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Kabul, Thursday 9 February

(BNA

Aghanistan team players are excited and promise to put up a best show in their first-ever one-day international against Pakistan in Sharjah on Friday, an official said.

The war-torn country has played 18 one-day internationals since gaining status in 2009 but all their matches were against associate and affiliate teams Canada, the Netherlands, Ireland, Kenya and Scotland. And the prospect of playing Pakistan, World Cup champions of one-day cricket in 1992, left the Afghanistan players ecstatic.

"It's a great opportunity for Afghanistan players and they can't wait for Friday," team manager Shafiqullah Stanikzai told AFP. "It's a tough challenege for the team but we will show our qualities and fight to the last."

Of their 18 ODIs to date, Afghanistan have won 11 and lost seven and Stanikzai said despite the big challenge his team will not let their fans down.

"Afghanistan team is an entertainment package and we will try to give the best possible fight to Pakistan who are the form team after beating England 3-0 in Tests and doing well in one-day cricket recently," said Stanikzai.

The cricket relationship between the two countries goes a long way, as the game was made popular in Afghanistan by refugees who spent years living in Pakistan when Soviet troops invaded their country in 1979.

In the last three years cricket has progressed in the war-ravaged country by leaps and bounds. Afghanistan finished fifth in the World Cup qualifiers in 2009 to win the right to play one-day cricket and the following year they won the qualifying tournament to earn an opportunity to play in the World Twenty20 held in West Indies. Stanikzai said Afghanistan are progressing fast.

"With this opportunity we hope to build our team and next month we will feature in the World Tweny20 qualifiers and hope to win that again to play the main tournament," said Stanikzai of the World Twenty20 event to be held in Sri Lanka in September-October this year.

Afghnaistan team will be led by Nawroz Mangal and has exciting players in Karem Sadiq, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shahzad and fast bowler Hamid Hassan.

Pakistan coach Mohsin Khan said his team will not take Afghanistan lightly. "Afghanistan's team is coming up very fast and we will take them very seriously," said Khan, hoping his team carry on their good work from the 3-0 Test series win over England.

"This one-day against Afghanistan will give us an opportunity to switch to the one-day mode before the series against England," said Khan of his team's four-match series starting from February 13.

Pakistan have brought in all-rounders Shahid Afridi and Hammad Azam in the squad for the one-day matches. Organisers in Sharjah hope a large number of Afghan and Pakistan expats will come to support their teams

(BNA)  Less than four years after playing their first tournament against teams including Japan and Norway, Afghanistan will write a new chapter in their remarkable rise with a one-day international against Pakistan on Friday.

Afghanistan, unable to host matches during a decade of war between NATO forces and the Taliban, won their initial tournament in Jersey in May 2008.

They qualified for the ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean two years later and then came within touching distance of a place at last year's 50 overs World Cup in the Asian sub-continent.

The players' consolation was to secure one-day international status and Friday's match in their adopted cricketing home of Sharjah is a chance to test themselves against a Pakistan side who whitewashed England in the recent three-match test series.

Pakistan, who are also forced to play abroad because of security problems, was the country where some of the Afghanistan players were born and where they learned the game in refugee camps.

"I can assure you that millions of Afghanistan cricket supporters across the globe have been waiting for this day which comes after years of hard work, sacrifice and commitment," Nasimullah Danish, the chief executive officer of the Afghanistan Cricket Board, told Reuters.

"Afghanistan cricket has been taking small but solid steps while making upward movement and it would be fair to say that our next target is to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015."

Those steps include the inauguration of the rebuilt Kabul Cricket Stadium last December when 8,000 spectators came to watch the national senior team take on an under-19 side.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) contributes approximately $700,000 a year to aid Afghanistan's development and it is keen that Friday's match encourages other top teams to follow Pakistan's lead.

"In order for cricket to remain competitive within the international sporting marketplace, it is important that more countries are capable of performing well at the highest international level," Tim Anderson, the ICC's global development manager, told Reuters.

"For sides to reach that level they need to play more against higher standard opposition, so Pakistan playing Afghanistan is a terrific initiative that we are very excited about and something we would like to see more of in the future."

Afghanistan have played in the Pakistan domestic competition and against Pakistan A sides, while two of the country's past coaches Kabir Khan and Rashid Latif, are Pakistani.

Three Afghanistan players, wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad, spin bowler Mohammad Nabi and fast bowler Hamid Hassan, were chosen for an ICC side who faced England before their test series against Pakistan.

Hassan was injured and unable to complete the match after taking the first two wickets in the England first innings while Nabi took five wickets and Shazad scored 51 and 74, as well as taking five catches.

