistan-defeat-afghanistanTajikistan defeated the Afghanistan national football in a friendly football match 1-0 hosted in Central Republic Stadium of Tajikistan.

The Tajikistan national team managed to score its first goal during the second half of the match but the Afghan team failed to score any goal to level the game.

Afghanistan played in the format of 4-3-3 with 4 players appearing in the defense line, 3 players in the middle line, and 3 players in the offensive line.

This was the 5th match between the football teams of Afghanistan and Tajikistan since 2005 with Tajikistan clinching victory in each appearance.

The last time the two teams faced each other was on 4th May 2014 in a friendly football match which was won by Tajikistan 1-0.

The two teams faced each on 9th November 2005 in a friendly football match and Tajikistan managed to win by 4-0.

The Afghan team participated in a friendly football match for the last time on 11th October but the match ended in draw as the two teams scored 1 goal each.

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Islam Amiri returns to Afghanistan national football team after 2 years http://www.khaama.com/islam-amiri-returns-to-afghanistan-national-football-team-after-2-years-02227 http://www.khaama.com/islam-amiri-returns-to-afghanistan-national-football-team-after-2-years-02227#respond Mon, 07 Nov 2016 14:42:27 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=71798 Read the full article...]]> islam-amiriThe former captain of the Afghanistan National Football Team Islam Amiri has rejoined the national team after almost two years of break.

Amiri confirmed his return to the national team via a short statement posted on his official Facebook account.

“It’s an honour to be back with my national team after 2 years break. I wanna thank my family my friend for supporting me during this 2 years. but more important my FANS they support me a lot love u all…,” Amiri said.

The Afghanistan Football Federation has not officially released any statement regarding Amiri’s retun to the national team.

However, the federation released the national team’s squad for the upcoming international friendly match against Tajikistan as he appears in the Defenders list on the squad.

The friendly match between Afghanistan and Tajikistan football teams will be played on 13th November in Central Republic Stadium in Dushanbe.

Amiri is a prominent footballer and was playing for Dempo Sports Club in India and was recognized as one of the best Central Defenders in South Asia for his performance in Mumbai FC and during the South Asia Football Federation (SAFF) Championship.

He joined Mumbai FC club around four years back and was voted the FPAI Fans’ Player of the Year for the 2012-2013 season in India.

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Afghanistan rises to 57 in Beach Soccer World Ranking from previous 108 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-rises-to-51-in-beach-soccer-world-ranking-from-previous-108-02194 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-rises-to-51-in-beach-soccer-world-ranking-from-previous-108-02194#respond Tue, 01 Nov 2016 15:39:31 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=71671 Read the full article...]]> afghanistan-beach-soccerThe Afghanistan National Beach Soccer team has made a considerable gain in the World Ranking of Beach Soccer by climbing 51 points to rise to 57 in the world from its previous ranking of 108.

The Afghanistan National Football Federation (AFF) informed regarding the latest ranking of the Beach Soccer ranking.

According to AFF, the latest ranking puts Afghanistan ahead of some of the prominent teams, including Demark, Austria, Kuwait, Australia, Canada, and Belgium.

The Football Federation further added that the significant rise in the ranking of the Afghan team is mainly due to its performance in Asian Olympics in Vietnam where Afghanistan was placed among the Top 4.

Afghanistan is currently securing the 11th position in the world ranking table of the Beach Soccer having 158 points while Iran tops the table by having 1,630 points.

In the meantime, Portugal is placed in the top in the World Ranking by Beach Soccer and by having 3,566 points while Russia secures the second spot and Brazil the third spot.

Beach Soccer Worldwide said in the construction of the World Ranking, it has taken into account all the panorama of Beach Soccer events and competitions.

The basis of the BSWW World Ranking takes into consideration many aspects and factors observed by the FIFA/Coca-Cola Men’s World Ranking. To see the complete ranking criteria, please refer to this document.

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Afghanistan-Malaysia friendly international football match ends in draw http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-malaysia-friendly-international-football-match-ends-in-draw-02057 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-malaysia-friendly-international-football-match-ends-in-draw-02057#respond Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:54:45 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=71202 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan footballA friendly international football match between the Afghanistan national football team and the national football team of Malaysia ended in draw.

Played in Shah Alam Stadium, both the teams managed to score 1 each during the first half of the match but no goals were scored during the second half.

Afghanistan managed to score the first goal during the 22nd minute of the first half which was hit by Noorullah Amiri but Malaysia leveled the first half by scoring a goal during the last minutes.

The Afghan team started the first half of the game aggressively as they were in control of the ball by 70 percent but Malaysia appeared aggressively during the second.

This is the second friendly international football match Afghanistan is playing following last month’s match against Lebanon.

Afghanistan appeared in the match in the format of 4-2-3-1 with Owais Azizi as goal keeper, Hassan Amiri, Ahmad Arash Atefi, Masih Saighani, and Mujib Jamali in the defense line, Abasin Ali Khel and Kaneshka Tahir in central defense line, Zubair Amiri, Faisal Shaista, and Noorullah Amir in halfback.

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Bangladesh thrashes Afghanistan by 141 runs to win the ODI series http://www.khaama.com/bangladesh-thrashes-afghanistan-by-141-runs-to-win-the-odi-series-01988 http://www.khaama.com/bangladesh-thrashes-afghanistan-by-141-runs-to-win-the-odi-series-01988#respond Sat, 01 Oct 2016 16:39:37 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=70972 Read the full article...]]> bangladesh-thrashes-afghanistanThe Bangladesh national cricket team defeated Afghanistan by 141 runs to win the One Day International (ODI) series by 2-1 in the final match played at Dhaka.

Bangladesh national team set a target of 280 runs by winning the toss and electing to bat first after they lost 8 wickets from 50 overs.

Tamim Iqbal scored the highest runs of 118 runs for Bangladesh after Asghar Stanikzai lost a catch during the intial overs of the game.

Shabir Rahman remained the second highest scorer for the Bangladesh team by scoring 65 runs from 79 balls and by hitting 6 Fours and 3 Sixes.

The Afghan team could not chase the given target after Afghanistan started its innings by losing the opening batsmen Mohammad Shahzad who was bowled in Mashrafe Mortaza’s ball by scoring no runs.

Nawroz Mangal scored 33 runs, Rahmat Shah 36 runs, Samiullah Shenwari 13 runs, Najibullah Zadran 26 runs, and Rashid Khan 17 runs but they failed to chase the given target.

Today’s big loss to Bangladesh comes as the Afghanistan leveled the series by defeating Bangladesh in the second ODI match following the opening match loss on 25th September.

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Final, series decider match between Afghanistan, Bangladesh this afternoon http://www.khaama.com/final-series-decider-match-between-afghanistan-bangladesh-this-afternoon-01981 http://www.khaama.com/final-series-decider-match-between-afghanistan-bangladesh-this-afternoon-01981#respond Sat, 01 Oct 2016 06:26:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=70950 Read the full article...]]> afghanistan-v-bangladesh-final-matchThe final match of One Day International (ODI) series between Afghanistan and Bangladesh will be played this afternoon as the two teams will fight to clinch the series with each having one win from the past games.

The final match will be played at Dhaka with the Afghan team to appear with the same squad as the previous matches.

The Afghanistan squad includes Amir Hamza, Asghar Stanikzai*, Dawlat Zadran, Fareed Ahmad, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Naveen-ul-Haq, Nawroz Mangal, Rahmat Shah, Rashid Khan, Samiullah Shenwari, Shabir Noori, Ihsanullah, Karim Janat, Mirwais Ashraf, Mohammad Nabi, and Mohammad Shahzad.

Afghanistan defeated Bangladesh by 2 wickets during the second match of the series on Wednesday to level the series following Bangladesh’s win in opening match of the series.

Bangladesh defeated Afghanistan by 7 runs during the opening match played at Dhaka on 25th September.

This is the first major series the Afghan team is playing against a test playing nation following their World Cup campaign in March this year.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has been attempting to organize more matches with the big teams in a bid to help improve the experience of the Afghan team.

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Afghanistan defeats Bangladesh in 2nd ODI to level the series 1-1 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-bangladesh-in-2nd-odi-to-level-the-series-1-1-01968 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-bangladesh-in-2nd-odi-to-level-the-series-1-1-01968#respond Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:33:47 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=70907 Read the full article...]]> afghanistan-defeats-bangladesh-in-2nd-odiThe Afghanistan National Cricket team defeated Bangladesh by 2 wickets during the second match of a three-match One Day International (ODI) series.

With today’s win, the Afghan team leveled the series 1-1 after Afghanistan lost the opening match on Sunday by 7 runs.

The Afghan team won the toss and elected to field first and restricted the Bangladesh batsmen to 208 runs during the 42.5 overs of the game.

Rashid Khan took 3 wicketes, Mohammad Nabi and Mirwais Ashraf 2 wickets and Rahmat Shah 1 wicket on the bowling side.

Afghanistan lost the opening match of the series by 7 runs during the opening match of the series on 25th Septmber.

The final match of the series will be played on 3rd October to ascertain the winner of the series.

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Bangladesh defeats Afghanistan by 7 runs in opening match of ODI series http://www.khaama.com/bangladesh-defeats-afghanistan-by-7-runs-in-opening-match-of-odi-series-01945 http://www.khaama.com/bangladesh-defeats-afghanistan-by-7-runs-in-opening-match-of-odi-series-01945#respond Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:56:33 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=70836 Read the full article...]]> bangladesh-defeats-afghanistanBangladesh defeated the Afghanistan national cricket team by 7 runs in the opening match of a three-match One Day International (ODI) series.

Played in Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Bangladesh set a target of 266 runs for Afghanistan by losing all their wickets in 50 overs.

Tamim Iqbal remained the top scorer for Bangladesh by scoring 80 runs, Mahmudullah scored 62 runs, Shakib Al Hassan 48 runs, and Imrul Kayes 37 runs.

The Afghan batsmen started their innings with a sensational start by Mohammad Shahzad however he could not stay longer to chase the given target and his wicket was taken during the 6th over of the game after he scored 31 runs from 21 balls.

Opener Shabir Noori also could not stay longer and was given an lbw in Shakib Al Hassan’s ball after scoring 9 runs but Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shidi who contributed the most runs and brought the Afghan team close to a win.

Shah scored 71 runs and Shahidi 72 runs but their wickets were taken during the 40th and 43rd over of the game restricting them to further chase the target.

Mohammad Nabi also contributed 30 runs, Najibullah Zadran 7 runs, Asghar Stanikzai 10 runs, Rashid Khan 7 runs, Mirwais Ashraf 3 runs, and Dawlat Zadran 2 runs.

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Afghanistan-Bangladesh ODI series to kick off this afternoon http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-bangladesh-odi-series-to-kick-off-this-afternoon-01940 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-bangladesh-odi-series-to-kick-off-this-afternoon-01940#respond Sun, 25 Sep 2016 06:34:35 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=70822 Read the full article...]]> afghanistan-v-bangladeshA three-match One Day International (ODI) series between Afghanistan and Bangladesh will kick off in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh today.

The series, Afghanistan tour of Bangladesh, is the first major series the Afghan team will participate in after the ICC World Twenty20.

Afghanistan has participated in a series of matches against Ireland which ended in draw earlier in July this year besides playing some matches against Scotland.

The series against Bangladesh is the first major one the Afghan team will participate in amid calls by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) officials to allow the Afghan team to play against the big teams.

The former Afghan head coach Inzamam ul Haq earlier said the Afghan team needs to play against big countries in a bid to help the minnows prosper as an international team in the future.

Inzamam was speaking following a historic win by the Afghan team against the powerful team of West Indies late in March which the Afghan team defeated by 6 runs in their last match of Super 10 of ICC World Twenty20.The former Afghan head coach Inzamam ul Haq earlier said the Afghan team needs to play against big countries in a bid to help the minnows prosper as an international team in the future.

Inzamam was speaking following a historic win by the Afghan team against the powerful team of West Indies late in March which the Afghan team defeated by 6 runs in their last match of Super 10 of ICC World Twenty20.

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‘Real New Silk Road’ to turn Afghanistan into major regional transit hub http://www.khaama.com/real-new-silk-road-to-turn-afghanistan-into-major-regional-transit-hub-01865 http://www.khaama.com/real-new-silk-road-to-turn-afghanistan-into-major-regional-transit-hub-01865#comments Sat, 10 Sep 2016 09:00:54 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=70591 Read the full article...]]> real-new-silk-roadOptimisms are on the rise with the opening of the New Silk Road connecting China with the Eurasian landmass as two trains carrying dozens of containers bound for Afghanistan left China with the first consignment arriving in Hairatan port of Afghanistan earlier this month.

The initiative by China is considered is a major turnover in Afghanistan’s efforts to turn the country into a regional transit as it has been dubbed as Real New Silk Road following attempts by the then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to start the operations of the road in 2011 but subsequently flopped before it even got started.

