Afghanistan news February 18, 2013

Afghanistan board seeks India's support

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The Afghanistan Cricket Board has sought the help of the Indian board to develop cricket in the country. Officials from the ACB met BCCI representatives in Mumbai on Sunday to discuss how the Indian board could support Afghanistan cricket.

"We had a good meeting with BCCI honorary secretary (Sanjay Jagdale) and general manager for game development (Ratnakar Shetty)," Shahzada Masoud, the ACB chairman, said. "It's in the initial stage. We want to build up good relations with BCCI. We want help to develop technical staff, coaches, umpires, scorers and video analysts."

Also present at the meeting held at the Cricket Club of India was ACB's high performance programme manager, Basheer Stanekzai. "We are preparing a new Under-19 team as the last World Cup team is over-aged." he said. "We have selected a 20-member squad. We are working on it and preparing for the ACC (Asian Cricket Council) Under-19 Cup to be held in Malaysia from May 1 to 12. That's the qualification round for the next U-19 World Cup. We need good coaches, especially in terms of batting."

The meeting comes a week after Afghanistan coach Kabir Khan called on the BCCI to do more to help Afghanistan cricket, highlighting England's support for their neighbouring Associate nations.

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  • on February 21, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    salam to every one which are love cricket or not and also who like afghanistan and also who like india i think this is good for afghanistan if india support afghan crikcet team this help with the two side india and afghanistan and also india have alot of graund and spend alot of money and support a few team such as nepal and other we hope the indian team wil be help with afghan cricket board thnx.

  • on February 21, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    India should Support Afghanistan, specially in IPL. afghanistan have good bowlers like hamid hassan,shapoor zadran, Dawlat zadran and also good all rounder Mohammad Nabi and the real Hero MS Shaiazad so India should give chance To them to play in IPL

  • on February 20, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    We Requested Indian Cricket Board To Give Afghanistan Some Matches Against India If the really want to help Afghanistan cricket

  • Energetic. on February 20, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    I'm a Bangladesh fan and Afghanistan players are really talented, they deserve as much help as possible. But there's no need to go to India for support because this same team doesn't even invite Bangladesh their neighbours for a full series either. They should instead ask for the Asian Cricket Council for support and to develop their Cricket maybe even Bangladesh should build a relationship with the Afghan board and somehow let their players participate in our domestic competitions especially now Bangladesh are sorting out their domestic structure and making it better. Same with Pakistan as well especially when Afghanistan is located right next to Pakistan, it will improve Afghanistan Cricket tremendously. Also I like the idea of including another team as part of the Asia Cup because that tournament is already the third biggest after World Cup and World T20 and the last tournament last year 2012 was a very successful event so another team will spice it up and add some flavour to it.

  • on February 20, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    indian should help afghanistan

  • on February 20, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    BCCI should help Afghanistan and Afghanistan should be included in Asia Cups ! Let Afghanis play in indian domestic tournaments ! Let them put their names in IPL auction list ! Come'on BCCI, support our neighbors :)

  • on February 20, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    Why should India help in the development of Afghan cricket? a) India has economic, military and political interests in Afghanistan. India should help the Afghan cricket team even though BCCI is an independent board. b) India is a neighbor country of Afghanistan with historic ties between the two countries. I think these ties should be extended to sports particularly cricket. Ireland and Scotland cricket teams are supported greatly by ECB. I think India can afford to walk into the footsteps of ECB as well as BCB. Thanks a million BCB and BPL for giving the Afghan talents an opportunity. And as everyone saw, the Afghans did not disappoint any team. c) Just for humanitarian purposes, I think India should help in the development of the Afghan game. If India offers T&T the chance to play in IPL, why not contract players like Hamid Hassan, Mohammad Nabi and Shahpoor Zadran to play in the league. I'm pretty sure they can entertain just like other international players and with much lower fee.

