Afghanistan news January 21, 2013

Afghanistan look to Pakistan for growth

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Afghanistan will attend a four-week conditioning camp in Pakistan ahead of their international fixtures against Scotland in March. The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) is also contemplating a long-term plan to make Pakistan the national team's base for the next five years.

During their camp at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, Afghanistan will train under the supervision of the PCB's coaches besides their own head coach Kabir Khan. Their preparations include a series of 12 matches against various regional teams and Pakistan A.

Afghanistan have ODI status till 2015 and have been using Sharjah Cricket Stadium as their home ground since 2010 due to a lack of cricketing infrastructure in the country. They are now looking to shift base to Pakistan.

"The idea is play and train with the quality cricketing structure in Pakistan," Kabir Khan, the Afghanistan coach, told a press conference at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. "Sharjah gave us basic facilities but unfortunately we didn't find quality cricket to develop with. We need quality programmes and Pakistan, with a rich cricketing background, can help us. Apart from the cricketing aspect, the cost of being in Sharjah is a lot more than here in Pakistan.

"We are in process of building our infrastructure (in Afghanistan) and have two stadiums as well. But we don't have academies, if we have academies then we don't have specialised coaches. In Pakistan we can find the quality coaches and quality teams to play with. We are here with the top 22 cricketers from Afghanistan including the budding talent from the Under-19 circuit. Only three of our top cricketers - Shapoor Zadran, Mohammad Nabi and Samiullah Shenwari - (are not here) have gone to play in Bangladesh Premier League."

Afghanistan will be making their third trip to Pakistan in the last two years, having lost a one-day series 3-0 to a second-string Pakistan side in May 2011 followed by their participation in a domestic Twenty20 competition in Karachi.

The talks between the PCB and the ACB about a comprehensive development programme for Afghanistan cricketers in Pakistan are currently at a preliminary stage but both boards have 'verbally' agreed to a long-term deal.

"We are working out a deal that will help Afghanistan's cricketers in their development," said Intikhab Alam, the PCB director for game development. "Another idea in the pipeline is to induct their team in our domestic one-day and Twenty20 tournaments, as that would be a good opportunity for their development process."

Afghanistan last competed in the Asian Cricket Council Elite Trophy in October, finishing in third place. Their next international fixture is against Scotland, a two-ODI series at Sharjah Stadium, before taking them on in the ICC World Cricket League Championship.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • khurramsch on January 23, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    good thing. it wil be better to include afghan team in pak domestic events. plus icc should get in and try to give more games with bigger teams to smalll teams like ireland, AFGH, scotland. cricket should be promoted. its been many years a full member came in.

  • Solid_Snake on January 23, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    I used to play Cricket with Afghan brothers..Here in Peshawar you'll find this thing in every street.Their talent is on par with Pakistan.They just need to get some experience & play a lot of matches with other nations.

  • wakaPAK on January 23, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    We know Cricket has a potential to become the major sports and we know some countries like USA and european countries can embrace this game but nobody's doing anything. Let's be honest guys; Pakistan is doing great in promoting the game.... This is what counts. Pakistan is better than those so called leaders who have money but use the game for political score pointing and are the worst leaders the cricket has ever seen. ICC also is doing nothing in promoting the sports; we are not seeing any results and that's why such gestures from Pakistan become even more important. People finding faults with anything Pakistan do should learn to appreciate what it is doing for sports and see beyond the biased spectacles.

  • on January 23, 2013, 2:02 GMT

    LOVE, ADMIRATION AND RESPECT TO AFGHAN NATION FROM BANGLADESH for their courageous approach in world cricket, even though they had been surrounded by problematic circumstances.Thanx to PAKISTAN for helping them out. We really wanted pakistani brothers to play in bpl. but nevertheless we would be more than happy if afgan players join bpl.Please watch bpl support us and be with us and lets make hell of of a community of south asian cricket.lets not talk about the past and spoil our brotherhood rather try to build a stronger community that can assure that we could dominate world cricket.love to all 4m Bangladesh.

