Monday, December 19, 2011 – A number of high level Afghan governmental officials on Sunday formally inaugurated the first Afghan cricket stadium in capital Kabul.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by Afghan finance minister Dr. Hazrat Omer Zakhilwal, Chairman of the Afghan cricket board and Kabul Mayor Mohammad Younus Nawandish.

This project was funded by USAID and implemented by CARE International with technical support of Afghanistan cricket board management.

The inauguration ceremony was also accompanied by a friendly match between the Afghan national cricket team and the under 19 cricket team, where the Afghan national cricket team became the winner of the match.

Besides, thousands of cricket fans had also participated in the inauguration ceremony of the first Afghan cricket stadium in Kabul.

The first cricket stadium is built after decades of civil war in Afghanistan, which resulted in a total damage of the sports infrastructures in Afghanistan.

Cricket game has not been a famous sport among the Afghans before the civil war was started and was for the first time introduced in Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001.

Afghans became aware and lover of the cricket sports during their migration in neighboring Pakistan where cricket sport is largely played by the Pakistani youths.