Afghanistan news April 29, 2011

Peshawar to host tournament for Afghanistan cricketers

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Rashid Latif, the Afghanistan coach, hopes a tournament arranged in Pakistan's border city of Peshawar will unearth new talent for his side. The tournament will feature six teams named after provinces in Afghanistan, with each team featuring three players from the national side.

Afghanistan have become the fastest-rising Associate team after refugees escaping years of war fled to Pakistan and discovered a love for cricket. "We are playing a tournament of three-day matches in Peshawar followed by a Twenty20 and then a one-day tournament, and I hope these events will help us find more players," Latif told AFP.

Latif, the former Pakistan wicketkeeper, took over as Afghanistan coach last year and helped them win the four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup, before guiding them to a shock win over Pakistan in the Asian Games Twenty20 semi-finals.

In recent years Afghanistan has leapt up to Division One in the World Cricket League, which gave them one-day status, and they have since qualified for the World Twenty20 held in the West Indies last year. Latif hopes that the new tournament will help secure the progress the country has made.

"We have also included the Afghanistan Under-19 team so that they can prepare for the qualifying round of the junior World Cup," Latif said.

Afghanistan's Under-19 team won an Asian qualifying event in the UAE earlier this year and stands a good chance of qualifying for the Under-19 World Cup in Australia next year.

Ahmed Taqseem, who is on the Afghanistan Cricket Board's technical committee, felt the facilities available in Pakistan will help the Afghanistan side develop.

"The facilities provided in Peshawar are world-class so playing here will give our players a chance to improve and this is a great help from Pakistan," he said. "We realise that in order to improve at an international level we need to strengthen our domestic setup and we are endeavouring to do that."

Cricketing relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan are strong, with a six-member delegation from the Afghanistan Cricket Board meeting PCB chairman Ijaz Butt on Friday. Butt pledged that Pakistan would provide any support needed to develop Afghanistan cricket and appointed Amir Nawab as a coordinator for Afghanistan.

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  • AkmalFan on April 30, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    Good for Afghanistan Cricket Team.

  • khan_don on April 30, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    well good new for both the countries..Afghanistan will be looking for new fresh talent while pakistan can get back to hosting intrnational cricket...

  • PAKISTAN.CRICKET.TEAM on April 30, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    We should thanx Afghanistan cricketers that they are willing to play in our country as this shows that they believe our country is safe. Pakistan Zindabad Good luck for both teams because we know that afghans support Pakistan in Worldcup and other matches. In my opinion Pak,Afg and Bang should work together to show the world that we are united. One of us three has to win the WC in 2015 Inshallah

  • TAREEKH on April 30, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    As a matter of fact, Afghanistan Cricket is good because of Pakistan Cricket effects as always, therefore this kind of tournaments will further improve their Cricket team and this is very good chance for new talented players... Good luck Afghanistan Cricket Team. continue your success.......................... Tariq Safi

  • badaboom on April 30, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    Kudos to the PCB for allowing the Afghan team to make use of their cricketing facilities which is invaluable. Latif's mentoring role will be all important and will enable the Afghans to continue making inroads in their quite remarkable journey. Also nice to see that despite all the recent adversity they have faced, the Pakistanis are nonetheless reaching out to their Afghan brothers.

  • D.V.C. on April 30, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    Agree with Ahson Afzal, Afghanistan would be one of the few countries willing to play in Pakistan. It's to the mutual benefit of both countries to play a series there.

  • on April 30, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    great for Afghans, I hope they keep respecting Rashid Latif for he is doing not the way the treated Kabir Khan because he was the one who took afghans to the next level. great stuff

  • on April 30, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    This is great, I hope the tournament is a success. I can't help but to point out the sad irony that no cricket team wants to play in Pakistan for security reasons, yet Afghanistan is playing there because Pakistan is a safer place to hold such tournament. I know that the article didn't suggest that security was the reason for holding the tournament in Pakistan, but I believe if security in Afghanistan was better, we would have the facilities and wouldn't need to go to Pakistan.

  • on April 30, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    Pakistan is the only one country helping afghan cricket so thank you PCB but I don't understand why BCCI doesn't do nothing

  • on April 30, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    that is excellent, PCB should think of arranging trianggular series with pakistanm afghanistan and ireland

    I am sure both afghanistan and ireland are willing to visit pakistan !

