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.
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.