Afghanistan June 10, 2010

Kabul and Paktia clash in Etisalat Trophy final

Afghanstan's main domestic event, the Etisalat Trophy 50-over Interprovincial tournament reaches its climax on Thursday when Kabul meets Paktia in the final at Kabul's National Youth Cricket Ground.
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Afghanstan's main domestic event, the Etisalat Trophy 50-over Interprovincial tournament reaches its climax on Thursday when Kabul meets Paktia in the final at Kabul's National Youth Cricket Ground.

Kabul, which is believed to mainly feature players from other provinces, qualifed with a convincing 159 run semi-final win over Panjshir, while Paktia eased past Laghman by three wickets with 2.2 overs remaining to earn their place. Batting first, Kabul posted 225 for eight from their 50 overs before skittling Panjshir for just 66. Paktia bowled out Laghman for a credible 223 all out from 48.1 overs then continued its solid batting in this tournament getting home for the loss of seven wickets.

Both Kabul and Paktia won four matches to reach the final. Players wore coloured clothing throughout the tournament which was shown live on Afghan television.

Meanwhile, a meeting between Afghanistan Cricket Board officials and discontented members of the national team has resulted in the inclusion of Dawlat Ahmadzai at the expense of Murad Ali for the ICC World Cricket League Division One tournament in Netherlands next month.

It is not known whether the future of the CEO, Dr Aimal Shenwari or Chief Selector, Dr Hamid Shenwari has been settled. The players had threatened to boycott the tournament if the pair retained their positions.

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  • Rahmatullah on July 8, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    Afganistan have a great players if the ICC help to Afghanistan cricket board ing make a Studium and also find batting coach it will be beeter in the future.

  • Rahmatullah on July 8, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    Afganistan have a great players if the ICC help to Afghanistan cricket board ing make a Studium and also find batting coach it will be beeter in the future.

  • Awaljan Taniwal on July 6, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    the international donors should help our sports side also , we need to train , actually cricket is very new for Afghanistan and most of the peoples dont know the rolls of cricket,

  • asad khan on June 23, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    salamona that is very infortant for our futurs cricket in afghanistan and i hope the youngster get some benifits from this to go forward in national team .............we love afghanistan and cricket

  • Naqibullah Ghaiury on June 23, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    This is a very good chance for the youngster players to elected into our Lovely Afghanistan Team Play like Hameed Hussin and Mirwais Ashrif The Afghan Super Star Cricket Players Best of Look for Kabul Team

  • ak ahmadzai on June 19, 2010, 22:35 GMT

    this is very good thinking because if they keep playing like these kind of tounaments (provence vs provence) this will be a practice for players and they can find good players for afghanistan international team.(good luck)

  • hamedjan on June 12, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    this very good future cricket in afghanistan wishe u best luck

  • shahid on June 12, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    Its a great news to hear and see the domestic cricket in afghansitan and it surely helps our team to perorm better in international series and improve their selves.

  • wadood jumriani on June 12, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    im an afghan from pa .i played cricket from my school in karachi then inter college from comerce college.i played from alfateh club inshort im big cricket fan and watching afghanistan played makes me feel proud and sad cuz afghanistan had n team then anyways please keep politcs away from cricket cuz afghanistan is improving and should concentrate just on thier game cuz they have to go along way but with politics around they will vainshed from the international level so pleaseeee keep thepolitics away thanks .

  • Alexandria on June 11, 2010, 0:57 GMT

    Its about time Afghanistan were promoted to associates seeing as they are better than most the Associates if they dont have the organisation required the ICC should liase with the Afghani Board and fast track them it seems strange that an affiliate is in the top 14 sides in the world they should be Associates

  • Rahmatullah on July 8, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    Afganistan have a great players if the ICC help to Afghanistan cricket board ing make a Studium and also find batting coach it will be beeter in the future.

  • Rahmatullah on July 8, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    Afganistan have a great players if the ICC help to Afghanistan cricket board ing make a Studium and also find batting coach it will be beeter in the future.

  • Awaljan Taniwal on July 6, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    the international donors should help our sports side also , we need to train , actually cricket is very new for Afghanistan and most of the peoples dont know the rolls of cricket,

  • asad khan on June 23, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    salamona that is very infortant for our futurs cricket in afghanistan and i hope the youngster get some benifits from this to go forward in national team .............we love afghanistan and cricket

  • Naqibullah Ghaiury on June 23, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    This is a very good chance for the youngster players to elected into our Lovely Afghanistan Team Play like Hameed Hussin and Mirwais Ashrif The Afghan Super Star Cricket Players Best of Look for Kabul Team

  • ak ahmadzai on June 19, 2010, 22:35 GMT

    this is very good thinking because if they keep playing like these kind of tounaments (provence vs provence) this will be a practice for players and they can find good players for afghanistan international team.(good luck)

  • hamedjan on June 12, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    this very good future cricket in afghanistan wishe u best luck

  • shahid on June 12, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    Its a great news to hear and see the domestic cricket in afghansitan and it surely helps our team to perorm better in international series and improve their selves.

