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Keep chins high, Ghani tells Afghan cricketers

Keep chins high, Ghani tells Afghan cricketers

Feb 14, 2015 - 18:24

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday told the national cricket players, who are in Australia for the ICC Worldinfo-icon Cup, to keep their morale high and abandon fear of losing.

The president phoned Australia and talked to several members of the national team and the Afghan Ambassador in Australia, Nasir Ahmad Andisha, instructing him to provide all support to the team. 

Afghanistaninfo-icon, the first-timers, will open their World Cup campaign against Bangladesh on Wednesday. Other teams in the group with Afghanistan are New Zealand, Australia and England.

The World Cup formally started on Saturday when the co-hosts Australia and New Zealand won their matches against England and Sari Lanka respectively. The Kiwis thrashed Sri Lanka by 98 runs at the Hagley Oval.

Sri Lankans were unable to chase New Zealand’s 331runs target and slowly sunk to 233 all out. Australia beat England by 111 runs after put into bat.

Australian set the English team 342 runs target in the 50 overs game, thanks to Aron Finch marvelous 135 with bat.

England started the chase in a disappointing manner and the entire team collapsed scoring 231 runs. Australia won the match by 111 runs. Marsh with excellent bowling took five wickets.


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