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Friday November 30, 2018
Kabul (BNA) Ireland’s first ever Test match will take place in India against Afghanistan, after the schedule for their 2019 tour was revealed on Friday morning.
Graham Ford’s side will face their familiar foes in nine fixtures across February and March next year - with three T20 Internationals and five ODIs preceding a tour-ending Test.
It will be the first of two Test matches in the calendar year for Ireland, with a historic four-day Test scheduled at Lord’s against England from July 24th-27th.
The challenge posed by Afghanistan at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun Uttarakhand will be vastly different to the one waiting in London later in the year.
And Andrew Balbirnie sees March’s Test on the subcontinent as major step forward for Irish cricket, as his side embark on their first tour as a Full Member nation.
The 27-year-old batsman said: “It will no doubt be a test for the entire squad - taking on Afghanistan in subcontinent conditions will require a level of adjustment by both our batting and bowling units.
“As we saw here at home in the summer, Afghanistan are a quality side with some world-class players, and will be a great challenge in their ‘home’ conditions.
“We are fortunate that Graham Ford [head coach has scheduled a batting camp in December which will provide a number of our batsmen with some exposure to those conditions - it will be particularly beneficial for some of the younger guys like Harry Tector and James McCollum who won’t have experienced Indian pitches.”
Following their return from India, Ireland also welcome England back to Malahide for a ODI on May 3rd.
Irishtimes
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Tuesday November 20, 2018 Kabul (BNA) Rashid Khan is confident the Afghan connection between himself and Hazratullah Zazai can help make Maratha Arabians contenders for the T10 League title. Neither Rashid nor Hazratullah played in the inaugural edition of the 10-over competition in Sharjah last year. Back then, Rashid, was well on his way to global stardom, playing a lead role in Australia’s Big Bash League, before going on to be feted as the best short-format spinner in the sport by Sachin Tendulkar at the Indian Premier League. Hazratullah was then largely unknown beyond his own borders in Afghanistan. That all changed, however, when he hit six sixes in one over in a match in the Afghanistan Premier League in Sharjah in October. The fact he had already proved his worth by hitting the only century in that competition, as well as that it happened it at the same venue as where the T10 League, which starts on Wednesday, will played meant he was suddenly highly sought after. Although neither Rashid nor his young colleague have had any experience of T10 cricket as yet, Rashid is confident they can thrive. “It is a totally different format, my first time to be playing the T10 format, and it is totally different cricket,” Rashid said. “I think it will be very entertaining. We have a very good side. I think it will be a game in which everything will happen very quickly. “The smarter and clever you are, the more you will perform. Hopefully we will have a good year. “We have a good balanced team, and with three players from Afghanistan. Hazrat is here, and Najeeb [ullah Zadran]. “We have Kamran Akmal, DJ Bravo. Everyone is very good. It is 10 overs and only one or two batsmen can change the game for you. “Everyone should contribute. Whoever gets the chance should try to go and finish the game, and try 100 per cent.” Maratha Arabians already have enviable power with the bat in the form of Hazratullah, Alex Hales and Akmal, but Rashid believes they could even learn a thing or two from their high-profile coaching staff. Wasim Akram is back in charge of the franchise for a second season, while Virender Sehwag has moved into a coaching capacity after being the lone India player involved last season. Rashid is excited about the prospect of working with both. “I am surprised and happy to be with this side, because there will be lots of things I will be able to learn from them, and get their experience,” Rashid said. “Someone who has been called the ‘Sultan of Swing’, and who has played all over the world, I will try my best to grab that experience from him. “Especially Sehwag, the way he was in batting for India was superb. The job he has done, I think he knows better [than anyone] how to start the innings, from how he has done in the past for India. “It will only be a short time, but I am hoping to learn as much as I can.” Thenational Ansari

Sunday November 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has received the country’s sportsman Ahmad Wali Hotak, who has been recently wounded by unidentified individuals in Kabul city.
According to BNA report, in the meeting the country’s President assured Hotak of investigation regarding the incident and while wishing him recovery asserted that the government would cooperate in connection with his treatment abroad.
 

Monday, November 12, 2018

Charikar (BNA) The construction work of Cricket Gymnasium kick off by governor of Parwan and chairman of Cricket board in that province yesterday.
According to BNA correspondent, in foundation of the ceremony, governor of Parwan Fazluddin Ayar said, cricket is a great achievement for our country, and the national cricketers have been able to raise the Afghanistan flag in the world, and called people in into unity and solidarity, saying that sport strengthen unity among the people.
Azatullah Fazli chairman of cricket board of the country thanking the officials of Parwan province for inviting the land for the cricket office of the central zone of Bandar Amir, the youth has called for unity and mutual cooperation.
On the other hand, the head of Band-e-Amir Cricket board Mir Mubarez said, the central zone of Band-e-Amir is in Parwan province, which includes athletes from Parwan, Panjshir, Kapisa, Bamyan, Daikundi and Wardak provinces.
In the end, Khalil Fazli a member of the provincial council and Ruhullah Sediqi, the Charikar governor are confident in their cooperation in this zone.
According to the officials, 20 Jiribs of land are planned for the construction of a square and cabinet board at the center of Parwan.
T. Yarzada

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