Afghanistan February 15, 2010

Nissan vehicles for Afghanistan team

Tony Munro

Tony Munro

Members of the Afghanistan cricket team, already reveling in their qualification for the World Twenty20 tournament, have been promised new Nissan vehicles by an Afghanistan-based businessman.

Aziz Hotak, described only as a 'national trader', has reportedly announced that each player in the team which won the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier tournament will receive a vehicle. He was present at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday when the team won the final against Ireland by eight wickets. Afghanistan Cricket Federation (ACF) chairman, Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, also the country's Finance Minister, was reportedly sent to Dubai for the final from Kabul by Hamid Karzai, the Afghanistan President after his country qualified for the final by beating Netherlands in the Super Fours match.

The team is now preparing for two one-day internationals and a four-day Intercontinental Cup match against Canada. It will return to Kabul on February 25.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo