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Sunday February 12, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan cricketers will feature in the Indian Premier League auction for the first time ever this year.
As many as five players from Afghanistan, an associate nation, will go under the hammer in Bengaluru on February 20.
The 29-year-old wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Shahzad is seen as a favourite. Last year, Shahzad won the ICC Associate/Affiliate Cricketer of the Year award, becoming the first Afghan player to win such honour. He was also the first Afghanistan player to hit an ODI century when he scored 110 against Netherlands in 2009.
Speaking exclusively to India Today, Ambassador of Afghanistan to India, Shaida Mohammad Abdali, said this will be a big opportunity to boost Afghan cricket. (Ishant Sharma, Eoin Morgan in top base price bracket in IPL 2017 auction)
He also expressed hope that the players would get picked by the franchises.
"Cricket is cementing people to people ties. IPL is a big opportunity to boost Afghanistan cricket. Hope team owners pick players," Abdali told India Today.
Abdali mentioned that there was a huge interest for IPL in his country.
"Tremendous interest in Afghanistan for IPL," he said. (IPL 2017 to start from April 5 as scheduled, confirms Committee of Administrators)
Interestingly, Afghanistan cricket shifted its base from Sharjah to Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh in 2015. The team now uses the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex in Greater Noida as its home ground.

Wednesday February 8, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan national cricket team to face with Zimbabwe national cricket team in 5 one day international matches.
Farid Hotak spokesman of Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) today said BNA reporter, the competitions will be held as soon in Zimbabwe.
Afghanistan national cricket players left Kabul for Zimbabwe to play their first OID match at 16 February 2017, Hotak added.

Wednesday February 8, 2017

Kabul (BNA) In Afghanistan, women are largely prohibited from taking part in sports.
Some women recently are noticing the beginnings of cultural change, but it’s still far from the norm for women pursuing athletic endeavors to be widely accepted. That, however, has not deterred a group of young women and girls in Western Kabul from studying Wushu, based on the ancient Chinese martial art of Kung Fu. Self-defense is the obvious practical application for the study of Wushu, but Sima Azimi, the 20-year-old instructor who leads the Shaolin Wushu club, says there’s something deeper to the martial art. “It’s really effective for body and soul,” she told Reuters in a recent profile.
Azimi learned Kung Fu in Iran, where she was a top competitor and won a gold and bronze medal in competitions. “I am working with Afghan girls to strengthen their abilities and I love to see Afghan girls improve the way other girls have improved in the world,” she said. “My ambition is to see my students take part in international matches and win medals for their country.” The girls, pushing cultural boundaries the way they are, are routinely subjected to abuse and harassment for the love of their sport. But that hardly discourages them from breaking down gender barriers. Reuters put together a Twitter moment of photos showing the girls training, and the series of images puts on full display the girls’ talents and dedication.
NY Times

Wednesday February 8, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghan Mix Martial Art fighters got first position of Tajikistan competition.
Munawar Shah Shahzad in-charge of publication in National Olympic Committee told BNA reporter, the competitions with participation of MMA athletes from eight countries was held in Dushanbe city capital of Tajikistan, in which Afghan MMA fighters with three victories got first position of the tournament and Tajikistan with two victories stopped in second position.
In the mentioned competitions seven MMA athletes were participated from Afghanistan, Shahzad added.
Nasratullah Akhunzada at the weight of 70 kg, Nesar Ahmad Watandost at the weight of 84 kg and Bukhtawar Dawlat succeeded to defeat their Tajikistani and Uzbekistani rivals in the tournament.

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