Afghanistan news April 24, 2012

ACB reshuffles staff, eyes promotion from ICC

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In a bid to help develop Afghanistan's domestic cricket infrastructure and to secure its cricketing future, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has announced an organisational review to provide better leadership and find qualified staff to run cricket administration in the war-torn country in the long run.

As part of its review, the board has reappointed Hamid Shinwari as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Nasimullah Danish is the Deputy CEO. Raees Ahmadzai has been appointed as the senior advisor to the Player Selection Committee, while Khair Mohammad is its Finance Manager.

Afghanistan is currently an Affiliate member of the ICC and the ACB hopes that the review will prompt the ICC to grant them the status of an Associate member, and with it, provide extra ICC funding. "The [organisational] change is obvious as we are growing," ACB spokesman Nasratullah Wafa told ESPNcricinfo. "The game has to survive and we have to find talent and keep the circle rolling. We need more resources for development, so we have decided to fill the vacant positions that will help us to build up [our cricket infrastructure]."

At present the ICC provides about $700,000 a year in funding. Based on current distributions, that will rise by around $150,000 once Associate status is assured. The ACB hopes cricket is promoted and marketed in a better manner after the review. "We must ensure new impetus is taken for the development of domestic cricket, the marketing and fundraising is improved and our international relations and partnerships are strengthened," Wafa said.

Afghanistan's national team has performed impressively in the last five years, moving up from Division five of the World Cricket League in 2008 to Division One today. In Twenty20 cricket, Afghanistan have already beaten several Full Member nations and are ranked ninth, ahead of Zimbabwe and the currently unranked Bangladesh. "Afghanistan isn't dreaming of overnight success but we are taking small steps to mark our presence in the world through which we can give a message of peace," Wafa said. "The game is becoming very popular within the country."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • on April 27, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Afghanistan is up raising not only in cricket but in all fields but other countries must pay attention and contribute their parts

  • maddy20 on April 26, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    Very well deserved. Afghans are as good as Ireland if not better. Netherlands' ICC Associate status should be granted to Afghanistan instead.

  • on April 26, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    I do not understand this, as a cricketer fun we shoud be happy to give some compliment to all those countries that play cricket,especially Afghanistan with it's all difficult time they went to and going with. Show me any team in the history of cricket with these rare sourcers and tough time that Afghan has, has progressed this quick as Afghan has done? so let's support this war-ravaged country not only in sport, but also in othe mankind way. Thanks

  • Third_Gear on April 26, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    PAK-AFGHAN tie also in cricket could be a twist in the cricket world. As we all know both are good fighters...PAKISTAN cab be benefited hugely if AFG come up bcoz only they will be ready to regularly visit PK.

  • on April 26, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    ICC must pay attention to Afghanistan's cricket It has got a very good talent. Giving a few matches with full members will show Afghan cricketers talent to the world.

  • Meety on April 26, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    Possibly the best ever sporting story "...moving up from Division five of the World Cricket League in 2008 to Division One today." Loved the documentary that chronicled the rise, gave me goose bumps!

  • mihir_nam on April 25, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    @Khushal Azam Safi , read properly it is written"Afghanistan have already beaten several Full Member nations and are ranked ninth, ahead of Zimbabwe and the currently unranked Bangladesh." which is not correct. AFG should get regular Fixture in ASIA cup and annual 3Odi Fixture against Pakistan if PCB can help. Afg is even good Crowd puller. So why are they not starting SHARJAH cup with Afg,Pak and other team or Afg,Ban,Zim. Unless and untill security system in AFG improves..its hard for ICC to upgrade them.

  • on April 25, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    My comments are not only for readers but for ICC officials too.

    Cricket in Afghanistan is not a sport but a life changing opportunity for Afghans .If ICC wants to help international community to bring a lasting peace in Afghanistan than ICC should consider Afghanistan as special case in cricket. Afghanistan did extra ordinary progress in cricket in last decade and ICC needs to support Afghanistan by upgrading her status. Cricket is hope in Afghanistan and ICC can make this dream come true.

  • Muhtasim13 on April 25, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    In my opinion, ICC granted Bangladesh the Test status too soon, because BD is still struggling in tests after 12 long years. And honestly, in 12 years they should have improved a lot more. I think ICC should be more cautious while dealing with Afghanistan. I think ICC should wait too see if Afghanistan is putting up competitive performances against the full members before granting them the Associate status

  • johnathonjosephs on April 25, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    I have seen Hamid Hasan bowl and he is genuinely a good bowler. Problem is that he gets injured way too much

  • on April 27, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Afghanistan is up raising not only in cricket but in all fields but other countries must pay attention and contribute their parts

  • maddy20 on April 26, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    Very well deserved. Afghans are as good as Ireland if not better. Netherlands' ICC Associate status should be granted to Afghanistan instead.

