May 21, 2010

Afghanistan

Panjshir and Khost stay alive

Tony Munro

Panjshir and Khost stayed alive in the Etisalat Afghanistan Domestic 50-over tournament, Afghanistan’s main domestic event, by winning their respective matches at the National Cricket Stadium in Kabul. In two low-scoring affairs, Panjshir beat Helmand by five wickets on Wednesday, while Khost beat Baghlan by 29 runs on Thursday.

There are 24 provinces taking part in the tournament, with teams divided into four groups of six. Each team plays one match in the group stage, with the teams with the highest run-rate from each group progressing to the semi-finals. The tournament continues until June 8 and Afghanistan’s national team players are representing their provinces.

In Wednesday’s game, Panjshir, from the country's north-east, won the toss and put Helmand, from the south, in to bat. The decision to bowl was vindicated as Helmand lost two wickets in the first seven overs before collapsing for 126 all out.

Panjshir, mindful of the importance of run-rates in determining the semi-finalists, raced to their target of 127 in just 19 overs, losing five wickets in the process. The win keeps them in contention for a place in the last four, while Helmand has been eliminated.

In Thursday’s game, Khost's passionate supporters were rewarded when the easterners beat Baghlan by 29 runs. Baghlan, also from the north, won the toss and elected to bowl. Led by Juma Gul, who took five wickets, they knocked Khost over for 133 in 29.2 overs. Shahih Zadran top-scored with 27, while Daoud Zadran chipped in with 23.

However, Baghlan’s batsmen put up little resistance chasing 134, losing their first five wickets for 61 runs, before folding up for 103. Kaleemullah and Saeed Ahmad took three wickets apiece and Amanullah two. Yaqoob top scored for Baghlan with 21. The loss means Baghlan is out of the tournament.

Both matches were telecast live in Afghanistan. On Sunday, Balkh take on Wardag in Group A’s final match.

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Posted by tahir (abshar) on (May 27, 2010, 7:42 GMT)

we hope that the ICC should give more chance to afghanistan because this is the country which is just out of WAR. if they give more chances and more matches to afghanistan, and the people of afghanistan see thire national heros on screen then they will put hand together for reconstration of thire country. we hope the ICC will look to the condition of our country and and do some thing for afghan crickters i am from helmand provance, as u know that in whole the country this is the place wherre tens of people are daying but we are still trying to play cricket in our provance.

Posted by sanaullah mohib on (May 26, 2010, 19:54 GMT)

we hope to see these matches on tv on day ,

Posted by sanaullah mohib on (May 26, 2010, 19:50 GMT)

thanks fram ethsalat .far sponser this provencial tournament thanks

Posted by Niazi on (May 26, 2010, 8:43 GMT)

I apprecaite etisalat company to help young Afghans cricketers , that will be a better chance for Afghanistan National cricket council to choose a talent and stronger cricketer for national team. I am also want to say think from Shamshad TV to broadcast these mathes to all world.

Posted by Numan on (May 26, 2010, 7:26 GMT)

we realy appreciate the hard work of SHAMSHAD TV and Etisalat communication company and ACB for the conducting of this tournament. I hope we use this opportunity to raise and grow the new players and have another group of players to fill the gaps coming in the national criciket team. we also hope that cricket game will unify the people of afghanistan and bring peace in the country. we would kindly ask SHAMSHAD TV continuiing the use of their efforts in broadcasting the coming tournaments. Zawandi de we AFGHANISTAN.

Afghanistan

Posted by jamalnaser on (May 26, 2010, 7:18 GMT)

thanks to cricinfo and itisalat adn aslo to shamshad tv for broadcasting live these matchs i hop that our coantry will find more good cricketers in future i am also playing for my coantry and i want to be a part of my coantry cricket team

Posted by Haroon ahmadi on (May 26, 2010, 6:30 GMT)

Hello I am Haroon ahmadi from Abdul wakil high school This is a very great tournament for the growth of domestic cricket in Afghanistan for that I thank etesalate and sham shad TV At the end I pray for all players to play well I am from Nangarhar so hope that our team do good performance too Thanks for your kind attention

Posted by Jan-5shiri on (May 25, 2010, 23:58 GMT)

Well, I was not cricket fan but since AFG qulifaied for international t20 worldcup, cricket become apart of my favorite games. I wish all afghan cricket player goodluck..... And yeah I hope panjshir team win this tournament. Good luck all team. Love 4m jan molazadeh

Posted by Fraidoon on (May 25, 2010, 16:18 GMT)

Thanks, to cricinfo for putting full information about the domistic tournament in kabul, afg. And as well as from shamshan international tv for live broadcasting. I expect to see live scorecards in cricinfo's page from Afghanistan domistic cricket like other countries.

Posted by Fraidoon on (May 25, 2010, 16:18 GMT)

Thanks, to cricinfo for putting full information about the domistic tournament in kabul, afg. And as well as from shamshan international tv for live broadcasting. I expect to see live scorecards in cricinfo's page from Afghanistan domistic cricket like other countries.

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