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Afghanistan-A win charity match for Kunduz victims

Afghanistan-A win charity match for Kunduz victims

Oct 15, 2015 - 15:47

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A 20-over charity match was played in Kabul on Thursday to support the victims of recent fighting in northern Kunduz province, the Afghanistaninfo-icon Cricket Board (ACB) said on Thursday.

Proceeds from the encounter between Afghanistan-A and the Development Club would be spent on the welfare of the war-affected Kunduz families, ACB spokesman Farid Hotak told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Batting first, Afghanistan-A piled up a total of 213 runs in the stipulated 20 overs for the loss of six wickers. Najib Taraki shone with the willow, scoring 48 runs, followed by Mohammad Mujtaba with 37 and Rehmat Shah 35.

Development Club were restricted to 116 runs, thanks to fiery bowling spells from Karim Sadiq, Mujtaba and Shah, who captured to wickets apiece. Afghanistan-A chalked up a spectacular win in the charity encounter.

A huge crowd, including Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon members, particularly MPs from Kunduz, cricket fans and businesspeople watched the match, sponsored by the Alokozai Group of Companies, Hotak said.

ACB General Manager Nasimullah Danish, commenting on the suffering of Kunduz residents, likened Afghanistan to a human body. Pain in any part troubled the whole body, he remarked.

Shafiqullah Stanikzai, the ACB chief executive, said the Afghans would previously look to international aid in the wake of such tragedies. “But today, we have state institutions that share people’s problems.”

At the end of the match, Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs Dr. Kamal Saadat and Paktia Provincial Council member Zarghona Hamid Totakhel presented awards to outstanding players.

Earlier in the month, a large number of the Talibaninfo-icon stormed the strategic capital of Kunduz province from different directions. After a few hours of clashes, the rebels overran the city that remained under their control for three days.

During their control of Kunduz City, the insurgents allegedly set alight several offices and emptied bank coffers. Food prices shot up, many residents left their homes and basic civic services were disrupted.


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