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AFGHANISTAN



Population: 29,121,286 (2010 est.)
Population Aged 0-14: 43.6%
National Coach: Kabir Khan
National Captain: Mohammad Nabi
Cricket clubs: 330
Grounds: 38
Turf wickets: 35
Women’s Cricket: Yes
Playing season: Kabul (May to September), Jalalabad / Kandahar/ Khost (September to April)

ACC Member since 2003
ACC Development Officer: Iqbal Sikander

At the ACC Emerging Teams Cup in Singapore, August 2013

Recent Achievements:

2009 Winners, Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3
2009 Achieved ODI Status, ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier
2009 Finalists, ACC U-19 Elite Cup
2009 Qualifiers for ICC U/19 World Cup 2010
2009 Winners, ACC Twenty20 Cup
2010 Winners, ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier
2010 Winners v Canada, ninth highest run-chase in first class cricket
2010 Winners, ACC Trophy Elite
2010 Participants, ICC World Twenty20
2010 Third, Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 1
2010 Third, ACC U-16 Challenge Cup
2010 Finalists, Asian Games T20
2010 Winners, ICC Intercontinental Cup
2011 Winners, ACC U-19 Elite Cup
2011 Ninth in inaugural Reliance ICC T20I Rankings
2011 Winners, ACC Twenty20 Cup
2012 ODI v Pakistan at Sharjah
2012 Winners, ACC U-16 Challenge
2012 Finalists, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier
2012 Semi-finalists, ACC U-19 Asia Cup
2012 ODI v Australia at Sharjah
2012 ICC World Twenty20
2013 MoU with Pakistan Cricket Board
2013 Winners, ACC Twenty20 Cup
2013 Winners, ACC U-19 Elite
2013 Awarded ICC Associate status
2013 Participants, ACC Emerging Teams Cup
2013 Qualifiers for World Cup 2015
2013 Qualifiers for World Twenty20 2014
2013 Finalists, ICC Intercontinental Cup
2014 Winners, ICC Global Development Awards for Best Overall Development and Junior Participation
2014 Arise Asia Cup participants
2014 ICC World Twenty20

Third in ACC Rankings for 2011 and 2012 seasons
Fourth in ACC Rankings for 2009 and 2010 seasons

Fourteenth in ICC Global Rankings

ACB Annual Report 2012

Active personnel qualified from ACC Courses:

Coaches: Level I and II – 22
Umpires: Level I and II – 21
Curators: Module I – 2


Trice ICC WorldTwenty20 qualifiers, ACC Trophy Elite champions, ACC Twenty20 Cup champions all four times, ICC Intercontinental Cup champions, Asian Games silver medallists and Asia’s newest ODI nation: Afghanistan are the rising stars of Asian cricket. Already with a global following, they play with dash and panache, care only for winning and consider every match played to be a matter of national honour. Since becoming ACC members their progress has been rapid and they have reached unprecedented heights for an Affiliate nation, with ICC Associate status imminent.

In 2012 ODIs were played against Pakistan and Australia from which, despite their losses, Afghanistan emerged with credit and they impressed in patches in the ICC World Twenty20.

Never a part of the British Empire, it was only in the camps established during the Afghan Wars of Liberation against invading Russia, in the North West Frontier Province region of Pakistan from 1979 onwards, that cricket first became popular amongst the displaced Afghans. Afghanistan’s cricket in the past ten years, which has seen them progress from being a disorganised rag-tag band of nomadic hitters into a well-balanced team that has impressed mightily on the world stage has won the respect and affection of millions.

From zero-access to cricket 10 years ago, and with precious little other sport on offer in the country, Afghanistan’s international success is generating tremendous interest. With the highest proportion of school-age children in the world, one in five, and 50% of the country below the age of 18, there is huge potential for cricket to play a huge part in establishing sport as a social force in Afghanistan. Indeed, junior playing numbers have increased substantially in the country since 2009.

Grounds are springing up across the country. By the end of 2011 they had two full-sized turf stadia, one in in Jalalabad funded by the ACC, ACB and a local businessman, and the other in Kabul. An increasingly sound and adroit administrative set-up is apparent: local sponsorship and the support of Asia’s Test-playing countries is being canvassed, practise facilities are being put in place, teams are being picked on merit and the players are left to do what they do best – play cricket. The players themselves are in demand to play in the domestic leagues of Pakistan, Bangladesh and the UAE.

In February 2010 Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the Middle East was given to Afghanistan for use as their ‘home ground’ for training and matches by Abdulrahman Bukhatir, founder of cricket in Sharjah and a prime mover behind Dubai Sports City. This is where they have played the bulk of their first-class and ODI cricket.

At the ACC Twenty20 Cup, March 2013 in Nepal Winners, ACC U-19 Elite Cup 2013 Winners, ACC Twenty20 Cup 2013

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