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Sunday May 7, 2017

Kabul (BNA) In sharp contrast to various sports like football or athletics, cricket does not exactly welcome newcomers.
The underlying reason behind the sense of skepticism emanates from the difficulty of coming to terms with the game’s intricacies, especially for those who have not risen through the ranks on the back of solid technical foundation. The inadequacy of the International Cricket Council (ICC) cannot be the sole begrudging reason behind cricket’s lack of expansion beyond the Commonwealth and its fundamental powers. The game is structured in such a way that outsiders invariably find it difficult to coerce the attention towards them. On a pertinent note, Afghanistan’s arrival as a viable cricket team is a story that makes one sit up and take notice. Unlike those motley crews of the vast majority of the other Associate nations, their journey has been built around a bunch of home-grown players whose dedication to the team’s cause is unwavering even at the face of turbulence.
Not too long ago, they were wading through the divisional rungs of World Cricket League (WCL). From taking on the likes of Jersey at an obscure ground in a fifth division game during 2008, Afghanistan have now graduated to hosting Full Members at a blossoming stadium in their adopted home of Greater Noida. But, are they getting enough international cricket to hone their skills and become better with each game? For Afghanistan, cricket is not just a game between bat and ball. It’s a form of expression that captures the tranquility of joy. Having absorbed the maiden brushes in make-shift grounds as well as refugee camps, their tryst has been built on avidity rather than assiduity. The country is plagued by political instability as well as financial uncertainty. Yet, when they take the field, the Afghan cricketers envisage a dream sustained by hope. The zeal inside them often fills the stadium with uninhibited enchantment. It does not come across as any surprise that the core of their game stems from the other side of the Khyber Pass.
Pakistan’s archetypical flamboyance and nonchalance have helped carve a niche for themselves in the global scene. A mélange of naturally attacking batsmen, quirky spinners and brash fast bowlers combine together to concoct a delicious display of entertaining cricket. Ironically, the modern-day Pakistan team has inexplicably shifted towards a sedate batting approach and traded exuberance for patience in the bowling department at a time when Afghanistan are furthering their ambition. Perhaps, a Zarbul Masalha proverb can explain the delicacy of the situation. 22 of their previous 25 ODIs were against Zimbabwe, Ireland and Scotland. Possessing the necessary ingredients to charm and compete, the Afghans deserve a regular diet of international matches against the higher-ranked sides. Experiencing the thrust in momentum at critical moments will hold them in good stead if and when they receive the coveted Test status. In cricket, Test status is not just seen as the opportunity to play the highest format of the game but also an entry into the realms of veneration. Following their crushing victory against Ireland at the end of March, Afghanistan secured top spot in ICC’s Intercontinental Cup.
If all goes to plan, a 4-match face-off against the bottom-ranked Test side (currently Zimbabwe) beckons in their bid to gain ultimate recognition. The challenge will only begin when they get there. As evidenced by Bangladesh’s well-documented struggles from the moment of joining the Test fold till the early part of this decade, climbing up can be an arduous task. However, the Lankan example during the late 80s and early 90s suggests that the process can also grant succor as long as the proper pathway is entailed. Among the major reasons behind Sri Lanka’s quicker proficiency of the red-ball format lay in a relatively robust domestic structure dating back to the days of yore. Since Afghanistan’s primary regional competition was awarded the first-class status only this year, the standards have not been set yet. In its current state, the Ahmad Shah Abdali tournament might not be enough for the upcoming players who aspire to rub shoulders with the best in the business.
It might not hurt if the leading Asian boards in Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) allow some of the most propitious Afghan players to participate in their respective first-class events in order to gain vital experience. Factoring into account every permutation and combination, the procedure to juxtapose next to the big ticket teams can be a long drawn one. If Afghanistan were to become a shining light in the battle against the pessimists, then they need to be allowed to extend and enrich the game. “And what he greatly thought, he nobly dared.” Afghanistan’s meteoric rise bears a strong resemblance to Homer’s immortal words in Odyssey. Devoid of an established structure back home, they have battled long odds and emerged as one of the most promising teams in the fledgling arena. It’s time for the powers that be to keep the flames alive by helping them assimilate completely into the cricket world.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Deputy ministry of youth affairs for information and culture appreciated ten sportsmen of the country.
These top sportsmen who have brought honors to the country were granted appreciation letters of deputy ministry of youth affairs for information and culture.
Deputy Minister of youth affairs for information and culture Dr. Kamal Sadat while distributing the certificates said they were proud of youth who have brought medals to the country and it was their right to be appreciated.
He asserted that deputy ministry of youth affairs has supported Afghan young sportsmen and would continue this support.
Receiving appreciation letters, free fight sportsman Baz Mohammad Mubariz thanked deputy ministry of youth affairs for supporting Afghanistan young sportsmen, saying that the message of sportsmen was peace and solidarity.

Saturday May 6, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Wednesday announced banning three players from participation in domestic and international events. Najibullah Tarakai, Aftab Alam, and Noor-ul-Haq Malikzai were banned for breaches of discipline during the domestic tournament, Million Cup, a statement from the board said. The ACB Disciplinary Committee took the decision based on an investigation into the umpire’s report. Tarakai has been banned for 10 months, according to the statement. Alam has been suspended for four months and Haq for two months. Not allowed to play domestic cricket and international cricket, they have also been deprived of privileges from ACB. According to the statement, the three players have been given two days to submit logical objections to the decision. Earlier, Tarakai hit Farid Malik with the bat and broke his nose. Similarly, Alam negatively reacted to the umpire’s decision during Million Cup, the ACB statement said. It is the first time ACB has banned players on disciplinary grounds.
Nesar Ahmad Askarzada

Saturday April 8, 2017

Kabul (BNA) It is supposed that Afghanistan national cricket team to play with England national cricket team in One Day International match.
Farid Hotak spokesman of Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) told BNA reporter, the match to be held between the teams on July 11, 2017 in Marylebone Cricket Club, Lorday stadium, England.  
Recently Afghanistan cricket team had great achievements and won the champion of several cricket cups.
Afghanistan cricket board trying to obtain the full membership of International Cricket Council (ICC) during the current year, Hotak added.

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