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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan celebrated its entry into Test cricket on Thursday, saying it was a dream came true for the country which has suffered from years of violence and conflict.
The International Cricket Council voted in London to make Afghanistan, along with Ireland, full members of the organization, allowing those countries to become part of the elite 12 nations who play Test matches.
“I can’t express right now how excited I am,” said Shir Agha Hamkar, Afghanistan cricket’s team manager.
“It was a big dream of the cricket board, our team and every Afghan. Afghanistan has made tremendous progress, in the last few years. We have been playing very good cricket, beating full members like Zimbabwe,” he said at a celebration where a special cake was shared to mark the occasion.
“Thanks to all the players as well. They have shown their talent to the world and shown that yes, we deserve to be a full member nation,” he said.
Afghanistan are likely to play their first Test match in 2018 and are expected to continue to play home games in the Indian city of Noida due to security concerns.
“Today is a historic day for the Afghan people because in such a political situation of Afghanistan, Afghan cricket has obtained full membership status. Today is a historic day for Afghanistan, every Afghan is happy,” said Dost Mohammad Nazari, deputy head of the Afghanistan Cricket Board.
Cricket has undergone a boom in recent years in Afghanistan with the rise of Twenty20 cricket, its big-hitting and constant action generating huge interest among fans. A new generation of supporters has avidly followed the team’s growing success.
“This is a huge thing for the whole nation. We’re all proud of this cricket team and cricket board,” said journalist Rahim Gul Sarwan.
“We’re so happy and I hope that in the next five or three years, Afghanistan will be in a position to beat big teams in the cricket world.”
Announcing the decision on Thursday night, David Richardson, the ICC Chief Executive said: “I’d like to congratulate Afghanistan and Ireland on their Full Membership status which is the result of their dedication to improving performance both off and on the field resulting in the significant development and growth of cricket in their respective countries.
“Both have clearly demonstrated they meet the new criteria and as such have made the progression to Full Membership,” he said.
As a Full Member, Afghanistan will now be able to play Test cricket, which is considered the pinnacle, or the highest standard, in this sporting code. Also, all Full Member nations are automatically qualified to play ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals.
Test cricket is the longest form of cricket and is considered its highest standard and matches are played only between national teams that enjoy this status.
After Thursday’s board meeting, the total number of countries to have Test status rose from 10 to 12 – Afghanistan and Ireland being the two new nations. The last nation to gain Full Membership was Bangladesh, 17 years ago.
A Test match sees two national teams of 11 players play a four-innings match, which may last up to five days (or longer in some historical cases).
It is generally considered the most complete examination of a team’s playing ability and endurance and the name Test stems from the long, grueling match being a “test” of the relative strengths of the two sides.
The ICC currently has 105 members and membership is a hierarchy system. There are three categories of membership: Full Members, Associate Members, and Affiliate Members.
In the highest category, there are 12 Full Members; the 2nd category has 37 Associate Members and lowest category has 56 Affiliate Members.
The Afghanistan Cricket Board was formed in 1995 and became an Affiliate Member of the ICC in 2001 and was awarded Associate Member status in 2013.
For Afghanistan, their rise in cricket has been phenomenal and Thursday’s decision by the ICC was the culmination of years of hard work and dedication by the cricket sector in the country, including the players.
As ESPN stated, since 2005, both countries have demonstrated their readiness for five-day cricket through their dominance in the Intercontinental Cup, the ICC’s first-class competition for Associates.
Afghanistan and Ireland currently sit in the top-two spots in the current edition of the competition, and Afghanistan holds a one-point lead after securing an innings victory at Greater Noida over Ireland earlier this year.
But these two teams will now be leaving the Intercontinental Cup behind at the end of the year, and start playing Test cricket with the world’s top teams.
No Test matches have as yet been scheduled for the two newcomers but it is widely speculated that Afghanistan and Ireland will meet each other next year in their maiden Test matches.
The Full List Of Test Nations Are As Follows:
Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe, West Indies, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, England and Ireland.
The Kabul Times

Sports Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:56:59 +0000
Afghanistan National Taekwondo Team Went To S. Korea Afghanistan National Taekwondo Team Went To S. Korea

Wednesday June 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan national taekwondo team aiming to participate in World Taekwondo Championship went to South Korea.
According to BNA report, Rohullah Nekpa the top player in taekwondo field and Samya Ghulami are among the six participates from Afghanistan.
Abdul Sabour Omari has selected as coach of Afghanistan national taekwondo team and accompanying the players in this competitions.
In this round of tournaments 973 taekwondo players to be participated from 183 countries in the World championship.
The matches will be started at 24 June, 2017 and to be continued for eight days.
It is the 7th rounds of World Taekwondo Championship, which to be held in South Korea.
The 6th rounds of Taekwondo World Championship was held in Denmark at 2009 with participation of 928 taekwondo players from 142 countries.

Sports Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:02:03 +0000
ANCT Return Home After T20 & ODI Matches ANCT Return Home After T20 & ODI Matches

Tuesday June 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan National Cricket Team (ANCT) players after performance three T20 and three One Day International (ODI) matches against West Indies national cricket team returned to their country yesterday.
In three T20 matches West Indies national cricket team has defeated Afghanistan national cricket team, but three OID matches ended equality and based on ICC principle, Afghanistan national cricket team won the cup of OID matches.
A number of officials from cricket board, cricket fans and Medias yesterday afternoon went to Hamid Karzai International Airport for welcoming their cricketers.
Asghar Stanekzai captain of Afghanistan national cricket team told media, young cricketers show their competency in the mentioned matches and we got useful experiences from the matches too.

