Sports Bakhtar News Agency is the official state news agency of the Afghan government, based in Kabul. The agency is a major source of news for all media in Afghanistan, gathering domestic and international news and providing information to outlets. http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af Sat, 22 Sep 2018 01:08:56 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Afghanistan Dump Bangladesh by 136 Runs http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/sports/item/34876-afghanistan-dump-bangladesh-by-136-runs.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/sports/item/34876-afghanistan-dump-bangladesh-by-136-runs.html Friday September 21, 2018 Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan national cricket team has defeated Bangladesh national cricket team by 136 runs in their last group match of Asia Cup 2018 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi late on Thursday. First, Afghanistan won the toss and decided to bat against Bangladesh, scored 255 for seven. Rashid Khan and Hashmatullah Shahidi smashed 50s. Bangladesh then lost the wickets of Liton Kumar Das, Mominul Haque and Mohammad Mithun in quick-succession. Two veteran Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah tried to repair the early damage. But Rashid Khan removed both of them and put further trouble on the Tigers innings. Bangladesh were eventually bowled out for 119 in 42.1 overs. Shakib was the highest scorer with 37. Rashid, Mujeeb and Naib claimed two wickets each for Afghanistan. Afghanistan 255/7 in 50 overs (Shahidi 58, Rashid 57*, Naib 42*) Bangladesh 119/10 in 42.1 overs (Shakib 32; Rashid 2/13, Mujeeb 2/22, Naib 2/30) Man of the Match: Rashid Khan M.A.Ansari]]> Sports Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:10:48 +0000 Afghanistan To Face with Pakistan in Super 4; Asia Cup http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/sports/item/34875-afghanistan-to-face-with-pakistan-in-super-4-asia-cup.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/sports/item/34875-afghanistan-to-face-with-pakistan-in-super-4-asia-cup.html Friday September 21, 2018 Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan national cricket team after two back-to-back victories over Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the group stage to face with Pakistan national cricket team today in the second match of Super Four in the ongoing Asia Cup 2018. Pakistani After winning their first Group clash against Hong Kong by eight wickets thrashed by India by 8 wickets on Tuesday. Squads for Pakistan vs Afghanistan clash: Pakistan Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Usman Khan, Shan Masood, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Nawaz, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Afridi Afghanistan Squad: Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Asghar Afghan (c), Ihsanullah Janat, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Munir Ahmad, Sayed Shirzad, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Javed Ahmadi M.A.Ansari]]> Sports Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:10:07 +0000 Afghanistan Defeat Sari Lanka and Knock out from Asia Cup http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/sports/item/34835-afghanistan-defeat-sari-lanka-and-knock-out-from-asia-cup.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/sports/item/34835-afghanistan-defeat-sari-lanka-and-knock-out-from-asia-cup.html Afghanistan Defeat Sari Lanka and Knock out from Asia Cup

Tuesday September 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan national cricket team knocked five-time champions Sri Lanka out of the Asia Cup with a 91-run win at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
Batting first, Afghanistan made 249 on a slow pitch and their spinners did the rest to bowl out Sri Lanka for 158 in 41.2 overs. A measured half-century from Rahmat Shah helped Afghanistan to a competitive 249, and chasing 250, Sri Lanka never looked settled against Afghanistan’s spinners as they played poor shots and ran poorly between the wickets to be bowled out for 158 in 41.2 overs.
Mujeeb ur Rahman, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid and Mohammad Nabi picked up two wickets apiece for Afghanistan.
Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan lauded his players. He said: “Every batsman executed his plans. We spoke of partnerships especially. Credit to our fielders, they did well. When you want to play cricket for winning, you play positively. Our spinners, batsmen and bowlers did well. I would like to say thanks to the crowd for their support.”
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Sports Tue, 18 Sep 2018 05:29:24 +0000
Today; Afghanistan to Face Sri Lanka in 3rd Match of Asia Cup http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/sports/item/34828-today-afghanistan-to-face-sri-lanka-in-3rd-match-of-asia-cup.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/sports/item/34828-today-afghanistan-to-face-sri-lanka-in-3rd-match-of-asia-cup.html Today; Afghanistan to Face Sri Lanka in 3rd Match of Asia Cup

