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Afghan cricket league postponed due to COVID-19



(Last Updated On: June 10, 2021)

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) said Thursday that the 8th Shpageeza Cricket League tournament has been postponed due to the 3rd wave of corona virus.

“The Afghanistan Cricket Board had planned to hold the 8th edition of Shpageeza Cricket League in June or July this year, but was postponed for the time being due to the 3rd wave of coronavirus and restrictions imposed by the Ministry of Public Health,” ACB said in a statement.

Last month, the Afghanistan Cricket Board announced an expression of interest in owning the royalties of this edition of Shpageeza Cricket League. A number of national businessmen also shared their interest with the board in sponsoring teams, ACB said.

“ACB wants a large number of traders to invest in the cricket league; the cricket board will extend the process of finding sponsors to help a large number of national traders invest in this season,” read the statement.

ACB said at the time the board was working to speed up the process of identifying franchises and identifying team owners so that they have more time to market and prepare their teams.

Thursday’s announcement comes after educational institutions were closed recently in 16 provinces including Kabul for four weeks after the ministry of public health announced restrictions on learning centers.

The ministry has called on people to wear masks and to pay attention to health protocols.

The Ministry of Public Health on Thursday reported 1,822 new cases of COVID-19 and 56 deaths in the last 24 hours.


Afghanistan beat Ireland by 22 runs in 3rd T20I



(Last Updated On: August 12, 2022)

Afghanistan defeated Ireland by 22 runs in the third T20I in Belfast on Friday.

Sent to bat first by the hosts who won the toss, Afghanistan posted 189-5 in the 20 overs. 

Rahmanullah Gurbaz top scored with 53 off 35 balls, followed by Najibullah Zadran who struck 42 off 18. Hazratullah Zazai and Ibrahim Zadran contributed with 39 and 36 each respectively.

Chasing 190-run target, Ireland lost Paul Stirling in the very first over and ended their innings with 167-9.

George Dockrell was their highest scorer with 58 (not out). 

Naveen-ul-Haq claimed three wickets while Mujib-ur-Rahman and Fazalhaq Farooqi each picked up two wickets.

Ireland lead the five-match series 2-1. The next match will be on Monday.


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Ireland beat Afghanistan by seven wickets in first T20I match of series



(Last Updated On: August 10, 2022)

Ireland beat Afghanistan by seven wickets in the first of five matches in the T20 International in Belfast on Tuesday.

George Dockrell hit the winning boundary off the penultimate ball to lift Ireland on to 171 for three after they were set a target of 169.

Afghanistan’s total of 168 for seven had been boosted by 30 runs off the final two overs, with Ibrahim Zadran clubbing 29 not out off 18 balls.

Afghanistan’s top scorer, opener Usman Ghani, struck two sixes and six fours in his 59 off 42 balls.

The two sides will meet again on Thursday at the same Civil Services Cricket Club venue in Stormont for the second time in their five-match series.

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Former international cricket umpire Koertzen dies in car accident



(Last Updated On: August 9, 2022)

Rudi Koertzen, former international cricket umpire from South Africa, died on Tuesday in a car accident in the country, ESPNcricInfo reported citing his family.

“He went on a golf tournament with some of his friends, and they were expected to come back on Monday, but it seems they decided to play another round of golf,” his son Rudi Koertzen jr said.

Koertzen, 73, was on the International Cricket Council’s elite panel of umpires for eight years and officiated in 331 matches, a record at the time of his retirement in 2010 that has since been surpassed by Pakistan’s Aleem Dar.

“It is a very big loss, foremost for his family and then for South Africa and cricket,” Dar was quoted as saying by ESPNcricInfo.

“I stood in so many games with him. He was not only very good as an umpire but also an excellent colleague, always very cooperative on field and also always willing to help off the field.

“Because of the way he was, he was also well-respected by players.”

Koertzen died while driving from Cape Town to Despatch in Eastern Cape, where he lived with his family, ESPNcricInfo said.

Koertzen still umpired occasionally in amateur cricket in his hometown of Despatch in South Africa’s Eastern Cape.

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