23 January 2018

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Friday October 6, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan under-19 national cricket team has defeated Bangladesh under-19 national cricket team by 45 runs.
First Afghan players started batting that by losing all wickets succeeded to target 134 runs in 45 overs.
Then Bangladesh cricket team with losing all wickets could to obtain 88 runs in 30 overs.
Mujeb Zadran Afghan cricket player oust seven wickets from rival team.

Wednesday October 4, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Such is Rashid Khan's popularity that even a suicide blast at Kabul's main cricket stadium couldn't keep his fans away -- and the teenager is now eyeing the sport's big prizes as his international profile grows.
The 19-year-old leg spinner started playing with a tennis ball in the remote and poor province of Nangarhar, but he has now starred in the Indian Premier League and will soon make his debut in Australia's Big Bash League.
At last month's Shpageeza Cricket League, Afghanistan's Twenty20 domestic tournament, he became the youngest player to take 100 T20 wickets as he helped the Band-e-Amir Dragons to victory.
Khan's success has helped elevate cricket's profile in Afghanistan, where most players were introduced to the sport in refugee camps in Pakistan after fleeing the 1979-1989 Soviet occupation.
Even after a suicide bomber blew himself up within meters of the Kabul stadium, killing three people, Khan's fans continued to flock to watch him play.
They waved the Afghan national flag and chanted songs for Khan, some showing their devotion by painting his name on their bodies.
"I play cricket to bring victories for my country and to make Afghanistan proud on the world stage," Khan told AFP in an interview in Kabul.
This year, Khan became the first Afghan to play in the lucrative IPL, and he will also be the first from his country in the Big Bash League when he turns out for the Adelaide Strikers in December.
Adelaide Strikers coach Jason Gillespie hailed Rashid's signing as a "major coup" when it was announced last month.
"Rashid has set the world alight in T20 cricket with his energy, enthusiasm, and great control for a young guy," Gillespie said.
"He has some great variations, can bowl stump-to-stump and can be very hard to pick."
Khan was born during the Taliban's 1996-2001 rule, when sport was considered a distraction from religious studies.
He learned cricket by studying the techniques of Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar and Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi on television, and then practising outside in the dirt with his brothers using a tennis ball.
Khan, one of 12 children, began his professional career in Afghanistan's domestic league where his deceptive bowling technique soon caught the attention of national selectors. At 17, he made his international debut against Zimbabwe.
Since then Khan has been on a rollercoaster ride, taking 63 wickets in 29 one-day internationals, including the fourth best figures in one-day history -- seven for 18 against the West Indies in June.
He is also the first bowler to take a hat-trick in the T20 Caribbean Premier League, when playing for the Guyana Amazon Warriors.
"Now I want to play against the world's best and to challenge the best teams on their home turf," said Khan.
Khan's ascension to cricket poster boy in Afghanistan has coincided with the sport's stunning revival in the country.
Afghanistan was catapulted into the elite club of Test nations in June and made its landmark debut at Lord's the following month.
- Top six -
"I want to bring Afghanistan the cricket World Cup -- this is the ultimate goal of my life," said Khan, a comment that may not be as far-fetched as it sounds.
Former England captain Adam Hollioake, who coached one of the six teams in Afghanistan's domestic T20 tournament last month, believes the country "could be top six in the world" within a decade.
"I really believe the talent and passion is here in this country," Hollioake told AFP.
Afghanistan Cricket Board chief executive Shafiqullah Stanekzai told AFP he was optimistic about the sport's future in the country.
Cricket is going "from strength to strength" and there are plans to build five international-standard stadiums over the next three years, he said.
"We need five stadiums with capacity of between 15,000 and 30,000 as it is obvious that cricket is the number one sport and we have so many people coming to the grounds even in our domestic games," he said.
As the Taliban insurgency marks its 16th anniversary, ethnic divisions deepen and civilian casualties rise, cricket could serve a greater purpose than just entertainment, said Khan.
"I believe the game of cricket... is a binding force and brings many ethnic groups together and can restore peace and stability to Afghanistan," he said.

