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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Women’s teams from Balkh, Kabul, Bamyan and Herat provinces participated in the tournament.
Officials at the football federation says that soon after the end of the Football Premier League matches, a women’s football league will be launched in Kabul.
The final match of the premier league will be held today between Shaheen Asmayee and Toofan Harirod team in Kabul.

Friday September 20, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The Brisbane Heat has confirmed that Mujeeb Ur Rahman, the Afghanistan spinner, would be returning to the franchise for the 2019-20 edition of the Big Bash League (BBL). The 18-year-old tweaker was one of their star performers last season, having picked up 12 wickets at a league leading economy of 6.04. The team has also roped in chinaman Zahir Khan Pakteen.
Zahir was a part of Afghanistan’s historic victory over Bangladesh in Chattogram and is currently plying his trade for the Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Prior to that, Zahir played for Lancashire in the T20 Blast and was also picked in the 2018 auction for the Indian Premier League (IPL), though he missed out on the latter due to injury.
Going back to Mujeeb, the Young Turk sounded ecstatic by the Heat’s decision to show faith in him. Last time around, the Heat couldn’t qualify for the semis after finishing fifth on the points table. Mujeeb is confident that next time around, the team will try and go further.
“I had so much fun playing at Brisbane Heat in my first year that I really wanted to return when the opportunity came. They are great guys and I hope we can push for the finals this season,” Mujeeb was quoted as saying in Brisbane Heat’s official website.
Zahir also expressed his delight for joining the Heat and getting to play alongside his ‘good friend’ Mujeeb. “This is a very exciting thing for me, especially to be joining the team where my good friend Mujeeb played last year. He told me great things about Brisbane Heat, so I am looking forward to this challenge so much,” Zahir said.
It is a real joy to see players like Mujeeb and Zahir grow, says Lehmann
Darren Lehmann, the head coach of the Brisbane Heat, was over the moon after Mujeeb and Zahir got into the team’s scheme of things. Lehmann, also a former Australian head coach, hailed Afghan cricket as the best thing to have happened to cricket in recent years.
“I think the arrival of Afghanistan in international cricket has been one of the best things to happen to the game in recent years, and it is a real joy to see players like Mujeeb and Zahir grow in stature for their country and show their skills around the world,” Lehmann stated.
Apart from Zahir and Mujeeb, other Afghan cricketers like Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Qais Ahmad have also honed their skills in the BBL. Lehman reckons that playing in the BBL has helped immensely in the development of the Afghan players.
“It’s great that the BBL has played a role in helping with that development with the likes of Mujeeb and now Zahir, joining Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Qais Ahmad in getting starts here,” Lehmann, the former Australian cricketer, added.
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Tuesday September 10, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Rashid Khan claimed 6-49 and completed his maiden 10-wicket haul as Afghanistan defied rain and fading light to beat Bangladesh by a massive 224 runs in the one-off Test in Chittagong.
The 20-year-old grabbed three of the remaining four wickets as Afghanistan took 17.2 overs on the fifth day to bowl out Bangladesh for 173 in the second innings on Monday, after the hosts resumed with 136-6.
Rashid, who became the youngest-ever Test captain in this match, finished the game with 11 wickets which included a first innings haul of 5-54. He also scored 51 a half century in the match and was named Man of the Match, which he dedicated to Mohammad Nabi, who is bidding farewell to Test cricket.
"We are new in this format, so the credit goes to the coaching staff [and] the players the way they prepared for this game, " Rashid said, after Afghanistan secured their first overseas Test victory in what is only their third match.
"Before coming here, we had a camp in Abu Dhabi that was one of the hottest games I have ever had.
"After playing in 46-47 [degrees], when you come in this weather, it is very easy for you.
"We had the best preparation for this game and it was challenging for the batsmen.
"The plan which was given to the players, each and every one – batting, bowling, fielding – everyone just tried and applied himself.
"The youngsters who are coming, they are applying themselves really quickly. They are learning from their mistakes.
"We have a good four-day structure back home, we play ten to 12 four-day matches. That is helping the youngsters get used to the longer format and not just the T20s or ODIs."
Play started on the fifth day at 1pm local time after rain wiped out the first session. It returned in abundance after the visitors bowled just 2.1 overs without being able to inflict any damage on the home side.
Play resumed again at 4.20pm and Afghanistan were given 18.3 overs to bowl out Bangladesh, who were chasing an unlikely target of 398 runs.
Left-arm chinaman Zahir Khan dismissed overnight batsman Shakib Al Hasan in the first ball after the resumption, dealing a serious blow to the home side.
Afsar Zazai took a sharp catch behind the stump to remove Shakib for 44 and then Rashid did the rest.
Rashid trapped Mehidy Hasan dead in front for 12 and dismissed Taijul Islam in the next over for a duck to leave the last wicket pair of Soumya Sarkar and Nayeem Hasan to survive 7.3 overs.
Soumya was the last man dismissed when he flicked Rashid to Ibrahim Zadran at short leg with 20 balls left in the game as Afghanistan completed their second win, after beating Ireland in March.
Bangladesh captain Shakib was full of praise for Afghanistan. "They deserve this victory. After playing for 20 years, we can't say it's a build-up process," he said.
"It's been a while since we played our last Test match, but Afghanistan kept the pressure on us, credit goes to their hard work."
Afghanistan made 342 runs in the first innings, with Rahmat Shah scoring 102, his country's first Test century, before they bowled out Bangladesh for 205 runs to gain a massive 137-run lead.
Teenage debutant Ibrahim Zadran's 87 helped Afghanistan score 260 runs in the second innings, setting a daunting target of nearly 400 runs for Bangladesh.
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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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