According to an article published in Forbes by the magazine’s contributor Wade Shepard China is making good on this ambition by integrating Afghanistan in with their Belt and Road initiative — a major part of what could be called the real New Silk Road.

At least 85 containers were transported in the first Afghanistan-bound train that ceremoniously departed from Nantong in China’s eastern Jiangsu province on 25th August.

The side of the train was draped with a banner that read “Congratulations on the Central Asian trains (Nantong – Afghanistan – Hairaton) launching” and on the front was a similar sign topped off with a bright red pom-pom.

The second train bound for Afghanistan is expected to arrive today after covering 7,500 kilometer of journey from eastern Chinese city of Yiwu to Mazar-e-Sharif city of Afghanistan, carrying over 100 containers worth of $4 million cargo.

The latest developments came as the Afghan government has been attempting to turn the country into a major regional transit hub by taking advantage of the geographical position of the country.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani during his speech at a gathering in Kabul said Afghanistan will continue to emerge as a key player to link the region, insisting that the country will no more remain dependent on a single port, gesturing towards the Pakistani ports on which the Afghan traders have long been counting on.

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Afghanistan loses 2-0 to Lebanon in a football friendship match http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-loses-2-0-to-lebanon-in-a-football-friendship-match-01843 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-loses-2-0-to-lebanon-in-a-football-friendship-match-01843#respond Mon, 05 Sep 2016 15:24:16 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=70515 Read the full article...]]> Lebanon defeats AfghanistanThe Afghanistan national football team lost a friendly football match 2-0 to the national football team of Lebanon this evening.

The first half of the game ended in draw despite Afghanistan had two chances to hit a goal during the initial minutes of the game against only one chance of Lebanon.

Faisal Shaista replaced a player during the 57th minute of the game with an hope to secure a goal during the second half of the game but Lebanon managed to hit their first goal during the 59th minute.

Afghanistan lost Milad Intizar after the referee of the game offered him red card in the mid of the second half.

With an aim to secure a goal, Afghanistan changed another player, with Sabir Azizi replacing Abasin Ali Khel in the mid of the second half but could not achieve any goal until 85th minute of the game when a golden chance was missed.

The Lebanon team managed to hit their second goal during the final minutes of the second half with a penatly shootout and ended the game in their favor 2-0.

The Afghanistan squad for the friendship game included Ovays Azizi, Ahamd Zohaib Aseel, Hamidullah Wakili, Mohammad Hashemi, Faisal Shaista, Omiad Popalzay, Mustafa Zazai, Modjieb Jamali, Jasef Shirdel, Msif Saighani, Zubay Amiri.

Khaibar Amani, Abassin Alikhil, Mohammad Anwar Akbari, Fardin Hakimi, Omid Homauoni, Roheed Samandari, Qsmat Ahmadi, Ahmad Arash Hatifie, Mohammad Saber Azizi, Edriss Houshmand, Anoush Dastgir, Milad Intezar, Noor Zadran, and Mohammad Hasan Rahmani.

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Afghanistan to play 3 ODI matches with Bangladesh next month http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-to-play-3-odi-matches-with-bangladesh-next-month-01788 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-to-play-3-odi-matches-with-bangladesh-next-month-01788#respond Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:28:34 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=70328 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan v BangladeshThe Afghanistan national cricket team will play three matches with Bangladesh in the format of One Day International (ODI) next month, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) said Sunday.

ACB said the agreement to organize the ODI series with Bangladesh was reached following efforts involving multilateral negotiations.

The matches will be played on 25th and 28th September while the final ODI match will be played on 1st October.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board Chairman Nasimullah Danish thanked the Bangladesh Cricket Board for the agreement regarding the bilateral ODI series.

He said necessary preparations are in place to help the Afghan team bring good news for the nation during the ODI series and efforts are underway to organize further matches with the other full members.

This comes as the Afghan cricket achieved major successes on international level during the recent years.

The former Afghan head coach Inzamam ul Haq earlier said the Afghan team needs to play against big countries in a bid to help the minnows prosper as an international team in the future.

Inzamam was speaking following a historic win by the Afghan team against the powerful team of West Indies late in March which the Afghan team defeated by 6 runs in their last match of Super 10 of ICC World Twenty20.

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RAPL 2016 Championship Tournament to Start on 25th August http://www.khaama.com/rapl-2016-championship-tournament-to-start-on-25th-august-01760 http://www.khaama.com/rapl-2016-championship-tournament-to-start-on-25th-august-01760#respond Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:36:28 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=70241 Read the full article...]]> IMG_0001Roshan Afghan Premier League (RAPL) will launch its 2016 Championship Tournament at Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) stadium on Thursday the 25th August at 3:00pm.

The opening ceremony will include RAPL 2016’s new THEME SONG performed LIVE by three “Afghan Stars” contestants, the audience wearing colors to symbolize the Afghan flag and many more surprises.

The first day of the Tournament will continue with the opening match between the winner of the 4th Season and the Eastern Zone’s team, De Spinghar Bazan, against Simorgh Alborz representing the Northern Zone. The RAPL’s two groups (A and B) for the 2016 Championship Tournament were determined by the draw show which was broadcast on the 11th of August in Kabul.

The opening ceremony as well as all matches will be broadcast LIVE on TOLO TV, Lemar TV and simulcast on Arman FM, Arakozia FM as well as online via the RAPL Official YouTube Channel and website.

57% of Afghans in country (at least 18.6 million viewers) as well as Afghans around the world (via YouTube) watched the 2015 championship match between De Spinghar Bazan and Shaheen Asmayee (KAL – 2015 survey).

“In the past four seasons we have witnessed the presence of new players in the national teams of different age-ranges from Roshan Afghanistan Premier League (RAPL). We could select Afghan players who have the membership of national team from the premier league. The league facilitates the selection of players for national team. We also could select elite players from Roshan Afghanistan Premier League for national teams of 19 years, 21 years, and 23 years. The performance of these players is remarkable in national teams.” Mr. Keramuddin Karim, President of AFF.

“At Roshan, we are strong believers of supporting sport. Playing sports is about team work and at Roshan Afghan Premier League (RAPL) games, young Afghans of all backgrounds get to work together and grow stronger together. Our support for RAPL has already allowed young Afghans an opportunity to shine and represent their country on the world stage, bringing pride to all Afghans.” said Karim Khoja, CEO of Roshan.

“RAPL successfully conducted four seasons in close cooperation with its partners over past four years despite the existing challenges in this country. We are strongly committed to continuing the first professional football league which now has become a symbol of optimism and national unity for Afghanistan and everyone is waiting for the main tournament by August of each year.” said Shafic Gawhari, CEO of MOBY GROUP Afghanistan and RAPL Commissioner.

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Afghanistan Super Sevens Rugby Tournament kicked off in full swing http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-super-sevens-rugby-tournament-kicked-off-in-full-swing-01708 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-super-sevens-rugby-tournament-kicked-off-in-full-swing-01708#respond Wed, 17 Aug 2016 04:52:13 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=70060 Read the full article...]]> 1

By Asad Ziar

Morales were high amongst the teams, participants, and supporters at the start of the Afghanistan Super 7s Rugby Tournament. The first matches kicked off today 16th of August 2016 at 7:00am in Kabul city with Afghan Eagles  vs  Kabul Lions,   Mamozai Youths  vs Afghan United, Kabul University vs  Construction & Geodesy Institute and Kabul United vs Amani High School.

Organized by the Afghanistan Ruby Federation (ARF) , the competition brought fourteen Afghan teams together to play for the ultimate title of Afghanistan Super 7s  champion. The federation is optimistic that such tournament will help Afghan players improve and raise the standard of domestic rugby to a good level.

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Mr.Mohammad Mansoor Majid, president of the federation pledged to do more for the  development and growth of rugby in Afghanistan and he further added that the Afghanistan Rugby Federation (ARF) is still an associate member of the Asia Rugby but will soon apply for full membership which will enable the federation to stand on its own feet and the financial issue of the federation will be solved.

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We are witnessing a milestone  in the sport development in Afghanistan, One of the Domestic T20 cricket tournament of the Afghanistan Shpageeze Cricket League is being played on a daily basis from 9th August 2016. Total Six Local Afghan Cricket teams are competing in Shpageezea Cricket League 2016 and the Alokozay International Cricket Stadium which has the capacity for seating more than 6,000 spectators is always full.

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Rugby in its sevens format is like the T20 format of cricket which has quickly become popular around the globe , games last no more than  fourteen minutes  which only has seven players on each side. The format has become a crowd favorite, mostly because of its lung-bursting runs and of course, bone-crunching tackles.

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Afghanistan Cricket Board and Afghanistan Football Federation is really paving roads for other federations to do more for the development of the sports in general so that Afghans who has been suffering since the last three decades should have some joyful time to watch sports in the grounds or at their homes through their local TV channels.

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Sport is a powerful tool to promote peace, tolerance and understanding, bringing people together across boundaries, cultures and religions. Its intrinsic values such as teamwork, fairness, discipline and respect are understood all over the world and can be utilized in the advancement of solidarity and social cohesion.

We do understand that sporting initiatives alone cannot stop or resolve conflict, but sport gives us an engaging and cost-effective medium for post-conflict relief work and peace building as well as future conflict prevention.

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The final of the tournament was played between Kabul University team and Mamozai Youth team as a result Kabul university managed to score 15 against 5 of the Mamozai Youth

s only try. Kabul University team now has the title of the Afghanistan Super 7s Champions till next year.

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European kayakers visit Panjshir province for the first time http://www.khaama.com/european-kayakers-visit-panjshir-province-for-the-first-time-01631 http://www.khaama.com/european-kayakers-visit-panjshir-province-for-the-first-time-01631#respond Wed, 03 Aug 2016 04:31:54 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=69810 Read the full article...]]> Foreign kayakers AfghanistanA group of European kayakers have for the first time visited the northern Panjshir province of Afghanistan defying the threats amid ongoing violence in the country.

The kayakers who are search of the best white water have said Panjshir River offers some of the best kayaking in the world.

A Scot kayaker Callum Strong has told The Associated Press “It’s extreme geography that attracts extreme sportsmen, not the fact that the place is at war.”

Strong visited Panjshir together with his three friends Brit Joe Rea-Dickins, Scot James Smith and Austrian Kristof Stursa — are also recent graduates in their early 20s and amateur kayakers who met through their love of the sport.

“Before I came here, I was worried as the only news you hear from Afghanistan is bad news,” Strong said. “But I believe most places you go in the world, most people are good — and the river here looked very good, so we wanted to come.”

His friend Rea-Dickins was similarly enthusiastic, comparing Panjshir to the best places he’s kayaked in northern Europe, India and Pakistan. “In terms of white water, this is as good as anywhere in the world,” he said.

One of the joys of the sport, he said, is that “it takes you to pretty interesting places, it gives you purpose, you can be in a beautiful environment for weeks, you go off beaten tracks and stay where you end up and you meet with local people.”

The visit by the European kayakers comes as the analysts believe tourism could play a key role to boost the economy of the country provided that the security situation improves.

Afghanistan is a landlocked mountainous country where famous sports like skiing in the central Bamyan province attracts visitors both internally and from abroad.

However the security issues remains a challenge on the way of boosting tourism in the other parts of the country including the northern and northeastern part of the country.

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Afghanistan defeats Netherlands by an inning and 36 runs in ICC I-Cup http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-netherlands-by-an-inning-and-36-runs-in-icc-i-cup-01608 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-netherlands-by-an-inning-and-36-runs-in-icc-i-cup-01608#respond Sat, 30 Jul 2016 17:09:48 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=69723 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan ICC Intercontinental CupThe Afghanistan national cricket team defeated Netherlands by 36 runs and an inning to claim victory in a 4-day Intercontinental Cup of the International Cricket Council.

Afghanistan won the toss and chose to field allowing the Netherlands batsmen to start their inning but were all out after scoring 117 runs.

The Afghan batsmen started their first inning shortly after the first inning of Netherlands ended and declared their first inning after scoring 312 runs during the second day of the match.

The Netherlands batsmen started their second inning shortly after the declaration by Afghanistan but were all out after scoring 159 runs.

Hashmatullah Shahidi scored the highest runs for Afghanistan by making 83 runs with Rahmat Shah scoring 51 runs.

Afghanistan lost its opening batsmen in the early hours of the game with Mohammad Shahzad scoring 17 runs and Ihsanullah scoring 15 runs.

Yamin Ahmadzai took 5 wickets, Dawlat Zadran 4 wickets, and Mirwais Ashraf 1 wicket to restrict the Netherlands batsmen to 117 during their first innings.

However Zahir Khan appeared stronger during the second innings of Netherlands by taking their 4 wickets to restrict them to 159 runs.

