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Shpagheeza to be held on international standards: Stanikzai

Shpagheeza to be held on international standards: Stanikzai

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Aug 08, 2016 - 18:51

KABUL (KABUL): Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chief executive Shafiqullah Stanikzai on Monday said efforts had been made to execute the Sphageeza Twenty-20 tournament in line with international standards.

Regional teams from five zones of the country, including Kabul, would play in the much-liked tournament starting tomorrow (August 9.)

Stanikzai said the cricket board had installed a big screen at the Kabul Alokozai International Cricket Stadium to enable spectators to watch the game in a fine way.

He said cricket had become commercial and the board earned great revenue last year and more revenue was expected this year.

He said the board had secured financial support from some sources and rejected financial help offer from 12 companies.

He said Afghanistan cricket had made progress and now businessmen and traders understood cricket was good for their business.

Stanikzai said for the first time foreign players would feature in the Sphageeza tournament and they would be part of different teams.

ACB officials believe the presence of foreign players would have a positive impact on cricket and would be helpful for local players to learn from them.

Stanikzai said young players zonal teams had been provided an opportunity to play with seniors in the Sphageeza tournament.

He said the matches would be telecasted through 14 cameras and including two for run-out and the cameramen would strive to present the matches in an attractive manner to the viewers.

After the end of Sphageeza tournament, he said, a Chinese company would be tasked with improving the cricket ground and installing floodlights and other facilities, he added.

Stanikzai warned if political interference increased in the ACB’s affairs, the International Cricket Council might suspend its assistance like it did with Nepal and the USA cricket boards.

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