Germany commit cash to build Afghan stadium

Afghanistan

German associations based in Kabul have committed 700,000 Euros towards building a new cricket stadium in Afghanistan, the fourth in the country, and it will be constructed in the city of Khost.

India have also build a stadium in the increasingly popular cricketing nation, donating 1 million US dollars earlier this year, and the ACB hope big nations will soon make the trip to play in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan Cricket Board chairman Shahzada Masoud told AFP at the Asian Games: “We are grateful to both India and Germany for their support.

“But what we want now is for teams like India to come any play on our grounds. It would have been so exciting if Sachin Tendulkar had come and played in our country. I hope Mahendra Singh Dhoni can make it.”

He added: “I am telling the players to come to my country and play there, they will treasure those memories forever. We want support from other nations.

“We had lots of problems in the last 30 years because of the uncertain security situation, but that needs to be erased from our minds and heart now.

“Because sport unites people. Cricket is one of our favourite sports. You get 20,000-30,000 people watching our local league matches. The security is good, especially for cricketers.

“We have achieved a lot in a short time, I don’t think anyone expected us to get this far. The future of cricket is bright in our country. It is played in 32 of our 34 provinces. And matches are shown on local television.”

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