Afghanistan news February 18, 2013

Afghanistan board seeks India's support

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Mike 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.

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    indian should help afghanistan

  • Dummy4 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 :)

  • Dummy4 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.

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

    BCCI have to help AFG and also World cricket

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

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