  • on January 22, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    pakistan played a very Vital role in Sri lanka Cricket. i remembered srilanka team visited pakistan every year and they played alots of matches. that was the bad period of srilnka team but they learn and improved their self by pakistani players technics

  • wiseshah on January 22, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    its good that pak helps afghan and saf helps zimbabwe, england helps ireland, holland and also takes away their best players, aus helps NZ, when india will help bangladesh and invite them for a full series?

  • on January 22, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    very thnx to Solid_Snake, thanks to pakistan in advance for helping afghanistan cricket infact the whole afghanistan!

  • Syed_imran_abbas on January 22, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    Very good gesture by PCB. Its gona definatly help Afghanistan team. i wish other teams could be that friendly as well because international cricket is going under too much politics and its not helping cricket in any way.

  • wiseshah on January 22, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    only 10 country play cricket and top 5 call other 5 minnows, how funny

  • MunafAhmed811 on January 22, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    A lot of Pakistani fans seem to be blowing the trumpet that they helped their neighbors grow and got nothing in return. Is that what they tell you in your media? Wow too good to be true aint it?

  • khurramsch on January 23, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    good thing. it wil be better to include afghan team in pak domestic events. plus icc should get in and try to give more games with bigger teams to smalll teams like ireland, AFGH, scotland. cricket should be promoted. its been many years a full member came in.

  • Solid_Snake on January 23, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    I used to play Cricket with Afghan brothers..Here in Peshawar you'll find this thing in every street.Their talent is on par with Pakistan.They just need to get some experience & play a lot of matches with other nations.

  • wakaPAK on January 23, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    We know Cricket has a potential to become the major sports and we know some countries like USA and european countries can embrace this game but nobody's doing anything. Let's be honest guys; Pakistan is doing great in promoting the game.... This is what counts. Pakistan is better than those so called leaders who have money but use the game for political score pointing and are the worst leaders the cricket has ever seen. ICC also is doing nothing in promoting the sports; we are not seeing any results and that's why such gestures from Pakistan become even more important. People finding faults with anything Pakistan do should learn to appreciate what it is doing for sports and see beyond the biased spectacles.

  • on January 23, 2013, 2:02 GMT

    LOVE, ADMIRATION AND RESPECT TO AFGHAN NATION FROM BANGLADESH for their courageous approach in world cricket, even though they had been surrounded by problematic circumstances.Thanx to PAKISTAN for helping them out. We really wanted pakistani brothers to play in bpl. but nevertheless we would be more than happy if afgan players join bpl.Please watch bpl support us and be with us and lets make hell of of a community of south asian cricket.lets not talk about the past and spoil our brotherhood rather try to build a stronger community that can assure that we could dominate world cricket.love to all 4m Bangladesh.

  • on January 22, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    pakistan played a very Vital role in Sri lanka Cricket. i remembered srilanka team visited pakistan every year and they played alots of matches. that was the bad period of srilnka team but they learn and improved their self by pakistani players technics

  • wiseshah on January 22, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    its good that pak helps afghan and saf helps zimbabwe, england helps ireland, holland and also takes away their best players, aus helps NZ, when india will help bangladesh and invite them for a full series?

  • on January 22, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    very thnx to Solid_Snake, thanks to pakistan in advance for helping afghanistan cricket infact the whole afghanistan!

  • Syed_imran_abbas on January 22, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    Very good gesture by PCB. Its gona definatly help Afghanistan team. i wish other teams could be that friendly as well because international cricket is going under too much politics and its not helping cricket in any way.

  • wiseshah on January 22, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    only 10 country play cricket and top 5 call other 5 minnows, how funny

  • MunafAhmed811 on January 22, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    A lot of Pakistani fans seem to be blowing the trumpet that they helped their neighbors grow and got nothing in return. Is that what they tell you in your media? Wow too good to be true aint it?

  • cskmania on January 22, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    I am from India.....and I want much more globalisation in Cricket...thanks my pakistani brothers.....keep it up....

  • AlbertEinstein on January 22, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Having helped so many countries develop a strong cricketing culture Pakistan might not be getting a lot of help in its desperate times but I am sure that one day the history books will list Pakistan as the second most influential force in the globalisation of the game after England.

