Afghanistan news March 9, 2014

Sri Lanka to support Afghanistan cricket development

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Sri Lanka have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) to support the development of cricket in Afghanistan.

The Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa was visited by his Afghanistan counterpart Hamid Karzai, who also brought along Dr Noor Mohammad Murad, the ACB chief executive, as part of the delegation.

The two countries signed four MOUs, including a "Memorandum of Understanding in the Field of Sports" by Mahindananda Aluthgamage, the Sri Lankan Minister of Sports, and by Amina Safi Afzali, Afghanistan's Minister of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled.

"Afghanistan is keen to benefit from opportunities in Sri Lanka for our youth in terms of education and training," Karzai said, going on to stress the areas in which Afghanistan were keen on seeking Sri Lanka's assistance. He mentioned the possibility of Sri Lankan coaches providing support for Afghanistan's cricket team.

Afghanistan cricket has improved significantly over the last couple of years. Apart from securing berths in the 2015 World Cup and the upcoming 2014 World T20, Afghanistan also put up a spirited performance in the recently concluded Asia Cup, where they pulled off an upset against the hosts Bangladesh. Afghanistan also managed a win against Australia in the 2014 Under-19 World Cup in the UAE.

"The agreement with Sri Lanka comes at just the right time for Afghanistan. Over this year we will be preparing for the World Cup 2015 and every bit of support is immensely important," Noor Mohammad said. "As Mohammad Nabi said, we are working hard to learn from the Test playing nations. Sri Lanka has a strong presence at the moment in the cricketing world and they can offer us really valuable support.

"We are strongly committed to raising our performance to their level. Afghans have a dogged determination developed over years of hard times. It is this that has brought us so far, against all odds, in such a short time. It will carry us onward and upward over coming years."

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  • on March 11, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    Happiness= Seeing India loosing to Afghanistan

  • Rambo-123 on March 11, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    Susmitha why worry? We will train Afghanistan to beat India... LOL

  • on March 10, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    afghanistan insha allah is the win

  • Herath-UK on March 10, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    Afg had more than two weeks training in Sri Lanka prior to the asia cup & the results were there to be seen.Sri Lanka have recently offered help to far away teams like Nigeria & Uganda & Nepal's success too following Sri Lankan coaches. The MOU will help the Afg cricketers well if they are keen to learn as they say.However you need a good infrastructure in the country which we don't know.Will a change of govt ban cricket??silly things do happen!

  • Stat1977 on March 10, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    @Hanish Kumar & Susmitha Olga Eric- I hope you understand English well.Please tell me where is the definition of help says it's all about money? Don't prove your ignorance and little knowledge here and embarrass yourself.This is the case of you and your fan friends,Can't comprehend a thing always!

  • true-cric-lover on March 10, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    @ Susmitha Olga Eric.. Mate this is not only about money it also about skill and ability. Under the current SL local league schedules AFG can improve their skills. Anyway definitely IND well capable of improving the ASIA cricket than other nations but just talking without action is useless.

  • on March 10, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    @ Arafat Habi: Afghanistan beat srilanka under 19 two times once in Asia cup and once in the under19 worldcup bro for sixth position.

  • on March 10, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    great news. I do suggest that if we can let some of the Afghan players to play in our domestic tournaments, they will definitely get more experiences.l am quite surprised by some indian fans ( not all) comments. I wonder what happened to the much gentleman-ness they had, lets say during 90s? They even joined hand with Paks and visited SL to show the friendship in 1996 world cup. May be IPL or the money or someother reason have destroyed their friendliness. Feel really happy cos still Pak-SL friendship is there regardless of the outcome of the matches they play. I hope authorities would implement this MOU quickly. Best wishes for Afghans!

  • on March 10, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    @Susmitha Olga Eric: It's in our culture to help others. You wouldn't understand.

  • on March 10, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    Some factual error: Afghanistan defeated Sri Lanka in the U19 Asia cup (not U19 WC), and defeated Australia in U19 World Cup.

  • on March 11, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    Happiness= Seeing India loosing to Afghanistan

  • Rambo-123 on March 11, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    Susmitha why worry? We will train Afghanistan to beat India... LOL

  • on March 10, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    afghanistan insha allah is the win

  • Herath-UK on March 10, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    Afg had more than two weeks training in Sri Lanka prior to the asia cup & the results were there to be seen.Sri Lanka have recently offered help to far away teams like Nigeria & Uganda & Nepal's success too following Sri Lankan coaches. The MOU will help the Afg cricketers well if they are keen to learn as they say.However you need a good infrastructure in the country which we don't know.Will a change of govt ban cricket??silly things do happen!

