Cricket has progressed a lot in the east: official
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Cricket has progressed well in eastern Afghanistan and new stars from the zone will make their way to the national side in future, the zonal cricket chief says.
Factors including development of domestic cricket, playgrounds, other facilities and a huge number of cricket fans have contributed to the progress of the game in the east.
Afghanistan Cricket Board chief for the eastern zone, Bakhtiyar Sahel, told Pajhwok Afghan News during an interview that some players in Nangarhar, Kunar, Laghman and Nuristan provinces had drawn the board’s attention towards them after best performance in domestic cricket.
“From Nangarhar, Tariq Stanikzai, Shaukat Zaman, Parvez Malakzai, Wafadar Momand, Farid Malak, Abdullah Adil, Wahid Shafaq and from Laghman, Khabir Omar, Nasir Omar, Ikram Faizi and from Kunar Basir Mehboob and Ejaz Kunarai are the players who have the potential to make it to the national team,” Sahel said.
He said there were also some junior players in the eastern zone, who could have a bright future in the game. He said there were up to 10 cricket academies in Nangarhar and that was why cricket had progress a lot in the zone.
“Besides having the academies, we organize cricket tournaments in Jalalabad and districts. The tournaments leave a positive impact on the players’ abilities and many players have polished their skills as a result.”
“Due to the facilities in the eastern zone, the Spin Ghar cricket team has won twice the Sixes Cup, once a three-day tournament, once the under-19 cup and once the disabled cricket tournament.”
The side has also won twice the Syed Jamaluddin Afghan (grade one) tournament and once won an inter-provincial cricket tournament.
Bakhtiyar Sahel said they planned to construct a second international cricket stadium in Nangarhar and it would have a huge positive impact on the game’s development.
“We already have the standard Ghazi Amanullah Khan international cricket stadium in Nangarhar, but now we have obtained 12.5 acres of land in front of the Behsud bridge, where an international cricket ground will be established.”
He said the project would be completed over the next two years. “In Kunar province, work on the playground’s grass and pitch is underway, which will be completed in the next two month. And in Laghman, work on the construction of a cricket stadium has been launched and in the first phase, the stadium’s ground, grass, pitches, water supply system and seats for spectators will be established.”
He said the project would be completed in the coming two years. Sahel also said they had launched efforts at constructing two playgrounds in other important areas of Jalalabad city.
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