  • Solid_Snake on January 22, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    What???..These guys spent their whole lives here..Practiced here,played with our Pak players.They were & always are welcome here.No need to ask..Just come & play :)

  • Azooz-Afgfan on January 22, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    heard that PCB is arranging a series of 3 ODI's & 2 T20's with Afghanistan nXt month. It's Pak ODI team Afridi,Malik,Akmal bros,Tanvir, and many more int'l players will play against Afg in this series. Any hope to see this kinda of matches more. Go Afghans Glory Afghanistan.

  • FRRR on January 22, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    @clarke501 ,,, Playing in domestic cricket is one thing and playing in International cricket is another. I do not see England playing scots, irish or dutch in international matches. You are also free to play in Pakistan domestic cricket, if you want to come. I want the name of other country who is giving chance to minnows at international level. And if someone plays county, it does not mean they are good international level players.

  • AmjadZork on January 22, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    Afghani brothers are welcome to Pakistan !!!

  • Anil_Koshy on January 22, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    It is a shame ICC is not doing enough to promote cricket in Afganistan, they have a lot of raw talent which should be encouraged. Instead of wasting time on expats playing in USA and Canada, they should focus of Africa and Asia, where there is a lot of local interest in the game.

  • telcoengr on January 22, 2013, 1:55 GMT

    This show how much helpful Pakistan Cricket is , BCB has forgotten what Pakistan has done for them in past but PCB still continues to support minnows , Afghanistan we support you and hope you develop the skills. It will be good for Asia and cricketing world that you emerge as one of the best teams. I would like PCB to call them in PSL as well to encourage their confidence.

  • Desihungama on January 22, 2013, 1:33 GMT

    Pakistan has always extended full help toward any emerging side be it Ireland, Bangladesh or Afghanistan. And who can forget PCB's efforts in leading Asian Block throughout 80's and 90's and look how PCB has been repaid in kind by it's neighbors?

  • on January 21, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    Joe thomson.ordinary team that beat eng 3 0 dnt know wa crick u watch

  • laljamal on January 21, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    This w'd be more intersting if pak national team play with afghanistan both in afghanistan and pakistan stadium,although they have well relation in cricket.

  • on January 21, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    Pakistan are an ordinary team, I'm sure if a team like Afghanistan was given the chance, the will beat this old team.

  • shillingsworth on January 21, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    @FRRR - Scottish, Irish and Dutch cricketers play for English counties. Scotland and Netherlands played in the English 40 over tournament last season. Ireland too were offered a place but declined it. Pakistan are doing a great job as you say but they are not the only country fostering cricket in other countries.

  • Lahori92 on January 21, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    isn't it wonderful that our neighbours are made to welcome to our country how great is that? this will help the afghanis to develop their game and stature in the cricketing world. Afghanis should be given every opportunity to take part in the Pakistani domestic leagues.

  • Afgtherisingstars on January 21, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    Well, considering the situation of both countries, its a sensible move for Afghanistan and Pakistan. The cricketing relationship between the two countries has been amazing since ever really and it will continue to be like that for a long time, I think. Cricket wise, Afghanistan players would get better as they would have more competitive matches in Pakistani cricket tournaments, as mentioned in the article.

    However, it will be really interesting to see whether ACB could attract and convince test cricketing nations to play them. I don't think they could in Pakistan now anyway, unless PCB does something special to bring in foreign countries to Pakistan.

    ACB, has had a good relationship with Sharjah Cricket Ground organisation and Emirates Cricket Board. Afghanistan could normally play the touring test cricketing nations more likely. It doesn't mean that they wouldn't be able to do so now, but it will be hard though.

    Anyway, all the best to both cricket boards, ACB and PCB alike.

  • on January 21, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    PCB has a good ethos in terms of helping emerging nations. I welcome the Afghans to Pakistan as honored guests and hope they can develop into a solid side. Certainly they have the physicality and natural talent to surpass the Bangalis and Zimbabwe.

    Ireland and Afghanistan should be in a lesser test tier alongside Zimbabwe and Bangladesh - with the top team after a period of time graduating into the Big 8 with the bottom big 8 team dropping down.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on January 21, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    And hope those matches would be broad cast as I still believe Afghanistan are good team to watch playing against our star players.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on January 21, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    Wel done PCB, Afghanistan will soon become better team the way they played in World T20 it shows that they do have talent just need some good coaching and practicing and they will develop real soon.

