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Monday September 9, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Former Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi has announced his decision to retire from Test cricket after the ongoing one-off match against Bangladesh.
The 34-year-old seasoned all-rounder, who has featured in three Test matches for Afghanistan, including the landmark maiden game against India last year, will continue to play white-ball cricket.
He wants the country's youngsters to take centre stage in the longest format.
"Test cricket is an important format that every cricketer wants to play. I have served Afghanistan for the last 18 years. It was my dream as well to help Afghanistan obtain Test status and that dream is realised now," Nabi said in a video message released by the Afghanistan Cricket Board.
"We have a maximum of 1-2 Test per year and I want, instead of me that a young player gets to play, since the emerging youngsters are playing well in domestic cricket. I want them to get the chance they deserve so that we have a good Test team in the future as well."
Nabi has played an important role in the rise of Afghanistan cricket at the world stage in recent years, featuring in the country' first-ever Test, T20I and ODI.
Besides featuring in his side's first Test win, a seven-wicket victory in Dehradun over fellow red-ball newcomers Ireland in March this year, Nabi is also a regular in the in T20 circuit including playing in the IPL and the Big Bash League. He will continue to represent his side in the shorter formats of the game.
"I will strive to play ODIs and T20Is for Afghanistan as long as I am able to," he said.
Nabi has played 121 ODIs and amassed 2,699 runs while scalping 128 wickets. In 68 T20Is, he has 1,161 runs with a best of 89. He bagged 69 wickets in the shortest format of the game.
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Saturday, September 7, 2019
Kabul (BNA) All-rounder Rahmat Shh on Thursday become the first cricketer from Afghanistan to score a test century.
Shah achieved the feat during Afghanistan’s one-off Test match against Bangladesh.  The right-handed batsman smashed 102 runs in 187 balls before returning to the pavilion.
Earlier in the day, Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat first.
The Afghan side kept losing wickets at regular intervals and at a point, they were 77 for the loss of three wickets when Shah came into bat.
Shah, along with Asghar Afghan, stitched a 120-run stand to revive Afghani hopes in the match.
Spinner Rashid Khan also created history on Thursday as he became the youngest cricketer to lead a side in the longest format of the game and break a 15-year old record.
Afghanistan has scored 271 runs for the loss of five wickets at the end of play on the day one.  For Bangladesh, Tajul Islam and Nayeem Hasan bagged two wickets each while Mahmudullah picked one wicket.

Saturday August 31, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan under-17 women’s national football team has defeated Chandigarh U-17 women’s football team in Subroto-India International Cup Competitions.
According to BNA report, Afghanistan U-17 women football team succeeded to beat Chandigarh U-17 women’s national football team 3-0.
It is supposed that Afghanistan U-17 women’s national football team in his second match to face with New Delhi U-17 women’s football team tomorrow.
Subroto international cup held by India every year.
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Friday August 30, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Rashid Khan believes that the experience of competing at the Cricket World Cup in the summer in England was invaluable for him and his teammates - despite all nine matches ending in defeat.
The Afghans, making only their second appearance at the 50-over tournament, ended up bottom of the group table with no points for their endeavors in England and Wales.
But Rashid, speaking in Abu Dhabi, as he and his teammates prepare for a tour of Bangladesh next month, was upbeat on how the competition had played out for them.
“They were all tough games but we learnt a lot from the experience," he said. "We learnt what it takes to be on the big stage in terms of preparations.
“Of course, we have a lot of areas that need to improve but that’s our plan for the future. I’m sure we will improve when we play more games against the established countries.”
To say that Afghanistan's time at the World Cup was a mixed bag would be something of an understatement.
They gave Pakistan a big scare at Headingley, losing by three wickets as their more experienced opponents were grateful for an unbeaten 49 from Imad Wasim to see them home in the final over.
India were also given a fright as excellent bowling restricted Virat Kohli's side to 224-8 in Southampton, and it took a last over hat-trick from Mohammed Shami to foil their run chase as they fell 11 runs short.
But they conceded the highest score of the tournament against eventual champions England in Manchester, hit for 397-6 as they went down by 150 runs.
Rashid, who has been appointed captain of Afghanistan across all three formats of the game following the World Cup, said he was aware of which areas need working on.
“We were a bit inconsistent, particularly in our batting,” said Rashid. “But look, as the least experienced side from the 10 teams in the World Cup we can take a lot of positives forward.
“We got beat pretty badly in some games but we also came close to upsetting a couple of big teams.
"Our batting was one of the main concerns but scoring 288 against the West Indies was another high point in the World Cup."
There were some tough moments for Rashid personally.
He suffered the ignominy of being struck for 11 sixes, the most by a bowler in a World Cup match, against England as he went for 0-110, which was also a competition record, off nine overs at Manchester.
He took six wickets in the tournament and admitted that he had not been surprised that he and his fellow Afghan bowlers had toiled at times.
“The World Cup is the biggest stage and it’s always hard against the best players from around the world,” he said.
“I’m working on the consistency of my deliveries, mainly to bowl a good line and length. The more I play the better I become, I think.
"I want to bowl in good length areas which I always wanted to do.”
Attention has now moved on to the upcoming tour of Bangladesh, with Rashid and his teammates spending time in Abu Dhabi training in preparation.
It is not just his bowling that Rashid is working on ahead of the upcoming action.
“I want to contribute as much as I can for the team,” he said. “If I can score some runs to supplement with my bowling, it can be valuable for my team.”
Afghanistan's tour begins on Sunday with a two-day match against a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI in Chattogram.
They then play only their third Test match in their history against Bangladesh from September 5.
That is then followed by a triangular Twenty20 series between the home nation and Zimbabwe that will take place from September 14-21, with games in Dhaka and Chattogram.
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