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Afghanistan to send over 100 athletes to Asian Games 2023

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(Last Updated On: September 19, 2023)

The Asian Games 2023 is finally happening with the opening ceremony scheduled to take place on September 23 in Hangzhou, China.

The games will run through to October 8 and will include a total of 40 sports across 61 disciplines at 56 venues.

The games were originally scheduled to take place last year but were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The General Directorate of Physical Education and Sports of Afghanistan announced on Tuesday that the country’s athletes in athletics, boxing, Kurash, weightlifting and wrestling left Kabul on Tuesday for China.

It is believed other athletes will depart Kabul on Wednesday for the Asian Games in Hangzhou.

Host-nation China will start the games as the most successful nation, having won 3,187 medals in the history of the Asian Games, which includes 1,473 gold medals.

Meanwhile, the Asian Games Village for Hangzhou 2023 was officially opened on Saturday as teams started arriving.

Earlier this month, Reuters reported that 17 Afghan female athletes, who are living in exile, including a women’s volleyball team, will participate. However, the Islamic Emirate rejected the reports at the time, and said that all athletes from Afghanistan being sent to Hangzhou are male.

The IEA has imposed strict restrictions on women and girls over the past two years, including a ban on females taking part in sport.

In a recent statement issued by Afghanistan’s General Directorate of Physical Education and Sports, 17 sports teams, including wushu, soccer, volleyball and cricket, will participate in the Hangzhou Asian Games.

Afghanistan has been invited to send a total of 17 teams, comprising 103 athletes and 23 coaches, to Hangzhou.

In an exciting turn of events, cricket will return to the upcoming Asian Games, eight years after its last inclusion in 2014 in Incheon, South Korea. The tournament will include 14 men’s teams, including a team from Afghanistan.

Scheduled to be played in the T20 format, the men’s event will be played between September 27 and October 8. Zhejiang University of Technology Pingfeng Cricket Field is the host stadium for all the matches.

India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh have already reached the quarter-finals based on their ICC T20I Rankings as of June 1, 2023, while Afghanistan, an ICC Full Member, will participate only in the men’s event. A win against Mongolia will seal a top-eight spot for the squad.

After cricket’s inception in the 2010 edition in Guangzhou, China, the sport was played in the 2014 continental event in Incheon, South Korea. The 2018 games in Jakarta, Indonesia, the previous edition of the Asian Games, did not feature cricket.

At Incheon, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh won medals in the men’s event.

The cricket teams participating at the Asian Games 2023 are India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Mongolia, Japan, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Maldives, Hong Kong, Thailand, Bahrain.

Sadly, Afghanistan’s football team has withdrawn from the games due to a funding crisis.

According to the latest figures produced by HAGOC, the number of athletes expected is 12,417 – over 1,000 more than the previous record of 11,300 at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia in 2018.

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Rashid Khan returns home, officially introduced as AWCC’s brand ambassador

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(Last Updated On: May 18, 2024)

Afghanistan’s cricket superstar Rashid Khan Arman was officially introduced Saturday in a ceremony in Kabul as brand ambassador for Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC).

Rashid Khan returned to the country after several years at the official invitation of AWCC.

Aliullah Sarwari, CEO of AWCC, said at the ceremony that his company strives to ensure all citizens have access to high-quality telecommunications and internet services in the farthest and most remote areas of Afghanistan.

Sarwari added that high-quality telecommunication services, new technology, creating employment and access to the internet for all citizens in the farthest parts of the country are among the most important objectives of this company.

He also stated that the appointment of Rashid Khan as the brand ambassador for AWCC was made from a commercial and spiritual perspective.

Rashid Khan, meanwhile, said it is the first time that he has been chosen as an ambassador and will try to serve the people and the country in the same way that he shines in the area of cricket.

“I am happy and proud that I have been selected as a brand ambassador of Afghan Wireless for the first time,” said Rashid Khan.

Rashid Khan, the captain of Afghanistan national cricket team, has returned to the country after four years for the T20 games, and he was warmly welcomed by the people.

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T20 World Cup warm-up match schedule released, Afghanistan to face Oman and Scotland

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(Last Updated On: May 17, 2024)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has revealed the much-anticipated warm-up match schedule for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024. These preparatory games will take place from Monday, May 27 to Saturday, June 1, across various venues in the USA and the West Indies.

Venues and teams

The 16 warm-up matches will be hosted at the following locations:

  • Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium, Texas
  • Broward County Stadium, Florida
  • Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad and Tobago

A total of 17 teams will participate in these matches, including South Africa, which will conduct an intra-squad game on May 29 in Florida. These matches will not carry official T20 international status, allowing teams the flexibility to field all members of their 15-player squads.

 

Schedule highlights

Unlike previous editions, teams now have the option to play up to two warm-up matches based on their arrival time.

Afghanistan will participate in two warm-up game, set for May 29 against Oman and May 31 against Scotland. Meanwhile, Pakistan and England will not engage in any warm-up fixtures as they will be engaging in a bilateral T20I series, which concludes on May 30.

The Afghanistan national cricket team departed Kabul on Thursday for the UAE to begin their T20 World Cup journey, which will be hosted by the U.S.

Afghanistan Cricket Board said some players participating in the IPL will join the team in the UAE.

It added that those whose IPL matches are still ongoing will join their teammates in the West Indies.

T20 World Cup Warm-up fixtures

Monday, May 27

  • Canada vs. Nepal, Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium, Texas
  • Oman vs. Papua New Guinea, Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Namibia vs. Uganda, Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad and Tobago

 

Tuesday, May 28

  • Sri Lanka vs. Netherlands, Broward County Stadium, Florida
  • Bangladesh vs. USA, Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium, Texas
  • Australia vs. Namibia, Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad and Tobago

 

Wednesday, May 29

  • South Africa intra-squad, Broward County Stadium, Florida
  • Afghanistan vs. Oman, Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad and Tobago

 

 

Thursday, May 30

  • Nepal vs. USA, Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium, Texas
  • Scotland vs. Uganda, Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Netherlands vs. Canada, Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium, Texas
  • Namibia vs. Papua New Guinea, Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad and Tobago
  • West Indies vs. Australia, Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad and Tobago

 

Friday, May 31

  • Ireland vs. Sri Lanka, Broward County Stadium, Florida
  • Scotland vs. Afghanistan, Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Saturday, June 1
  • Bangladesh vs. India, Venue TBC, USA
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Mawj Sahil-Khurasan Faryab 2-0; Khurasan Faryab-Aino Mina 2-0 in ACL matches

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(Last Updated On: May 17, 2024)

Mawj Sahil beat Khurasan Faryab 2-0 in the 53rd match of Afghanistan Champions League (ACL) in Kabul on Thursday.

In the 54th match of the day, Attack Energy team defeated Aino Mina 2-0.

Friday’s matches will see Istiqlal Kabul take on Abu Muslim Farah at 1pm, while Khadim FC play against Sorkh Poshan Khafi at 3:30pm.

The matches are broadcast live on Ariana Television.

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