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Saturday May 26, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan on Friday dedicated his man of the match award to those who lost their lives in a blast during a cricket game in his hometown earlier this month. Rashid Khan's virtuoso display with bat (10-ball 34) and ball (3/19) helped Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) beat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 13 runs to book their place in the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) where they will meet Chennai Super Kings on Sunday in Mumbai. "I want to dedicate this award to those who lost their lives in a blast during a cricket game in my hometown back home," Rashid, 19, said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
At least eight people were killed and dozens wounded in a series of blasts during a cricket match in eastern Afghanistan earlier this month. Coming to the match, Rashid helped struggling Hyderabad post 174/7 by scoring bulk of the 50 runs in the last three overs which proved to be the difference at the end as he took three wickets which included the wickets of Chris Lynn (48), Robin Uthappa (2) and Andre Russell (3) to help his team cross the line. "It was much-needed for me, wanted to give my 100 per cent in all departments," Rashid said on his performance.
So far, Rashid has taken 21 wickets in 16 matches. Rashid revealed he started his career as a batsman. "Focus was to just believe in my skills. I was happy with the batting, it was needed in the end. I started my career as a batsman, I believe in my skills and wanted to finish off well. "I just tried to pick the lengths, the focus was to play straight. That was the plan from the senior players. Fielding is one department where you can't make excuses, compared to last year, I've worked really hard in my fielding.
"If I can't contribute with bat or ball, I'm always looking forward to contribute on the field. Modern cricket demands that. I'm working hard on that," he signed off.
An elated Sunrisers skipper Kane Williamson said that Rashid will now be well rested so that he is in fine fettle for the all-important summit clash. "Rashid was brilliant, but he's got another game day after. We'll keep him wrapped up," Williamson said. "Exciting, must-win game, great to go through to the final, important to move on. As a team we fight till the last ball, showed that today. Someone like Rashid is the perfect example of that. Outstanding talent, but a team effort. Lot of the guys chipped in, great team fighting effort which is the attitude we want to see. "One thing we didn't change was our balance, Saha was injured but he came back... was nice to have his experience. Every one of the guys have played a huge part, whether on or off the field," he added.
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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Keys of 27 residential apartments were granted in a program by chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah to members of Afghanistan National Football Team.
The apartments had been considered to honor achievements of the country’s National Football Team during the government of former president Hamid Karzai, but work on the project was completed by NUG.
The apartments granted to members of Afghanistan national football team are in UAE town located in Qasaba area of Kabul.  In a ceremony held Thursday on this occasion with participation of minister of urban development and housing, Sayed Sadat Mansour Nadiri and technical deputy of national football team, Mohammad Yousf Kargar, the country’s chief executive praised the national football team for their achievements in recent years and wished them further success in their upcoming careers.
It is worth mentioning that Afghanistan national football team won South Asia Championship Cup some years ago.
 

Thursday May 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai believes the 'world-class' spinners in his team will pose a serious challenge to the much-vaunted Indian batting line-up in the historic one-off Test in Bengaluru from June 14. Afghanistan will make their much awaited Test debut at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium and Stankizai said the aim is to give a good fight to India, who will be without their regular skipper Virat Kohli. "With or without Kohli, India are a top team and even stronger at home. Kohli is a very big player and we would have enjoyed playing against him," said Stanikzai. "Irrespective of who is playing, everyone knows how tough it is to face India in India. It will be a great learning experience but we are surely not overawed by the challenge. We will be playing to win. We have world-class spinners in our team and they can trouble India." Afghanistan are currently training in Greater Noida but would be travelling to Dehradun later this week ahead of the three-match T20 series against Bangladesh early next month. While coach Phil Simmons has stressed on making his team mentally and physically ready for the five-day challenge, Stanikzai feels adjusting to the Test mode from four-day cricket will not be much of an issue. "We would like to learn from their players and they can learn from ours. Yes we are playing our first Test but we are going into the game with enough first-class experience. We play about 10 four-day games in a year and have won the ICC Intercontinental Cup twice. Tests will be different obviously but I would not say that there is a huge difference," said the veteran of 86 ODIs and 51 T20s. The team's key players -- spinners Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Zadran, and all-rounder Mohammad Nabi -- are currently playing in the IPL. Rashid especially has evolved into a top-quality leg-spinner and a few others including Mujeeb, Zahir Khan and Qais Ahmed too are improving rapidly. "Spin is our strength, there is no doubt about that. We have pacers too, Dawlat and Shapoor Zadran, who can bowl at 140kmph plus speeds. So we have the resources." Any specific reason why Afghanistan producing spinners at a rapid rate? "Our spinners are doing well so that is why most people are talking about them. The wickets in Afghanistan are similar to what you see in India, more helpful to the spinners. That could be one reason. Because of that factor, our batsmen also play spin well," said Stanikzai. He sees the upcoming Afghan T20 league in Sharjah further fast-tracking the growth of the game in the country. "What we would have achieved in 10 years, with the league we could do that within the next three years. Our players will get to rub shoulders with the best in the business. The main thing in international cricket is absorbing pressure and they will get to learn that by playing alongside top foreign players," the 30-year-old added. Dnaindia Ansari

Monday April 23, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Afghan taekwondo girl athletes achieved 8 medals and third position in 10th Fajr International Cup competitions.
Spokesman for directorate of physical education and sport told BNA reporter, Farishta Hussaini, Zahra Hussaini, Taiba Akbari, Asma Bakhuda, Samia Ghulami, Sabera Jafari, Nargis Arfani and Razia Akbari members of Afghan girl taekwondo team, who have participated in the tournament.
Athletes from 12 countries have been participated in 10th Fajr International Cup Competitions, which Iran got first position, Azerbaijan second and fortunately Afghan athletes ranked in third position of the tournament.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

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