Construction of Kandahar cricket stadium inaugurated with India’s support
By Ghanizada - Mon Feb 29 2016, 7:34 pm
The construction work of Kandahar cricket stadium was inaugurated today with the financial support of government of India.
The Government of India under its aid to Afghanistan is funding USD 1 Million for the construction of this Cricket Stadium.
The Embassy of India in Kabul said the stadium will provide an immense opportunity for the development of cricket in Afghanistan.
The construction work of the stadium formally inaugurated a month after an agreement was signed between the Afghanistan cricket Board (ACB) and a private firm for the construction of the stadium.
The Indian government announced the approval of Kandahar cricket stadium construction in mid-2014.
“Excellency, In your capacity as the Chief Patron of the Afghan Cricket Board (ACB), you will be happy to know that Government of India has just approved US$ 1 million for construction of the Kandahar Cricket stadium at Aino Mena, Kandahar under the Small Development Project Scheme. This was a project that ACB has been closely following with us and we will be working with them to have the work started on this important project at the earliest,” a letter issued by the Indian embassy in mid-2014 said.
“We have released that sports, both cricket and football, have united the country and enthused the youth as nothing else. We hope that this new facility, and the various initiatives taken by ACB would further popularize cricket and bring greater glory to the nation. We are encouraged by Afghan cricket team’s recent performance in Zimbabwe,” the letter added.
India has played a crucial role by participating in the rebuilding of Afghanistan following the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001.
Since 2002, the Government of India has committed around USD 2 billion dollars to the socio-economic rebuilding of the Afghan state and society in accordance with the development priorities of the Government and the people of Afghanistan.