Kabul’s youth can now enjoy the benefits of a dedicated new cricket coaching centre, thanks to local businesses supporting the efforts of the Afghan Cricket Federation.

The opening of the coaching centre (not quite an academy but nevertheless a place designed to develop local talent) was an occasion of some significance. National senior captain Karim Sadiq along with the ACF President Shahzada Masoud, voiced their pride in Afghanistan’s performances on their continuing quest for greater international recognition.

Mr. Masoud said that he hoped cricket would develop rapidly in Afghanistan and said that “Afghanistan’s cricketers would earn a good name for the country if they continued developing with the same spirit.”

National Coach Taj Malik said that a number of such centres had been registered in the country to promote cricket and he expressed his gratitude to the merchant community for supporting the ACF’s activities.

Filed April 21 2006