May 23, 2010


Khost beat Balkh in controversial encounter

Tony Munro

A team which had originally been eliminated, has been reinstated to Etisalat Afghanistan Domestic fifty-over tournament, the country's main inter-provincial tournament, after its supporters staged a four-hour pitch invasion demanding a change to the events rules for determining semi-finalists according to a report on The Cricket Post website.

The report tells how Khost supporters' sit-in only ceased once the Afghanistan Cricket Board altered the rules so Khost would continue competing in the tournament. Under the original format, the two winners in each group with the highest run-rate were to proceed to the semi-finals. Khost was originally eliminated as they were third in Group A on run-rate behind Panjshir and Balkh.

It was expected that Panjshir and Balkh would play off on Saturday's match at the National Youth Cricket Ground in Kabul for a place in the quarter-finals. Khost, originally third in Group A objected chiefly on the grounds that Khost's provincial representative was not present at the ACB meeting where the tournament rules were decided.

The report alleges pressure from ministers in President Hamid Karzai’s cabinet, tribal leaders and parliamentarians was exerted on the ACB. The report then says ACB sources told The Cricket Post that they were asked not to upset Khost’s spectators. Sources added, ACB had feared Khostis riot may lead to a fight in the ground.

The local crowd continued to display poor behaviour during the match, with over-the-top celebration when ever their side picked a wicket or scored a boundary, culminating in a pitch invasion once Khost sealed victory.

25 overs Khost 110 for 8 beat Balkh 99 all out by 11 runs


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Posted by Aditya Mookerjee on (May 24, 2010, 9:34 GMT)

If Afghanistan is so enthusiastic about cricket, then they should introduce the three day format of the game into the domestic competition. That is the only way that they may get test status, sooner rather than later, after a while. I believe, that in India, we must play five day games in the Ranji Trophy, and we must play these games aggressively.

Posted by Mohammad Bashir on (May 24, 2010, 4:12 GMT)

It was really bad that Khost has taken such a action, I don't agree that their representative were not in the meeting where they decided for tournament rules anyway the new rules is a good sign for those teams coming from a long way and it might upseted them if they left out from the tournament with playing only one match despite win and pick their bags for leaving because of the NRR anyone Khost lost a match very badly to Panjshir and I am sure that it was better for them to be eliminated in first round not such big defeat the tasted against Panjshir. to be honest I am a fan of Khost cricket team but the way they force to take reentry in the tournament really upsted me.


Posted by k on (May 23, 2010, 23:27 GMT)

this is why you can't let these people play international cricket...they might bomb somewhere if they feel their team was treated unjustly

Posted by Kaivalagi on (May 23, 2010, 23:06 GMT)

Why wouldn't they invade the pitch when the situation doesn't suit them - after all the ICC have just about sanctioned pitch invasions with their lack of action on the Nepal incident. Could become a major trend in cricket.

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