Other bowlers, DAwlat Zadran took 3 wickets, Mohammad Nabi 1 wicket, and Mirwais Ashraf 1 wicket.

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West Indies to host Afghanistan cricket team in 2017 http://www.khaama.com/west-indies-to-host-afghanistan-cricket-team-in-2017-01565 http://www.khaama.com/west-indies-to-host-afghanistan-cricket-team-in-2017-01565#respond Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:38:36 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=69585 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan v West IndiesThe Afghanistan national cricket team is expecting to play series of matches against one of the world’s top games next year, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has said.

According to ACB, an agreement has reached between West Indies and Afghanistan Cricket Boards to play 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is in June, 2017 in West Indies. This will be the first time that two dynamic and entertaining sides of the Cricketing World face each other in a full series.

“Playing with Twenty20 champions will boost technical prospects for us,” Nasimullah Danish, Chairman of Afghanistan Cricket Board.

While CEO of the ACB, Shafiq Stanikazi, says “this is a major series with very attractive teams featuring some of the world’s best players. We look forward to some very entertaining cricket in T20 and ODI. On behalf of Afghanistan Cricket Board, I am very thankful to West Indies Cricket Board for agreeing to be hosts for the series.”

WICB’s CEO, Michael Muirhead noted that “this series will add to the variety of cricket our teams will be playing for the next year and we are happy to be able to have teams visit the region to add exposure for all our players.”

The series is due to start mid-June and the specific dates and venues will be announced in due course.

This comes as the former head coach of Afghanistan cricket team Inzamam-ul-Haq earlier said the Afghan team needs to play against big countries in a bid to help the minnows prosper as an international team in the future.

Inzamam was speaking following a historic win by the Afghan team against the powerful team of West Indies which the Afghan team defeated by 6 runs in their last match of Super 10 of ICC World Twenty20.

The impressive performance by the Afghan team was not only welcomed by the Afghan spectators but surprised the international cricket fans.

“No doubt it’s a very big win for us,” former Pakistan captain Inzamam said. “Today’s win is a signal that this team can do much better if it gets more opportunities against big nations.”

Inzamam further added “Afghanistan has talent, skill and passion, and the more we play against big teams, the more we will learn and give such performances.”

The Afghan team defeated West Indies by 6 runs mainly with the support of the Afghan bowlers who successfully restricted the batsmen of West Indies to 117 runs as they were chasing a target of 124 runs set by the Afghan team.

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Afghanistan narrowly misses ODI series win from Ireland http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-narrowly-misses-odi-series-win-from-ireland-01521 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-narrowly-misses-odi-series-win-from-ireland-01521#respond Wed, 20 Jul 2016 06:36:09 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=69404 Read the full article...]]> Najibullah ZadranThe Afghanistan national cricket team narrowly missed a victory in the 5th and final match against Ireland to win the 5 match One Day International (ODI) series.

The first match of the series was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to heavy rainfall but Afghanistan won the second match by 39 runs on 12th July, leading the series 1-0.

However, Ireland won the third match on 14th July by 6 wickets and leveled the series 1-1 but Afghanistan once again took a lead by defeating Ireland in the fourth match by 79 runs.

Ireland set a target of 266 runs for Afghanistan during the 5th match of the series by losing 5 wickets only with Ed Joyce remaining not out by scoring 160 runs.

Afghanistan started its innings by losing the two opener batsmen in the early overs of the game with Mohammad Shahzad scoring 7 runs and Javed Ahmadi 3 runs.

The top order batsmen could not do enough to build a partnership after Rahmat Shah’s wicket was taken during the 20th over of the game after he scored 30 runs.

Gulbaddin Naib also could not do much after his wicket was taken during the 9th over of the match after he scored 2 runs.

A momentum was built after Asghar Stanikzai started chasing the target with Mohammad Nabi but it was Najibullah Zadran and Rashid Khan who brought Afghanistan close to chase the target.

Zadran sccored 54 runs and Rashid Khan 40 runs and both the wickets were lost during the 45th and 46th over of the match.

There were still hopes that Mirwais Ashraf would help to chase the target but his wicket was taken and he could not score any run.

Dawlat Zadran at the end started to hit back to back Fours and Sixes and scored 31 runs from 15 balls but he failed to chase the target with Yamin Ahmadzai wh scored 3 runs.

Afghanistan lost the match by 12 runs and the series was concluded in draw after both the teams won two matches each with the first match abandoned.

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Afghanistan defeats Ireland by 79 runs in 4th ODI match http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-ireland-by-79-runs-in-4th-odi-match-01502 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-ireland-by-79-runs-in-4th-odi-match-01502#respond Sun, 17 Jul 2016 17:11:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=69336 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan beats IrelandThe Afghanistan national cricket team defeated Ireland by 79 runs during the 4th match of One Day International (ODI) series.

Afghanistan set a target of 230 runs for Ireland after they won the toss and elected to bat first

Afghanistan lost the two key opening batsmen in the early overs of the game as well as the middle order batsmen who could not create partnerships.

But the lower order batsmen helped to score runs for the Afghan team.

Mohammad Shahzad scored 22 runs, Noor Ali Zadran 10 runs, Rahma Shah 48 runs, Samiullah Shenwari 11 runs, Najiullah Zadran 3 runs, Mohammad Nabi 50 runs, Rashid Arman 60 runs, and Mirwwais Ashraf 14 runs.

The Ireland batsmen could not chase the given target after they lost the top order batsmen in the first 10 overs of the game but it was Paul Stirling and Kevin O’Brien who created partnership in the middle order, putting the Afghan team under pressure until the two batsmen were taken out of the game by Yamin Ahmadzai and Rashid Arman.

The Afghan bowlers managed to restrict the Ireland batsmen in 41st over of the game after they scored only 150 runs.

Rashid Arman took 4 wickeets, Rahmat Shah 2 wickets, Dawlat Zadran 1 wicket, and Yamin Ahmadzai 1 wicket on the bowling side.

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Afghanistan cricket looking to host ODI matches in India http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-looking-to-host-odi-matches-in-india-01481 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-looking-to-host-odi-matches-in-india-01481#respond Thu, 14 Jul 2016 05:33:07 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=69255 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan cricket teamThe Afghanistan National Cricket Team is looking to host more One Day International (ODI) matches in its home ground in India.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) officials are hope to schedule bilateral One-Day Internationals in India in a bid to arrange more fixtures against the full members.

With the September 2017 cut-off fast approaching, Afghanistan need to play more ODIs to further their chances in order to qualify for the 2019 Cricket World Cup, according to cricketworld.com

The chief executive of ACB, Shafiq Stanikzai, told ESPNcricinfo that the board has sent a proposal to the Board of
Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to host bilateral fixtures in the country against the teams visiting India on an
annual basis.

“If we sign the MOU which we sent to India, potentially Afghanistan Cricket Board will be in a better position than
where we are right now, scheduling ODIs with India and scheduling ODIs with teams travelling to India on an annual basis,” Stanikzai said.

“But still, it will be bilateral ties. If a travelling team to India wants to play us in India, it is totally up to them.”

In a way, this arrangement will be similar to Ireland, who frequently play ODIs against the full member teams visiting England.

Citing Ireland’s geographical advantage, Stanikzai revealed that it has become a challenge for Afghanistan to arrange
games with the full members since their induction into the Future Tours Program.

“Since induction into the FTP, a larger challenge arose for Afghanistan,” Stanikzai said. “A is arranging fixtures with
Full Members and B is funding it and finding funds to accommodate your needs.”

“The expectation of the Afghanistan people has grown immensely,” Stanikzai said, adding that “Afghanistan Cricket Board
is under tremendous amount of pressure by not having fixtures with Full Members.”

“Comparatively, Ireland has obtained 14 (11) fixtures with Full Members,” he said. “The advantage Ireland has is
geographical and teams travelling to England getting quality cricket against Ireland … but Afghanistan is a totally
different story… For us, being in the FTP, yeah the window has opened but the challenges are much greater.”

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) and Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority earlier in December last year in a bid to help Afghanistan cricket with a home ground in India.

The MoU was signed by BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur and IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla to allow the Afghanistan cricket use the Great Noida cricket stadium as their home ground and play matches.

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Afghanistan defeats Ireland by 39 runs during second ODI match http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-ireland-by-39-runs-during-second-odi-match-01471 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-ireland-by-39-runs-during-second-odi-match-01471#respond Tue, 12 Jul 2016 17:44:35 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=69218 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan defeats IrelandThe Afghanistan National Cricket Team defeated Ireland by 39 runs during the second match of the One Day International (ODI) series.

Afghanistan set a target of 251 runs by losing all wickets during the 49.2 overs of the game after Ireland won the toss and elected to field first.

Mohammad Shahzad scored 66 runs, Javed Ahmadi 29 runs, Rahmat Shah 14 runs, Samiulllah Shenwari 24 runs, Najibllah Zadran 50 runs, Moammad Nabi 5 runs, Dawlat Zadran 7 runs, Mirwais Ashraf 12 runs, Rashid Khan 18 runs, Shapoor Zadran 2 runs, while Asghar Stanikzai could not make any run.

The Ireland batsmen could not chase the given target and lost all their wickets during the 48.2 overs of the game by scoring 211 runs.

Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan took 3 wickets each while Dawlat Zadran and Mirwais Ashraf took 2 wickets each to restrict the Ireland batsmen before they manage to chase the given target.

The first ODI match between Afghanistan and Ireland was abandoned without a ball bowled on Sunday due to heavy rainfall which prevented the match to kick off.

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Cricket series between Afghanistan and Ireland to kick off tomorrow http://www.khaama.com/cricket-series-between-afghanistan-and-ireland-to-kick-off-tomorrow-01437 http://www.khaama.com/cricket-series-between-afghanistan-and-ireland-to-kick-off-tomorrow-01437#respond Sat, 09 Jul 2016 09:31:09 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=69101 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan v IrelandA cricket series between the Afghanistan National Cricket team and Ireland will kick off tomorrow, 10th of July, at Belfast.

Afghanistan will play 5 One Day International (ODI) matches against Ireland together with a 4-day match, ICC Intercontinental Cup.

The second ODI match will played on 12th July, third match on 14th July, fourth match on 17th July, and the final match will be played on 19th July.

This comes as Afghanistan won the One Day International (ODI) series from Scotland 1-0 on 6th July.

The Afghanistan National Cricket Board (ACB) announced the national team squad for the Scotland and Ireland tours late last month.

The squad includes Asghar Stanikzai, Noor Ali Zadran, Mohammad Shahzad, Shapoor Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shinwari, Rashid Khan, Yamin Ahmadzai.

Dawlat Zadran, Hamid Hassan, gulbadin Naib, Mirwwais Ashraf, Javed Ahmadi, Najibullah Zadran, Amir Hamza Hotak.
The reserve players include Nasir Jamal, Imrn Janat and Afsar Zazai, according to the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB).

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Afghanistan defeats Scotland by 78 runs in second ODI match http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-scotland-by-78-runs-in-second-odi-match-01426 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-scotland-by-78-runs-in-second-odi-match-01426#respond Thu, 07 Jul 2016 08:20:47 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=69065 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan beats ScotlandThe Afghanistan national cricket team defeated Scotland by 78 runs and won the two match One Day International series 1-0.

Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat first setting a target of 179 runs for Scotland from 37.2 overs by losing 6 wickets.

Mohammad Shahzad scored 84 runs, Noor Ali Zadran 6 runs, Jaed Ahmadi 16 runs, Rahmat Shah 26 runs, Asghar Stanikzai 5 runs, Najibullah Zadran 11 runs, and Mohammad Nabi remained not out after scoring 14 runss with Mirwais Ashraf who did not make any runs.

The overs of the match was reduced due to rainfall and the match refrees applied Duck and Lewis method.

Scotland could not chase the given target and lost all its wickets after scoring 132 runs from 27.1 overs.

Dawlat Zadran took 2 wickets, Shapoor Zadran 2 wickets, Mohammad Nabi 3 wickets, Rashid Khan 2 wickets, and Mirwais Ashraf 1 wicket.

The first ODI match between Afghanistan and Scotland ended without any result due to heavy rainfall which stopped the match.

Afghanistan scored 283 runs but the match ended without any result as the Scotland batsmen could not play their inning.

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Rahmat Shah scores 100 in first ODI against Scotland but rain prevents results http://www.khaama.com/rahmat-shah-scores-100-in-first-odi-against-scotland-but-rain-prevents-results-01418 http://www.khaama.com/rahmat-shah-scores-100-in-first-odi-against-scotland-but-rain-prevents-results-01418#respond Tue, 05 Jul 2016 08:09:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=69035 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan v ScotlandThe first One Day International (ODI) match between Afghanistan and Scotland ended with no result due to heavy rain falls, forcing Afghansitan to end the inning in 47th over the match.

Afghan batsman Rahmat Shah remained not out after scoring 100 runs from 123 balls by hittng 8 Fours and 1 Six.

