Cricket in Afghanistan – the land of the dead (Part 1)
Afghanistan has been considered a dead zone since the Taliban took control in 1996 and then the war with the US in 2001. Therefore, it is surprising that cricket is “hot” here.
Noor Muhammad, Executive Director of the National Sports Association even asserted on CNN: “This is a very good tool for peace and stability in our country. Despite the challenges of the opposition, armed forces and cricket are still on the rise.”
Sharing more about the activities to socialize cricket, Muhammad said: “We always receive support, regardless of whether it is the government or the opposition.
In a country where hills and mountains account for 75% of the size of Afghanistan, it is difficult to find large and flat areas for training centers.
But not so that we give up. Remote areas and even poles of the country are part of the country’s development program. Despite the expense of constructing training camps, we are determined not to give up.”
Cricket enthusiasts like Muhammad in Afghanistan abound. For example, Mohammad Nabi Eisakhil, captain of this country’s cricket team.
Nabi’s family fled home when the Soviet War (1979) broke out. He learned cricket in neighboring Pakistan, where the sport is popular on the streets, schools and households. Unfortunately, Muhammad has not had a day to play in Afghanistan at international competitions.
The athlete, born in 1985, said: “When we were young, this country did not have any sports. But now is different, young people now really like cricket and it is becoming more and more popular.
Cricket (transliterated: Cricket; also known as bats, bridge, carpentry, wall) is a sport of using bats, popular in many countries in the British Commonwealth community, playing between two teams, each of 11 players, on a circular field of grass.