Monday October 2, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Afghan-born forward will make the switch from Portland Thorns in deal which runs to the end of 2019.
Having also plied her trade at Sky Blue FC and the Blues’ Champions League opponents Fortuna Hjorring amongst others, Nadim signs for Nick Cushing’s side, eager to embark on a new challenge on what has been an incredible life and career journey. Nadim told CityTV: "It feels awesome and fantastic to be a part of this club... I feel honoured and humble to be in this situation. "This Club is doing so much for women's football, they are a pioneer in the women's game and I want to be a part of that. I know the Club has such big ambition, one of them is winning the Champions League so it wasn't a difficult choice for me. "I was born in Afghanistan and we fled the country because of the war, and had to restart my life in Denmark. I'm happy that I got a second chance.
"I started playing football for real in the refugee centre in Denmark and it became an obsession really fast. From then until now I feel the same way." Nadim’s path into football is as inspirational as it is unique. Aged 12, she fled her native Afghanistan with her mother and four sisters via cargo truck after her father was killed by the Taliban and set up home in Denmark. There, as her family made a new life for themselves – free from restriction - she discovered her passion for the beautiful game. Close to her refugee camp, a local team trained and she – along with her sisters and friends – would watch the sessions and practice themselves recreationally
With two of her sisters in tow, Nadim eventually asked to join in, sparking a life-changing moment and igniting what would become a truly incredible career. Her natural goal scoring ability shone through on the very first practice and ‘the Nadim sisters’ were soon featuring for the local seven-a-side team. They then trialed for B-52 – one of the best team’s in the country, upon their coach’s suggestion, and are snapped up, with the Club offering to sponsor the cost of travel to secure their participation.
Nadim’s career continued to blossom. At 18, she signed professionally for IK Skovbakken and the family make the move to Aarhus. Having represented Denmark at youth level, the nation then pleaded with the FIFA to make an exception to their rule which declared a player must have lived in a country for five years before gaining eligibility to play for the national team. An exception is granted. Grateful for the chance of education, Nadim enrolled into the local university to pursue her second dream of becoming a reconstructive surgeon, whilst playing professionally for Skovbakken and then Fortuna Hjorring, where she made a name for herself as a prolific forward.
When Sky Blue FC learned of her talents, she was offered the chance to pursue her career in America – and she jumped at the chance, whilst continuing her studies. She then joined the prestigious Portland Thorns where she completed the 2016 campaign as top scorer and helping the Club to the NWSL Shield.