Sports Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:19:29 +0000
ANCT To Face With West Indies In 3rd OID ANCT To Face With West Indies In 3rd OID

Wednesday June 14, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan National Cricket Team (ANCT) to play with West Indies national cricket team in third One Day International match Wednesday night.
Farid Hotak spokesman of Afghanistan Cricket Board told BNA reporter, Afghanistan national cricket team has fully preparedness in this match.
In these series Afghanistan stun West Indies in first OID match and West Indies has defeated Afghanistan in second OID match.
Already West Indies national cricket team overcome on Afghanistan national cricket team in T20 overs matches.

Sports Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:18:47 +0000
Disabled Afghan Swimmer Wins Two Gold Medals ]n World Series Disabled Afghan Swimmer Wins Two Gold Medals ]n World Series

Tuesday June 13, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Abbas Karimi, an 18-year-old disabled Afghan swimmer, has won two gold medals at the U.S Indianapolis Para Swimming World Series, reported Tolo News.
He is the first Afghan to qualify for the 2017 World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico which will be held later this year. Karimi, who was born without arms, is now through to the Mexico championships after he won gold in the 50m freestyle and in the 50m butterfly. He now qualifies for both events at the Mexico championships. Karimi has in the past also taken gold at a disabled swimming championships in Turkey in 2013.Karimi become a national team member five years ago but has been training in the U.S for the past six months. The Mexico championships will commence on September 30 and run through to October 7 this year.

Sports Tue, 13 Jun 2017 06:10:40 +0000
Afghanistan National Football Team To Play With Cambodia Afghanistan National Football Team To Play With Cambodia

Monday June 12, 2017

Kabul (BNA) In continuation of Asia Cup Qualification Afghanistan national football team to face with Cambodia national football team.
According to BNA report, the match to be held between the two teams tomorrow.
Afghanistan national football team after this match will face with Jordan national football team.

Sports Mon, 12 Jun 2017 06:42:35 +0000
MoCN, Afghanistan Cricket Board Sign Three MoUs

Monday, June 12, 2017

Kabul (BNA)  In purpose of encouraging the young generation to sport especially Cricket and  for preventing them from addiction, Ministry of Counter Narcotics (MoCN) will build two stadiums in Helmand and Zabul provinces.
These contracts signed on Sunday in the Government Media and Information Centre between MoCN, ACB and private companies.
Salamat Azemi, Minister of counter narcotics said, “Budget to construct Helmand cricket stadium is estimated approximately 35,8 million Afg and Zabul Sport Stadium 34,2 million Afg which is funded by the ministry.”
Furthermore, an advertising project signed with Kapol Group to promote awareness against the drug hazards.  Through this project, counter narcotics public campaign will be promoted by mass media around the country.
This project is estimated more than 25 million AFG which will be funded by MCN.  Minister of counter narcotics stressed that we are working on some more projects like these ones for other provinces which will create vocation for young generation and from other side it will encourage youth to sports.

Sports Mon, 12 Jun 2017 06:27:38 +0000
Afghanistan Stun West Indies in 1st ODI Afghanistan Stun West Indies in 1st ODI

Saturday June 10, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan national cricket team has defeated West Indies national cricket team in first One Day International (ODI) match.
First Afghan players started batting and targeted 213 runs in 50 over, but West Indies players couldn’t reach to the chosen target and accept his failure.
In the mentioned match Rashid Khan, Afghan fast bowler outed seven wickets of West Indies.
It is supposed that Afghanistan national cricket team into face with West Indies national cricket team in second OID match tomorrow night.

Sports Sat, 10 Jun 2017 11:10:38 +0000
Friendly Match; Afghanistan Defeat Maldives Friendly Match; Afghanistan Defeat Maldives

Wednesday June 7, 2017

Kabul (BNA) In a friendly match Afghanistan national football team has defeated Maldives national football team.
According to BNA report, at the beginning of the match the mentioned teams remained silent for few second and were closed black armbands and shared their sorrow with people of Afghanistan, because of recent terrorist activities took place in Kabul city.
In this match Afghanistan national football team overcome on Maldives national football team 1-2.

Sports Wed, 07 Jun 2017 08:22:12 +0000
ACB Cancels Friendly Matches With Pakistan ACB Cancels Friendly Matches With Pakistan

Saturday June 3, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) announced the cancellation of friendly matches with Pakistan on Thursday, a day after the terrorist attack in Kabul.
ACB Chairman Atif Mashal recently travelled to Lahore, where he met Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials and agreed on certain points, including two T-20 friendly matches in Kabul and Lahore.
But a number of Afghan social media activists opposed the ACB move and demanded the cricketing body cut off all ties with Pakistan.
After growing criticism, the ACB chairman said no agreement had been signed with the PCB. He added that only discussions on some points had taken place during his trip to Lahore.
But after the deadly attack on Wednesday, ACB said in a statement the friendlies had been scrapped.
“Enemies of peace and stability in our country have once again shown they are not worthy of friendship, and would never change their stance about Afghans,” said the statement.
According to National Directorate of Security (NDS) the deadliest suicide attack was planned by the Haqqani Network in coordination with the Pakistani Inter Services (ISI) in Pakistan, (ACB) cut off every kind of cricket ties with PCB. “No agreement of friendly and bilateral relationship is possible and unsustainable with a country where terrorists are housed and provided safe havens”, the statement concluded.

Sports Sat, 03 Jun 2017 07:28:46 +0000