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Monday April 3, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Climbing competition was held with participation of dozens climbers in western Herat province.
The competition was launched by climbing federation.
According to another reporter, the sixth round of Ashihara Karate competition was held in Herat province.
In this tournament 90 athletes were participated in Shahid Mirwais stadium, Herat city.
Ustad Mohammad Shafi Sadiqyar head of Ashihara Karate federation told BNA, the competition was held to perform work plan of 1396 and progressing of the sport.
Top athletes have been selected at the end of the tournament and awarded by the leader of mentioned federation.
 

Sunday April 2, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah received national cricket team players yesterday in Hamid Karzai International Airport.
The country’s chief executive called the players as the country’s heroes who have brought happiness and honors to Afghanistan, adding that Afghans were praising and appreciating all players in particular national cricket team for their effort and the honor depended to all Afghans. It is worth mentioning that the country’s national cricket team has defeated Ireland national cricket team in T20, ODI and Intercontinental Cup matches.
 

Saturday April 1, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a telephone conversation with the National Cricket Team players congratulated them for winning the four-day match vs. Ireland in the ICC Intercontinental Cup 2017, his office said in a statement on Thursday.
According to the statement, President Ghani said he commended the efforts made by the national team and that the Afghan people were proud of their national cricketers. The Afghan national cricket team has won five cups in past 97 days, the statement added. Afghanistan defeat Ireland in the ICC Intercontinental Cup on Thursday by an innings and 172 runs in Greater Noida in India, the statement continued. Following this win, Afghanistan is top of the table after the national team’s bowlers produced a superb performance on day 3 to beat Ireland, the statement concluded.
 

Friday March 31, 2017
Kabul (BNA) He's already seen plenty of success in the nine months he's been coach of the Afghanistan team. But in a conversation with TOI, Lalchand Rajput recalls the 'brain fade' that led to his team's narrow defeat at the hands of Zimbabwe in a One-Day International at Harare on February 21. Amid the disappointment, the former India and Mumbai opener believes his boys had learnt their biggest cricketing lesson that day. "We were 107 for four, chasing 130, but lost six wickets for 19 runs to lose the match by three runs, despite 20 overs in the bank," Rajput rues. "All our batsmen went to hit big shots, and kept perishing as a result." `You've to give the bowler respect. You don't have to hit every ball for a boundary. Don't take cricket for granted. It's a game which will make a hero and a zero out of you,' I told them that day. Now, they've realized that no match is won unless you have taken the last wicket or scored the last run. They now look to bat sensibly in the middle."
While such collapses can be put down to inexperience, Afghanistan are still a team full of promise and stand out as the best in the world of associate teams. Having won 11 Twenty20 in Afghanistan players becoming mentally stronger: Lalchand Rajput internationals in a row, they're currently on the best-ever winning streak in this format (England and Ireland earlier held the joint record of eight consecutive T20 wins). The sensational run began during the WorldT20 in March last year when they scored an upset win over eventual champions West Indies in Nagpur. It continued with a 3-0 blanking of Ireland in Greater Noida - their 'home venue' earlier this month. India's contribution to the Asian nation taking rapid strides in cricket goes beyond providing a 'home' for the country's strife-torn cricketers. Having failed in the race to become the India coach, Rajput became Afghanistan's coach last June and since then, the results achieved by Asghar Stanikzai & Co have been remarkable. Under Rajput, Afghanistan began by beating Scotland 1-0 in a two-match ODI series, before drawing 2-2 in a five game ODI series with Ireland (one game rained off). They concluded the three-stop overseas tour with a win in the I-Cup (four-day game against Netherlands).
"The Afghan players understand and can speak in Hindi, so it was easy for me. Our cultures are similar. Initially, though, I'd get the names of the players mixed up," says Rajput. In September last year, Afghanistan travelled to Bangladesh and lost 2-1 to the hosts in an ODI series but bounced back to beat Zimbabwe 3-2 despite the narrow loss in that third game. Next up was a T20I series against UAE, which they swept 3-0, and the 'Desert Cup' which they clinched by winning five games in a row. In the home series against Ireland, Afghanistan have so far beaten the visitors in both the T20 (3-0), and the ODI (3-2) series. "Unlike before, we're winning more consistently now," Rajput says about Afghanistan's upswing. "I've told the batsman to score big. Two of our players (all-rounder Mohammad Nabi and leg-spinner Rashid Khan) will play in the IPL. That has motivated the other players to excel too." One of the first things the 55- year-old stressed on after taking charge was improving the fitness level of the side. "Our boys are mentally becoming stronger now, reading the game better. Their fitness level is better, because I told them that to play a higher grade of cricket, you've to be physically fit. "Since they belong to a strife torn nation, these boys are mentally tough," he feels.
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