26 September 201405:20

Afghanistan meets with Australia Minister for Foreign Affairs

The Afghanistan national cricket team has arrived in Canberra as part of its high performance tour of Australia and New Zealand in preparation for next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

Afghanistan meets with Australia Minister for Foreign Affairs - Cricket News

Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi chats with Australia Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop

Members of the team were invited by Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop to visit Parliament House. The minister met with the players and expressed her support for the rapid rise of cricket in Afghanistan.

“We are delighted that Afghanistan is going to be in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and pleased that we have been able to assist them come to Australia and be part of World Cup preparations,” Minister Bishop said.

Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi believes the support from the Australian Government is a huge boost to the growth of the game in his country.

“The conditions in Australia are quite different to Asia so this is important for our preparation. It is also a good opportunity to come here to Parliament and meet together as well.”

The Minister believes the mutual love of cricket between the Australia and Afghanistan combined with Afghanistan’s appearance at the World Cup provides a welcome opportunity to strengthen ties between the two nations.

“In terms of the engagement between competing countries (in the ICC Cricket World Cup), it broadens and deepens it. In the case of Australia and Afghanistan, I feel sure that the involvement of Afghanistan in the World Cup means that our bi-lateral relationship will deepen further.

Afghanistan will play two matches against the ACT Comets at Manuka Oval this week before departing for New Zealand.