AFGHANISTAN IN UAE

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Afghanistan’s National and A Teams will be in the UAE at their home stadium in Sharjah in January and February. The National Team takes on Kenya and Canada, while the A Team will take on the UAE National Team. Afghanistan have won four out of seven ODIs against the same opposition.

“It’s a great opportunity for Afghanistan to keep active. It’s just a shame that they’re helping Canada and Kenya in their preparations for the World Cup, when they came so close to being there themselves,” says ACC Development Officer for Afghanistan Iqbal Sikander. “I think they’ll really be feeling that and will be very keen to show Canada and Kenya and everyone else that Afghanistan on current form could play in the World Cup too.”

The Afghanistan Cricket Board hopes that it’s a Team’s fixtures against UAE “groom players for the inclusion into Afghanistan National Team if needed in the future.” The A Team coached by Taj Malik will take on UAE coached by former Afghanistan coach Kabir Khan in two T20s, two 2-day matches and three one-day matches.

Afghan fans in the UAE

“Our U-19 team will also play two games against Afghanistan A,” says Emirates Cricket Board Administrator Mazhar Khan, “it’ll be great preparation for the boys before they head off for the ACC U-19 in Bangkok.”

Big crowds are expected at Sharjah Stadium, where admission will be free for all matches.

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Filed January 21st, 2011