  • Stat1977 on March 10, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    @Hanish Kumar & Susmitha Olga Eric- I hope you understand English well.Please tell me where is the definition of help says it's all about money? Don't prove your ignorance and little knowledge here and embarrass yourself.This is the case of you and your fan friends,Can't comprehend a thing always!

  • true-cric-lover on March 10, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    @ Susmitha Olga Eric.. Mate this is not only about money it also about skill and ability. Under the current SL local league schedules AFG can improve their skills. Anyway definitely IND well capable of improving the ASIA cricket than other nations but just talking without action is useless.

  • on March 10, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    @ Arafat Habi: Afghanistan beat srilanka under 19 two times once in Asia cup and once in the under19 worldcup bro for sixth position.

  • on March 10, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    great news. I do suggest that if we can let some of the Afghan players to play in our domestic tournaments, they will definitely get more experiences.l am quite surprised by some indian fans ( not all) comments. I wonder what happened to the much gentleman-ness they had, lets say during 90s? They even joined hand with Paks and visited SL to show the friendship in 1996 world cup. May be IPL or the money or someother reason have destroyed their friendliness. Feel really happy cos still Pak-SL friendship is there regardless of the outcome of the matches they play. I hope authorities would implement this MOU quickly. Best wishes for Afghans!

  • on March 10, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    @Susmitha Olga Eric: It's in our culture to help others. You wouldn't understand.

  • on March 10, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    Some factual error: Afghanistan defeated Sri Lanka in the U19 Asia cup (not U19 WC), and defeated Australia in U19 World Cup.

  • SajMc on March 10, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    If srilanka can help afghanistan players to understand and play quality spin bowling, they can be one of better teams in world of cricket

  • on March 10, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    Be careful Afghanistan! With the kind of financial state Sri Lankan Cricket Board is in, you might actually have to help Sri Lanka " for the development ( in case we change the meaning of development to 'the ability to resist from becoming broke') of sports"! Lol... Somebody who doesn't actually have the capacity to help itself, is trying to help others, while those who have the capacity to help others to a huge extent are hell bent on unnecessarily helping themselves when they don't need it! ( I'm of course not blaming the BCCI, which proud Indian will ? Lol, ya right. ) . I anyway appreciate the courage and helpfulness shown here by the SLC.

  • ajithabey on March 10, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    Great initiative by Sri Lanka to extend technical support to Afghanistan who did well in their first Asia Cup tournament. Nepal too should be given all the support to fine tune their game so that Asian teams can dominate cricket for a long period of time.SL should also invite players from Afghanistan and Nepal to participate in local tournaments to give them much needed exposure in an effort to improve their game.

  • yorkslanka on March 10, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    Afghanistan deserve any help they can get because their efforts have been superb and they will achieve big things soon. Good luck for the future and again , well done brothers...

  • Dr.Lakson on March 10, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    Well done SL for offering to support AFG.

  • on March 10, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    very nice decision, hope the guys get enough maturity specially in their batting department.

  • okeabhijit on March 10, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    Good decision SLCB..... Being an Indian I am sad to say but shame BCCI as even after having loads of funds they are never in news for upliftment & building of Cricket in different & promising parts of the world.

  • Nirvana-light on March 10, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Wow wonderful..Sri lanka great country and great people..Alot of love and respect from all cricket loving fans. Something for big 3 to look up to.

  • on March 10, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    Afganisthan deserves this. They played really well in Asia cup. They will benefit hugely from this. I also hope that other Asian teams also support them.

  • Dalibunga on March 10, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    Really good move. While so called Big 3 trying to kill cricket from associate nations for their own wealth, this tiny nation trying to help Afgans with their limited resources.

  • RoshJ on March 10, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    This Excellent! As we saw recently Afghan cricketers seem to be a talented and proud bunch and it is so nice to hear we as Sri Lankans have extended a helping hand to develop their cricket further...there is serious potential and I am sure even SL young players could benefit from this if Afghan players are roped in to play in SL doemstic scene.

    Good show Sri Lanka...proud to be a Sri Lankan!