  • on April 26, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    I do not understand this, as a cricketer fun we shoud be happy to give some compliment to all those countries that play cricket,especially Afghanistan with it's all difficult time they went to and going with. Show me any team in the history of cricket with these rare sourcers and tough time that Afghan has, has progressed this quick as Afghan has done? so let's support this war-ravaged country not only in sport, but also in othe mankind way. Thanks

  • Third_Gear on April 26, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    PAK-AFGHAN tie also in cricket could be a twist in the cricket world. As we all know both are good fighters...PAKISTAN cab be benefited hugely if AFG come up bcoz only they will be ready to regularly visit PK.

  • on April 26, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    ICC must pay attention to Afghanistan's cricket It has got a very good talent. Giving a few matches with full members will show Afghan cricketers talent to the world.

  • Meety on April 26, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    Possibly the best ever sporting story "...moving up from Division five of the World Cricket League in 2008 to Division One today." Loved the documentary that chronicled the rise, gave me goose bumps!

  • mihir_nam on April 25, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    @Khushal Azam Safi , read properly it is written"Afghanistan have already beaten several Full Member nations and are ranked ninth, ahead of Zimbabwe and the currently unranked Bangladesh." which is not correct. AFG should get regular Fixture in ASIA cup and annual 3Odi Fixture against Pakistan if PCB can help. Afg is even good Crowd puller. So why are they not starting SHARJAH cup with Afg,Pak and other team or Afg,Ban,Zim. Unless and untill security system in AFG improves..its hard for ICC to upgrade them.

  • on April 25, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    My comments are not only for readers but for ICC officials too.

    Cricket in Afghanistan is not a sport but a life changing opportunity for Afghans .If ICC wants to help international community to bring a lasting peace in Afghanistan than ICC should consider Afghanistan as special case in cricket. Afghanistan did extra ordinary progress in cricket in last decade and ICC needs to support Afghanistan by upgrading her status. Cricket is hope in Afghanistan and ICC can make this dream come true.

  • Muhtasim13 on April 25, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    In my opinion, ICC granted Bangladesh the Test status too soon, because BD is still struggling in tests after 12 long years. And honestly, in 12 years they should have improved a lot more. I think ICC should be more cautious while dealing with Afghanistan. I think ICC should wait too see if Afghanistan is putting up competitive performances against the full members before granting them the Associate status

  • johnathonjosephs on April 25, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    I have seen Hamid Hasan bowl and he is genuinely a good bowler. Problem is that he gets injured way too much

  • shooting on April 25, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Sounds good to me, they are probably the most deserving at this time. But they should start with playing against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh first

  • getsetgopk on April 25, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    Afghanistan is a great emerging cricket team, I bet if they play Bangladesh they would simply flatten them out in their own den i might add.

  • shillingsworth on April 25, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    The statement in the article that Afghanistan have beaten several full ICC members in T20s is incorrect. Afghanistan have played a total of 11 T20 internationals, only two of which were against full members (at the World T20), both of which they lost.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/team/match_results.html?class=3;id=2010;team=40;type=year

  • Third_Gear on April 25, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    To the AUTHOR of the ARTICLE; which FULL memeber countries AFGHANISTAN has defeated untill now ? Can you explain please. I remeber in Asian Games,China A 4Th string Bangladesh team defeated AFG and took the title.

  • Abdurrazaaq on April 25, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Afghanistan really looks promising and seem to be growing and maturing alot quicker than Bangladesh. I reckon they will give the likes of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe a run for their money! Ireland, Namibia and Holland making really good progress as well.

  • Third_Gear on April 25, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    THOSE who citing that AFG ranking is better than BD in T20 those shoud get their facts right and make fair comments after knowing the fact. BD was not in the list of the ranking bcoz they did not play enough T20 matches last thus no participation in the List.

  • IAJpak on April 25, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Oh, Yes we all cricket lover would like ACB to be a associate member ASAP. Plus Ireland also deserve to come up the ladder. ZEM and BD have also shown that they are a changed side now. So over all cricket as a game is improving day by day. ACB should arrange tour of PAK, INDIA, and BD and play 4 day matches that will give them their weaknesses if any in longer version of the game . This will help them in marching towards full member.

  • Hazratkayan on April 25, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    Afghanistan has great youngsters team playing from the deepth of their hearts for their nation . According to my point of view Afghanistan is ready for Associated membership but what is ICC Thinking?

  • on April 25, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Afghanistan will beat every cricketing nation soon Inshallah, we expect from ICC the full membership for Afghanistan in 2015.

  • on April 25, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Love this, would be great to see Afghanistan playing more often against the higher teams. Really like the look of Hammid Hassan. Hope it all goes well for them!

  • on April 25, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    As a Pakistani, I would be very happy that PCB invites Afghan cricket team to play with Pakistani cricket team in Pakistan. Afghanistan have a new cricket team, and should be completely supported by Pakistan at all level.

  • cricket2011 on April 25, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Yes, Please give maximum exposure to Afghanistan Team. They are very good team with no infrastructure.

  • tfjones1978 on April 25, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    Afghanistan HAS BEATEN any full members in T20I. Look it up. They were second in the Asian T20I tournament. The matches that they played against the full member asian teams are counted for the T20I rankings.

