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Afghanistan Announces Squads for ODI, T20I Series against West Indies



(Last Updated On: October 24, 2022)

As West Indies’ captain Darren Sammy waits, right, Afghanistan's players celebrate the run out of West Indies’ Andre Russell during their ICC World Twenty20 2016 cricket match in Nagpur, India, Sunday, March 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Tuesday revealed One-Day and Twenty 20 Internationals squads for tour of West Indies.

Addressing a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan’s Chief Selector, Nawruz Mangal said the players have been selected based on their experience.

The visitors will play three ODIs and three T20I against the hosts West Indies, starting from June 2.

According to Mangal, Afghan players will have 15 days training session in India on May 11 before heading to West Indies.

ODI Squad:

Asghar Stanikzai (Captain), Noor Ali Zadran, Muhammad Javed, Usman Ghani, Muhammad Nabi, Samiullah Shinwari, Rahmat Shah, Gulbaden Naib, Rashid Khan, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Shapoor Zadran, Amir Hamza, Fareed Malik, Dawlat Zadran and Nasir Jamal.

(Reserve Players: Naveen-ul-Haq, Sharafuddin Ashraf)

T20I Squad:

Asghar Stanikzai (Captain), Noor Ali Zadran, Muhammad Javed, Usman Ghani, Muhammad Nabi, Samiullah Shinwari, Najib Zadran, Gulbaden Naib, Rashid Khan, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Shapoor Zadran, Amir Hamza, Fareed Malik, Dawlat Zadran and Karim Janat.

(Reserve Players: Naveen-ul-Haq, Afsar Zazai, Sharafuddin Ashraf)

Afghanistan v West Indies schedule

June 2 –First T20I

June 3 – Second T20I

June 5 – Third T20I

June 9 – First ODI

June 11 – Second ODI

June 14 – Third ODI

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US working to rescue dozens of Americans from Afghanistan



(Last Updated On: March 24, 2023)

The US is working to assist 44 Americans who want to leave Afghanistan as well as several others detained by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday.

“There are several Americans who are being detained by the Taliban (Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan). We are working to secure their freedom,” Blinken told a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing.

“The families have asked that we protect their identities and don’t speak publicly to their cases,” he added.

“Those who have been detained — how many other Americans are there?” said Republican Representative Joe Wilson.

“As we speak, American citizens who identified themselves to us who are in Afghanistan — some of whom have been there since the withdrawal, some of whom went back to Afghanistan — there are about, that we’re in contact with, about 175. Forty-four of them are ready to leave, and we are working to effectuate their departure,” Blinken responded.

Republican lawmakers have been accusing President Joe Biden of the “failed” withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and the chaos at Kabul airport in August 2021.

Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee requested documents related to the controversial withdrawal from Afghanistan from the State Department as part of an investigation.

During the hearing Thursday at the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Republican chairman Michael McCaul gave Blinken until the end of Monday to release an internal dissent cable written by at least 23 diplomats serving at the US Embassy in Kabul in July 2021.

“I have the subpoena. it’s right here. And I’m prepared to serve this,” McCaul told Blinken.

The classified cable reportedly warned of the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan.

Blinken said in response to the committee’s request that the “tradition of having a dissent channel is one that is cherished in the department, and goes back decades.”

“It’s a unique way for anyone in the department to speak truth to power as they see it,” he said.

“These cables may only be shared with senior officials in the department, and again that’s to protect the integrity of the process to make sure we don’t have a chilling effect on those who might want to come forward,” he continued.

He said the State Department is “prepared to make the relevant information in that cable available, including through a briefing or some other mechanism.”

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IEA renews commitment to cordial relationship with world



(Last Updated On: March 23, 2023)

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) has renewed its commitment to establishing cordial relationships with the international community and stressed practical steps towards the recognition of the IEA government worldwide, according to a statement on Thursday.

The pledge was reaffirmed by Mawlavi Abdul Kabir, political aide of the IEA’s prime minister, during a meeting with UNAMA Deputy Head Markuz Potzel.

He hailed the UN and other agencies for the distribution of aid to vulnerable Afghans and added that the government assured all aid-providing agencies full security, a statement from the political aide office said.

Potzel mentioned the overnight earthquake during the meeting and hoped that the people of Afghanistan had not suffered losses.

But UNAMA on its Twitter wrote that during a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Mawlavi Abdul Kabir, the UN reiterated its unwavering call to reopen schools and universities for Afghan girls and women.

“UNAMA deputy head Potzel Markus met de-facto Deputy Prime Minister Mawlavi Abdul Kabir today, reiterating UN & international community’s unwavering call for the reopening of school and university doors for Afghan girls and women,” UNAMA tweeted.

Kabir meanwhile said that IEA does not oppose girls’ education.

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Crime levels down in Kabul city: Police report



(Last Updated On: March 23, 2023)

The Kabul Police Commander headquarters shared their annual report with the media at a press conference on Wednesday and stated the overall crime rate in the city has come down.

The head of the criminal investigation unit of the Kabul Police, Mufti Abdul Samad, said during the press conference that the crime rate has dropped through the cooperation of residents.

Before the re-establishment of the Islamic Emirate, each security zone of Kabul city recorded at least 15 vehicle thefts a week. This has been reduced to zero.

In the press conference, the spokesman of the Police Commander of Kabul, Khalid Zadran said that 156 cases of murder have been reported in Kabul city and 14 districts in the past year and that security forces have arrested 36 suspects on charges.

There were 553 cases of robbery from houses, 1,920 cases of fraud and other such incidents, and 2,737 suspects were arrested on charges with these cases, he added.

Kabul police said cooperation of residents was crucial to create a safe environment in the city and prevent crime.

Kabul police also asked all residents to report any suspicious incidents, and inform the detective agencies.

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