Afghanistan had scored 283 runs from 47.2 overs but the match was ended without producing a result due to rain fall.

Opener Mohammad Shahzad scored 26 runs from 2 balls while Noor Ali Zadran was caught out after scoring only 1 run. Javed Ahmadi also made 39 runs, Ashghar Stanikzai 20 runs while Najibullah Zadran remained not out after scoring 89 runs.

Hampshire seamer Brad Wheal was Scotland’s most productive bowler, taking two wickets for 51 runs.

The second ODI between Afghanistan and Scotland will be played on Wednesday at Edinburgh and will be the last match between the two teams.

Afghanistan will start another series of match against Ireland on Sunday, 10th of July and will play 5 One Day International matches.

The two teams will also play a 4-day match, ICC Intercontinental Cup, at Sportpart Westvliet, Voorburg, from 29th July to 1st August.

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Afghanistan cricket team faces Scotland at Edinburgh on Monday http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-team-faces-scotland-at-edinburgh-on-monday-01401 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-team-faces-scotland-at-edinburgh-on-monday-01401#respond Sun, 03 Jul 2016 06:28:06 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=68972 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan cricket teamThe Afghanistan national cricket team will face Scotland for the first One Day Intenational (ODI) match at Edinburgh on Monday.

Afghanistan will play two ODI matches with Scotland ahead of appearing for a series of matches against Ireland.

The second ODI match between Afghanistan and Scotland will be played at Edinburgh on Wednesday.

The Afghanistan National Cricket Board (ACB) announced the national team squad for the Scotland and Ireland tours late last month.

The squad includes Asghar Stanikzai, Noor Ali Zadran, Mohammad Shahzad, Shapoor Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shinwari, Rashid Khan, Yamin Ahmadzai.

Dawlat Zadran, Hamid Hassan, gulbadin Naib, Mirwwais Ashraf, Javed Ahmadi, Najibullah Zadran, Amir Hamza Hotak.

The reserve players include Nasir Jamal, Imrn Janat and Afsar Zazai, according to the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB).

This comes as the Afghanistan national cricket team has not played any major matches since they concluded their World Cup campaign in March.

The Afghan team has only played a 4-day match against Namibia and defeated them by 36 runs and an inning earlier in April.

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Rugby Club Inaugurated inside Kabul University Campus http://www.khaama.com/rugby-club-inaugurated-inside-kabul-university-campus-01100 http://www.khaama.com/rugby-club-inaugurated-inside-kabul-university-campus-01100#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 10:30:05 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=67970 Read the full article...]]> 1

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Kabul, Afghanistan: Today, Sunday 29th of May, 2016  Afghanistan Rugby Federation (ARF) finally managed to inaugurate a rugby club inside the campus of Kabul University with the help of  university students and the sports committee of the university.

Kabul University is the oldest and largest institution of tertiary education in Afghanistan. Throughout its long history since 1930 not only it has provided training to a large number of Afghans, but had enjoyed popularity in the region by attracting many students from the neighboring countries. There are 22,000 students currently enrolling in the different faculties of the university.

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Rugby in its 7s form is turning back at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio, with the last Olympic rugby competition dating back to 1924. It is also one of the fastest growing sports in Asia and the lack of rugby playing pitch is making the growth of rugby slow in Afghanistan.

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Afghan National Squad’s skipper Mustafa Sadat 30 is optimistic that one day rugby will be played in Afghanistan as Cricket and Football. Sadat further added “ There is no cooperation between the sport federations and that is the reason we are not allowed to use cricket and football pitches to play rugby “

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With the recent history of rugby in Afghanistan it is always hard to find the right structures and coaches for the sport. “The biggest challenge are Playgrounds,” Mohammad Mansoor Majid President of the Rugby Federation admits. Mostly, the players use public fields and grounds full of stones and shingle  for their competitions. However, ground at the Kabul University Campus  will afterwards become a permanent training pitch for the Kabul University Rugby Club.

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“Rugby is not only a sport, but a joy , fun and entertainment and once a student start participating in our try session will love to play and the majority will stay. Those who stay will certainly attract many other students towards playing rugby and the game will develop into a more playing sport in the country “ Said Roshan Hassanzoi, Kabul University Rugby Team captain and trainer.

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The club was officially inaugurated by the vice president of Kabul University and chief executive officer of the Afghanistan Rugby Federation (ARF) in the presence of senior officials from Kabul University, Afghanistan Rugby Federation , Afghanistan Commercial Bank ( ACB) and hundreds of students from different faculties of the University.

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After the inauguration ceremony Afghanistan Commercial Bank Rugby Team played an exhibition match against the Kabul University Rugby team and as a result Kabul University Rugby Team managed to beat the ACB Rugby team by 20-05.

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“The sport will find a way to succeed since it is a tool for peace, prosperity and brotherhood in fact sport is a powerful tool to promote peace, tolerance and understanding, bringing people together across boundaries, cultures and religions. Its intrinsic values such as teamwork, fairness, discipline and respect are understood all over the world and can be utilized in the advancement of solidarity and social cohesion” Asad Ziar

Rugby Sevens is already one of the world’s fastest growing sports, largely because it is one of the fastest sports in the world. Each and every second of the game is  a thrill ride of non-stop action, with no time outs and breathtaking feats of athleticism piled one on top of another. As a spectator, it’s literally hard to look away since every play is potentially volatile.

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Pakistan’s Mohammad Yousuf applied for Afghanistan cricket head coach post http://www.khaama.com/pakistans-mohammad-yousuf-applied-for-afghanistan-cricket-head-coach-post-0896 http://www.khaama.com/pakistans-mohammad-yousuf-applied-for-afghanistan-cricket-head-coach-post-0896#comments Tue, 10 May 2016 10:04:58 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=67312 Read the full article...]]> Mohammad YousufThe former Pakistani cricket captain Mohammad Yousuf has applied for the post of Afghanistan cricket coach, nearly a month after Inzamam-ul-haq quit the role.

The 41-year-old Test batsman admitted that his agent had applied for the post, but added that he has not received any offer from the AFC, according to the local media reports.

Yousuf has made 90 Test appearances for Pakistan and holds the record of maximum runs in the format in a calendar year with a tally of 1788.

He has also represented his country in 244 ODIs, where he smashed 15 centuries and 64 half-centuries at an average of 41.71.

Meanwhile, the Afghanistan Cricket Board officials have said they have received applications from different candidates and a final decision would be made after May 27.

Inzamam resigned from his post in mid-April considering his national obligations, pointing towards upheaval in Pakistan cricket.

Inzamam’s contract with the Afghanistan Cricket Board was renewed for a period of 1 year earlier in November last year.

He had originally agreed to coach Afghanistan on a temporary basis ahead of the ODI and Twenty20 series against Zimbabwe but the contract was renewed for one year after the Afghan team made history with back to back wins against Zimbabwe.

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Afghanistan to host Pakistan’s Habib Bank Limited team for cricket series http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-to-host-pakistans-habib-bank-limited-team-for-cricket-series-0884 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-to-host-pakistans-habib-bank-limited-team-for-cricket-series-0884#respond Mon, 09 May 2016 13:48:10 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=67274 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan-Cricket-Board-News-573073754e5beAfghanistan is for the first time hosting Pakistan’s Habib Bank Limited cricket team for cricket series, consisting of two 4-day matches and four One Day matches.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) said the matches will kick off on 14th of May under the Alokozay International Cricket Series.

According to a statement by ACB, this is the firt time Afghanistan is hosting a foreign cricket team for series of matches in Kabul.

ACB Chairman Nasimullah Danish said the cricket series will not only help increase the supporters of cricket in Afghanistan but will alsop help the growth of cricket sport in the country.

Meanwhile, the ACB Chief Executive Officer Shafiqullah Stanikzai, said the cricket series between the Habib Bank Limited team and the Afghanistan development athletes will help the spectators to view the performance of their favoirite teams.

He said the Afghanistan Cricket Board is keen to pave the way for hosting the foreign teams in Afghanistan and hosting the Habib Bank Limited team is the first breakthrough achieved with the efforts of ACB.

Afghanistan had major achievements in cricket sports during the last one decade with the Afghan national team achieving major successes on international level, including the ICC World Cups.

The former Afghan cricket head coach Inzamam-ul-Haq insisted that the Afghan team should play against big teams in a bid to gain more experience and expand their capabilities in the future.

The Afghan national team was expecting to play against Pakistan in a cricket series but it was cancelled following a deadly attack in Pakistan where the series of supposed to be played.

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Mubariz defeats one of Russian MMA champions Maksim Katkov http://www.khaama.com/mubariz-defeats-one-of-russian-mma-champions-maksim-katkov-0881 http://www.khaama.com/mubariz-defeats-one-of-russian-mma-champions-maksim-katkov-0881#comments Sun, 08 May 2016 19:43:02 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=67263 Read the full article...]]> Mubariz May 8 fight in MoscowThe Afghan Mixed Martial Art fighter Baz Mohammad Mubariz defeated one of Russia’s MMA champions Maksim Katkov during OFS 8.

Mubariz defeated Katkov during the first round of the match by starting the game aggressively and taking down his opponent during the initial seconds of the game.

He ended the match in his favor finishing Katkov with a rear naked choke submission.

Tonight’s fight was considered as one of the biggest fights for Mubariz since the beginning of his career in MMA as he was challenged by his opponent following his victory against Russia’s Amir Satarov.

Katkov is one of the most prominent MMA fighters in Russia and his record ahead of fight against Mubariz included fight fights which included only one defeat and four victories.

Also known as “the Eagle”, Mubariz opened his way to the Russian Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) clubs following a voting competition last year.

Mubariz secured first place in “Striking Eagles” fighting contest which was organized by Absolute Championship Berkut and received 7,516 votes during the contest which was held for a period of two weeks in the month of October.

He was selected among the 30 fighters of the world by ACB during the initial phases of the contest where 450 fighters from different countries participated.

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Palestine requests to use Afghanistan football ground for Syria match http://www.khaama.com/palestine-requests-to-use-afghanistan-football-ground-for-syria-match-0838 http://www.khaama.com/palestine-requests-to-use-afghanistan-football-ground-for-syria-match-0838#respond Wed, 04 May 2016 14:50:02 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=67112 Read the full article...]]> Palestinian football teamThe Palestinian Football Association has requested the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) to host its football team for the upcoming matches.

According to AFF, citing a formal letter of request by the Palestinian authorities, the Palestine football team is keen to play its upcoming matches in Afghanistan.

AFF further added that the Palestinian authorities have specifically asked for a football match between Palestine and Syria to be hosted in Afghanistan.

The letter has been forwarded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan to assist the Afghanistan Football Federation in this regard, AFF added.

Welcoming the request by the Palestinian authorities, AFF said the request is a gesture of hopes and trust of the Palestinian Football Association towards the Afghanistan Football Federation by requesting to host its team in Kabul.

AFF also added that the request could also express the might of the Afghanistan Football Team in Asia, insisting that AFF is fully prepared to host the Palestinian and Syrian teams and provide them with the necessary facilities.

According to AFF such arrangements would only be possible if the government agrees to host the Palestinian football team.

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Mubariz off to Russia for May 8th fight against Maksim Katkov http://www.khaama.com/mubariz-off-to-russia-for-may-8th-fight-against-maksim-katkov-0819 http://www.khaama.com/mubariz-off-to-russia-for-may-8th-fight-against-maksim-katkov-0819#respond Mon, 02 May 2016 15:55:24 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=67054 Read the full article...]]> Mubariz May 8 fight in MoscowAfghan Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Baz Mohammad Mubariz left for Russia on Monday to participate in a fight against Russia’s Maksim Katkov.

The fight has been scheduled for May 8th and will be organized in Moscow, the capital city of Russia.

This will be the third appearance of Mubariz in Russian MMA clubs fighting championship since he topped a voting contest organized by country’s Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB) fighting organization.

Mubariz defeated his Russian rival Amir Satarov during a fight in Octagon Fighting Sensation earlier last month.

Mubariz ended the fight in his favour with a Rear Naked Choke submission, a victory which comes almost three months after he lost to Russia’s Islam Makoev during his debut to Absolute Championship Berkut.

Mubariz secured first place in “Striking Eagles” fighting contest which was organized by Absolute Championship Berkut and received 7,516 votes during the contest which was held for a period of two weeks in the month of October.

He was selected among the 30 fighters of the world by ACB during the initial phases of the contest where 450 fighters from different countries participated.

Mubariz started his pro career in India, where he went through a three-round battle with Kazakhstan prospect Kuat Khamitov.

He is appearing in his next fight after going through a rigorous training in Thailand during the past one month.