  • AkmalFan on April 30, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    Good for Afghanistan Cricket Team.

  • khan_don on April 30, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    well good new for both the countries..Afghanistan will be looking for new fresh talent while pakistan can get back to hosting intrnational cricket...

  • PAKISTAN.CRICKET.TEAM on April 30, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    We should thanx Afghanistan cricketers that they are willing to play in our country as this shows that they believe our country is safe. Pakistan Zindabad Good luck for both teams because we know that afghans support Pakistan in Worldcup and other matches. In my opinion Pak,Afg and Bang should work together to show the world that we are united. One of us three has to win the WC in 2015 Inshallah

  • TAREEKH on April 30, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    As a matter of fact, Afghanistan Cricket is good because of Pakistan Cricket effects as always, therefore this kind of tournaments will further improve their Cricket team and this is very good chance for new talented players... Good luck Afghanistan Cricket Team. continue your success.......................... Tariq Safi

  • badaboom on April 30, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    Kudos to the PCB for allowing the Afghan team to make use of their cricketing facilities which is invaluable. Latif's mentoring role will be all important and will enable the Afghans to continue making inroads in their quite remarkable journey. Also nice to see that despite all the recent adversity they have faced, the Pakistanis are nonetheless reaching out to their Afghan brothers.

  • D.V.C. on April 30, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    Agree with Ahson Afzal, Afghanistan would be one of the few countries willing to play in Pakistan. It's to the mutual benefit of both countries to play a series there.

  • on April 30, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    great for Afghans, I hope they keep respecting Rashid Latif for he is doing not the way the treated Kabir Khan because he was the one who took afghans to the next level. great stuff

  • on April 30, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    This is great, I hope the tournament is a success. I can't help but to point out the sad irony that no cricket team wants to play in Pakistan for security reasons, yet Afghanistan is playing there because Pakistan is a safer place to hold such tournament. I know that the article didn't suggest that security was the reason for holding the tournament in Pakistan, but I believe if security in Afghanistan was better, we would have the facilities and wouldn't need to go to Pakistan.

  • on April 30, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    Pakistan is the only one country helping afghan cricket so thank you PCB but I don't understand why BCCI doesn't do nothing

  • on April 30, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    that is excellent, PCB should think of arranging trianggular series with pakistanm afghanistan and ireland

    I am sure both afghanistan and ireland are willing to visit pakistan !

  • tick on April 30, 2011, 1:52 GMT

    its good for afghanistan..we have always helped afghan cricket..allowed them to play in our domestic as a team..and they played a lot of matches against clubs from all over pakistan..thumbs up to both pcb and afghan cricket

  • on April 30, 2011, 0:40 GMT

    Now this tournment can help afghanistan to pick up some new talented faces and hope ICC include some full Mem matches too in the fixtures.. Bst of luck afghan,one daY will come and dat day is not dat much far,u guys vl see the boys in blue beating the top team.

  • shahidmahmood on April 30, 2011, 0:09 GMT

    Good for Pakistan to prove that they can host matches/ series at home. Atmosphere for cricket is excellent in Pakistan, and hopefully International matches can be played in this atmosphere

  • ygkd on April 30, 2011, 0:06 GMT

    Some very encouraging news.

  • on April 29, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    I am very pleased that Afghanistan is developing a Cricket "power house" at the Associate level. I wish that Rashid Latif were to organize International Games for Afghanistan Team in Dubai, Abu-Dhabi, Sharjah and in Singapore. They are good venues. Let Afghan Team compete with Bangladesh, Ireland, West Indies and India.

  • Stevros3 on April 29, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    How come only Pakistan with Afghanistan and England with Ireland, of the test nations seem to be encouraging associate nations, by playing cricket against them regularly? How about instead of playing meaningless warm up matches at the start of a series play a full ODI against one of the associate nations; for example I'm sure its not to far for example if your touring England you could have any of Ireland, Scotland or Netherlands, Pakistan play against Afghanistan. Kenya and Canada have a bit further to travel, but South Africa and West Indies are not that far away respectively. That way they would get to play each major team as they toured, it would help harden them up for match readiness, rather than chuck them out to major teams once every 4 years and then have the ICC say with perfect immunity that they are not good enough and exclude them; Ireland disproved this only because they also take part in county cricket and get fairly regular games against England and the odd tourer.