Monday September 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan national cricket team will face Sri Lank national cricket team in the third match of the ongoing Asia Cup today.
As Sri Lanka faced an ignominious defeat of 137 runs in the opener of the tournament against Bangladesh on Saturday, it would be a do or die situation for them. Thus, the Island nation will like to tick the right boxes to stay alive in the competition.
On the other hand, Afghanistan has grown in confidence in the last five years. The Afghan team has shown an upward swing in their improvement graph.
Afghan skipper Asghar Afghan has made it clear that his team is not here just to participate, but are looking to put up a solid performance in the tournament.
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Sports Mon, 17 Sep 2018 06:15:01 +0000
Asia Cup 2018: Afghanistan All Set To Take the Continent By Storm http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/sports/item/34771-asia-cup-2018-afghanistan-all-set-to-take-the-continent-by-storm.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/sports/item/34771-asia-cup-2018-afghanistan-all-set-to-take-the-continent-by-storm.html Asia Cup 2018: Afghanistan All Set To Take the Continent By Storm

Thursday September 13, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Asia Cup 2018: For the Asia Cup 2018, Afghanistan has announced a solid final 16-man squad and has made a couple of tweaks in the team. Sayed Sherzad, Munir Ahmad and Wafadar, who are yet to play a competitive match, have been included in the squad.
They may not be the giant slayers like Bangladesh or an explosive side like Pakistan, but they certainly have the element of surprise with them and they can upset the odds on any given day. Afghanistan cricket team is all geared up to take the cricketing community by storm in the Asia Cup 2018, which will start from September 15 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Afghanistan just sits on the brink of being revoked the Test status from them, however, they continue to sideline their spot in the ICC team rankings and secure victory one after another.
After a fantastic run of games in ICC World Cup Qualifiers, Afghanistan played a 3-match T20I series against Bangladesh and destroyed the Tigers by sweeping the series 3-0.
Also Read: Asia Cup 2018: History and records narrate the story of coveted cup
Barring their horrendous collapse in a one-off Test match with India, Afghanistan has been in sensational form since the turn of the year especially in the shorter formats of the game.
The Asian side once again showed its prowess in T20Is when it travelled to play T20 series with Ireland. Afghanistan won the series 2-1.
For the Asia Cup 2018, Afghanistan has announced a solid final 16-man squad and has made a couple of tweaks in the team. Sayed Sherzad, Munir Ahmad and Wafadar, who are yet to play a competitive match, have been included in the squad.
Sherzad and Wafadar are fast bowlers who have been inducted in the squad to complement the world-class spinners that Afghanistan has in Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb-ur-Rahman. While Munir Ahmad is a budding batsman.
Here’s the final 16-man squad of Afghanistan for the Asia Cup 2018:
Asghar Afghan (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Ihsanullah Janat, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Hashmat Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Aftab Alam, Samiullah Shinwari, Munir Ahmad Kakar (wk), Sayed Ahmad Sherzad, Sharafudin Ashraf, Wafadar
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Afghanistan U-19 National Cricket Team To Face with Nepal, India & UEA http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/sports/item/34688-afghanistan-u-19-national-cricket-team-to-face-with-nepal-india--uea.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/sports/item/34688-afghanistan-u-19-national-cricket-team-to-face-with-nepal-india--uea.html Afghanistan U-19 National Cricket Team To Face with Nepal, India & UEA

Thursday September 6, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan under-19 national cricket team to play with Nepal, India and United Arab Emirates U-19 national cricket teams in U-19 Asia Cup Competitions.
Farid Hotak spokesman of Afghanistan Cricket Board told BNA reporter, the competitions to be held at 28 September in Bangladesh and Afghanistan U-19 national cricket team to face with Nepal, India and UEA U-19 national cricket teams.
Before the competitions, Afghanistan U-19 cricket players will be attended in practice tournaments in Lakno city.
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Sports Thu, 06 Sep 2018 09:04:23 +0000
Refugees Come Together for Football Tournament in Brussels http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/sports/item/34661-refugees-come-together-for-football-tournament-in-brussels.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/sports/item/34661-refugees-come-together-for-football-tournament-in-brussels.html Refugees Come Together for Football Tournament in Brussels

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Refugees from countries like Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq have gathered to play together at the “Everyone on the Pitch” football tournament in Brussels.
The event is a Belgian project to foster the integration of people fleeing war-torn countries and help them make new friends through a shared passion for sport.
But on this Brussels pitch, organizers are hoping it will provide more than just good exercise.
This is the “Everyone n the Pitch” football tournament and it bring together people from across the world.
Refugees and asylum seekers from Asia, the Middle East and Africa are facing each other on the field, under the watchful eyes of Belgian referees.
 