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Afghanistan to start tour of Scotland, Ireland and Netherlands in July http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-to-start-tour-of-scotland-ireland-and-netherlands-in-july-0767 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-to-start-tour-of-scotland-ireland-and-netherlands-in-july-0767#respond Wed, 27 Apr 2016 05:18:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=66869 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan-cricket-teamThe Afghanistan National Cricket Team will start tour of Scotland, Ireland and Netherlands in coming July, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) said Tuesday.

According to a statement by ACB, the Afghan team will play in a series of 2 One Day International (ODI) matches, on 4th and 6th July.

The statement further added that the second series will played against Ireland, consisting of 5 One Day International (ODI) matches, starting on 10th July.

The other matches will be played on 12th, 14th, 17th and 19th July, ACB said, adding that the third series will start against Netherlands on 28th July.

The 4-Day match against Netherlands will be played on 29th, 30th and 31st of July which is part of the I-Cup match, ACB added.

This comes as the Afghanistan national cricket team former head coach Inzamam-ul-Haq earlier said the Afghan team needs to play against big countries in a bid to help the minnows prosper as an international team in the future.

Inzamam was speaking following a historic win by the Afghan team against the powerful team of West Indies which the Afghan team defeated by 6 runs in their last match of Super 10 of ICC World Twenty20 in March.

The Afghan team was expecting to participate in a series of bilateral cricket matches with Pakistan but the tour was postponed following a deadly attack in Lahore city of Pakistan last month.

The Pakistani cricket board officials earlier said negotiations regarding the series of 3 One Day Internationals (ODIs) had concluded and they were waiting for security clearance for the matches.

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Shahzad wins Nissan Play of the Tournament award for T20 World Cup http://www.khaama.com/shahzad-wins-nissan-play-of-the-tournament-award-for-t20-world-cup-0765 http://www.khaama.com/shahzad-wins-nissan-play-of-the-tournament-award-for-t20-world-cup-0765#respond Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:32:13 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=66863 Read the full article...]]> ShahzadThe Afghan opener batsman Mohammad Shahzad has won the Nissa Play of the Tournament award for the ICC World Twenty20 2016, after receiving the highest votes during a competition against Bangladesh’s Soumya Sarkar.

The two cricketers made it into the final of the three-week competition which concluded yesterday, with Shahzad receiving 53 per cent of all the votes.

Shahad was included in the competition for his gigantic six during a match against South Africa, the second match Afghanistan played in Super 10s of the T20 World Cup.

It was the 164th sixer shot of the tournament as Shahzad struck the ball bowled by Kyle Abbott and was selected as the Play of the Day by ICC.

According to ICC, the Nissan Play of the Tournament vote was made up of 16 different brilliant Nissan Plays of the Day, with fans then being given the chance to pick their winner in a bracket knock-out vote.

Fans from nearly 200 countries got involved with the post tournament digital activation. There were over 3 million video views of the various plays and a staggering 1.5 million votes.

ICC further added that the response to the Nissan Play of the Tournament continued the trend of increased engagement with cricket fans and viewers across the world during this ICC World T20 2016, won by the West Indies men’s and women’s teams.

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Afghanistan cricket team head coach Inzamam-ul-Haq resigns http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-team-head-coach-inzamam-ul-haq-resigns-0679 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-team-head-coach-inzamam-ul-haq-resigns-0679#comments Sat, 16 Apr 2016 15:29:23 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=66557 Read the full article...]]> inzi resignsThe Afghanistan national cricket team head coach Inzamam-ul-Haq has resigned almost eight months earlier before his contract expires with the Afghanistan Cricket Board.

According to a statement by Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), Inzamam resigned from his post considering his national obligations, pointing towards upheaval in Pakistan cricket.

The statement by ACB further added that Inzamam has hailed the professional cooperation of the Afghan team and cricket board.

ACB also added that the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shahryar Khan spoke regarding Inzamam’s resignation as Afghanistan cricket head coach and requested Mr. Shafiqullah Stanikzai to cooperate in this regard.

This comes as reports emerged earlier today suggesting that the Pakistani cricket board has approached the Inzamam for chief selector post.

According to the reports, a special committee has been formed to appoint a new coach and Inzamam as Chief Selector for the Pakistani Cricket Board.

An PCB official said PCB Chairman Shahryar Khan met with Inzamam – who is currently the coach of Afghanistan – about heading up the new selection panel.

The official speaking on the condition of anonymity further added “Shaharyar has offered Inzamam the chief selector’s position and also agreed to some points raised by the former captain who is now head coach of the Afghanistan team.”

Inzamam’s contract with the Afghanistan Cricket Board was renewed for a period of 1 year earlier in November last year.

He had originally agreed to coach Afghanistan on a temporary basis ahead of the ODI and Twenty20 series against Zimbabwe but the contract was renewed for one year after the Afghan team made history with back to back wins against Zimbabwe.

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Afghanistan expects to play cricket match with India http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-expects-to-play-cricket-match-with-india-0646 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-expects-to-play-cricket-match-with-india-0646#respond Wed, 13 Apr 2016 13:45:41 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=66440 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan v IndiaThe Afghanistan cricket team is expecting to play a cricket match with India as talks are underway between the cricket boards of the two countries.

Azizullah Fazli, deputy to the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), has told Radio Free Europe that the match will be played in the near future.

He said negotiations have been made with the cricket board officials of India regarding the match.

This comes as the Afghanistan national cricket team head coach Inzamam-ul-Haq said last month that the Afghan team needs to play against big countries in a bid to help the minnows prosper as an international team in the future.

Inzamam was speaking following a historic win by the Afghan team against the powerful team of West Indies which the Afghan team defeated by 6 runs in their last match of Super 10 of ICC World Twenty20.

The Afghan team was expecting to participate in a series of bilateral cricket matches with Pakistan but the tour was postponed following a deadly attack in Lahore city of Pakistan last month.

The Pakistani cricket board officials earlier said negotiations regarding the series of 3 One Day Internationals (ODIs) had concluded and they were waiting for security clearance for the matches.

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Shahzad and Nabi among Top 10 players in latest ICC Player Rankings http://www.khaama.com/shahzad-and-nabi-among-top-10-players-in-latest-icc-player-rankings-0644 http://www.khaama.com/shahzad-and-nabi-among-top-10-players-in-latest-icc-player-rankings-0644#respond Wed, 13 Apr 2016 11:45:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=66430 Read the full article...]]> 328995-mohammad-nabi-clb-700Afghan cricket players have secured positions among Top 10 players in the latest rankings of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The two players have managed to secure the spots in the Twenty20 format as per the ICC Player Rankings released on Tuesday, 12th April.

Mohammad Shahzad has secured 10th position in the batting table of T20 Top 10, while Mohammad Nabi has secured the 9th position in the Bowling table of T20 Top 10.

According to the ICC, Shahzad has been placed 10th in the table for having 674 points, just 3 points less Hamilton Masakzada who has secured 9th position and 22 points less Chris Gayle who has secured 8th position.

Meanwhile, Nabi has been placed 9th in the table for securing 638 points which is 3 points less than James Faulkner of Australia who has secured 8th position.

Nabi is the former Afghan skipper who remained the top wicket taker in the world as the ICC World Twenty20 concludes with the championship of West Indies.

Nabi remained on top of the list in ‘Most Wickets’ table of the International Cricket Council (ICC) by taking 12 wickets.

The Afghan team had an impressive performance in the T20 World Cup which was not only warmly welcomed by the Afghan fans but the spectators internationally hailed the performance as extraordinary.

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Ireland hosting Afghanistan for ODI series in July http://www.khaama.com/ireland-hosting-afghanistan-for-odi-series-in-july-0634 http://www.khaama.com/ireland-hosting-afghanistan-for-odi-series-in-july-0634#respond Wed, 13 Apr 2016 03:50:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=66402 Read the full article...]]> afghanistan cricketIreland is hosting Afghanistan Cricket Team in July for a five match One Day International (ODI) series scheduled for July 10, 12, 14, 17 and 19 at the Belfast Capital of Northern Ireland. For the first time Afghanistan Cricket Team will be playing ground breaking five match series against Ireland Cricket Team.

“The more games we play the more we learn, and grow as associate cricketing nation. I understand these series will be hard-hitting however our team is fully prepared for this contest against Ireland,” said Shafiqullah Stanikzai, CEO of Afghanistan Cricket Board.

Stanikzai further added “Our team won ODI and T20 series against Zimbabwe last year. Team continued and showcased excellent skills against eventual champions West Indies, which was an outstanding achievement for Afghanistan Cricket Team.”

Cricket Ireland Performance Director Richard Holdsworth welcomed the contests and also revealed that a bilateral series will be taking place in India early next year. “We are really looking forward to hosting the Afghan team in what has become great contests between well-matched teams,” said Holdsworth.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board Chairman Nasimullah Danish said “This will be innovative experience for the players to be involved in a five game series. In addition, Ireland will be visiting Afghanistan’s new home of international cricket (Greather Noida) in Delhi early next year, alongside ICC Intercontinental Cup match.”

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Shahzad’s 139 help Afghanistan defeat Namibia by 36 runs and an innings http://www.khaama.com/shahzads-139-help-afghanistan-defeat-namibia-by-36-runs-and-an-innings-0625 http://www.khaama.com/shahzads-139-help-afghanistan-defeat-namibia-by-36-runs-and-an-innings-0625#respond Tue, 12 Apr 2016 06:57:58 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=66376 Read the full article...]]> ShahzadThe Afghanistan National Cricket team defeated Namibia by 36 runs and an innings during a 4-day match organized at Greater Noida in India.

Namibia won the toss and elected to bat first, scoring 172 runs during their 1st innings but the Afghan team scored 334 runs during their 1st innings with Mohammad Shahzad scoring 139 runs.

Afghanistan ended their first innings with a lead of 162 runs and allowed the Namibian batsmen to chase the target.

The Afghan bowlers restricted the Namibian batsmen during their second innings after they scored only 126 runs.

Mohammad Nabi took 5 wickets, Zahir Khan 3 wickets, Rahmat Shah and Dawlat Zadran 1 wicket each during the first inning of Namibia.

However, during the second innings of Namibia, Zahir Khan took 5 wickets, Dawlat Zadran 3 wickets, and Mohammad Nabi 2 wickets to end their innings after they scored only 126 runs.

The Afghan team proved way too hard for the Namibian team during the 4-day match which comes as the Afghan team ended their ICC World T20 campaign with passion.

The Afghan team secured consecutive wins during the group qualifier matches and deafeated the West Indies during their last match in Super 10s of the World Cup.

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Afghanistan Gets Set for the Launch of the 5th Annual RAPL Green Field http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-gets-set-for-the-launch-of-the-5th-annual-rapl-green-field-0557 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-gets-set-for-the-launch-of-the-5th-annual-rapl-green-field-0557#respond Tue, 05 Apr 2016 12:57:46 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=66114 Read the full article...]]> IMG_2084The Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF); Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading total communications provider; and MOBY GROUP, Afghanistan’s largest media conglomerate are proud to announce the commencement of the fifth annual Roshan Afghan Premier League (RAPL) Green Field. This marks the kick-off of RAPL regional tournaments which will take place across eight regions of Afghanistan. The opening ceremony will take place on Friday April 8, 2016 in Kabul.

We are looking forward to improving upon last year’s jubilation for the league which was tangibly felt throughout the country. The 2015 RAPL season saw millions of Afghans cheer on young footballers from across the country as they competed for pride, love of football, and the prestigious RAPL trophy.

“Roshan has been a sponsor of RAPL since its inception and it’s about giving Afghans an opportunity to show their skills, and shine on a national stage. But, more importantly, it is initiatives like this that will give Afghan youth, who form the majority of the population, an opportunity to compete on the global stage in major international tournaments.” said Altaf Ladak, COO of Roshan.

“AFF is extremely happy as the start of 5th annual RAPL season is upon us. We will make our best efforts to repeat the successful experience of the last four RAPL seasons.

One nation, one voice is the motto of RAPL and this league has made it possible to see its tangible effects on the ground. This league has shown to the world that football can have great impact and unite people.

AFF in collaboration with MOBY Group and Roshan has successfully implemented the last four RAPL seasons. This year, we hope to have a more exciting and successful season.” said Keramuddin Karim, President of AFF.

“The RAPL has become a symbol of hope for Afghanistan as it is the largest professional sporting event in the country every year. The young men and women of the RAPL inspire optimism in the current generation in Afghanistan,” said Shafic Gawhari, CEO of MOBY Group Afghanistan and RAPL Commissioner.

Roshan Afghan Premier League is owned by the Afghan Football Federation (“AFF”). The AFF is the controlling body for the sport in the country, and was admitted to FIFA in 1948. The Afghanistan Football Federation is a Non-Governmental Association which began serving football activities for Afghanistan in 1922. The federation is nonprofit body who wanted to establish an environment in which people who are interested in football could join and be a part of the wider football community.

