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Pakistan vows support to promote cricket in Afghanistan

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Pakistan help Afghanistan cricket promotionAfghanistan and Pakistan Cricket Board officials on Friday signed an agreement to provide greater support for cricket in Afghanistan by training players and staff to help lift the sport in the war-torn country.

Cricket is relatively a new game in Afghanistan however it is rapidly overtaking football as the most popular sport after the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001. The Afghanistan national cricket team has also achieved considerable success recently following back-to-back qualification in World Twenty20s in 2010 and 2012.

Afghanistan national cricket team became a member of the International Cricket Council in 2001 and in 2009 it made division one and attained one-day status.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) to provide technical and professional help, AFP reported.

According to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials the assistance includes game education programmes, coaching courses, skill and performance analysis, basic umpiring and groundsman courses.

The officials also added that PCB will help plan, organise and implement development programmes for players, including at the Pakistan national cricket academy in Lahore.

PCB chief operating officer Subhan Ahmad quoted by AFP said, “Actually it is Pakistan’s support that has allowed Afghanistan cricket to make rapid strides amongst the ICC’s affiliate member nations and we know that Afghanistan has the potential to go places.”

“And this would be good not just in terms of spreading the game in Afghanistan but promoting peace and harmony there by bringing people closer together.” said Ahmad.

In the meantime Afghanistan Cricket Board chief executive Noor Muhammad welcomed support for the Afghanistan cricket and called it as of the “utmost importance”.

ACB chief executive Noor Muhammad quoted by AFP said, “The recent support shall put Afghanistan cricket’s development on the fast track as our cricketers, coaches and umpires shall be able to make use of the PCB’s excellent facilities and various education programmes.”

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