"I played against them in our domestic Twenty20 tournament for Faisalabad and they have some really good, talented players," Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq told Reuters.

"They are eager to play international cricket and for us it is good preparation going into a tough (one-day) series against England."

A sellout crowd is expected on Friday, with the match taking place on a day when almost all workers in the UAE are able to take as a holiday.

Thursday, 09 February 2012 11:54

Karachi: Explosion near ASF headquarter

Kabul, Thursday 9 February 2012

(BNA)  An explosion has been reported here near Airport Security Force (ASF) headquarters at Jinnah Airport, in Karachi , Pakistan.

According to initial reports, the blast has damaged the wall of Civil Aviation flats.

There in no repot of casualties.

Kabul, Thursday 9 February 2012

(BNA)  A drone attack targeting a house killed four people in North Waziristan in the wee hours of Thursday. It is likely that Al-Qaeda’s local leader Badar Mansoor also died in the attack.

In the second drone strike in about 24 hours, two missiles hit the house located in Miranshah market. At least four people were killed in the attack, including Al-Qaeda local leader Badar Mansoor. He was involved in attacking the minorities’ worship places in Lahore and some attacks in Karachi, reports said.

The unmanned aircrafts continue hovering over the North Waziristan.

On Wednesday, 10 people were killed and several others injured in the drone strike in North Waziristan Agency.
 

Wednesday, 08 February 2012 14:19

US drone strike kills 10 in North Waziristan

Kabul, Wednesday 8 Friday,

(BNA)

A US drone attack targeting a Taliban  militant compound killed 10 insurgents in North Waziristan region on Wednesday,  Pakistan security officials said.

Two missiles hit the compound located in Tappi, 10 kilometers (six miles) southeast of Miranshah, the main town in volatile North Waziristan near the Afghan border.

The dead bodies and injured were shifted to hospital.

 

Kabul, Wednesday 8 Friday,

(BNA) : Nato, Afghan and Pakistani military officials will hold talks on improving border security and coordination on Wednesday, in a possible sign that tension is easing following a cross-border Nato air attack in November that infuriated Pakistan.

Pakistan's military said the director-general of military operations, Major-General Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmed, would represent the country in the talks at a coordination centre at the border.

Pakistan closed Nato supply routes to Afghanistan after the air attack, which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers and plunged relations between Pakistan and the United States to their lowest point in years

Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:38

Congratulatory Message Sent


Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Dr. Zalmai Rasool Minister of Foreign Affairs has sent separate congratulation messages addressed to Rashid Mardof, Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan and Irzhan Kazdkhanof Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan on the occasion of 20th establishment year of diplomatic ties between Afghanistan and mentioned countries.
In these messages beside congratulations, it stressed on extension of relations between Afghanistan and the mentioned countries. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada
 

Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:06

NATO Air Attack Martyrs 2 Civilians In Kapisa

Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Kapisa (BNA) Two civilians were martyred and five others were wounded in NATO air attack in Kapisa province this morning. 
This bombardment took place in Geyawi village, of Nejrab district. 
Sultan Mohammad governor of Nejrab in telephone contact with BNA confirmed the event and said in this bombardment, two civilians were killed and five others including of a woman has been injured. 
The local people said that the victims are civilians and had no link with Taliban. 
Governor of Nejrab said that NATO forces have tried to destroy hideouts of Taliban in this area. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Wednesday, 08 February 2012 12:47

Shaheed Ahmad Wali Karzai College Inaugurated

Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Kandahar (BNA) The Shaheed Ahmad Wali Karzai College (Darul-Ulom) was inaugurated by education Dept. of Kandahar province today. 
Najibullah Mojaddidi education head of Kandahar province said to BNA, this college has been constructed on an area of 5 jiribs of land at the cost of one million dollars in Aeeno Mina township of Kandahar. 
In this center 670 students are studying including girls.
Mawlawi Fateh Mohammad head of this Darul-Ulom said that with establishment of the center, the number of religious centers reached to 19 at the level of that province. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Jalalabad (BNA) The construction work of two projects executed with financial assistance of a Japanese institution today.
These two projects consist of construction of protection wall and water irrigational network. 
Mohammad Hanif Gardewal deputy governor of Nangarhar province said to BNA, these two projects have been completed at a cost of 3100,000 dollars from assistance of BMS institution of Japan in Khera district of Nangarhar province. 
With completion of this program, 2700 Jirebs of land irrigated and protected from damages of flood. 
Dr. Nakamora head of this institution said, previously 25 million dollars has been donated for construction of Murwared canals.   Translated by Suraya-Yarzada