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ICC World Cup 2023 Trophy set to tour Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: September 5, 2023)

Much to the delight of cricket fans across Afghanistan, the coveted ICC World Cup 2023 trophy will arrive in Kabul this week as part of its world tour.

The ICC has confirmed the trophy will visit various locations across Kabul on Thursday and Friday this week giving fans the chance to see the prized silverware and take pictures.

Meanwhile, in keeping with its commitment to bringing world-class sporting news and events to Afghans across the country, Ariana Television Network (ATN) is thrilled to announce that it has partnered with the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) as media partner for this thrilling event.

Highlights of the tour will be broadcast across the country, ensuring cricket enthusiasts get to see the traveling trophy.

This two-day visit is part of the trophy’s tour of countries across the globe and is expected to captivate cricket enthusiasts nationwide.

The trophy, which is made of silver and gold and weighs 11 kilograms, is the ultimate prize for cricket-playing nations. It was first awarded in 1975, when the inaugural edition of the World Cup was held in England. Since then, it has been lifted by eight different teams, with Australia being the most successful with five titles.

Mirwais Ashraf, head of the ACB, said recently that it is indeed an honor to be included in the tour schedule.

“We are very proud and honored to host the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Trophy once again. It is a great opportunity for our people to witness this prestigious prize and feel connected to the global cricket community. It is also a motivation for our players to work hard and prepare for the World Cup,” Ashraf said.

The Trophy Tour kicked off in June this year in grand style when it was launched 120,000 feet above the Earth. This feat was achieved with the World Cup Trophy attached to a bespoke stratospheric balloon, which set the stage for the biggest ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour ever.

The tour will officially end in the world’s biggest cricket stadium, the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, in India, this year’s host country.

The Trophy Tour aims to give one million fans the chance to connect with the prized silverware ahead of the highly anticipated global event, and will visit locations in 18 countries across five continents.

In addition to visiting participating countries, the trophy will also tour a number of emerging nations such as Bahrain, Kuwait, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Nigeria, Uganda, France, Italy and the United States, enabling new and existing fans to get a glimpse of world cricket’s ultimate prize.

ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice said at the launch: “The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour is an important milestone in the countdown to what will be the biggest ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup ever. This Tour will see the iconic silverware meet heads of states, launch community initiatives and support cricket development programmes in addition to visiting some of the most iconic landmarks around the globe.

“Cricket has more than a billion fans and we want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to get up close to this famous trophy that has been held aloft by some of the greatest legends of our sport.”

Rounding up the year

After months of world-class cricket tournaments televised across the country by ATN, the World Cup will be no exception, as matches will be broadcast live daily for the duration of the challenge.

This year’s 50-over format event will see 10 countries battle it out for the coveted trophy, which was last won in 2019 by England. The tournament is scheduled to take place in India from October 5, 2023 to November 19, 2023, culminating in the final match at the famous Narendra Modi Stadium.

ATN will meanwhile publish all schedules and broadcasting times ahead of the matches and keep fans posted on new developments. So be sure to watch out for updates on our website and social media platforms.

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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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