Shaheen win as 20,000 watch Khost T20 final
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Shaheen team emerged champions after winning a twenty20 cricket tournament title in southeastern Khost province.
Besides teams from various provinces, cricket clubs from Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province also took part in the tournament named “Chinar Twenty20” played on a newly-constructed private playground south of Khost City.
Organisers of the tournament said thousands of people daily watched the matches, but their numbers reached above 20,000 on Friday when the final match was played.
Khost’s Shaheen and Badshah teams reached the final and the former won it, one of the organisers, Mohammad Shah Fazlyar, said.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News the Shaheen team batted first and set the rival side 161 runs to chase for the loss of nine wickets. The Badshah team lost all batsmen in the 16th over after scoring 105 runs, he said.
Another organiser, Mohammad Khan, said besides three teams from Khost, teams Logar, Balkh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces took part in the tournament.
He said the tournament was aimed at providing the young players an opportunity to share their experiences.
He said they wanted cricket to be further developed and this way introduce talented players to the national and the under-19 sides.
Afghanistan-A team player Noorul Haq Malakzai told Pajhwok Afghan News that it was encouraging that cricketers were being provided the opportunity to play matches on a standard ground.
“My appeal to the cricket board as well as investors is that they should take much needed steps for the promotion of cricket in the country.”
A spectator, Sadiqullah, said such tournaments helped hunt talent and fulfilled the wish of young players to play on a green ground and learn techniques.
Afghanistan Cricket Board spokesman Farid Hotak said privately launched cricket tournaments played a key role in the game’s development.
He said the cricket board was ready to extend all possible support to the private sector in organising such events.
Khost is among the provinces where people have a great passion for cricket. The Afghan national and the under-19 teams have players from Khost.
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