Afghanistan news August 9, 2014

India grants $1m for Afghanistan stadium

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Android 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Android on August 11, 2014, 9:39 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 on August 11, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    finally india helped us in cricket thanks to them

  • Dummy4 on August 10, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    great news tanx India ... zindabad Afgan INdia friendship

  • ESPN 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...

  • Dummy4 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.)

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