Afghanistan news April 24, 2012

ACB reshuffles staff, eyes promotion from ICC


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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  • Dummy4 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

  • V.L 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Enamul 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Andrew 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 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Muhtasim 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

  • Johnathon 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

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