Afghanistan May 21, 2010

Panjshir and Khost stay alive

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
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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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  • 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.

  • sanaullah mohib on May 26, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    we hope to see these matches on tv on day ,

  • sanaullah mohib on May 26, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    thanks fram ethsalat .far sponser this provencial tournament thanks

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • sanaullah mohib on May 26, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    we hope to see these matches on tv on day ,

  • sanaullah mohib on May 26, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    thanks fram ethsalat .far sponser this provencial tournament thanks

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Fraidoon on May 25, 2010, 16:14 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.

  • Nasir Afghanyar on May 25, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    I love Afghanistan and i love cricket. i saw all matches of afghanistan during the world cup. they have talented players and good fielding.if Afghanistan focus on their batting line up, Afghanistan will be the best team in the world Inshallah. and hope that Afghanistan cicket board give opportunity to talented players. Good Luck Afghan Cricket

  • mohammad shakib atefi on May 25, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    that's too nice to hear tht afghanistan started domestic matches..as its gud way to improve our international team and encourage players..may god bless them all and i want a bright future for all of them...

  • khalid london on May 24, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    thats what we really need more games more players we will be inshallah one day world champion it just matter of time peace and stabelity in the country my request from icc gave afghans a chance let them play more international games. god bless

  • Speengher Kunaray on May 24, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    Glad to know about Afghanistan Domestic cricket... thats good For Afghanistan Cricket team becz it will provide talented player for national team.. And i heard that Afghanistan will select "A" team among the players playing that tournament

  • Khaliq Dad Noori on May 24, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    This is a good step for the promotion of the game in country the only thing is not suitable knokout system i saw great talant in Baghlan team but players was under pressure if they lose they will be out of the tournament so i think it least each team must play three or four games .we are really thankfull of Shamshad TV for thier great service for cricket in Afghanistan cricket getting much popular minute by minute hour by hour and day by day when Baghlan Played agianst Khost i came home all my famly asked hy you guys lost today i asked how you people know they told we were watching you on Shamshad TV i was surprised . Regards Khaliq Dad Noori

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  • Rehman on May 24, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    Amazing. Thanks to Cricinfo and Shamshad TV for their coverage. Thanks to the entry in big stage and this tournament, cricket is now the most popular game in all parts of the country.

  • nabeel afghan on May 23, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    I hope that Khost win this tournment for being a khosti .best of luck for all the teams .long live Afghanistan.

  • Bismillah Momand on May 23, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    It really makes me hopeful for the future of Cricket in Afghanistan. The ACB is taking grass root level initiatives in order to develop the game in the country.

    Anyways, I think ACB has not allowed National Team Member to represent their respective provinces in this tournament.

  • Bakhtiar Khan on May 22, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    Hope can win this tournament Inshallah, its ausome tht you pple r giving us updates my thanks.

  • MARS on May 22, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    so happy to hear that Afgahnsitan has made a domestic tournament.

  • Dr. Farhad on May 22, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    That's what afghanistan cricket need for longstanding cricket in the country . Thanks from Shamshad International TV , broadcasting first domesic cricket mathches in afghanitan . and I want ESPN to broadcast this domestic mathes like auther countries, on its first page .

  • Nabi on May 22, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    Afghanistan have good cricketers as they all played in Pakistan in refugee camps, But the main thing is that don't want each other to go ahead everyone want to destroy each other's career we have some great players in Eastern Region (Nangarhar) who are capable to play for national team but always they are failed to join even a training camp always recommended people goes ahead and the other players are watching the story i hope one day Afghanistan really works for their cricket players honestly as right now they are not doing the job.

  • Aziz Faqiry on May 22, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    Thanks Etisalat, It is good start for domestic tournaments and now we can say that Afghanistan's Cricket Team will have good future when from these teams best cricketers come to national team.

    Zwandai de we Afghanistan aw de Afghanistan Cricket Team. ARF

  • Hedayat on May 22, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    Thanks Cricinfo for reporting Afghanistan's domestic cricket news,I am a reguler viewer of the site, Isnt it possible to bring afghanistan's domestic cricket matches live on the site that will be a real boost for afghan cricket.

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  • Hedayat on May 22, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    Thanks Cricinfo for reporting Afghanistan's domestic cricket news,I am a reguler viewer of the site, Isnt it possible to bring afghanistan's domestic cricket matches live on the site that will be a real boost for afghan cricket.

  • Aziz Faqiry on May 22, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    Thanks Etisalat, It is good start for domestic tournaments and now we can say that Afghanistan's Cricket Team will have good future when from these teams best cricketers come to national team.

    Zwandai de we Afghanistan aw de Afghanistan Cricket Team. ARF

  • Nabi on May 22, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    Afghanistan have good cricketers as they all played in Pakistan in refugee camps, But the main thing is that don't want each other to go ahead everyone want to destroy each other's career we have some great players in Eastern Region (Nangarhar) who are capable to play for national team but always they are failed to join even a training camp always recommended people goes ahead and the other players are watching the story i hope one day Afghanistan really works for their cricket players honestly as right now they are not doing the job.

  • Dr. Farhad on May 22, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    That's what afghanistan cricket need for longstanding cricket in the country . Thanks from Shamshad International TV , broadcasting first domesic cricket mathches in afghanitan . and I want ESPN to broadcast this domestic mathes like auther countries, on its first page .

  • MARS on May 22, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    so happy to hear that Afgahnsitan has made a domestic tournament.

  • Bakhtiar Khan on May 22, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    Hope can win this tournament Inshallah, its ausome tht you pple r giving us updates my thanks.

  • Bismillah Momand on May 23, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    It really makes me hopeful for the future of Cricket in Afghanistan. The ACB is taking grass root level initiatives in order to develop the game in the country.

    Anyways, I think ACB has not allowed National Team Member to represent their respective provinces in this tournament.

  • nabeel afghan on May 23, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    I hope that Khost win this tournment for being a khosti .best of luck for all the teams .long live Afghanistan.

  • Rehman on May 24, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    Amazing. Thanks to Cricinfo and Shamshad TV for their coverage. Thanks to the entry in big stage and this tournament, cricket is now the most popular game in all parts of the country.

  • Khaliq Dad Noori on May 24, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    This is a good step for the promotion of the game in country the only thing is not suitable knokout system i saw great talant in Baghlan team but players was under pressure if they lose they will be out of the tournament so i think it least each team must play three or four games .we are really thankfull of Shamshad TV for thier great service for cricket in Afghanistan cricket getting much popular minute by minute hour by hour and day by day when Baghlan Played agianst Khost i came home all my famly asked hy you guys lost today i asked how you people know they told we were watching you on Shamshad TV i was surprised . Regards Khaliq Dad Noori

    President AYCA & Vice President AYSDO

    Contact #: 0093-786956399

    URL: www.aycricket.com

    www.aysdo.com

    Emails: info@aycricket.com

    info@aysdo.com

    Main Office: Kabul Nandary Next to Chaman Hozori

    Youth Cricket Ground Kabul Afghanistan