Mohammad Khan Club clinch 20-over Challenge Cup
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Mohammad Khan Club pipped their rivals by a solitary run to clinch the Challenge Cup, featuring a dozen teams, in southeastern Khost province, officials said on Saturday.
Several cricketers from Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province also took part in the 20-over event, lasting 17 days, one of the organisors told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Jihad Sangin said the winners and other outstanding players were handed awards, including cash prizes. “Each of the participating teams paid $500 entry fee. The champions received $2,000 in cash.”
In the final showdown, Sangin added, Mohammad Khan Club scored 169 runs for the loss of seven wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. In a virtual photo finish, the Khost University could make 168 runs.
Coming all the way from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to Khost City, Hidayatullah hailed the tournament as a major stride toward promoting the game in Afghanistan and strengthening unity between Pakhtuns on both sides of the Durand Line.
He told Pajhwok: “Whenever we come to Khost or any other province of Afghanistan, we return home with lots of sweet memories. We hope the Afghanistan Cricket Board will pay attention to us.”
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