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Sports Tue, 04 Sep 2018 06:17:16 +0000
Afghanistan Names Strong Asia Cup Squad http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/sports/item/34637-afghanistan-names-strong-asia-cup-squad.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/sports/item/34637-afghanistan-names-strong-asia-cup-squad.html Afghanistan Names Strong Asia Cup Squad

Monday, September 03, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The Selection Committee of Afghanistan Cricket Board on Sunday announced a 17 member squad for the upcoming Asia Cup which will begin from September 15.
Commenting on the squad composition, Chief Selector Nawroz Mangal said that young wicket-keeper batsman Munir Ahmad has been included in the squad after his impressive performance in domestic cricket including Ghani Amanullah Khan One-Day Cup.
“We added Munir as a wicket-keeper batsman because he performed well in other national teams including U19 team, emerging and Afghanistan A team,” he said as cited in a statement released by ACB.
Noticeable changes from the squad against Ireland in the recent ODI series include the recall of bowling all-rounder Sharafuddin Ashraf to the squad and exclusion of opening batsman Hazratullah Zazai.
Mangal showed confidence that the team would continue to perform well beyond the Asia Cup and in the lead up to the 2019 ICC Cricket World.
Responding to a question about fast bowler Dawlat Zadran, Mangal said, “The health reports we have received about Dawlat Zadran indicate that he has still not fully recovered, and he would continue to undergo treatment over the next few weeks.  Therefore, he has not been included in the squad.”
“Selection of the squad was not an easy task as we witnessed commendable performances from players in different national team setups including Under-19, A and Emerging teams that recently plaed several matches against each other,” said Abdul Wali Amin, a member of the ACB Selection Committee.
Asia Cup will be played from 15th – 28th September in UAE.  Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka from Group B while Pakistan and India will be joined by third team that will be decided after the Asia Cup Qualifiers.  It will be Afghanistan’s first Asia Cup after obtaining Full Member status of the International Cricket Council in June 2017.
Squad: Ashar Afghan ©, Mohammad Shahzad (WK) , Javed Ahmadi, Ihsanullah Janat, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Munir Ahmad, Mohmmad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Aftab Alam, Sayed Shirzad and Wafadar.
 

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Sports Mon, 03 Sep 2018 06:09:09 +0000
Afghanistan Rugby Team Defeats Pakistan In Asian Games http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/sports/item/34615-afghanistan-rugby-team-defeats-pakistan-in-asian-games.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/sports/item/34615-afghanistan-rugby-team-defeats-pakistan-in-asian-games.html Afghanistan Rugby Team Defeats Pakistan In Asian Games

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The Afghanistan Rugby National Team defeated Pakistan during a Rugby match in Jakarta Palembang 2018 Asian Games, the National Olympics Committee said Saturday.
Officials in the National Olympics Committee are saying that the Afghan team managed to score 15 points to secure a victory against the 7 points scored by the National Rugby team of Pakistan.
The officials further added that the National Rugby team of Afghanistan had earlier defeated the United Arab Emirates Rugby team 36-0.
However, the Afghan Rugby had faced defeats from Sri Lanka and Korea during the earlier games played as part of the Asian Games in Indonesia.
The officials are saying that the National Rugby of Afghanistan will play its final match in the Asian Games later today against Indonesia.
The Afghan Rugby team would secure the 9th position if they defeated the host Indonesia.
This comes as Afghanistan had major achievements in cricket, Football, Basket, and some other sports during the recent year.
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Sports Sun, 02 Sep 2018 05:56:56 +0000
Afghanistan Trounce Ireland by 8 Wickets, Clinch OID Series http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/sports/item/34607-afghanistan-trounce-ireland-by-8-wickets-clinch-oid-series.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/sports/item/34607-afghanistan-trounce-ireland-by-8-wickets-clinch-oid-series.html Afghanistan Trounce Ireland by 8 Wickets, Clinch OID Series

Saturday September 1, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan national cricket team recorded a convincing eight wickets win in the deciding Gulbahar ODI at Stormont on Friday to seal a 2-1 series victory over Ireland.
According to BNA report, for the first time in the series Ireland cricket team winning the toss and batted first, for the first time in the series, but struggled to build any momentum and lost wickets at regular intervals.
Ireland's batsmen were finding spin bowling hard to play against and were all out for 124 in just 36.1 overs.
Rashid Khan, 19, took three wickets for 18 runs while Mohammad Nabi and Gulbuddin Naib took two wickets apiece.
Then, Afghanistan easily chased down, reaching 127 for the loss of just two wickets inside 24 overs at Stormont.
Ihsanullah Janat top-scored with an unbeaten 57, with the opener accompanied for much of the innings by Hashmatullah Shahidi, whose 34 was the second-highest score of the match.
It was a double success for Afghanistan after they also won 2-0 in last week's Twenty20 series against Ireland.
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