  • wadood jumriani on June 12, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    im an afghan from pa .i played cricket from my school in karachi then inter college from comerce college.i played from alfateh club inshort im big cricket fan and watching afghanistan played makes me feel proud and sad cuz afghanistan had n team then anyways please keep politcs away from cricket cuz afghanistan is improving and should concentrate just on thier game cuz they have to go along way but with politics around they will vainshed from the international level so pleaseeee keep thepolitics away thanks .

  • Alexandria on June 11, 2010, 0:57 GMT

    Its about time Afghanistan were promoted to associates seeing as they are better than most the Associates if they dont have the organisation required the ICC should liase with the Afghani Board and fast track them it seems strange that an affiliate is in the top 14 sides in the world they should be Associates

  • Engineer bareewal Kunaray on June 10, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    Afghanistan Cricket has become the playground of politics now a days..Politicians should not be allowed to occupy positions in Cricket board..Experienced cricketers and the people who know about cricket should govern the cricket board ... Other wise soon they will lost their reputation in world

  • Ali on June 10, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    Heartning to see our Afghan brothers following us in cricket. They have learn to play cricket while staying in Pakistan for last 30 years. Soon cricket standards in their country will improve as more and more Afghans go back to their homeland

  • hafiz on June 10, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    thanks to those who organised all this tournament for our players to paly at least each other and the good thing is that the other players can learn something from player which are experienced my lots of wishes and prays are with my lovely and perfect team

  • nhusain on June 10, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    It looks like the domestic structure for cricket in Afghanistan is stronger then what it is in Pakistan.

  • Aimal Khan on June 10, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    I am an Afghan American who loves the game of Cricket. I am sad to see that this kind of rift exist between the players and ACB. Their main focus should be to improve their game and not get involved in politics. Also, the Afghan domestic cricket needs help and the international community must step up with the investments. The future of the Afghan Cricket depends on it.

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  • Aimal Khan on June 10, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    I am an Afghan American who loves the game of Cricket. I am sad to see that this kind of rift exist between the players and ACB. Their main focus should be to improve their game and not get involved in politics. Also, the Afghan domestic cricket needs help and the international community must step up with the investments. The future of the Afghan Cricket depends on it.

  • nhusain on June 10, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    It looks like the domestic structure for cricket in Afghanistan is stronger then what it is in Pakistan.

  • hafiz on June 10, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    thanks to those who organised all this tournament for our players to paly at least each other and the good thing is that the other players can learn something from player which are experienced my lots of wishes and prays are with my lovely and perfect team

  • Ali on June 10, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    Heartning to see our Afghan brothers following us in cricket. They have learn to play cricket while staying in Pakistan for last 30 years. Soon cricket standards in their country will improve as more and more Afghans go back to their homeland

  • Engineer bareewal Kunaray on June 10, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    Afghanistan Cricket has become the playground of politics now a days..Politicians should not be allowed to occupy positions in Cricket board..Experienced cricketers and the people who know about cricket should govern the cricket board ... Other wise soon they will lost their reputation in world

  • Alexandria on June 11, 2010, 0:57 GMT

    Its about time Afghanistan were promoted to associates seeing as they are better than most the Associates if they dont have the organisation required the ICC should liase with the Afghani Board and fast track them it seems strange that an affiliate is in the top 14 sides in the world they should be Associates

  • wadood jumriani on June 12, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    im an afghan from pa .i played cricket from my school in karachi then inter college from comerce college.i played from alfateh club inshort im big cricket fan and watching afghanistan played makes me feel proud and sad cuz afghanistan had n team then anyways please keep politcs away from cricket cuz afghanistan is improving and should concentrate just on thier game cuz they have to go along way but with politics around they will vainshed from the international level so pleaseeee keep thepolitics away thanks .

  • shahid on June 12, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    Its a great news to hear and see the domestic cricket in afghansitan and it surely helps our team to perorm better in international series and improve their selves.

  • hamedjan on June 12, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    this very good future cricket in afghanistan wishe u best luck

  • ak ahmadzai on June 19, 2010, 22:35 GMT

    this is very good thinking because if they keep playing like these kind of tounaments (provence vs provence) this will be a practice for players and they can find good players for afghanistan international team.(good luck)