  • cskmania on February 19, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    BCCI have to help AFG and also World cricket

  • on February 19, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    It is true that India will not support Afghan cricket team. Lets see if INDIA give afghan players chance to play in IPL and India domestic matches, then the meeting is successful if not then I request all afghan not to support INDIAN Team. I have seen many afghan supporting Indian team when they are playing against Pakistan.

  • on February 18, 2013, 22:30 GMT

    It cost money to help another team, I dont think India wants to that. I think Afghanistan instead of seeking help of India for development they should just take it easy and let the game of cricket to develop inside of Afghanistan. For now they should avoid clashing with big teams, cause seeing the team loosing games after games makes people of Afghanistan loose interest and support for the game.

  • on February 21, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    salam to every one which are love cricket or not and also who like afghanistan and also who like india i think this is good for afghanistan if india support afghan crikcet team this help with the two side india and afghanistan and also india have alot of graund and spend alot of money and support a few team such as nepal and other we hope the indian team wil be help with afghan cricket board thnx.

  • on February 21, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    India should Support Afghanistan, specially in IPL. afghanistan have good bowlers like hamid hassan,shapoor zadran, Dawlat zadran and also good all rounder Mohammad Nabi and the real Hero MS Shaiazad so India should give chance To them to play in IPL

  • on February 20, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    We Requested Indian Cricket Board To Give Afghanistan Some Matches Against India If the really want to help Afghanistan cricket

  • Energetic. on February 20, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    I'm a Bangladesh fan and Afghanistan players are really talented, they deserve as much help as possible. But there's no need to go to India for support because this same team doesn't even invite Bangladesh their neighbours for a full series either. They should instead ask for the Asian Cricket Council for support and to develop their Cricket maybe even Bangladesh should build a relationship with the Afghan board and somehow let their players participate in our domestic competitions especially now Bangladesh are sorting out their domestic structure and making it better. Same with Pakistan as well especially when Afghanistan is located right next to Pakistan, it will improve Afghanistan Cricket tremendously. Also I like the idea of including another team as part of the Asia Cup because that tournament is already the third biggest after World Cup and World T20 and the last tournament last year 2012 was a very successful event so another team will spice it up and add some flavour to it.

  • on February 20, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    indian should help afghanistan

  • on February 20, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    BCCI should help Afghanistan and Afghanistan should be included in Asia Cups ! Let Afghanis play in indian domestic tournaments ! Let them put their names in IPL auction list ! Come'on BCCI, support our neighbors :)

  • on February 20, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    Why should India help in the development of Afghan cricket? a) India has economic, military and political interests in Afghanistan. India should help the Afghan cricket team even though BCCI is an independent board. b) India is a neighbor country of Afghanistan with historic ties between the two countries. I think these ties should be extended to sports particularly cricket. Ireland and Scotland cricket teams are supported greatly by ECB. I think India can afford to walk into the footsteps of ECB as well as BCB. Thanks a million BCB and BPL for giving the Afghan talents an opportunity. And as everyone saw, the Afghans did not disappoint any team. c) Just for humanitarian purposes, I think India should help in the development of the Afghan game. If India offers T&T the chance to play in IPL, why not contract players like Hamid Hassan, Mohammad Nabi and Shahpoor Zadran to play in the league. I'm pretty sure they can entertain just like other international players and with much lower fee.

  • cskmania on February 19, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    BCCI have to help AFG and also World cricket

  • on February 19, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    It is true that India will not support Afghan cricket team. Lets see if INDIA give afghan players chance to play in IPL and India domestic matches, then the meeting is successful if not then I request all afghan not to support INDIAN Team. I have seen many afghan supporting Indian team when they are playing against Pakistan.

  • on February 18, 2013, 22:30 GMT

    It cost money to help another team, I dont think India wants to that. I think Afghanistan instead of seeking help of India for development they should just take it easy and let the game of cricket to develop inside of Afghanistan. For now they should avoid clashing with big teams, cause seeing the team loosing games after games makes people of Afghanistan loose interest and support for the game.