  • on April 25, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    The Afghanistan side has got potential, though the room for improvement is still large. Don't know whether they ought to get an associate membership or not, but they need to play more against the full members.

  • on April 24, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    Afghanistan plays exciting and passionate cricket. It is always entertaining to watch them. They should be awarded Associate membership and eventually a full membership. Pakistan should invite the Afghan Team to tour for ODI and One Day against the National Team. Pakistan was instrumental in bringing Bangladesh to Test Status and is playing an extremely constructive role in Afghanistan's Cricket development.

  • frozendilemma on April 24, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    Zimbabwe won the very first test they played after coming back to the Test arena...Did a pretty good showing against Pakistan and pretty much chased a 300 plus total against New Zealand so if any team has been atrocious its India losing 8 straight Test matches even West Indies didnt loose 8 straight ... The sorry thing is that Cricket is all about money these days so if you compare Ireland and Afghanistan then Ireland has better chances of making money but with that being said Afghanistan`s rise in Cricket is absolutely amazing and apart from ICC Pakistan should take it upon itself to help them any maybe in process get a player or two like England is poaching from Ireland or like how South Africa is giving away their players in mass number...May Peace come back to Afghanistan...

  • mihir_nam on April 24, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    Afghans should push for their Right to play in ASIA cup from now...

  • sabbor on April 24, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    darvid u must be out of your mind, you must be no one but a big time hater

  • on April 24, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    i have request from ICC that Afghanistan can play better than some of the full member countries and give more chance to play aginst full member and show tjier talent. i have seen many players but Afghan players deffrint than others countries players... Hope ICC accept afghanistan as associate team as soon as possible.

  • on April 24, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    Afghanistan is far better than Bangladeshi club level players

  • on April 24, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    @mihir_nam, The article says, Afghanistan have beaten full members in T20I rankings and not in matches, they are ranked 9th now ahead of Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

  • on April 24, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    One of the most exciting teams in world cricket at the moment. I saw them nearly wreck the very Pakistani attack that systematically dismantled the English, they have some brilliant talent in their batting and bowling order. They seem to be much better than a couple of the International sides in world cricket that have maintained the status of push overs for almost a decade now. Should be supported and refined to make international cricket a much more exciting place!

  • on April 24, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Afghanistan has NOT BEATEN any full members in T20. And Bangladesh is ranked below Afghanistsan in T20, because Bangladesh is not on the T20 rankings at all, due to lack of playing enough T20 matches.

  • on April 24, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    I just hope the Afghanistan team goes from strength to strength. :)

  • Lord_Dravid on April 24, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    ireland and afghanistan need to replace zimbabwe and bangladesh immediately for the better entertainment of the game. bangladesh, and in particular zimbabwe have been atrocious despite soo much ICC funding.

  • on April 24, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Afghanistan have rapid success in game , they have qaulity team with batsmans like M.shahzad ,M.nabi Nowroz mangal nd bowlers like Hamid hassan , Dawlat zadran ,Shapoor zadran nd they have that qaulity to be assosicited member of icc god bless them

  • mihir_nam on April 24, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    When did Afghanistan beat Full Member in T20... But Afghanistan has capability to showcase their good talent.

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  • mihir_nam on April 24, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    When did Afghanistan beat Full Member in T20... But Afghanistan has capability to showcase their good talent.

  • on April 24, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Afghanistan have rapid success in game , they have qaulity team with batsmans like M.shahzad ,M.nabi Nowroz mangal nd bowlers like Hamid hassan , Dawlat zadran ,Shapoor zadran nd they have that qaulity to be assosicited member of icc god bless them

  • Lord_Dravid on April 24, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    ireland and afghanistan need to replace zimbabwe and bangladesh immediately for the better entertainment of the game. bangladesh, and in particular zimbabwe have been atrocious despite soo much ICC funding.

  • on April 24, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    I just hope the Afghanistan team goes from strength to strength. :)

  • on April 24, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Afghanistan has NOT BEATEN any full members in T20. And Bangladesh is ranked below Afghanistsan in T20, because Bangladesh is not on the T20 rankings at all, due to lack of playing enough T20 matches.

  • on April 24, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    One of the most exciting teams in world cricket at the moment. I saw them nearly wreck the very Pakistani attack that systematically dismantled the English, they have some brilliant talent in their batting and bowling order. They seem to be much better than a couple of the International sides in world cricket that have maintained the status of push overs for almost a decade now. Should be supported and refined to make international cricket a much more exciting place!

  • on April 24, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    @mihir_nam, The article says, Afghanistan have beaten full members in T20I rankings and not in matches, they are ranked 9th now ahead of Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

  • on April 24, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    Afghanistan is far better than Bangladeshi club level players

  • on April 24, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    i have request from ICC that Afghanistan can play better than some of the full member countries and give more chance to play aginst full member and show tjier talent. i have seen many players but Afghan players deffrint than others countries players... Hope ICC accept afghanistan as associate team as soon as possible.

  • sabbor on April 24, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    darvid u must be out of your mind, you must be no one but a big time hater