September 4, 2007


Cricket could overtake football in Afghanistan

Will Luke

Cricketers play in front of a crashed aeroplane © BBC

The BBC have an in-depth report on cricket in Afghanistan where the sport's popularity continues to thrive, in spite of the lack of money available for pitches, grounds and so forth.

No wonder many boys begin playing only to discover that it is difficult to make a living from the game.

"We have lost a lot of boys because of lack of money. Still there is no let-up in enthusiasm," says Taj Malik, the coach of the national team.

Cricket is now being played in 28 of the country's 34 provinces, up from four provinces during Taleban rule. There are some 12,000 registered cricketers playing at various levels.

At this rate, cricket, say experts, is on its way to overtaking football and buzkashi - a sport in which competitors on horseback drag a dead calf over a scoreline - as the most popular sport in the country.

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Will Luke is assistant editor of ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Roman on (December 3, 2007, 14:29 GMT)

comon! if Bermuda can participate in worldcup,,, afghanistan should play with close eyes. have u seen, they(bermuda) were a shame to the sport. "i really like that atlatic policeman in Bermuda team, the one who took robin uttapa catch out" man what a player." well done icc,,,,

Posted by Sailab on (November 4, 2007, 5:59 GMT)

Afghanistan have got an excellent talent of cricket as there have been many talented crickers who have the ability to bring positive results, but unfortunately due to the unproper selection, these young talented boys are out of the box. If the Cricket Federation in Afghanistan take a real trial, they can find even better players who can bring Afghanistan at top. Meanwhile the Afghanistan Sport Federation should facilitate a cricket playing enviroment to the players in all the provinces, especially in the capital Kabul. I would say this can be the first step towards the achievements as the country dont have any cricket ground.

Posted by ahmad on (October 23, 2007, 21:37 GMT)

afghanstan never will win any of the turnaments coz of talent because the top dogs selects their on families and friend to gain name or money coz all the top dogs in afghanstan in all catagories selfish and cowerds,and i beleve one day will come and they will be questioned

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Will Luke
Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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