  • on February 18, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Nice comments from everyone about Afghanistan and India well as an Afghan or Afghan Cricket Team ACB is asking India to play with Afghanistan so our players can with them and learn from the game very basic if you don't play a game you will never get better no one come from birth to play cricket they played and learn so what Afghanistan is asking from India is to play them ( T20 games ODI games ) maybe some domestic games we played Pakistan this month and it was great our player faced Pakistani International players now we need to play a different country just to get some more experience hopefully India allow some Afghani players in IPL our players did good and BPL so let's see

  • on February 18, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    I sincerely feel BCCI should lend a helping hand to Afghanistan. They deserve the assistance from bigger teams as they clearly are strong in intent. It would be highly beneficial for Afghanistan if they were provided scope to compete against the domestic teams in India, perhaps participate in the Ranji trophy...

  • on February 18, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Afghanistan is good team their players have played in pak they should play in pak more

  • Nampally on February 18, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    How can BCCI help Afghanistan when they are not helping their own Indian teams like the Womens Team in the World cup? Charity should start "at Home" for this "Charitable BCCI". I do not think their taxes would be reduced by helping a country other than India first. If at all, they can only be provided with coaching & Umpiring help + equipment supply & also help in ground or pitch preparation. Any financial aid to Afghanistan should be out of question based on money being misused. My advise to Afghanistan is "Self help is the Best help".

  • CoolCharlie on February 18, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    Well BCCI should invite Afghan team in Ranji Trophy and they should play here regularly. Also financial support should be given to the country . I am in full support of helping a country which aspires to become better.

  • on February 18, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    india definitely will not support afghanistan cricket because bcci does not want to spread the game and does not want to increase the number of competitive nations in international cricket. they will be busy in 2months of IPL which is definitely degrading the quality of cricket.

  • CrICkeeet on February 18, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    India should help Afg... bt i guess they wont!

  • Azooz-Afgfan on February 18, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    hope meeting comes out with a positive result,obviously in favor of AFG and at the end organise a 3 ODI's and 2T20 matches against india in India. Or atleast let them play in Irani or Ranjini trophy.

  • Energetic. on February 18, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    I don't understand why Afghanistan ask Pakistan instead because India will never do such a thing. Everyone knows that Pakistan are one of the few teams that supports weaker teams and because Afghanistan are closer to Pakistan, it would be wise to ask them for support. Also I do not understand why Zimbabwe and Bangladesh do not even play Afghanistan because no doubt they can give them a tough ride and they shouldn't be hiding from them.

  • on February 18, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    With the greatest of respect to the Afghanistan team, there are domestic sides in both India and Pakistan that are better than them. It is probably a better idea for them to play these sides rather than being invited to play whipping boys to the bigger teams. The domestic sides are very professional outfits and the Afghan cricketers would benefit a great deal through that exposure.

    And people should stop calling them minnows. They are not minnows. They are legitimate contenders in waiting who just require a certain level of training before they can get there. They have achieved a lot in a very small period of time with limited resources.

  • on February 18, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    No need to support by any country ACB has many resources in hand f they use it properly, they have many financial supporters inside the country so they can fulfill their requirement.ACB has to try to provide facilities in their own country such as quality coaching ,standard grounds and other technical staff the team will get improve as soon f they apply the proper management for using their outsources.

  • obaidulah on February 18, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    India should help Afghanistan then others countries because Afghanistan has from lang good relationship with India we always supported India team it will be great news for us to see india batting couch

  • yoohoo on February 18, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    @Edd Oliver - There is no point hosting bangladesh in india. It is mutually beneficial to hold the games in bangladesh instead, and that is what has been happening. Infact, India, SL and Pak play bangladesh the most.

    Regarding playing Afg, it is easy for Eng to play in Scot or Ire. India / SL etc. cannot do the same in Afg due to the security situation there. Anyway, I think they would benefit more by playing A-teams, and that is what I think should be done.

  • mihir_nam on February 18, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Well India anyways can host Small Tri series with Afghanistan Ireland and resting Senior players. No need for break of 3days between 2games

  • on February 18, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    Afgan should tour india and improve their skills as they are a developing nation..and minnows in cricket..On the other hand India should also suport them so that a good relationship will build and also its gud for both countries cricketing future.

