Afghanistan January 10, 2011

Cricket helps Afghan women spread their wings

Although Taliban-led insurgency is going on unabated in the war-torn country, Afghan girls and women have been exercising their rights envisaged in the post-Taliban country's constitution.
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Although Taliban-led insurgency is going on unabated in the war-torn country, Afghan girls and women have been exercising their rights envisaged in the post-Taliban country's constitution.

"I want to be flag bearer in the upcoming competition due in February in Kuwait," said Noshin, a member of Afghan women cricket team.

An energetic Noshin, 19, like many Afghans, uses only one name and attired in sport costume, told Xinhua that "I don't want the conflicts to destroy my dreams and ruin my future. I hate the war."

Noshin like many others, looks ambitious and was playing cricket in Bagh-e-Zanana, the only women park in the capital city Kabul where women even could not go inside during Taliban regime which collapsed in late 2001 by the NATO-led military campaign.

Dozens of women cricket players were busy in playing the game in this January, and the best ones of them will form Women National Cricket Team to compete in Kuwait next month.

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Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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  • fanedlive on May 24, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    so nice my my men teame i love to my afghan team

  • fanedlive on March 11, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    proud to be an afghan i love my taigers

  • fanedlive on February 9, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    With such limited facilities and unfair conditions of the country, I think Afghanistan Cricket Team has done a miracle. They have shown to the world they are capable of reaching the peaks as well. But beside this the ACB should fully support the team and should have regular contacts with ICC to improve and support our team. Best luck team...

  • fanedlive on February 8, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    Afghanistan Cricket Team needs to practice more than they do, becuase if they want to be at the of they need to practice alot....

  • fanedlive on February 6, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    I really feel proud when i see our Afghans teams while playing, for time being winning is not important for me,i suggest our team to learn from this opportunities how to win we hope to have a strong cricket team in the future there for we must have cricket grounds there for I request the government to provide every kind of facilities to the playes and i proud to be a an Afghan citizen and in shallah our team will have a bright future

    I excuse all the people who are talking about the piece and want to peace in the world to work for the piece spacialy in Afghanistan and please joint the piece.

  • fanedlive on February 4, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    We should be proud of our Afghan sister and brother to be in a team. We should encourage the women to improve the there skill and knowledge,and we have to sport them to reach there goals.Good Luck sisters.

  • fanedlive on January 31, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    i realy feel proud when i see our Afghans teams while playing, for time being winning is not important for me,i suggest our team to learn from this opportunities how to win !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • fanedlive on January 29, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    afghan women cricket team have bright future like men

  • fanedlive on January 23, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    we hope to have a strong cricket team in the future there for we must have cricket grounds there for I request the government to provide every kind of facilities to the playes

  • fanedlive on January 21, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    i agree with "dr qadir aryan" that Afghanistan have got allot other problems they need to work out that before having women team, my self i play cricket in England and i love cricket and very much love to see afghni team playing international cricket women or men bez they are good player. all the best afghni team with love :)<3

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