Sunday October 01, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Editor's Note: Over 40,000 Rohingya refugees are living in India. The Government of India's recent announcement to deport them back to Myanmar has worried not just the Rohingya but also refugees from other parts of the world now living in Delhi. In the third part of this four-part series, Firstpost looks into the condition of Afghan refugees living in the nation's capital.
“My mother’s glowing description of Afghanistan and its various ethnic groups made me envision the country as a virtual candy land: Different tribes of people dispersed through various parts of the country, making it a land of diverse beauty and kindness. It was not until I was older that I read about the ethnic divisions and bloody rivalries. I almost felt betrayed by the truth. As the years went on and one war in Afghanistan turned into another, brother and I no longer heard the words ‘When we return’….” Atia Abawi writes in the introduction to her book The Secret Sky: A Novel of Forbidden Love in Afghanistan.
In 2001, American and British forces dropped one bomb after another on the golden soil on which the Taliban had been born and bred. After the 9/11 attack, it became America’s strategic priority to destroy the radical fundamentalist state which backed the Al-Qaeda. The invasion began with an aerial bombing of Taliban and Al-Qaeda outfits in Kabul, Kandahar, Jalalabad, Konduz and Mazar-e-Sharif. But can a bomb that drops from a great height distinguish between the Taliban and civilians?
Today, 16 years after that story began, the 2016 factsheet of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) states it registered 14,464 refugees from Afghanistan in India.
On the first day of a sunny autumn in New Delhi, Firstpost met up with some boys from Afghanistan. Hasib Frotan said he left Kabul with his family in 2006. He finished his education from the National Institute of Open Schooling. He now works as a ‘community animator’ at a center of learning run jointly by the BOSCO Organization for Social Concern and Operation, a socio-legal information center that is a partner of the UNHCR.
“We have nearly 600 Afghan students who learn English, Hindi, computers and vocational skills at our center in Bhogal,” said Hasib. There are four such centers in the capital. Hasib shared with Firstpost the story of how he waited for a year to get his long-term visa. It turned out to be valid for just one day. After that, he had to reapply for the visa and begin the process anew.
“I wonder why they call it a long-term visa. For securing this visa, we have to provide rent agreements which landlords don’t give us easily because the moment we tell them we are Afghans, they think we’re terrorists.”
Ibrahim is playing football in a silky Pathani suit with patches of sweat all over it. He spoke Hindi fluently. He said that was because he lived in Karachi for a couple of years before he crossed over to the Indian side. "Most young boys while away their time at home," Ibrahim said.
While most boys on the ground were from Kabul, one young man stepped forward and introduced himself as Shadab from Badakhshan Province, which is in the farthest northeastern part of the country between Tajikistan and northern Pakistan. He added that girls are not allowed to study back home and are often threatened by the Taliban, while the men are forced to join a Sunni Islamic fundamentalist movement. It is safer for us to stay here, confessed Ibrahim.
The two women in the group, Sarah and Farida, who were sitting on benches not too far away, told Firstpost they got to India only in 2016. While the 20-year-old Sarah said she wanted to continue her study and attend college, Farida said her school-going children were finding it difficult to cope because they couldn't speak English or Hindi.
Hasib and some others in the football squad run the Yuva Youth Group which makes documentaries, organizes workshops and health camps, and keeps the Afghan youth in India engaged. On the group's Facebook page, one finds notices about Yoga camps, announcements about Muay Thai classes and messages of peace and togetherness conveyed through art.
The Afghan youth are looking to find their own voice on social issues. On the group's YouTube channel, they've uploaded a short film on violence which states that sexual and gender-based violence isn’t just a problem for women: 72 percent of men don't report violence against them.
The Afghan youth seem more hopeful than their Burmese, Syrian and Iraqi counterparts. Much of this can be chalked up to India's friendly relations with Afghanistan.
Earlier this year, India announced liberalization of visa measures for Afghan nationals. One of the new provisions is a multiple-entry business visa valid for up to five years. Both India and Afghanistan have made attempts at improving bilateral trade and India has offered assistance to Afghan National Defense and Security Forces in fighting terror and narcotics trade.
India has also extended its support toward the 116 high-impact community development projects in the areas of education, health, agriculture, flood control and drinking water. The UNHCR’s website reported in 2006 that Hindu and Sikh Afghans who had been living as refugees in India were being granted Indian citizenship.
An article on the website states “So far, 13 Afghan refugees, 12 of whom are of Hindu and Sikh faiths, have been naturalized as Indian citizens. This has raised hopes among the other 8,500 Afghan refugees of the Hindu and Sikh faith who have been residing in India for more than 12 years, the minimum number of years of residency required needed to apply. Some have already taken the first step, with 57 applications received in February 2006, the highest number to date for any individual month.” A 2016 factsheet of the UNHCR stated there were 38 naturalized Hindu-Sikh Afghans in India.
In 2016, UNHCR India’s website published the success story of Zameera, Naadirah, Zeenat and Sania who, with assistance from ACCESS, a national livelihoods promotion organization that partners with the UNHCR, set up a catering venture called Ilham (meaning: A source of inspiration). These women overcame the trauma of having to start over and not only rediscovered their heritage, but learnt how to turn it into income, which helped put their children through school.
Somewhere in the heart of the average Afghan refugee in India, reverberates the popular Afghan proverb: Ba'd az har tariki, roshanai ast.
After every kind of darkness, there is light.

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