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Thursday May 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai believes the 'world-class' spinners in his team will pose a serious challenge to the much-vaunted Indian batting line-up in the historic one-off Test in Bengaluru from June 14. Afghanistan will make their much awaited Test debut at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium and Stankizai said the aim is to give a good fight to India, who will be without their regular skipper Virat Kohli. "With or without Kohli, India are a top team and even stronger at home. Kohli is a very big player and we would have enjoyed playing against him," said Stanikzai. "Irrespective of who is playing, everyone knows how tough it is to face India in India. It will be a great learning experience but we are surely not overawed by the challenge. We will be playing to win. We have world-class spinners in our team and they can trouble India." Afghanistan are currently training in Greater Noida but would be travelling to Dehradun later this week ahead of the three-match T20 series against Bangladesh early next month. While coach Phil Simmons has stressed on making his team mentally and physically ready for the five-day challenge, Stanikzai feels adjusting to the Test mode from four-day cricket will not be much of an issue. "We would like to learn from their players and they can learn from ours. Yes we are playing our first Test but we are going into the game with enough first-class experience. We play about 10 four-day games in a year and have won the ICC Intercontinental Cup twice. Tests will be different obviously but I would not say that there is a huge difference," said the veteran of 86 ODIs and 51 T20s. The team's key players -- spinners Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Zadran, and all-rounder Mohammad Nabi -- are currently playing in the IPL. Rashid especially has evolved into a top-quality leg-spinner and a few others including Mujeeb, Zahir Khan and Qais Ahmed too are improving rapidly. "Spin is our strength, there is no doubt about that. We have pacers too, Dawlat and Shapoor Zadran, who can bowl at 140kmph plus speeds. So we have the resources." Any specific reason why Afghanistan producing spinners at a rapid rate? "Our spinners are doing well so that is why most people are talking about them. The wickets in Afghanistan are similar to what you see in India, more helpful to the spinners. That could be one reason. Because of that factor, our batsmen also play spin well," said Stanikzai. He sees the upcoming Afghan T20 league in Sharjah further fast-tracking the growth of the game in the country. "What we would have achieved in 10 years, with the league we could do that within the next three years. Our players will get to rub shoulders with the best in the business. The main thing in international cricket is absorbing pressure and they will get to learn that by playing alongside top foreign players," the 30-year-old added. Dnaindia Ansari

Monday April 23, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Afghan taekwondo girl athletes achieved 8 medals and third position in 10th Fajr International Cup competitions.
Spokesman for directorate of physical education and sport told BNA reporter, Farishta Hussaini, Zahra Hussaini, Taiba Akbari, Asma Bakhuda, Samia Ghulami, Sabera Jafari, Nargis Arfani and Razia Akbari members of Afghan girl taekwondo team, who have participated in the tournament.
Athletes from 12 countries have been participated in 10th Fajr International Cup Competitions, which Iran got first position, Azerbaijan second and fortunately Afghan athletes ranked in third position of the tournament.

Sunday April 22, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Disabled Afghan athlete, Abbas Karimi won gold medal in World Para Swimming Competitions held in America yesterday.
Spokesman for directorate of physical education and sport told BNA, the competition held in Indiana-America that in the first day of the competitions, Abbas Karimi took gold medal.
Abbas Karimi participate at the distance of 50m backstroke and obtained first position of the match, the source added.
Qasim Hamidi head of swimming federation said, Abbas Karimi will take part in 50, 100m butterfly and 100m crawl matches tomorrow.

Thursday April 19, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) boss Nazmul Hasan informed that the board has decided Bangladesh will play a T-20-I series instead of ODIs against the Afghans.
Bangladesh will play a T-20-I series against Afghanistan this June in Dehradun, India.
BCB boss Nazmul Hasan informed that the board has decided Bangladesh will play a T-20-I series instead of ODIs against the Afghans. The final fixture of the series has not been decided yet but it is most likely that the T20Is will be played in June.
“We have a commitment with Afghanistan about playing a series. We have decided to play the series and the format has been also finalized. We will play a T-20-I series against Afghanistan. Now, the matter of fact is, we want to play three T20Is whereas Afghanistan want to play four. So our cricket operations committee and other departments will look into the matter and decide the number of matches soon,” informed Nazmul to the media at the BCB office Wednesday.
There has been speculation that the BCB wanted to change the venue but the board chief informed that other venues are unavailable due to a busy fixture so the series is likely to be held in Dehradun.
“Afghanistan wanted to play in Dehradun. We had considered other venues like Mumbai or Bengaluru. But the reality is all these alternative venues have been occupied due to various fixtures. So far it has been decided to play in Dehradun,” said Nazmul.
Afghanistan recently qualified for the 50-over World Cup in dramatic fashion. They were on the verge of being eliminated from the tournament but eventually won the Qualifiers event by defeating West Indies in the final comprehensively.

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