The Etisalat Afghanistan Domestic Cricket tournament, the largest domestic competition to be ever held in Afghanistan started in Kabul this month with 24 out of Afghanistan's 34 provinces taking part. The three-week tournament is being televised and "it is the most important event in Afghanistan domestic cricket," says Afghanistan Cricket Board Chief Executive Officer Dr. Aimal Shinwari.

Previous provincial tournaments have not had so many teams, been televised or been played over 50 overs. This one has teams from all but the eastern side of the country, has 30-minutes of highlights per day on Shamshad TV and is being played to match international cricket as much as possible at the National Youth Cricket Ground.

The tournament was inaugurated by the Governor of Kabul Province Dr. Zabihullah Mojaddidy with the ACB CEO and ACB Vice Chairman Shahzada Masoud in attendance. “We appreciate the vision of Etisalat Afghanistan to promote cricket in the country and supporting cricket at the grass root level. This domestic cricket tournament will serve as an excellent platform for the players to sharpen their skills and shall also help in finding new talent to represent Afghanistan in future international cricket tournaments,” said Dr. Shinwari. “Most of the people didn’t believe that it is the domestic match on Shamshad TV. For them it’s surprising to see cricket being covered like this,” he added.

The 24 teams (Jalalabad, Konar, Khost, Loghar, Paktia, Khost, Kabul, Kandahar, Paktika, Ghazni, Laghman, Panjshair, Wardak, Juzjan, Baghlan, Noristan, Heart, Parwan, Badakhshan, Orozgan, Parwan, Zabul and Kapisa). Loghar, with a number of the national team playing for them, have been the strongest side in domestic cricket in recent years but this year can expect to be strongly challenged by Panjshir.

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Filed May 24th, 2010