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Afghanistan-A cricket team returns from Sari Lanka

Afghanistan-A cricket team returns from Sari Lanka

Aug 20, 2015 - 18:21

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon-A cricket team on Thursday returned home from Sari Lanka after winning most of friendly matches they played against local teams there.

The team had left for Sari Lanka about three weeks ago to play practice matches against host teams.

The Afghanistan-A team won two four-day and one one-day matches against Sari Lanka Cricket Development XI. The third match ended in a draw and the fourth won by the Sari Lankan side.

To receive the players, Afghanistan Cricket Board officials including Chief Executive Shafiqullah Stanikzai, deputy technical affairs director Taj Malook Alam, deputy CEO Nasim Danish reached the Hamid Karzai International Airport.

Besides them, a large number of cricket fans, media representatives and ACB workers welcomed the team.

Stanikzai told reporters at the airport that polishing skills of the youth remained one of the cricket board’s top priorities.

“The A team plays the role of a standby force for the national team and strengthening their talent is necessary for the future of the game,” he said.

Stanikzai praised the Afghanistan-A team for playing well against the Sari Lankans and said their best performance could guarantee a bright future.

A team coach Raees Ahmadzai thanked the cricket board for arranging practice games abroad for his team. He said both junior and senior players in the A team proved their talent, which would prove beneficial in selection of the national team for future games.

The coach particularly praised Noor Ali Zadran, Najib Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Hamza Hotak and some others for their best performance.



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