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25-member cricket squad off to UAE

25-member cricket squad off to UAE

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Aug 06, 2012 - 20:10

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Afghanistaninfo-icon cricket squad, captained by Nawroz Mangal, on Monday left for the United Arab Emirates for warm-up matches ahead of international events.

The national team would meet Australian on August 25 in a one-day international match that would be aired live by 10 Cricket TV, a spokesman for the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) said.

ACB Chief Executive Dr. Hamid Shinwari told reporters the 25-member team would attend an 11-day training camp in the UAE, which has offered Afghanistan its stadia for use.

He said a 15-player line-up would be picked at the end of the camp on August 15. “We have a strong side that will be coached by Kabir Khan, Dawlat Ahmadzai and David Dyer. They will focus on players’ physical fitness, an area where problems have been noticed.” 

After the encounter against the Aussies, Shinwari said, the Afghans would visit the West Indies on September 2 for participation in a friendly series, marking the island’s independence.

Later on, the outfit will proceed to Sri Lank to take part in the T-20 Cup, scheduled to begin on September 18.

Speaking before the squad’s departure, Mangal promise they would try their best to measure up to the nation’s expectations in the matches against their rivals.

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