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Afghanistan to tour Ireland in August for 5 T20Is

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Afghanistan Cricket Board confirmed Thursday that the dates and venues for the five T20Is for the Ireland tour have been confirmed.

Afghanistan’s Senior Men’s Team will tour Ireland from August 9 to 17 and matches will take place in Stormont, ACB said in a statement.

Afghanistan’s tour was initially scheduled to include a Test match and three ODIs, but the tour was rescheduled to a later date with both sides looking to maximize their T20 cricket exposure in the lead-up to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 in October.

ACB CEO Naseeb Khan said: “Afghanistan have ample experience of playing Ireland for over one decade, and it’s turning out to be a nice rivalry between the two teams. The confirmation of the dates for the series is a positive sight, as part of our build-up to the T20 World Cup in Australia.

“At the same time, we are looking forward to rescheduling our multi-format (a test and three ODIs) tour of Ireland in the near future,” he said.

Afghanistan last played Ireland in a T20I series in March 2021 in Greater Noida, India with Afghanistan winning the three-match series 2-1.

Ireland v Afghanistan men’s T20I series:
9 August: Ireland v Afghanistan, 1st T20I (Stormont)
11 August: Ireland v Afghanistan, 2nd T20I (Stormont)
12 August: Ireland v Afghanistan, 3rd T20I (Stormont)
15 August: Ireland v Afghanistan, 4th T20I (Stormont)
17 August: Ireland v Afghanistan, 5th T20I (Stormont)

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Hazratullah Zazai replaces injured Mujeeb-ur-Rahman in Afghanistan’s T20 WC squad

Mujeeb played in Afghanistan’s opening fixture of the World Cup against Uganda, but has not featured since because of the injury.

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Afghanistan’s spinner Mujeeb-ur-Rahman will miss the remainder of T20 World Cup due to an injury to his right index finger, the International Cricket Council announced on Friday.

Mujeeb played in Afghanistan’s opening fixture of the World Cup against Uganda, but has not featured since because of the injury.

ICC said that its event technical committee had approved Hazratullah Zazai, the opening batter, as replacement for Mujeeeb-ur-Rahman.

Afghanistan sealed their spot in the Super Eight stage after beating PNG. They will face West Indies in their final group game on Tuesday at 5:00 AM (Afghanistan time).

 

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Kabul Zalmi crowned champions of KPL 2024

Batting first after winning the toss, Band-e-Amir Stars posted 169-10 off 20 overs in the Ayoubi Sports Complex in Kabul.

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Kabul Zalmi defeated Band-e-Amir Stars by 7 wickets in the final on Friday and won the championship title of the City Medical Complex Kabul Premier League 2024.

Batting first after winning the toss, Band-e-Amir Stars posted 169-10 off 20 overs in the Ayoubi Sports Complex in Kabul.

Kabul Zalmi chased down the target by 7 wickets in 18.5 overs and won the second edition of the tournament.

Mohammad Sabir led the chase with an excellent half century, while Mohammad Akram scored 41 runs. Masoud Gurbaz added 31 off 22. Captain Qais Ahmad chipped in with 18 off 11.

Six teams, including Band-e-Amir Stars, Shaheen Hunters, Shamshad Eagles, Kabul Knight Riders, Ayoubi Kabul Zalmi and Speenghar Warriors took part in the 20-over tournament which run for 11 days.

The matches were broadcast live and exclusively on Ariana Television.

 

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Afghanistan down PNG to reach Super Eight, end NZ hopes

Rashid and his left-arm wrist spinning partner Noor Ahmad took over after the power play, consistently bamboozling the batsmen as they swung hopefully but ineffectually at the ball.

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Afghanistan beat Papua New Guinea by seven wickets in Trinidad on Thursday to reach the Super Eight stage of the Twenty20 World Cup with a game to spare and end New Zealand’s slim hopes of progressing.

The Afghans had already effectively eliminated New Zealand after defeating them by 84 runs in Georgetown, and on Thursday they confirmed that they pose a threat to any opponent with another accomplished all-round display.

Spearheaded by standout left-arm seamer Fazalhaq Farooqi, the Afghan bowlers kept opponents under 100 runs for the third time in their three matches in the tournament, dismissing the Papuans, who had four batsmen run out, for 95.

Penetrating bowling from Alei Nao and Semo Kamea on a lively surface ensured the run chase was not straightforward but Gulbadin Naib’s 49 from 36 deliveries steered the Afghans safely to their target at 101-3 inside 16 overs.

“I want to congratulate all the people of Afghanistan because we have now officially qualified for the Super Eight and I feel proud,” said Farooqi, who was named Player of the Match for his 3-16.

“We just keep it simple and give 100%.”

After Rashid Khan had won the toss and opted to field first, his opposite number Assad Vala was the first man dismissed, run out for three after committing the elementary error of making his ground but leaving his bat in the air.

Farooqi, the tournament’s leading wicket taker, increased his tally by two from consecutive balls and Naveen-ul-Haq struck immediately from the other end to reduce Papua New Guinea to 17 for four.

Rashid and his left-arm wrist spinning partner Noor Ahmad took over after the power play, consistently bamboozling the batsmen as they swung hopefully but ineffectually at the ball.

The result was a second run out with both batsmen stranded at the same end and it was Chad Soper (9) who was forced to leave.

A third run out followed when Norman Vanua departed for a duck when his bat got stuck in the pitch as he tried to slide it past the crease.

Kiplin Doriga offered some resistance, hitting two fours to reach 27, but almost inevitably the innings ended with a final runout when Semo Kamea (2) was stranded with a ball remaining.

Papua New Guinea struck swiftly, dismissing openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz (11) and Ibrahim Zadran (0), who had shared century partnerships against Uganda and New Zealand.

But Naib and Mohammad Nabi calmed their team’s nerves by rotating the strike with a series of quick singles, taking Afghanistan past the 50 mark when they began to play more expansively, Naib ending the match in style with a six.

The Afghans progressed along with co-hosts West Indies, who they meet in their final round-robin match in St Lucia on Monday to decide who tops Group C.

 

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