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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  • khanhir on May 24, 2011, 9:05 GMT

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

  • hameed ullah musazai on March 11, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    proud to be an afghan i love my taigers

  • Abdul Rahman Sabr 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...

  • Naser 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....

  • Ashoqullah Nikzad 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.

  • nida 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.

  • Ahmad Pervez 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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    afghan women cricket team have bright future like men

  • Abdul Raziq 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

  • fez 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

  • khanhir on May 24, 2011, 9:05 GMT

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

  • hameed ullah musazai on March 11, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    proud to be an afghan i love my taigers

  • Abdul Rahman Sabr 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...

  • Naser 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....

  • Ashoqullah Nikzad 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.

  • nida 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.

  • Ahmad Pervez 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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    afghan women cricket team have bright future like men

  • Abdul Raziq 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

  • fez 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

  • dr qadir aryan on January 20, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    i excuse all the people who are talking about the women team of afghanistan. You guys should understand that afghanistan is not in a condition that can have afghan woman team because first of all we have concentrate alot on security and 2nd on our health system. i completly oppose the idea of having a national team

  • sabawoon safi on January 20, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    we proud to be afghan we love our cricket team inshalah we will win any match if we have......

  • Rasheed on January 20, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    satuation of Afghanistan is not prone yet to girls cricket team, i think it will creat some problums

  • Hamza on January 19, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    its like a dream 4 me to see afghan in international cricket.hope they will show the world that afghan can rule the world in any kind of game.

  • Waliahmad on January 18, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    we proud on afghanistan cricket team they shines our flag in whole world that we are aghani and we can do every thing in sports and in other fields, WE PROUD TO BE AFGHANI. And we also thankfull from cricinfo that they inform us on time.

  • Jaid Faisal on January 13, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    Long life for Afghan cricket players, they are the guys who has high lighted the name of Afghanistan in all over the world.

    we hope that ladies team will be also successful as the men team is

    and also thanks from you guys for announcing this here

  • naser momand on January 11, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    we hope afghanistan hav a good future of cricket in man and woman side so it is benet for afghan cricket

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  • naser momand on January 11, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    we hope afghanistan hav a good future of cricket in man and woman side so it is benet for afghan cricket

  • Jaid Faisal on January 13, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    Long life for Afghan cricket players, they are the guys who has high lighted the name of Afghanistan in all over the world.

    we hope that ladies team will be also successful as the men team is

    and also thanks from you guys for announcing this here

  • Waliahmad on January 18, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    we proud on afghanistan cricket team they shines our flag in whole world that we are aghani and we can do every thing in sports and in other fields, WE PROUD TO BE AFGHANI. And we also thankfull from cricinfo that they inform us on time.

  • Hamza on January 19, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    its like a dream 4 me to see afghan in international cricket.hope they will show the world that afghan can rule the world in any kind of game.

  • Rasheed on January 20, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    satuation of Afghanistan is not prone yet to girls cricket team, i think it will creat some problums

  • sabawoon safi on January 20, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    we proud to be afghan we love our cricket team inshalah we will win any match if we have......

  • dr qadir aryan on January 20, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    i excuse all the people who are talking about the women team of afghanistan. You guys should understand that afghanistan is not in a condition that can have afghan woman team because first of all we have concentrate alot on security and 2nd on our health system. i completly oppose the idea of having a national team

  • fez 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

  • Abdul Raziq 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

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

    afghan women cricket team have bright future like men