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Well-equipped Abdali Cricket Academy opens in Kabul

Well-equipped Abdali Cricket Academy opens in Kabul

Oct 12, 2017 - 19:27

KABUL (Pajhwok): A newly-established and well-equipped “Abdali Cricket Academy” was opened in capital Kabul’s Ahmad Shah Baba area on Thursday, an official said.

Nisar Ahmad Safi, head of the Abdali Cricket Academy, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the facility in the 12th police district of Kabul was spread over one acre of land.

The academy’s inauguration ceremony was attended by former Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) executive chief Dr. Noor Mohammad Murad, cricketer Mushtaq Rahim.

Wolesi Jirga and provincial council members, officials of the Ministry of Counternarcotics and representatives of some companies were also in attendance.

Nisar Ahmad Safi complained no one from the ACB attended the academy’s inauguration ceremony despite being invited.

He said currently 100 boys registered with him received training from three mentors in three shifts at the academy.

Nazim Jar Abdurahimzai, a former ACB official and a second grade trainer of the International Cricket Council (ICC), has been appointed as senior trainer of the academy, he said. He also plans to build Abdali Cricket Stadium next year.

Kabul provincial council member, Mohammad Omar Tarakhel, called opening of the cricket academy as a major stride towards promotion of the game.

He said people’s interest in cricket in Afghanistan had increased but players lacked access to training and exercising facilities.

Abdurahimzai said the need for such an academy in Kabul was long felt considering people’s high interest in the game.

“Besides batting, bowling and fielding, the boys are also subjected to physical training in this academy,” he said.

Abdurahimzai hoped the academy would offer talent to the national side.