Tuesday February 21, 2017
Kabul (BNA) A Afghanistan cricket broke a new barrier when Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan became the first from the war-torn nation to be picked in the Indian Premier League Player's Auction, in Bengaluru, on Monday.
Both Nabi and Khan players were bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad, for Rs 30 lakh and Rs four crore respectively after five cricketers from Afghanistan were included in the auction for the first time. It was a bit surprising that seasoned all-rounder Nabi was snapped up at his base price while leg-spinner Khan got the benefit of a bidding war between Sunrisers and Mumbai Indians and was eventually sold for eight times his base price. Both players are currently with the national team in Zimbabwe. "Feeling on top of the world, being selected for Team @SunRisers @IPL auction. Tnx for your love & support," Nabi tweeted shortly after getting the big news. N Nabi, a batting all-rounder who is also effective with his off-spin, was keenly tracking the auction alongside Khan and the rest of the players. While Khan doesn't have experience of playing T20 leagues, Nabi has played in Pakistan Super League (PSL) and for Sylhet Royals in Bangladesh. 18-year-old Khan, known for his goodly, has 62 international wickets to his name, 31 each in ODIs and T20 Internationals. Nabi is one of the senior most Afghanistan cricketers, having represented the country in 72 ODIs and 52 T20 Internationals. Afghanistan's entry into the cash-rich IPL is a reflection of their gradual growth in international cricket. The team qualified for the World T20 in the last four editions and made its 50-over World Cup debut in Australia two years ago.
Monday, February 20, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The Afghanistan national cricket team defeated Zimbabwe by 54 runs in their second appearance in a bilateral One Day International (ODI) series.
The Afghan team won the toss and elected to bat first in the second game, electing a target of 239 runs for the host team. Afghanistan set the given target by losing 9 wickets from 50 overs with Mohammad Shahzad scoring 64 runs, Rahmat Shah 53 runs, Mohammad Nabi 33 runs, Najibullah Zadran 45 runs, Noor Ali Zadran 14 runs, Asghar Stanikzai 6 runs, Gulbain Naib 5 runs, Rashid Khan 3 runs, Dawlat Zadran 1 runs, and Hashmatullah Shahidi 2 runs. Zimbabwe team could not chase the given target and lost all their wickets after scoring184 runs from42.1 overs. On the bowling side, Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan took 3 wickets, and Amir Hamza and Gulbadin Naib 2 wickets each to restrict Zimbabwe to 184 runs.
Sunday February 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA) UEFA will mark a decade of helping Afghan landmine victims on Wednesday, when Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos presents a cheque for €100,000 to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). “I would like to pay tribute to the ICRC, who have been working relentlessly to help landmine victims, many of whom are children. Their program in Afghanistan, which has been in place for several years, shows that football can offer real hope in challenging times,” said UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin. “I am glad that UEFA can help this cause, and that the sport we love can have a positive impact on the rehabilitation process of so many people in this troubled region,” he added. The donation supports the ICRC’s physical rehabilitation program for landmine victims and other people with disabilities in Afghanistan – providing artificial limbs, physiotherapy, vocational training and access to the rehabilitation center’s football team. About a third of patients are children. Sergio Ramos will present the donation before his side’s UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match against Napoli at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid on 15 February.
“The people benefiting from the ICRC program in Afghanistan are an inspiration to us, as they set an example of how to approach life in a positive manner despite the problems that they face,” the Real Madrid CF defender said. Sergio Ramos was chosen to hand over the cheque after receiving the most votes in UEFA com’s Team of the Year, which was published in January, and added that it is “a privilege” to be “a source of motivation” to so many people. “They don’t stop dreaming, and they fight to make their dreams come true. As key figures in this sport, it’s a true privilege for us footballers to be a source of motivation in their day-to-day lives, and to help them out,” he said. Over the course of a partnership lasting almost 20 years, UEFA has donated in excess of €3.5 million to the ICRC to help disadvantaged people around the globe. Meanwhile, over 7 million votes were cast in selecting the UEFA.com users’ Team of the Year 2016.
Sunday February 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA) After an impressive start to the series in the opening One-Day International (ODI) with a 12-run win, visitors Afghanistan aim to repeat the same heroics from the previous match, as they take on hosts Zimbabwe in the second of the five-match ODI series at the Harare Sports Club on Sunday. As said earlier, Afghanistan are proving to be one of the fast rising stars in world cricket from Asia, as they have had good results, along with impressive performance, in the recent past. However, things continue to get worse for Zimbabwe, as they continue to go downhill along with results, thus further slipping in the ICC Rankings. Therefore, Zimbabwe would definitely aim to strike back in the second ODI, and level terms to stay alive in the series. Meanwhile, let us have a look at the possible key battles we could witness in this tie. Full Cricket Scorecard: Afghanistan Vs Zimbabwe, 2nd ODI at Harare
Mohammad Shahzad vs Richard Ngarava: The opening wicketkeeper-batsman for Afghanistan has been one of the best openers for them till date. However, he failed to click in the last game, scoring mere 8 off 9 deliveries, as he aims to turn things around in this tie. However, his job still won’t be easy as he would face stern competition from Richard Ngarava, the fast bowler, who had a fair outing in the last game, claiming a wicket for 39 runs in seven overs, and incidentally, it was Shahzad who was his victim. Therefore, some retribution is definitely on the cards. Noor Ali Zadran vs Graeme Cremer:
The fellow opener of Afghanistan was impressive in the opening match, scoring 39 runs, before falling victim to the Zimbabwean skipper Graeme Cremer, who trapped him leg-before. Noor would again be aiming to repeat the same or come up with a better performance in the second ODI. However, the threat of Cremer would still continue to persist, as he claimed 3 wickets for 46 runs in 10 overs, and won’t be easy to get away with. Mohammad Nabi vs Chris Mpofu: The swashbuckling Afghan middle order veteran Mohammad Nabi was unexpectedly dismissed for mere 6 in the opening game, as Chris Mpofu got the better of him. Although Nabi could well turn the tide in his favor in the next tie, it won’t be easy as Mpofu would again be aiming to strike him with his vicious bowling venom, as he claimed a couple of wickets for 45 runs in the stipulated 10 overs and could well come up with a better bowling performance in this tie, especially at his home.
Craig Ervine vs Rashid Khan: The emphatic Zimbabwean top-order batsman was in a good touch in the first ODI, as he scored an unbeaten 38, before the rain gods intervened and took the game away from the hosts. Nevertheless, he would aim for a fresh start in this match and would pray for the rain gods to stay away, which could possibly lead in Zimbabwe winning the game. However, he is all set to face stern competition from Rashid Khan, who was sensational in the first ODI, claiming a wicket for just 17 runs in 4.2 overs, and would aim to come up with an improved performance in this tie, especially targeting Ervine. Therefore, a good contest can be expected between both of them. Peter Moor vs Gulbadin Naib: Now this is one contest that promises to be interesting as Peter Moor, opening batsman of Zimbabwe, who was not so impressive in the opening match, would certainly aim for an improved performance in this game. However, apart from just Nabi, he will also have to worry about and watch out for Gulbadin Naib, who was one of the best Afghan bowlers in the opening game, claiming a wicket for just 12 runs in six overs. He would certainly be aiming to get rid of the openers soon, which certainly is not good news for Moor, and will have to play tactfully apart from just handling the veteran bowling machine, Nabi.