Afghanistan news April 18, 2013

Afghanistan allocated $422,000 by ICC for assistance

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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.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • dummy4fb 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:)

  • dummy4fb on April 24, 2013, 4:58 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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 .

  • dummy4fb on April 22, 2013, 9:31 GMT

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

  • 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

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on April 20, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    Great News For Afghanistan Go Ahead

  • 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.

  • DauD_ on April 20, 2013, 4:14 GMT

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

  • 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.