  • on January 21, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    Afghan teams should be included in Pakistan Tournaments. If one looks at the Quality of Pakistan T20 and ODI, they are really top class. People of Afghanistan are always welcome in Pakistan. They enjoy the same hospitality and admiration as Pakistan Cricketers.

  • on January 21, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    a good step from PCB. Induct their team in domestic and they will play and raise their game. still remember awesome support they had in T20 cup in Karachi, it was more of a Afghan ground than Karachi. They have a decent side who on field can play against Bangladesh and Ireland regularly.

  • zalmaypk on January 21, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    @FRRR true saying agreed with you,but no body knows about future

  • zalmaypk on January 21, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    very good.. Pakistan are always looking and doing help with the new emerging cricket teams all over the world..like in the past with SLka ,Bangladesh and Zimbabwe,currently they are making program to tour to Scotland and Ireland,, but we help Bangladesh cricket so many times,but today we need help from them now they closed their eyes,, its pathetic..but i think its due to the current govt of their... any how Tomorrow too will come soon for pakistan

  • Special_Analyser on January 21, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    Pakistan the unique country who know how to help... But unfortunately no one cares to help them...

  • FRRR on January 21, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    Pakistan is the only country making an effort for the expansion of cricket. Help scotland, ireland and now afghanistan. I hope these countries do not turn up like Bangladesh.

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  • FRRR on January 21, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    Pakistan is the only country making an effort for the expansion of cricket. Help scotland, ireland and now afghanistan. I hope these countries do not turn up like Bangladesh.

  • Special_Analyser on January 21, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    Pakistan the unique country who know how to help... But unfortunately no one cares to help them...

  • zalmaypk on January 21, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    very good.. Pakistan are always looking and doing help with the new emerging cricket teams all over the world..like in the past with SLka ,Bangladesh and Zimbabwe,currently they are making program to tour to Scotland and Ireland,, but we help Bangladesh cricket so many times,but today we need help from them now they closed their eyes,, its pathetic..but i think its due to the current govt of their... any how Tomorrow too will come soon for pakistan

  • zalmaypk on January 21, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    @FRRR true saying agreed with you,but no body knows about future

  • on January 21, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    a good step from PCB. Induct their team in domestic and they will play and raise their game. still remember awesome support they had in T20 cup in Karachi, it was more of a Afghan ground than Karachi. They have a decent side who on field can play against Bangladesh and Ireland regularly.

  • on January 21, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    Afghan teams should be included in Pakistan Tournaments. If one looks at the Quality of Pakistan T20 and ODI, they are really top class. People of Afghanistan are always welcome in Pakistan. They enjoy the same hospitality and admiration as Pakistan Cricketers.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on January 21, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    Wel done PCB, Afghanistan will soon become better team the way they played in World T20 it shows that they do have talent just need some good coaching and practicing and they will develop real soon.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on January 21, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    And hope those matches would be broad cast as I still believe Afghanistan are good team to watch playing against our star players.

  • on January 21, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    PCB has a good ethos in terms of helping emerging nations. I welcome the Afghans to Pakistan as honored guests and hope they can develop into a solid side. Certainly they have the physicality and natural talent to surpass the Bangalis and Zimbabwe.

    Ireland and Afghanistan should be in a lesser test tier alongside Zimbabwe and Bangladesh - with the top team after a period of time graduating into the Big 8 with the bottom big 8 team dropping down.

  • Afgtherisingstars on January 21, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    Well, considering the situation of both countries, its a sensible move for Afghanistan and Pakistan. The cricketing relationship between the two countries has been amazing since ever really and it will continue to be like that for a long time, I think. Cricket wise, Afghanistan players would get better as they would have more competitive matches in Pakistani cricket tournaments, as mentioned in the article.

    However, it will be really interesting to see whether ACB could attract and convince test cricketing nations to play them. I don't think they could in Pakistan now anyway, unless PCB does something special to bring in foreign countries to Pakistan.

    ACB, has had a good relationship with Sharjah Cricket Ground organisation and Emirates Cricket Board. Afghanistan could normally play the touring test cricketing nations more likely. It doesn't mean that they wouldn't be able to do so now, but it will be hard though.

    Anyway, all the best to both cricket boards, ACB and PCB alike.