  • fatden on March 10, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    That is a great new for Afghan cricket and it is a good opportunity for Afghan cricketers to learn more about the game

  • not_a_Flattrackbully on March 10, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    Exellent choice to help afganistan. :) Hats off sir! Much needed right at the moment for the rising of Afgans.

  • on March 10, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    thanks allot form the Sri lanka government and the kind people of Sri lanka :)

  • on March 10, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    good job tnx srilanka we are happy to srilanka win the asia cup

  • on March 10, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    Expecting the similar support for Nepal. Nepal has a huge fan base and the support from any of the full members will be instrumental in the development of the game in this country.

  • Anil_Koshy on March 10, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    India should also learn from Sri Lanka, they should also support cricket in Asia, teams like Afghanistan and Nepal should be supported. There is a lot of local support, the only thing lacking is facilities, if India can provide that, we will see standard of cricket improve in Asia, well done Sri Lanka

  • on March 10, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    Don't worry if SL is not one of the big three in Asia, the ICC rankings and the past results show where we are exactly.Having said that, if someone says that BD is above us, I wouldn't quote him.

  • on March 10, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    great news Afghanistan getting help from one of best cricket playing nation best of luck. we would like in future india and Pakistan also will involved.thanks cricinfo for app

  • on March 10, 2014, 1:52 GMT

    How is SL in a position to help anyone when they can't even afford to pay their players and pay of the huge debt that they have? The best they can do is offer Afghanistan some training in SL.

  • Vikum72 on March 10, 2014, 1:22 GMT

    A good initiative by Sri Lanka. I hope Afghanistan will be able to become a test nation very soon and start beating everybody! @JohnSnider: for your information, Frankenstein is not the monster. He is the doctor. You are thinking like the 'big 3' mate. They are the people who play cricket as a business and try to win through their financial power. Sri Lanka is not one of the big 3. We believe in a fair game. We take no joy in beating an under privileged side. We will help them develop in to an equal footing and then take joy from their acomplishments and playing against them.

  • tennakoon63 on March 9, 2014, 22:42 GMT

    Hats off to Sri Lanka, Thanks for supporting a needy nation in sports

  • on March 9, 2014, 22:18 GMT

    What I like about SL is that they don't take any opponents light they always respect their opponents Unlike other big teams when they play associate teams they rest their big players.

  • kc69 on March 9, 2014, 22:17 GMT

    Its a great gesture by SL to support Afg cricket I hope other boards (atleast asian boards) come foward in such a cause.Best wishes to SL and Afg from India.

  • on March 9, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    good thinking.this is a good move. hope it will work.

  • AneYako on March 9, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    Beautiful work. I expect big things from the Afghan teams in the future..very talented and passionate bunch

  • amilag on March 9, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    Afgan team is full of wonderful talent. Im really happy and proud to be Sri Lanka! We should help them to develop their cricket. We Sl always extend our helping hand wherever possible though we are tiny nation....

  • xylo on March 9, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    This is great news. SL are still carrying the spirit of friendship. Whatever happened to India and Pakistan and the camaraderie they used to share in the 90s. The '96 World Cup when India and Pakistan fielded a joined team against SL to show the world that it was safe to tour SL... those days seem like a distant dream now.

  • on March 9, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    Best wishes from a Bangladeshi fan of Af ghan cricket. They are very brave cricket nation and will do great in future.Good luck to them. ...Rashel Arman

  • Amjed.Afghan on March 9, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    Thanks Sri Lanka, hope your aid in cricket will help us to promote our players, Once in my life i visited Sri Lanka , it is a very nice country, and the people are also friendly , Thanks all of them. hope that your support in this area will make us more closed to each other.

  • on March 9, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    congratulated Sri Lanka now you are senior in a rank

  • on March 9, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    Asalamualikom

    A million and billion thanks to Serlikan Cricket Board for Helping Afghanistan Cricket Team. We are new to the cricket and this is the perfect time for helping us.

  • on March 9, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    Warm and Best wishes to Sri Lankans on behalf of Afghan nation. We never forget the people who do good to us neither who do bad to us. Hope we could do something good for you in future also. ♥Respect SL♥

  • on March 9, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    proud to say "i am a sri lankan"

  • noorullahkhan on March 9, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    well done srilankans thank you so much as an afghan.afghans will never forget your this piece of help.

