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Afghanistan allocated $422,000 by ICC for assistance

Umar Farooq

April 18, 2013

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The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has been allocated US$422,000 (22,400,000 AFN approx.) from the ICC's targeted assistance and performance programme. The world governing body of cricket approved the grant at its IDI (ICC Development International) board meeting, which concluded Wednesday in Dubai.

ACB chief executive officer, Noor Mohammad Murad, said the board had requested a total of $1 million in assistance. "The ICC approved $422,000 for now. They will send a delegation to visit the ACB in two or three weeks, and will decide [from there] whether or not to approve the rest of the money," Murad told AFP.

The money, to be given over three years, is aimed at developing more competitive teams among ICC Full, Associate and Affiliate members. Previously, countries such as the Netherlands, Scotland, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Ireland have received assistance through a similar programme. According to an ICC statement, the funding for the ACB is for the development of the National Cricket Academy in Kabul.

Afghanistan became an Affiliate member of the ICC in 2001. In 2009 it attained one-day status till 2015. Over the last two years, the ACB has undergone organisational restructuring in a bid to provide better leadership and find qualified staff to run cricket administration in the war-torn country. They are currently developing their domestic cricket infrastructure, and have signed a two-year deal with the Pakistan board for the development of Afghanistan cricket ahead of the 2015 World Cup.

Last year, the Asian Cricket Council decided to nominate Afghanistan for Associate membership with the ICC, with the request being looked into at the ICC's annual conference in June. At present the ICC provides about $700,000 a year in funding. Based on current distributions, that will rise to $850,000 once Associate status is assured.

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Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 9:46 GMT)

We are better team Than Zib, BD, NZ Etc....... We are king in Associate and Affiliate teams ICC should support AFG more and more at least thanks to ICC:)

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

ICC should fix match series For Afghanistan between Bangladesh, NewZeland or Zimbabwe

Posted by Shifaullah on (April 22, 2013, 12:05 GMT)

wow, what a great news, thanks to ICC and I pray to Almighty Allah that this donation help poor but talented Afghan team. ICC has done its job, but I am not sure how much it will improve Afghanistan team and how much it improve personal pockets of authorities who received this money. I hope at least this time for the sake of Almighty Allah they spend this money in the proper way. In Shah Allah.

Posted by Qader_Afghan on (April 22, 2013, 9:58 GMT)

ICC should arrange the Triangular cricket series between Afghanistan , Bangladesh and Zimbabwe . Then Afghanistan will show to the world and ICC that what they can do .

Posted by   on (April 22, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

Great to know!!! Thank you ICC... We deserve much more

Posted by Mirkhan786 on (April 21, 2013, 21:10 GMT)

Finally some great news by ICC. Afghanistan should get plenty of support and deserve it. Right now ACB aranged $870000 to renovate Ghazi Amanullah staduim,plenty of progress is going on here,inshallah i am preety sure that Afghanistan will surprise in ODI world Cup 2015 at Oz & kiwi. But we Afghans wonder is to get more ODI series with Full Members,and get included in Asia Cup. Thanks ICC.and also hope for india to sopurt afghan team like bengaladesh and pakistan and they also need of sirlanka help

Posted by SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on (April 20, 2013, 22:13 GMT)

Great News For Afghanistan Go Ahead

Posted by BeReal87 on (April 20, 2013, 12:40 GMT)

@ TheReverseDoosra_K, thats a very strange condition by the ICC, no one watches or follows women cricket anyways, and what if women are not allowed to play cricket due to a country's culture and tradition, why should their men team suffer.

@Meety on (April 19, 2013, 3:26 GMT, I hope they do get the Associate Status, before they become another Canada or UAE. I think the promotion should be given on how teams perform and should not denied by how quick they moved up the ranks.

And lastly Afghanistan deserve it the most, being one of the most war torn countries in the world and one of the poorest, they should get more financial aid than most developed countries like canada or usa.

