22 September 2018

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Monday, September 03, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The Selection Committee of Afghanistan Cricket Board on Sunday announced a 17 member squad for the upcoming Asia Cup which will begin from September 15.
Commenting on the squad composition, Chief Selector Nawroz Mangal said that young wicket-keeper batsman Munir Ahmad has been included in the squad after his impressive performance in domestic cricket including Ghani Amanullah Khan One-Day Cup.
“We added Munir as a wicket-keeper batsman because he performed well in other national teams including U19 team, emerging and Afghanistan A team,” he said as cited in a statement released by ACB.
Noticeable changes from the squad against Ireland in the recent ODI series include the recall of bowling all-rounder Sharafuddin Ashraf to the squad and exclusion of opening batsman Hazratullah Zazai.
Mangal showed confidence that the team would continue to perform well beyond the Asia Cup and in the lead up to the 2019 ICC Cricket World.
Responding to a question about fast bowler Dawlat Zadran, Mangal said, “The health reports we have received about Dawlat Zadran indicate that he has still not fully recovered, and he would continue to undergo treatment over the next few weeks.  Therefore, he has not been included in the squad.”
“Selection of the squad was not an easy task as we witnessed commendable performances from players in different national team setups including Under-19, A and Emerging teams that recently plaed several matches against each other,” said Abdul Wali Amin, a member of the ACB Selection Committee.
Asia Cup will be played from 15th – 28th September in UAE.  Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka from Group B while Pakistan and India will be joined by third team that will be decided after the Asia Cup Qualifiers.  It will be Afghanistan’s first Asia Cup after obtaining Full Member status of the International Cricket Council in June 2017.
Squad: Ashar Afghan ©, Mohammad Shahzad (WK) , Javed Ahmadi, Ihsanullah Janat, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Munir Ahmad, Mohmmad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Aftab Alam, Sayed Shirzad and Wafadar.
 

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The Afghanistan Rugby National Team defeated Pakistan during a Rugby match in Jakarta Palembang 2018 Asian Games, the National Olympics Committee said Saturday.
Officials in the National Olympics Committee are saying that the Afghan team managed to score 15 points to secure a victory against the 7 points scored by the National Rugby team of Pakistan.
The officials further added that the National Rugby team of Afghanistan had earlier defeated the United Arab Emirates Rugby team 36-0.
However, the Afghan Rugby had faced defeats from Sri Lanka and Korea during the earlier games played as part of the Asian Games in Indonesia.
The officials are saying that the National Rugby of Afghanistan will play its final match in the Asian Games later today against Indonesia.
The Afghan Rugby team would secure the 9th position if they defeated the host Indonesia.
This comes as Afghanistan had major achievements in cricket, Football, Basket, and some other sports during the recent year.
KP
 

Saturday September 1, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan national cricket team recorded a convincing eight wickets win in the deciding Gulbahar ODI at Stormont on Friday to seal a 2-1 series victory over Ireland.
According to BNA report, for the first time in the series Ireland cricket team winning the toss and batted first, for the first time in the series, but struggled to build any momentum and lost wickets at regular intervals.
Ireland's batsmen were finding spin bowling hard to play against and were all out for 124 in just 36.1 overs.
Rashid Khan, 19, took three wickets for 18 runs while Mohammad Nabi and Gulbuddin Naib took two wickets apiece.
Then, Afghanistan easily chased down, reaching 127 for the loss of just two wickets inside 24 overs at Stormont.
Ihsanullah Janat top-scored with an unbeaten 57, with the opener accompanied for much of the innings by Hashmatullah Shahidi, whose 34 was the second-highest score of the match.
It was a double success for Afghanistan after they also won 2-0 in last week's Twenty20 series against Ireland.
M.A.Ansari
 

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Sussex have re-signed Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan for the first half of the 2019 Twenty20 Blast group stage.
After initially signing a deal for the first half of this year’s group stage, Rashid extended his stay after pulling out of the Caribbean Premier League.
The 19-year-old took 17 wickets at an average of 14.35 to help Sussex to a first quarter-final since 2015. “I’m jumping for joy at the prospect of having Rashid back for us next year,” said Sussex head coach Jason Gillespie. “I can’t speak highly enough of the young man, his performances and how he fitted into our dressing room. He was brilliant for Sussex.” Subject to international clearance, Rashid will play for the Sharks until the start of next year’s Caribbean Premier League.
BBC
 

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