Triumphant Afghanistan U-19 squad returns home
KABUL (Pajhwok): After retaining the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Under-19 Premier Cup title, the triumphant Afghan squad returned home from Malaysia on Saturday.
The defenders, who won all their matches, convincingly trounced hosts Malaysia in the final showdown by seven wickets in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.
Afghan Cricket Board deputy head Haji Azizullah Fazli and several other officials welcomed the national side at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.
CEO Shafiqullah Stanikzai prised U19 team achievement said, ACB will provide more facilities to the team in future.
Skipper Dawlat Khan Ahmadzai told Pajhwok Afghan News the upcoming players had exhibited a lot of promise by beating all rivals in the tournament.
He was all praise for Hazratullah for scoring prolifically during the event, contributing to Afghanistan’s wins and earning the Man of the Series Award. Ahmadzai hailed the U-19 team as the backbone of the Afghan side.
Haji Fazli also commended the team’s outstanding performance, which once again proved that cricket had a brilliant future in the conflict-devastated country.
He added the ACB was massively investing in senior and junior cricketers to boost the game in Afghanistan. He hoped the players would continue to cling to their winning ways.
Afghanistan grabbed 10 points from the five matches they played to retain the title in a befitting manner. The six-nation cup featured Afghanistan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nepal, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
As a result of their title retention, the winners have qualified for the Under-19 World Cup scheduled to take place in Bangladesh in 2016.
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