The federation continues to organize all types of football (Soccer, Beach Soccer, Mini Soccer, Street Soccer, etc) within Afghanistan through various tournaments, leagues, championships and courses. The Afghanistan Football Federation is recognized by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) and their staff (AFF) are professionally qualified by them.

Roshan (Telecom Development Company Afghanistan Corp) is Afghanistan’s leading total communications provider with over 6.5 million active subscribers and a network that covers over 287 districts and cities in all of the country’s 34 provinces.

Roshan is a true Afghanistan success story, serving as a catalyst for economic growth and actively contributing to the country’s long-term development. Since its inception in 2003, Roshan has invested over $600 million in Afghanistan and is the country’s single largest investor and taxpayer, contributing approximately five percent of the Afghan government’s overall domestic revenue. Roshan directly employs around 900 people, 19 percent of whom are women, and provides indirect employment to more than 35,000 people.

Roshan is deeply committed to Afghanistan’s reconstruction and development. The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), is a major shareholder of Roshan and promotes private initiatives and building economically sound enterprises in the developing world. Also owned in part by Monaco Telecom International (MTI) and TeliaSonera, Roshan brings international expertise to the country and is committed to the highest standards of network quality and coverage for the people of Afghanistan.

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Afghan cricket team arrives in India for a cricket series against Namibia http://www.khaama.com/afghan-cricket-team-arrives-in-india-for-a-cricket-series-against-namibia-0555 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-cricket-team-arrives-in-india-for-a-cricket-series-against-namibia-0555#respond Tue, 05 Apr 2016 11:22:46 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=66108 Read the full article...]]> 84144638

The Afghanistan national cricket team arrived in India late on Monday evening to participate in a series of cricket matches against Namibia.

According to the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) officials, the Afghan team will play in a four-match series against Namibia.

The venue of the series has not been ascertained so far but the first match is expected to be played on 10th of this month.

The ACB officials have said Afghanistan will play another four-match series against Thailand after concluding the Namibia series.

The series against Namibia has been organized shortly after Afghanistan concluded ICC World Twenty20 campaign last month.

The Afghan team started the World Cup campaign with thrilling performance in the qualifying group stage where they secured consecutive wins in the first three matches against Scotland, Hong Kong and Zimbabwe.

The back to back wins helped the Afghan team to qualify in Super 10 of the World Cup and start campaign against the leading teams of the world and defeated West Indies in their last match which followed after consecutive losses to Sri Lanka, South Africa and England.

This comes as the Afghanistan cricket head coach Inzamam-ul-Haq earlier emphasized that the Afghan team needs to play against big countries in a bid to further improve their performance.

Afghanistan was expecting to participate in series of matches against Pakistan but the proposed series were postponed following a deadly attack in Lahore city.

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Nangarhar hosts Afghan cricket team as thousands cheer for their WT20 performance http://www.khaama.com/nangarhar-hosts-afghan-cricket-team-as-thousands-cheer-for-their-wt20-performance-0536 http://www.khaama.com/nangarhar-hosts-afghan-cricket-team-as-thousands-cheer-for-their-wt20-performance-0536#respond Mon, 04 Apr 2016 07:18:48 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=66051 Read the full article...]]> Nangarharis welcome Afghan teamA major event was organized in Nangarhar to host the Afghanistan national cricket team for their impressive World Twenty20 performance.

The event has been marked as historic as thousands of Nangarharis gathered to cheer for the Afghan cricket players who won the hearts of the Afghan people with their passionate World Cup performance.

It was the second largest gathering following a Hero’s welcome the Afghan team received upon their arrival in Kabul after concluding the World Cup campaign last month.

Several high level government officials including the provincial governor of Nangarhar as well as government officials from Kunar and Laghman participated in the event.

The cricket sport has been rapidly developing in Afghanistan along with the other sports including football creating an atmosphere of unity among the Afghan people besides bring joy to the face of the Afghan people who have been suffering from the constant violence during the past several decades.

The Afghan team started its World Cup campaign in ICC World Twenty20 by participating in the qualifying group stage and securing consecutive wins.

Amid hopes of setting upsets during their campaign together with the world’s leading teams, the Afghan team started their campaign against the defending champions Sri Lanka in first match of Super 10s.

Afghanistan lost the first three matches in Super 10 but secured a historic win against West Indies in their last match of the group, a victory which was warmly welcomed both by the Afghan and international game spectators.

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Nabi remains top wicket taker in the world as T20 World Cup ends http://www.khaama.com/nabi-remains-top-wicket-taker-in-the-world-as-t20-world-cup-ends-0531 http://www.khaama.com/nabi-remains-top-wicket-taker-in-the-world-as-t20-world-cup-ends-0531#respond Sun, 03 Apr 2016 18:51:14 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=66029 Read the full article...]]> Mohammad Nabi

The former Afghan skipper Mohammad Nabi remained the top wicket taker in the world as the ICC World Twenty20 concludes with the championship of West Indies.

Nabi remained on top of the list in ‘Most Wickets’ table of the International Cricket Council (ICC) by taking 12 wickets.

The off beak Afghan bowler who is also a right-handed batsman has taken the most wickets in the tournament by playing in 7 matches.

According to ICC, Nabi has a BBI (Best Bowling in an Inning) of 4/12 with an average of 13.66 and economy rate of 6.07 and Strike Rate of 13.50.

The second position in the ‘Most Wickets’ table is secured by a player from Afghanistan Rashid Khan who has taken 11 wickets in 7 matches.

The Afghan team had an impressive performance in the T20 World Cup which was not only warmly welcomed by the Afghan fans but the spectators internationally hailed the performance as extraordinary.

As expected the Afghan team also recorded an upset to one of the international teams during its performance in Super 10 of the tournament.

Surprisingly, Afghanistan defeated the champions of the tournament, West Indies, during its last match in Super 10 and a match before West Indies defeated India to enter the final of the World Cup.

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West Indies wins ICC T20 World Cup by defeating England in final match http://www.khaama.com/west-indies-wins-icc-t20-world-cup-by-defeating-england-in-final-match-0529 http://www.khaama.com/west-indies-wins-icc-t20-world-cup-by-defeating-england-in-final-match-0529#respond Sun, 03 Apr 2016 17:06:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=66019 Read the full article...]]> West Indies

West Indies has won the ICC World Twenty20 by defeating England in the final match by 4 wickets WITH 2 balls remaining.

England set a target of 162 runs for West Indies after losing the toss with West Indies opting to field first.

Despite losing early wickets in the top order, it was the middle order batsmen who helped England to set a satisfactory target for the West Indies.

However, it was Marlon Samuels who helped West Indies to chase the target after losing the two opening batsmen during the intial overs of the game.

He remained not out after scoring 85 runs from 66 balls and by hitting 2 Sixes and 9 Fours to help chase the given target.

West Indies needed 19 runs during the last over of the game but Brathwaite helped to finish the game in their favor by hitting 3 back to back Sixes.

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West Indies defeat India by 7 wickets in World T20 semi-final http://www.khaama.com/west-indies-defeat-india-by-7-wickets-in-world-t20-semi-final-0505 http://www.khaama.com/west-indies-defeat-india-by-7-wickets-in-world-t20-semi-final-0505#respond Thu, 31 Mar 2016 17:14:31 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=65880 Read the full article...]]> WEst-Indies-IndiaWest Indies defeated India by 7 wickets during the second semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20 played in Mumbai city this evening.

India set a target of 193 runs by losing 2 wickets during the 20 over match after West Indies won the toss and elected to field first.

Rohit Sharma scored 43 runs, Ajinkya Rahane 40 runs while Virat Kohli remained not out after scoring 89 runs with Mahendra Singh Dhoni who scored 15 runs.

However, the West Indies batsmen chased the given target after opening their batting inning aggressively and despite losing their first opener batsman in the first over of the game.

Johnson Charles 52 runs, Chris Gayle 5 runs, Marlon Samuels 8 runs but Lendl Simmons remained not out after scoring 83 runs with Andre Russel who scored 43 runs.

The final match of the World T20 will be played between West Indies and England at Kolkata on 3rd April.

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Mir Masjidi Khan Medal awarded to cricketers for defending Afghanistan in ICC World Cup T20 http://www.khaama.com/mir-masjidi-khan-medal-awarded-to-cricketers-for-defending-afghanistan-in-icc-world-cup-t20-4779 http://www.khaama.com/mir-masjidi-khan-medal-awarded-to-cricketers-for-defending-afghanistan-in-icc-world-cup-t20-4779#respond Thu, 31 Mar 2016 08:28:41 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=65828 Read the full article...]]> ARG

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has awarded the Mir Masjidi Khan State Medal to cricketers who defended Afghanistan in the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup T20 in India.

While talking to the medal award ceremony at the Presidential Palace on Wednesday evening, President Ghani said that the National Cricket Team is a team of champions.

“You did not only earn proud for Afghans but also gave them a hope,” he said at the ceremony.

He praised achievements of the cricketers while citing headlines carried by a number of international media outlets stating “World Twenty20: Afghanistan shock West Indies’.

He promised investing on the infrastructures of sports and said that special attention would be paid to cricket and football in schools as well.

The ceremony was also attended by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) Chairman Nasimullah Danish and CEO Shafiqullah Stanikzai who also updated the President over its programs.

The Afghan team started the World Cup campaign with thrilling performance in the qualifying group stage where they secured consecutive wins in the first three matches against Scotland, Hong Kong and Zimbabwe.

The back to back wins helped the Afghan team to qualify in Super 10 of the World Cup and start campaign against the leading teams of the world.

Afghanistan lost their first match in Super 10 to title defending champions Sri Lanka but they were on the verge of giving an upset to South Africa and England as they lost the two matches narrowly and with less difference of 37 and 15 runs.

However, the passionate Afghan team remained committed in creating a history in their World Cup campaign and managed to defeat the strong West Indies team by 6 runs in their last match on Sunday.

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Pakistan says cricket matches with Afghanistan postponed due to security http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-says-cricket-matches-with-afghanistan-postponed-due-to-security-0495 http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-says-cricket-matches-with-afghanistan-postponed-due-to-security-0495#respond Thu, 31 Mar 2016 06:40:29 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=65813 Read the full article...]]> The Pakistani authorities have said a series of cricket matches proposed to the Afghan authorities has been postponed due to the security concerns.

According to the officials in Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) quoted in by local media, the decision to postpone the series has been taken following a deadly attack in Lahore last week.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has not commented regarding the proposed series and postponement of the series so far.

However, the PCB authorities have said negotiations regarding the series of 3 One Day Internationals (ODIs) concluded earlier and they were waiting for security clearance for the matches.

The officials have further added that a decision will be taken regarding the series once the security situation improves.

This comes as the head coach of the Afghanistan national cricket team Inzamam-ul-Haq said late in December last year that the Afghan team should get to play against top teams on regular basis, insisting that the Afghan team needs exposure against the big teams.

The proposed series against Pakistan was the second series against a top team following Zimbabwe which the Afghan team sealed victory against last year.

The Afghan team participated in ODI and T20 series against Zimbabwe for two times last year and secured back to back victories in both series.

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Afghanistan football qualifies to the next level of 2019 Asian Cup qualifier http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-football-qualifies-to-the-next-level-of-2019-asian-cup-qualifier-0479 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-football-qualifies-to-the-next-level-of-2019-asian-cup-qualifier-0479#respond Wed, 30 Mar 2016 06:48:32 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=65718 Read the full article...]]> Afghanisan footballThe Afghanistan national football team has qualified to the next level of the 2019 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) qualifier by securing a victory in their last match against Singapore.

According to the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF), the qualification for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying stage was secured by the victories the Afghan achieved during FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifier matches.

AFF further added that the Afghan team secured 9 points to qualify to the next stage of AFC Asian 2019 qualifier together with Philippines team which secured 10 points.

Afghanistan and Philippines have been selected as the fourth best group among the 8 groups competing during the qualifier matches, AFF said.

The Afghan team defeated Singapore 2-1 in their second appearance in a qualifier match for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The match against Singapore was vital for the Afghan football following a heavy loss against Japan Thursday which ended 5-0 in the favor of Japan.

The Afghan team will return home this afternoon after ending campaign in the second stage of FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifier.

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Afghan team returns home as hundreds welcome their impressive World Cup campaign http://www.khaama.com/afghan-team-returns-home-as-hundreds-welcome-their-impressive-world-cup-campaign-0472 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-team-returns-home-as-hundreds-welcome-their-impressive-world-cup-campaign-0472#respond Tue, 29 Mar 2016 16:17:10 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=65669 Read the full article...]]> Afghan team returns home from World T20The Afghanistan national cricket team received a warm welcome by hundreds of people who gathered in capital Kabul today to greet the team for their impressive performance in ICC World Twenty20.

A number of the high level officials including the speaker of the Upper House of the Parliament, Meshrano Jirga, joined the gathering to welcome the national team players as they landed in Hamid Karzai International Airport today.

