Afghanistan news August 9, 2014

India grants $1m for Afghanistan stadium

ESPNcricinfo staff
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The Indian government has approved the grant of $1 million for the construction of a cricket stadium in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar. The funding was granted under the Indian government's Small Development Project Scheme.

The stadium is set to come up in Aino Mina, a northern suburb of Kandahar city, on land donated to the Afghanistan Cricket Board in 2012.

Dr Noor Murad, the ACB's chief executive officer, thanked the Indian government and the embassy in Kabul for approving the funds. "The construction of this stadium will be a major boost to the development of cricket in the southern region as well as in the whole country," he said. "The addition of this facility will allow greater developments in terms of coaching and performance as well as regular competitions."

The announcement of the grant included the following statement: "We [India] have recognised that sports, including cricket and football, have united the country and enthused the youth more than anything else. We hope that this new facility, and the various initiatives taken by ACB, will further popularise cricket and bring greater glory to the nation.

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  • on August 19, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    Thank you Indian government for helping, but I think it should have been the BCCI who should have done this.

  • on August 12, 2014, 2:54 GMT

    @ Neaeem, i am agree with chintan patel view because all steduims over the world were not made at once it will be made slowly slowly first ground then other things

  • torsha on August 11, 2014, 23:33 GMT

    Well done India. Truly great from them.

  • on August 11, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    @Naeem Khan read the article first they already have land that was donated to them in 2012 in Aino Mina and they will start with basic stadium and expand it as they get more funds. Even a basic stadium will have a great impact in moving the country forward.

  • on August 11, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    thanks for India supporting Afghanistan for Cricket and sport, but I am thinking $1 million will be nothing for building a cricket Stadium. even you can not purchase only land for $1m in Afghanistan.

  • on August 11, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    Hope Afghanistan defeats India in a match at this very stadium one day!!!

  • on August 11, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    finally india helped us in cricket thanks to them

  • on August 10, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    great news tanx India ... zindabad Afgan INdia friendship

  • on August 10, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    Who is willing to go there and play a match... Its still risky playing there as the war goes on... And afghan cricket got lot to improve... Not a full member of icc still though... I don't think this is a good decision at all...

  • on August 10, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    Thanks BCCI beside this Kindly help us in coaching and schedule some ODIs and T20Is matches and to take some Afghan players in IPL as well.)

  • on August 19, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    Thank you Indian government for helping, but I think it should have been the BCCI who should have done this.

  • on August 12, 2014, 2:54 GMT

    @ Neaeem, i am agree with chintan patel view because all steduims over the world were not made at once it will be made slowly slowly first ground then other things

  • torsha on August 11, 2014, 23:33 GMT

    Well done India. Truly great from them.

  • on August 11, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    @Naeem Khan read the article first they already have land that was donated to them in 2012 in Aino Mina and they will start with basic stadium and expand it as they get more funds. Even a basic stadium will have a great impact in moving the country forward.

  • on August 11, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    thanks for India supporting Afghanistan for Cricket and sport, but I am thinking $1 million will be nothing for building a cricket Stadium. even you can not purchase only land for $1m in Afghanistan.

  • on August 11, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    Hope Afghanistan defeats India in a match at this very stadium one day!!!

  • on August 11, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    finally india helped us in cricket thanks to them

  • on August 10, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    great news tanx India ... zindabad Afgan INdia friendship

  • on August 10, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    Who is willing to go there and play a match... Its still risky playing there as the war goes on... And afghan cricket got lot to improve... Not a full member of icc still though... I don't think this is a good decision at all...

  • on August 10, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    Thanks BCCI beside this Kindly help us in coaching and schedule some ODIs and T20Is matches and to take some Afghan players in IPL as well.)

  • on August 9, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    Good news. Beside of these helps we have a request from BCCI to set and play some T20 & ODI matchs vs Afghanistan. And take some Afghan players in IPL as well :)

  • FiGhtCluB_99 on August 9, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    Good for Afghanistan, they deserve this. Hope the government also spends some money on smaller sports in India like boxing, wrestling, badminton, etc. in which we can get Olympic medals.

  • on August 9, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    thanks alot we want good relation with u

  • on August 9, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    very good news hope ACB itself spend these money in right place and right manner.

  • 11_Warrior on August 9, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    @CrICkeeet this aid has come from Indian Government and not from BCCI.

  • on August 9, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Great gesture by India.. I'm actually waiting for this to happen.. heard that afghan players don't even have a proper ground to practice and would you believe it they don't have a batting coach :O now the development finally starts in afghan and they will raise the level of the international cricket... I'm very much happy..

  • on August 9, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    Great beside this India has to help in coaching and schedule some ODI and T20I matches and to take some Afghan players in IPL as well.

  • Hardy1 on August 9, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    The BCCI should fund this really, not the Indian government.

  • on August 9, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    good news, but we need matches against india ,in india,

  • on August 9, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    Wow..Great News..Congratulations Afghanistan..BCCI help you in cricket as well as PCB...We Nepal wish the same.

  • Test_Cricket_Always on August 9, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    Long Last.. Finally a move with some social conscience by BCCI (if its at the helm of this initiative) and by the Indian Govt. No point in being the richest sports body in the land when you don't help out boards in need. Hopefully this is many more of such initiatives. How about helping Nepal, West Indies & Zimbabwe ??

  • on August 9, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Should arrange some OSIs & T29i as well. It will help Afghanistan Cricket a lot.

  • on August 9, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    very good Decision from govt of India and thanks for Support our cricket>

  • on August 9, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    Well done Govt.India... Keep a good relation with all countrys....

  • CrICkeeet on August 9, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Oh.... Finally india begin to think something for cricket as cricket, not as businessman... Anyway.. Its a good step..

  • on August 9, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    thanks for Indian Gov, it will help southern of Afghanistan to grow up.

  • on August 9, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    oh please,like there is no international cricket being help in pakistan for security reasons the same might be the case with this.Rather it could have been used for something more benificial that could help its own country.

  • snbirdi on August 9, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    I'm so proud of my country for helping out the little guys! You guys are the true leaders of world cricket and the Big Three shake-up has been nothing but positive news for cricket because now India is at the helm.

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  • snbirdi on August 9, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    I'm so proud of my country for helping out the little guys! You guys are the true leaders of world cricket and the Big Three shake-up has been nothing but positive news for cricket because now India is at the helm.

  • on August 9, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    oh please,like there is no international cricket being help in pakistan for security reasons the same might be the case with this.Rather it could have been used for something more benificial that could help its own country.

  • on August 9, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    thanks for Indian Gov, it will help southern of Afghanistan to grow up.

  • CrICkeeet on August 9, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Oh.... Finally india begin to think something for cricket as cricket, not as businessman... Anyway.. Its a good step..

  • on August 9, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    Well done Govt.India... Keep a good relation with all countrys....

  • on August 9, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    very good Decision from govt of India and thanks for Support our cricket>

  • on August 9, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Should arrange some OSIs & T29i as well. It will help Afghanistan Cricket a lot.

  • Test_Cricket_Always on August 9, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    Long Last.. Finally a move with some social conscience by BCCI (if its at the helm of this initiative) and by the Indian Govt. No point in being the richest sports body in the land when you don't help out boards in need. Hopefully this is many more of such initiatives. How about helping Nepal, West Indies & Zimbabwe ??

  • on August 9, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    Wow..Great News..Congratulations Afghanistan..BCCI help you in cricket as well as PCB...We Nepal wish the same.

  • on August 9, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    good news, but we need matches against india ,in india,