  • on April 29, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    Thanks to cricket for helping Afghanistan , it Will help Pakistan As well.

  • Stark62 on April 29, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    Since most the Afghani's have migrated to Pak then, that means they are eligible to play for Pak (if they receive a Pakistani citizenship).

    Like it is with Eng and SA then, why can't Pak do it is well?

  • on April 29, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    I think this is the top level step up for Afghanistan ICC Realies that afghansitan is one of the best Cricket Nation in the world with such a good Idea not only for afghanistan even for Pakistan to prove they are Ready to host other countries to play in Pakistan.

  • on April 29, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    AFGHANISTAN SHD PLAY A SERIES VS PAKISTAN" SURELY THT WILL HELP BRING INTL CRICKET BACK TO PAKISTAN

  • wiiCricket on April 29, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    A country of no system is thinking of and planning a process. It is very encouraging to see a talent of immense gem quality, Rahid Latif, has been utilized at it's fullest by Afghani Cricket Authorities. What is more encouraging is the willingness of players to do well even in the times of hardships.

  • Jonah58 on April 29, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    Massive thumbs up to the PCB, who are once again showing Pakistan is in the forefront of test nations willing to embrace and encourage associate cricket.

    This news following on from the ecently announced mini ODI series in Ireland will I hope encourage more of the 'elite' nations to follow Pakistans excellent example and do all in their power to promote cricket outside of its core nations.

    Good luck Afghanistan and I hope you find more truely remarkable players to join your outstanding team.

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  • Jonah58 on April 29, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    Massive thumbs up to the PCB, who are once again showing Pakistan is in the forefront of test nations willing to embrace and encourage associate cricket.

    This news following on from the ecently announced mini ODI series in Ireland will I hope encourage more of the 'elite' nations to follow Pakistans excellent example and do all in their power to promote cricket outside of its core nations.

    Good luck Afghanistan and I hope you find more truely remarkable players to join your outstanding team.

  • wiiCricket on April 29, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    A country of no system is thinking of and planning a process. It is very encouraging to see a talent of immense gem quality, Rahid Latif, has been utilized at it's fullest by Afghani Cricket Authorities. What is more encouraging is the willingness of players to do well even in the times of hardships.

  • on April 29, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    AFGHANISTAN SHD PLAY A SERIES VS PAKISTAN" SURELY THT WILL HELP BRING INTL CRICKET BACK TO PAKISTAN

  • on April 29, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    I think this is the top level step up for Afghanistan ICC Realies that afghansitan is one of the best Cricket Nation in the world with such a good Idea not only for afghanistan even for Pakistan to prove they are Ready to host other countries to play in Pakistan.

  • Stark62 on April 29, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    Since most the Afghani's have migrated to Pak then, that means they are eligible to play for Pak (if they receive a Pakistani citizenship).

    Like it is with Eng and SA then, why can't Pak do it is well?

  • on April 29, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    Thanks to cricket for helping Afghanistan , it Will help Pakistan As well.

  • Stevros3 on April 29, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    How come only Pakistan with Afghanistan and England with Ireland, of the test nations seem to be encouraging associate nations, by playing cricket against them regularly? How about instead of playing meaningless warm up matches at the start of a series play a full ODI against one of the associate nations; for example I'm sure its not to far for example if your touring England you could have any of Ireland, Scotland or Netherlands, Pakistan play against Afghanistan. Kenya and Canada have a bit further to travel, but South Africa and West Indies are not that far away respectively. That way they would get to play each major team as they toured, it would help harden them up for match readiness, rather than chuck them out to major teams once every 4 years and then have the ICC say with perfect immunity that they are not good enough and exclude them; Ireland disproved this only because they also take part in county cricket and get fairly regular games against England and the odd tourer.

  • on April 29, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    I am very pleased that Afghanistan is developing a Cricket "power house" at the Associate level. I wish that Rashid Latif were to organize International Games for Afghanistan Team in Dubai, Abu-Dhabi, Sharjah and in Singapore. They are good venues. Let Afghan Team compete with Bangladesh, Ireland, West Indies and India.

  • ygkd on April 30, 2011, 0:06 GMT

    Some very encouraging news.

  • shahidmahmood on April 30, 2011, 0:09 GMT

    Good for Pakistan to prove that they can host matches/ series at home. Atmosphere for cricket is excellent in Pakistan, and hopefully International matches can be played in this atmosphere