The Afghan team started the World Cup campaign with thrilling performance in the qualifying group stage where they secured consecutive wins in the first three matches against Scotland, Hong Kong and Zimbabwe.

The back to back wins helped the Afghan team to qualify in Super 10 of the World Cup and start campaign against the leading teams of the world.

Afghanistan lost their first match in Super 10 to title defending champions Sri Lanka but they were on the verge of giving an upset to South Africa and England as they lost the two matches narrowly and with less difference of 37 and 15 runs.

However, the passionate Afghan team remained committed in creating a history in their World Cup campaign and managed to defeat the strong West Indies team by 6 runs in their last match on Sunday.

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Afghanistan defeats Singapore 2-1 in FIFA World Cup qualifier http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-singapore-2-1-in-fifa-world-cup-qualifier-0468 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-singapore-2-1-in-fifa-world-cup-qualifier-0468#respond Tue, 29 Mar 2016 13:12:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=65657 Read the full article...]]> afghan footballThe Afghanistan national football team defeated Singapore 2-1 in their second appearance in a qualifier match for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Organized in Takhti stadium in the capital city of Tehran, the Afghan footballers ended the game in their favor after they were thrashed by Japan.

The Afghan team managed to score their first goal during the 39th minute of the first half of the game which was hit by Khyber Amani.

The second goal was hit by Yousuf Sherdil during the 78th minute of the game and concluded the qualifier match in Afghanistan’s favor despite the Singapore players secured a goal during the last minutes of the game.

This comes as the Afghan team had earlier faced a defeat in a match against Sinapore earlier.

Today’s match against Singapore was vital for the Afghan football following a heavy loss against Japan Thursday which ended 5-0 in the favor of Japan.

Thousands of the Afghans based in Iran visited the stadium to cheer for the Afghan team as they were competing in an important World Cup qualifier match.

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Nabi remains top wicket taker as Afghanistan concludes World Cup T20 campaign http://www.khaama.com/nabi-remains-top-wicket-taker-as-afghanistan-concludes-world-cup-campaign-0457 http://www.khaama.com/nabi-remains-top-wicket-taker-as-afghanistan-concludes-world-cup-campaign-0457#comments Sun, 27 Mar 2016 17:47:59 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=65559 Read the full article...]]> Mohammad NabiThe former Afghan skipper Mohammad Nabi secured top spot in the ICC World Twenty20 table for top wicket takers as the Afghan team concluded the World Cup campaign with passion.

Nabi secures first place in the table having played 7 matches and taking 12 wickets since the start of the World Cup matches.

The Afghan all-rounder Rashid Khan secures the second place in the table having played 7 matches and taking 11 wickets while Shakib al Hasan has secured third place by taking 10 wickets from 7 matches.

Praises showered on the Afghan team following the historic win against West Indies in their fourth and final match in Super 10 of the ICC World Twenty20 although the Afghan team did not qualify for the semi-finals of the world cup tournament.

The Afghan team defeated West Indies by 6 runs in today’s match after successfully restricting the batsmen of West Indies to 117 runs as they were chasing a target of 124 runs set by the Afghan team.

Afghanistan started its batting inning after West Indies won the toss and elected to field first with Afghanistan losing 7 wickets to score 123 runs from 20 overs.

The spectators of the match were already expecting a passionate end by the Afghan team in their world cup campaign but the unpredicted victory was widely welcomed as mostly believed that the Afghan team would not seal a victory against one of the world’s most powerful teams.

However, the Afghan bowlers resisted against the aggressive batsmen of West Indies and successfully restricted them after scoring 117 runs by losing 8 wickets from 20 overs.

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Afghanistan football team captain eyes victory against Singapore http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-football-team-captain-eyes-victory-against-singapore-0456 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-football-team-captain-eyes-victory-against-singapore-0456#respond Sun, 27 Mar 2016 17:29:41 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=65547 Read the full article...]]> Faysal ShayestehThe Afghanistan national football team captain Faysal Shayesteh eyes victory against Singapore in the upcoming qualifier match for FIFA 2018 World Cup.

“We have come to Iran to defeat Singapore with the collaboration of spectators in the upcoming match,” Shayesteh said upon the arrival of the national football team to Iran for the qualifier match scheduled for Tuesday.

Shayesteh further added “At the moment, we are focused on our game with Singapore. We must beat our opponent with the support of our fans so that we can make to the next level.”

“I thank all those who voted for me, and we hope that we can recompense the love of our fans by defeating Singapore”. He expressed his idea about Afghanistan fans in Iran as well. He said that whenever they came to Iran, they felt as though they had come to their second home. Our fans are fond of football, and this motivates us and enhances our moral,” he added.

This comes as the Afghan football team was thrashed by Japan during a qualifier match hosted by Japan on Thursday.

The Japanese footballers managed to score 5 goals and seal a victory as the Afghan footballers could not open the goal of Japan during the 95-minute game.

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Afghanistan makes history by defeating West Indies in ICC World Cup T20 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-makes-history-by-defeating-west-indies-in-icc-world-cup-t20-4767 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-makes-history-by-defeating-west-indies-in-icc-world-cup-t20-4767#respond Sun, 27 Mar 2016 12:52:41 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=65523 Read the full article...]]> CricketAfghanistan defeated West Indies in International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup T20 and made another history in the world of cricket on Sunday.

West Indies won the toss and let Afghanistan to bat first.

Although, West Indies did better on the balling side but Afghanistan was able to secure 123 runs with losing seven players in 20 overs.

West Indies needed 124 runs to win the match but it was unable to hit the target.

It was only able to make 117 runs in 20 overs and lost the game to Afghanistan by 6 runs.

Asghar Stankizai thanked god and people for the win against such a strong team.

“Thanks to Allah and we are very thankful to the people of‪#‎Afghansitan for prayers and as always good wishes” Stanikzai said in a post on ‘facebook’.

It seems like besides ordinary people, top government officials including the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) were also looking forward for Afghanistan’s win and praying for it.

Soon after final ball of the match, which was holding back announcement of Afghanistan’s win, was played the social media overwhelmed with exciting messages.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani called it a ‘formidable win’.

“Congratulations Afghan National Cricket Team for the formidable win in #AFGvWI! Afghans are all proud of you.” President Ghani said in a post on his twitter account.

“Congratulations to #Afghanistan for the triumph over #West Indies. A very great example of best team effort.” CEO Abdullah Abdullah posted on his official twitter account. “Our boys made history in the #cricket world today. Our people are desperately waiting to receive their heroes with open arms.”

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Mohammad Shahzad secures 2nd place in Most Runs table of ICC World T20 http://www.khaama.com/mohammad-shahzad-secures-2nd-place-in-most-runs-table-of-icc-world-t20-0455 http://www.khaama.com/mohammad-shahzad-secures-2nd-place-in-most-runs-table-of-icc-world-t20-0455#respond Sat, 26 Mar 2016 18:45:45 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=65470 Read the full article...]]> Mohammad ShahzadThe Afghan opener batsman Mohammad Shahzad still secures the top place among the batsmen in ICC World Twenty20 tables as he secures a spot among the 10 batsmen in ICC World T20 ranking.

Shahzad is just one point below Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal, lacking only 97 runs to secure the top spot in ICC World Twenty20 ‘Most Runs’ table.

He has played 6 matches and has managed to score 198 runs while Iqbal has secured 97 runs from 6 matches.

Meanwhile, Shahzad is just one point below Chris Gayle who is playing for West Indies in the ICC ranking and secures 8th place.

Earlier Shahzad was placed 1st in the table ‘Most Runs’ by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as he scored 142 runs in 3 matches.

Shahzad is having a strike rate of 139.21 and has hit one 50, 16 Fours and 6 Sixes during his 3 appearances in ICC World Twenty20.

Afghanistan is playing alongside England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and West Indies, in Super 10, Group 1, of the ICC World Twenty20.

The recent performances by the Afghan team has not only attracted attention from spectators in the country but have been widely welcomed internationally.

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Pakistan likely to host Afghan cricket team for ODI series http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-likely-to-host-afghan-cricket-team-for-odi-series-0439 http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-likely-to-host-afghan-cricket-team-for-odi-series-0439#respond Fri, 25 Mar 2016 04:12:25 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=65381 Read the full article...]]> ShahzadThe Afghanistan national cricket team will likely participate in a One Day International (ODI) series against the Pakistan cricket team.

According to the local media reports in Pakistan, the ODI series will be hosted by Pakistan and and will likely kick off next month.

An official in Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed “There is a series against Afghanistan in the pipeline, with Pakistan keen on hosting them in April.”

“The discussions between the PCB and the Afghanistan Cricket Board have taken place. Initially, two four-day matches and three ODIs were proposed, but it might have to be limited to just three ODIs as we’ve got the Pentangular Cup scheduled as well,” the official quoted in a report by The Express Tribune newspaper said.

This comes as the head coach of the Afghanistan national cricket team Inzamam-ul-Haq said late in December last year that the Afghan team should get to play against top teams on regular basis, insisting that the Afghan team needs exposure against the big teams.

The likely tour of Pakistan for a ODI series if confirmed will be the second series against a top team following Zimbabwe which the Afghan team sealed victory against last year.

The Afghan team participated in ODI and T20 series against Zimbabwe for two times last year and secured back to back victories in both series.

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Japan defeats Afghanistan 5-0 in World Cup qualifier match http://www.khaama.com/japan-defeats-afghanistan-5-0-in-world-cup-qualifier-match-0437 http://www.khaama.com/japan-defeats-afghanistan-5-0-in-world-cup-qualifier-match-0437#respond Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:25:59 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=65371 Read the full article...]]> Faisal-ShaistaThe Afghanistan national football team faced defeat from Japan during a qualifier match for the FIFA World Cup scheduled to be played in Russia in 2018.

The Japanese footballers ended the game in their favor by hitting 5 goals during a match hosted by Japan as part of the second stage of the World Cup qualifier.

Japan secured their first goal during the 44th minute of the game with Shinji Okazaki hitting the goal and ending the first half of the game in Japan’s favour.

The second goal was hit during the 58th minute of the game by Hiroshi Kiyotake as Japan started the second half aggressively and continued to maintain pressure on the Afghan goal.

Afghanistan received the third goal during the 63rd minute of the game as the ball was diverted towards the goal after hitting to Sarif Muchammad’s leg.

The fourth goal was hit by Maya Yoshida during the 75th minute of the game while the 5th goal was hit by Mu Kanazaki during the 78th minute as the Japanese footballers maintained control of the ground.

This comes as the Afghan national football team faced a defeat of 6-0 during a qualifier match for the 2018 FIFA World Cup last year.

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England defeats Afghanistan by 15 runs in ICC World T20 http://www.khaama.com/england-posts-143-runs-target-for-afghanistan-in-icc-world-t20-0421 http://www.khaama.com/england-posts-143-runs-target-for-afghanistan-in-icc-world-t20-0421#respond Wed, 23 Mar 2016 11:11:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=65286 Read the full article...]]> Mohammad-Nabi-1The Afghanistan national cricket team faced their third match in ICC World Twenty20 after England sealed a victory by 15 runs as the Afghan batsmen were restricted to 127 while chasing a target of 143.

England won the toss and elected to bat first, scoring 142 runs from 20 overs by losing 7 wickets.

Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan took 2 wickets each while Amir Hamza and Samiullah Shenwari took 1 wicket each to restrict the England batsmen to 142.

England losts its top order batsmen during the initial overs of the game as the middle order batsmen could not build a partnership as well.

But it was Moeen Ali who helped the England team by scoring 41 runs and remaining not out together with David Willey.

However, the Afghan batsmen could not chase the given target and lost the top order batsmen during the initial overs of their inning after Mohammad Shahzad’s wicket was taken in the first over by David Willey.

The Afghan team fell short of 16 runs to seal a victory and lost 9 wickets during the 20 over game.

The middle order batsmen contributed the majority of the runs to chase for a victory with Rashid Khan scoring 15 runs, Mohammad Nabi 12 runs, Samiullah Shenwari 22 runs, Najibulah Zadran 14 runs, Shafiqullah remained not out after scoring 35 runs.

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World Cup match against Afghanistan will be a tough game, UK’s Moeen Ali says http://www.khaama.com/world-cup-match-against-afghanistan-will-be-a-tough-game-uks-moeen-ali-says-0412 http://www.khaama.com/world-cup-match-against-afghanistan-will-be-a-tough-game-uks-moeen-ali-says-0412#respond Tue, 22 Mar 2016 13:41:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=65228 Read the full article...]]> Mohamamad ShahzadFollowing an impressive performance against South Africa, the Afghan national cricket team is facing England during their third appearance in Super 10 of the ICC World Twenty20.

England’s Moeen Ali has said the match against Afghanistan will be a tough game, saying ““We are not going to take them lightly… It’s a tough game but hopefully we can win in the game.”