Posted by DauD_ on (April 20, 2013, 4:14 GMT)

The ICC should arrange a series between Afghanistan and ZImbabwe/Bangladesh

Posted by Azooz-Afgfan on (April 20, 2013, 1:14 GMT)

Finally some great news by ICC. Afghanistan should get plenty of support and deserve it. Right now ACB aranged $870000 to renovate Ghazi Amanullah staduim,plenty of progress is going on here,inshallah i am preety sure that Afghanistan will surprise in ODI world Cup 2015 at Oz & kiwi. But we Afghans wonder is to get more ODI series with Full Members,and get included in Asia Cup. Thanks ICC.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2013, 22:10 GMT)

this is very good. hopefully they will get the full 1million fron the ICC

Posted by   on (April 19, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

It's the egg-vs-chicken question: What comes first, a national cricket team's success at International level, or a public following for cricket in that nation? I suspect it's the former. If that is true, then one quick top-down plan for the improvement of a national cricket team is this: ICC should sponsor a world-class coaching crew for the team. I don't know how much that costs, but I think for a promising team like Afghanistan, this is a fair investment to make. Make it an ICC employment rather than an ACB employment, offer salaries at par with major cricketing nations, and arrange invitational matches with major national teams. This won't improve cricket infrastructure in the country, but it can make the team successful pretty quickly and consequently create public support for the team, and infrastructure can follow from there. Just my two cents.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2013, 5:34 GMT)

This is the way of encouragement,especially to a team like Afghanistan and they really deserve it. but they are still affiliate member, ICC must give them associate membership and arrange at least 6 to 8 matches against full members every year. also the ACC should include them in Asia Cup as well because Afghanistan has ODI status, finally i would like to thanks all the Afghanistan supporters.

Posted by Meety on (April 19, 2013, 3:26 GMT)

@BeReal87 on (April 18, 2013, 14:25 GMT) - Afghans VERY rapid improvement has probably caught the ICC by surprise, should they get Associate status in the next couple of years - it will of only been barely 15yrs from NOTHING to ASSOCIATE level - which is quite remarkable! @cricketing on (April 18, 2013, 18:12 GMT) - I had a holiday in Nepal about 15yrs ago - & I was blown away by how many kids were playing cricket in streets & parks, nearly thought I was across the border in India. I would of thought they would be WAY higher up the pecking order than currently are! I believe they do fairly well at Under age level, it's just the National men's team that severely under performs? == == == Great news. Love to see what the agreement with Pakistan achieves. They can really form a strong mutually beneficial relationship!

Posted by johnabe0220 on (April 18, 2013, 21:09 GMT)

Irish needs bit help of as well. Out of all the associates, Irish have the most prospect!!!

Posted by jackthelad on (April 18, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

Good, encouragement where it's due - but please remember, Afghanistan has a lot of problems to overcome before many overseas cricketers would agree to visit there. This is not a cricket problem, it is a problem of a society that is riddled by extremism and can't find it's way forward.

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 19:40 GMT)

thnx for every one here from different contries wished afghanistan for thier success,and got help from icc,love u all,and hope afghanistan able to proove them selves in big stage, mostly our indian brothers

Posted by DD_f0rever on (April 18, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

Congrats Afghanistan.

I really hope that one day Afghanistan become Giant Cricketing Nation. And I believe their players have that capability to perform at bigger stage.

Good Wishes from INDIA.

Posted by cricketing on (April 18, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

If any country needs help is Nepal!! Just look at the crowd turnout in latest ACC Trophy. If invested, the most profitable place for Pakistan to Play home games could be Kathmandu, Nepal.

Posted by mihir_nam on (April 18, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

ICC , Why don't you pressure ACC to include Afghanistan in Asia Cup. and Also give them atleast ODI against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe

Posted by TheReverseDoosra_K on (April 18, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

Congrats Afghanistan. @BeReal87 - They don't have Associate status because they don't have a women's team . A women's team is necessary.

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

Thanks from ICC for the fund they announced as a grant for Afghanistan, I also request to promote Afghanistan from Affiliate status to Associate because Afghanistan is well deserved for that.

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 15:56 GMT)

good job done. Welldone icc. Hope afgan will play better.

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 15:36 GMT)

We Indian fans welcome this step by ICC to help our Afghan brothers. All the best. I hope BCCI also steps in some time and helps organize more matches for Afghan and other Associate and Affliate nations.

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 15:15 GMT)

Nice one ICC! I'm really proud of Afghanistan to be given this opportunity to play cricket internationally as well. It just shows what a nation is capable of doing if they have been given time to prosper well. Start small, aim high!

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 14:28 GMT)

Let them Play in IPL, the whole Afghanistan will prosper.

Posted by BeReal87 on (April 18, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

I cant believe Afghanistan is still Affiliate member while there are 36 others countries which haven't achieved anything and they have been given the Associate status. What Afghanistan has achieved in last 5 years, with little or no resources, is more than anyone in Cricket history and they are still Affiliate members.

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

Thanks you ICC for your assistance.

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