A heroes’ welcome at Kabul Stadium after winning World Cup 2015 qualification.
Picture by Anthony Pearson

Afghanistan have been awarded a further US$678,000 by the International Cricket Council through the Targeted Assistance Performance Programme (TAPP). It brings up the total amount pledged to Afghanistan under the scheme to US$1.1 million. Afghanistan were awarded Associate status in June and won a place in ICC World Cup 2015 in October. The ICC Board approved a recommendation to increase the assistance provided to Afghanistan at their recent meeting in London.

“We are very grateful to the ICC for this increased and much needed support,” Dr Noor Mohammad Murad, CEO of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), said in a press release after the announcement, “the funding will have a major impact on our national team’s performance, but it will also have a positive impact upon Afghanistan cricket generally.”

The Academy site at Kabul Stadium.
Pictures by Iqbal Sikander

“The ACB’s underlying goal for the use of this additional funding,” Dr Murad said, “will be continuing to raise our playing standards in preparation for the ICC World Cup 2015. There is no doubt that this extra support will help us to level the playing field a little as we meet the world’s greatest cricketing nations in that tournament. Our broader goal is to ensure that we continue to develop that elite performance level in an enduring, sustainable way in the longer term.”

Some of the ground equipment purchased this year for Kabul Stadium.
Pictures by Iqbal Sikander

The funds are earmarked for the development of Kabul Stadium and the construction of a National Academy there. ACC Development Officer Iqbal Sikander was last in Afghanistan in June and reported then that “Kabul International Stadium with its lush green outfield is now going through further development. The management has now decided to develop a full-fledged cricket academy that would have turf and concrete pitches with all coaching and gym equipment available to the players. The ACB has purchased ground equipment for the stadium in Kabul which includes grass cutting mowers, roller and sprinklers that are regularly being used at the ground. All this equipment has been purchased with the funds made available by the ACC and the ICC.”

Afghanistan Cricket Profile

Filed October 22nd, 2013