An ACC team consisting of Development Manager Bandula Warnapura, Development Officer Iqbal Sikander and Development Program Co-ordinator Ganesh Sundarammoorthy visited Afghanistan on a week-long trip to meet with the country’s newly-elected board and Chairman.

From left: Iqbal Sikander, Bandula Warnapura, Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal and Ganesh Sundarammoorthy

Finance Minister of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal assured the ACC that newly-acquired land in central Kabul will be used for the development of cricket. ACB Chief Executive Sayed Shah Aminzai and Finance Officer Abdul Razeq Fakur were also briefed on their 2009 ICC Budget templates.

Bandula Warnapura and Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal

Mr. Warnapura branded the visit a successful one and added, “We were able to obtain first-hand information, gauge their situation and discuss the future of cricket in the country. We also assisted them in formulating their High Performance Program which could see them get as much as US$ 500,000 from the ICC.”

The senior and U-19 teams were paid a visit by the ACC delegation at their training facility. Both teams were busy preparing for their upcoming international competitions; the seniors play two four-day games against a Zimbabwe XI and the Netherlands in the ICC Intercontinental Cup followed by two ODIs in Holland in August, while the U-19s take part in the ICC U/19 World Cup Qualifier in Canada this September.

“Afghanistan has made impressive progress over the past year. After winning Divisions 5, 4 and 3 of the ICC World Cricket Leagues, they just missed out on qualifying for the 2011 World Cup. Despite this, they are Asia’s newest ODI nation and they should be very proud of this achievement,” said Iqbal Sikander, Afghanistan’s Development Officer.

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Filed Aug 13th, 2009