Ali noted the Afghan team’s performance against South Africa where at one stage threatened an upset by reaching 105 for two while chasing 210. “They are a very good side. We saw yesterday they competed very well,” Ali added.

Afghanistan fell short of only 38 runs to defeat South Africa during their second match in Super 10s as the Afghan batsmen started their innings to chase the target aggressively.

The performance by the Afghan batsmen, specifically by Mohammad Shahzad, was not only welcomed by the Afghan spectators but impressed the cricket fans globally.

The South African batsman Hashim Amla had earlier predicted a tough game during their encounter with the Afghan as he was speaking during a pre-match press conference.

Noting the opening match of the Afghan team against defending champion Sri Lanka, Amla said “We can’t take any team for granted. Saw the way Afghanistan played against Sri Lanka (in the first Super 10s game). We don’t take them for granted at all. We know we have to play our best cricket. The shorter the format the more chances a minnow team has of upstaging a strong team.”

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Afghanistan falls 38 runs short to beat 210 runs target set by South Africa http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-falls-38-runs-short-to-beat-210-runs-target-set-by-south-africa-0395 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-falls-38-runs-short-to-beat-210-runs-target-set-by-south-africa-0395#respond Sun, 20 Mar 2016 13:41:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=65121 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan v South AfricaThe Afghanistan national cricket team fell short by 38 runs to defeat South Africa in their second appearance in the Super 10 of the ICC World Twenty20.

South Africa set a target of 210 runs by losing 5 wickets for the Afghan team after they won the toss and elected to bat first with AB de Villiers scoring 64 runs.

The South African team started their batting inning aggressively despite losing Hashim Amla during the 3rd over of the game who scored only 5 runs.

Quinton de Kock remained the second high scorer for South Africa by making 45 runs, Faf du Plessis made 41 runs, David Miller made 19 runs, JP Duminy remained not out after scoring 29 runs with David wiese who made no runs.

The Afghan team started their batting inning aggressively while chasing a big target with Mohammad Shahzad hitting back to back boundaries before he was out after scoring 44 runs from just 19 balls.

The Afghan team could not chase the given target and lost all their wickets by scoring 172 runs in 20 overs despite building run-making momentum which was broken after Naib was caught out in Abbott’s ball where predictions were 49% win for South Africa and 51% win for Afghanistan.

However, the South African bowlers restricted the Afghan batsmen before they manage to build partnerships and chase the given target.

Noor Ali Zadran scored 25 runs, Asghar Stanikzai 7 runs, Gulbadin Naib 26 runs, Mohammad Nabi 11 runs, Samiullah Shenwari 25 runs, Najibullah Zadran 12 runs, Rashid Khan 11 runs, Shapoor Zadran 1 run and Amir Hamza 3 runs.

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India defeats Pakistan by 6 wickets in ICC World T20 thriller http://www.khaama.com/india-defeats-pakistan-by-6-wickets-in-icc-world-t20-thriller-0390 http://www.khaama.com/india-defeats-pakistan-by-6-wickets-in-icc-world-t20-thriller-0390#respond Sat, 19 Mar 2016 18:13:16 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=65101 Read the full article...]]> India defeats PakistanThe Indian cricket team defeated Pakistan by 6 wickets during their second match in Super 10 Group 2 of the ICC World Twenty20.

India won the toss and elected to field first in a rain-affected match that led to reduction of the overs from 20 to 18.

The Pakistani players score 118 runs by losing 5 wickets with the middle order batsmen contributing mainly as the opening batsmen started the innings with a slower pace.

Sharjeel Khan scored 17 runs, Ahmed Shahzad 25 rus, Shahid Afridi 8 runs, Umar Akmal 22 runs, Shoaib Malik 26 runs and Safaraz Ahmad remained not out after scoring 8 runs with Mohammad Hafeez who scored 5 runs.

The Indian batsmen started their innings by losing the opening batsmen during the early overs of the match but it was Virat Kohli who steered India to victory by scoring 55 runs and remaining not out.

India managed to chase the given target by losing 4 wickets and 13 balls. The other batsmen, Rohit Sharma scored 10 runs, Shikar Dhawan scored 6 runs, Raina 0 runs, Yuvraj Singh 24 runs and MS Dhoni remained not out after scoring 13 runs.

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South Africa’s Hashim Amla says his team would not take Afghanistan lightly http://www.khaama.com/south-africas-hashim-amla-says-his-team-would-not-take-afghanistan-lightly-0388 http://www.khaama.com/south-africas-hashim-amla-says-his-team-would-not-take-afghanistan-lightly-0388#respond Sat, 19 Mar 2016 15:29:15 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=65093 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan v South AfricaAs the Afghan cricket team is preparing for their second major match in Super 10 of the ICC World Twenty20, the South African batsman Hashim Amla has said his would not take Afghanistan lightly, noting the opening match of the Afghan team against defending champion Sri Lanka.

The match between Afghanistan and South Africa has been scheduled for tomorrow, 20th March, and will be played in Mumbai.

Speaking at pre-match press conference, Amla said “We can’t take any team for granted. Saw the way Afghanistan played against Sri Lanka (in the first Super 10s game). We don’t take them for granted at all. We know we have to play our best cricket. The shorter the format the more chances a minnow team has of upstaging a strong team.”

Amla further added “They are a good team, have been playing some exciting cricket. We don’t take them lightly.”

The Afghan team put up a good show in their opening match in Super 10 of the World Cup by posting a competitive 154 runs target for Sri Lanka by losing 7 wickets.

However, the defending champions chased the given target in 18.5 overs as it was expected the Afghan team would bring some pressure on the Sri Lankan batsmen.

Tomorrow’s match has been described as a must-win match for the South African team who were defeated by England despite setting a huge 230-run target.

Meanwhile, the Afghan captain Asghar Stanikzai, said he expects his bowlers to do well against South Africa, emphasizing “We have very good spin attack, Rashid (Khan), Nabi (Mohammad), he is a good off breaker, Hamza (Hotak), the left arm spinner. Throughout the tournament they have bowled very well, so our strength is spin bowling as well. We saw Mumbai wicket is always famous for big score and big target,” Stanikzai told reporters.

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Afghans to challenge the big boys in ICC T20 Cricket World Cup http://www.khaama.com/afghans-to-challenge-the-big-boys-in-icc-t20-cricket-world-cup-4749 http://www.khaama.com/afghans-to-challenge-the-big-boys-in-icc-t20-cricket-world-cup-4749#respond Thu, 17 Mar 2016 11:18:00 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=64943 Read the full article...]]> ACB

Afghanistan’s achievements in the preliminary phase of  World T20 and now for the first time in history the opportunity to play against the big boys in the cricket world, is an outstanding example of how sport can help cure a war ravaged country.

Cricket in Afghanistan has not only been a success, but an inspiring story and Afghanistan’s qualification for the second phase of the ongoing ICC World T20 Championship really adds a lot more to the achievements of Afghanistan Cricket.

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Afghanistan qualified to appear in the main draw of the ICC World T20 with a comprehensive win over Zimbabwe. Mohammad Nabi’s best 52 and Samiullah Shinwari’s 43 helped Afghanistan score the highest in T20 186. Zimbabwe were never in the competition as they lost wickets continuously and none of the batsman provided tough resistance and as a result Zimbabwe a full member lost to the Associate member in a T20 match 59 runs.

Afghanistan has given a tough time to big boys before and the Afghanistan Cricket Board is doing their best to do more and more to get the full membership of International Cricket Council but no luck as of yet and remains the associate member.

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Cricket remains a distinctly a double standard sport and the way tournaments such as the World T-20 Championships have been structured is not helping the sport to develop more sharply. England hosted the Rugby World Cup in 2015 and in the very initial phase of games, Japan defeated South Africa which really surprised the whole world of rugby.

Providing an opportunity for Japan to play against rugby giants such as South Africa shows that World Rugby has gone out of its way to try and include more countries beyond its core. Not just Japan, but also Argentina, Italy, some Eastern European as well as several Pacific nations was part of the big show in England.

The International Cricket Council has involved 16 teams in this World T-20 Championship, but in two categories and only two of the bottom eight teams get the chance to challenge the big boys. Such are the vagaries of the draw that those two countries turned out to be Afghanistan and Bangladesh, already a Test-playing nation. It was sad to witness that Bangladesh had to qualify for the second phase of this tournament.

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Through cricket people of all walks of life from around the globe can come together to enjoy and play a match of cricket at their local pitch, cricket ground or an empty parking lot in their villages. But first cricket has to grow and it must, grow if it is to maintain its status as the world’s second-most followed sports, it must learn from the likes of World Rugby.

The term ‘Associate’ should be eliminated from the International Cricket Council’s glossary which describe the ‘second-standard’ countries, and  there should be more tournaments organized where non – cricket playing nations get a chance to begin.  ICC is actually reducing the opportunities that non cricket playing nations have to sit aside.

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The best way to let the cricket expand where there is less cricket is to organize tournaments there and organize more matches between nations and countries like Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Scotland and Bangladesh, even if the results will be horribly bad and the commercial opportunities limited in the short term. In the long term, this will mean a better sport and the emergence of local sporting heroes, as has happened in Afghanistan.

There are enough animosity and separation in the world that if there weren’t any sports to lighten things up, to bring people together through healthy competition – this world would be a very sad, boring, hopeless and dark place.Cricket should be accessible to anyone that wants to participate, play or watch. It should not discriminate nor set any prejudicial requirements around status, wealth or race other than one having the heart and passion to play cricket.

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Today, Afghans are happy because they now have a team good enough to compete in the world class cricket competitions, Afghan flag is now on the show and their national anthem is to be sung in international cricket stadiums. Afghans have come from different regions in India to support their cricket heroes and enjoy few joyful moments supporting their team.

Despite all the issues in Afghanistan the country’s cricket has always offered a pleasant environment to Afghans. Sport can be a really important and successful way of helping traditionally divided communities to focus on peace and reconciliation. It can also be a great tool for building international understanding and friendship.

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Afghans in Afghanistan are enjoying watching cricket and even in some areas where there is no electricity and TV Signals, people managed to contribute and buy power generators, solar power generators and satellite dishes. Shopkeepers in the Afghan markets say their sales of televisions, satellite dishes and power generators have increased significantly.

The most trending posts in Afghanistan on social media are the pictures of the Afghan cricket players and most Afghan cricket fans have changed their Facebook profile pictures with the one supporting team Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan has already given a tough time to Sri Lanka in their second world cup match when Sri Lankans was at 51 for four before Jayewardene and skipper Angelo Mathews rectified the innings with a 126 runs partnership as a result Sri Lanka hardly won with 10 balls to spare. It was the first thriller in the Cricket World Cup 2015. It was not only a match between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka but it was a tough competition between a full member and an associate member of International Cricket Council (ICC).

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Afghan skipper Stanikzai believes participation in events such as the World T20 Championship will help their progression. “We know how to beat full members. We have the experience needed. As long as we play more games with full members, we will get that experience and the distance between the associates and full members will definitely go away,” Stankezai added

“There is a lot of craze for cricket in Afghanistan, people love this game. Back home they are very excited and they are following us very closely. It is the number one game in the country,” he said.

The team that challenges the big boys, Afghanistan has all the rights to celebrate.

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Google India updates logo for Afghanistan v Sri Lanka World Cup match http://www.khaama.com/google-updates-logo-for-afghanistan-v-sri-lanka-world-cup-match-0360 http://www.khaama.com/google-updates-logo-for-afghanistan-v-sri-lanka-world-cup-match-0360#respond Thu, 17 Mar 2016 05:03:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=64901 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan v Sri LankaGoogle has updated its logo in the home page for the ICC World Twenty20 cricket World Cup between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka this evening.

The alteration of the logo is part of the company’s Google Doodle which is a special, temporary alteration of the logo on Google’s homepage that is intended to celebrate holidays, events, achievements and people.

“Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists,” Google says.

The Afghanistan national cricket team starts World Cup campaign among the major teams in Super 10s Group 1 of the tournament today by taking on Sri Lanka in their first match this evening.

Afghanistan’s qualifying round record includes a victory by 14 runs against Scotland, second victory by 6 wickets against Hong Kong and third victory against Zimbabwe by 59 runs.

Meanwhile, the Afghanistan cricket head coach Inzamam-ul-Haq is hopeful the Afghan team can qualify into semi-finals as the Afghan team starts campaign in Super 10s of the World Cup by facing Sri Lanka.

Hailing the Afghan team for the opportunity to play against the big teams, Inzamam said the Afghan team was not given the opportunity to play against the big teams and therefore they will do their best to fully utilize the opportunity.

Inzamam also added that he is hopeful that the Afghan team can move foward and qualify into the semi-finals of the World Cup, insisting that the Afghan players should keep the same momentum they had in the qualifying rounds.

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