  • on February 18, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Good News for Afghans. Need support form Cricketing Giants for Afghanistan.

  • on February 18, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    I wouldn't hold my breath if I was Afghanistan, after all look at the 'help' India have given to Bangladesh since they became a test nation. Still not hosted them for a test after 13 years, and all that.

    Surely it wouldn't be too much to ask for the 4 Asian test nations to host Afghanistan for one ODI every 2 years, similarly to how England play in Ireland or Scotland by rotation? They should also be included in the Asia Cup as the fifth side, and look to compete in Pakistan's domestic competitions. Hamid Hassan, Mohammad Nabi et al are some real talents, let's hope that the ICC and Afghanistan's 'big brother' test neighbours don't let them go to waste.

  • Deep_Biswas on February 18, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Why don't they seek Pakistani support instead? Pakistan is more closer to them.

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  • Deep_Biswas on February 18, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Why don't they seek Pakistani support instead? Pakistan is more closer to them.

  • on February 18, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    I wouldn't hold my breath if I was Afghanistan, after all look at the 'help' India have given to Bangladesh since they became a test nation. Still not hosted them for a test after 13 years, and all that.

    Surely it wouldn't be too much to ask for the 4 Asian test nations to host Afghanistan for one ODI every 2 years, similarly to how England play in Ireland or Scotland by rotation? They should also be included in the Asia Cup as the fifth side, and look to compete in Pakistan's domestic competitions. Hamid Hassan, Mohammad Nabi et al are some real talents, let's hope that the ICC and Afghanistan's 'big brother' test neighbours don't let them go to waste.

  • on February 18, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Good News for Afghans. Need support form Cricketing Giants for Afghanistan.

  • on February 18, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    Afgan should tour india and improve their skills as they are a developing nation..and minnows in cricket..On the other hand India should also suport them so that a good relationship will build and also its gud for both countries cricketing future.

  • mihir_nam on February 18, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Well India anyways can host Small Tri series with Afghanistan Ireland and resting Senior players. No need for break of 3days between 2games

  • yoohoo on February 18, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    @Edd Oliver - There is no point hosting bangladesh in india. It is mutually beneficial to hold the games in bangladesh instead, and that is what has been happening. Infact, India, SL and Pak play bangladesh the most.

    Regarding playing Afg, it is easy for Eng to play in Scot or Ire. India / SL etc. cannot do the same in Afg due to the security situation there. Anyway, I think they would benefit more by playing A-teams, and that is what I think should be done.

  • obaidulah on February 18, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    India should help Afghanistan then others countries because Afghanistan has from lang good relationship with India we always supported India team it will be great news for us to see india batting couch

  • on February 18, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    No need to support by any country ACB has many resources in hand f they use it properly, they have many financial supporters inside the country so they can fulfill their requirement.ACB has to try to provide facilities in their own country such as quality coaching ,standard grounds and other technical staff the team will get improve as soon f they apply the proper management for using their outsources.

  • on February 18, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    With the greatest of respect to the Afghanistan team, there are domestic sides in both India and Pakistan that are better than them. It is probably a better idea for them to play these sides rather than being invited to play whipping boys to the bigger teams. The domestic sides are very professional outfits and the Afghan cricketers would benefit a great deal through that exposure.

    And people should stop calling them minnows. They are not minnows. They are legitimate contenders in waiting who just require a certain level of training before they can get there. They have achieved a lot in a very small period of time with limited resources.

  • Energetic. on February 18, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    I don't understand why Afghanistan ask Pakistan instead because India will never do such a thing. Everyone knows that Pakistan are one of the few teams that supports weaker teams and because Afghanistan are closer to Pakistan, it would be wise to ask them for support. Also I do not understand why Zimbabwe and Bangladesh do not even play Afghanistan because no doubt they can give them a tough ride and they shouldn't be hiding from them.