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Sri Lanka to support Afghanistan cricket development

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 9, 2014

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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."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 10:24 GMT)

Happiness= Seeing India loosing to Afghanistan

Posted by Rambo-123 on (March 11, 2014, 3:52 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 20:50 GMT)

afghanistan insha allah is the win

Posted by 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!

Posted by 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!

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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!

Posted by wapuser on (March 10, 2014, 10:23 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

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