  • on March 9, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    Excellent, congratulations to our Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksha who has always had a out stretched hand for those in need. His kind gesture in directing our Sports Minister to render all support for Afghanistan cricket is a kind of help that could be stated as a gesture far beyond compare. Your Excellency as Sri Lankans we are proud of you. God bless you all

  • on March 9, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    This is good! they can be one of best teams! as Sri Lankan im really proud

  • on March 9, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    And they call some other people the "Big 3"

  • LSAF on March 9, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    Very good news!!! Sri Lankans are some of the best mannered people I have met. Only they understand the situation of Afghanistan best because both countries have gone through a very similar situation. I hope Afghanistan cricket will get to where Sri Lanka is now by idolising them.

  • on March 9, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    Afghan players in ipl when the Pakistani players r in the ipl

  • on March 9, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    very good,thnx to SL ,hope india also come out in support of afghanistan

  • on March 9, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    good for afhganistan. their players are already playing in BD domestic events and now SL.

    but icc and board should give them more games against top teams. MOUs are good but more games ate required. during ipl most teams can assemble 5-6 first choice players with some a team members to play with afghanistan or ireland.

  • JohnSnider on March 9, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Being a Pakistani Imust say Sri Lanka displayed great gesture to help Afghanistan,s very generous. SL does not know they are creating a real monster like Frankenstein.All Aghanistan need is 11 Shahid Afridis to win all the 50 over and T201. They can score 600 runs in 40 overs and get out ten over short. Best to hire Shahid Afridi as their coach, he even speak their language.

  • Razor_Sharp on March 9, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Really good decision taken by SLC.

  • birminghamsanj on March 9, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    good to hear very goodnews for afghanistan cricket this is verygood example for world cricket.wow sharing is carering.....

  • on March 9, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    BD Just need to play 60% of their abilities to beat Afganistan, this time with more senior players playing in the team we will going to see a one sided match against Afgans, God bless you Afghanistan, I can clearly see a crashing defeat in the hands of Bangladesh in the World T20 Opener.

  • priya65 on March 9, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    afghan side is really good. if they took that catch of umar akmal, may be they could even have pulled off another win (aganinst pakistan) Even in SL match they took wickets and bowled really nicely. captain Nabi is ver clever. This is a nice gesture from SL. Afghans are big made strong guys, Only a matter of time till they produce top quality fast bowlers.

  • on March 9, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    Sri Lanka is such a nation....very happy to hear this.... Definetely Afghan will take a title in recent year...with the help of proffessionals ...

  • on March 9, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    Afghanistan can really make big headlines in 2015 WC. They have the talent only need bit of experience. Good to see Sri Lanka remember their past and reaching out to help.

  • Tweety20 on March 9, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    A good move from SL. Hope they will make use of the opportunities.

  • on March 9, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    Great to hear this ,hope India will also provide to support this passionate Afghanistan

  • on March 9, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    Really good For Afghanistan cricket

  • on March 9, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    Real champions are acting like champions

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  • on March 9, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    Real champions are acting like champions

  • on March 9, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    Really good For Afghanistan cricket

  • on March 9, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    Great to hear this ,hope India will also provide to support this passionate Afghanistan

  • Tweety20 on March 9, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    A good move from SL. Hope they will make use of the opportunities.

  • on March 9, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    Afghanistan can really make big headlines in 2015 WC. They have the talent only need bit of experience. Good to see Sri Lanka remember their past and reaching out to help.

  • on March 9, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    Sri Lanka is such a nation....very happy to hear this.... Definetely Afghan will take a title in recent year...with the help of proffessionals ...

  • priya65 on March 9, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    afghan side is really good. if they took that catch of umar akmal, may be they could even have pulled off another win (aganinst pakistan) Even in SL match they took wickets and bowled really nicely. captain Nabi is ver clever. This is a nice gesture from SL. Afghans are big made strong guys, Only a matter of time till they produce top quality fast bowlers.

  • on March 9, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    BD Just need to play 60% of their abilities to beat Afganistan, this time with more senior players playing in the team we will going to see a one sided match against Afgans, God bless you Afghanistan, I can clearly see a crashing defeat in the hands of Bangladesh in the World T20 Opener.

  • birminghamsanj on March 9, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    good to hear very goodnews for afghanistan cricket this is verygood example for world cricket.wow sharing is carering.....

  • Razor_Sharp on March 9, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Really good decision taken by SLC.