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    First-ever ice cricket contest held in Kabul

    KABUL (PAN): An ice cricket tournament, involving three local clubs, was played for the first time in the capital Kabul on Monday, an official said.

    Held at the Kabul Cricket Stadium, the tournament was organised by the Loba Sports Training Organisation (LSTO), Shah Zaheer, an official of the organistaion, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    He said playing cricket on ice was common in England, Ireland, Switzerland and other countries. For the first time such an event took place in Afghanistan.

    Each side was comprised of five players, the official said, adding that every match was of five overs, each having four deliveries.

    Under the rules of ice cricket, bowlers have to throw full-toss deliveries and avoid pitching the ball on the track. A ball pitched is considered a dead delivery. Pink and orange balls are used in the tournament for visibility reasons.

    "It was a very useful experience," said cricketer Hashmatullah Shahidi, 19. "I have played cricket on dusty and uneven grounds. Playing on ice was great fun," he concluded.