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Afghanistan grounded in reality

It is with great pride that the Afghanistan Cricket Board have announced the construction of a new stadium in Nangarhar, the second to be in the province

Afghanistan grounded in reality - Cricket News
It is with great pride that the Afghanistan Cricket Board have announced the construction of a new stadium in Nangarhar, the second to be in the province. On completion next year, Afghanistan will have three fully-turfed international size grounds. "It's a great boost to their cricket, we are all delighted with this good news," says ACC Development Officer Iqbal Sikander.

Nangarhar, one of the eastern provinces of Afghanistan, (bordering what was formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan) has as its capital Jalalabad, popularly held to be ?the home of Afghanistan cricket'. In addition to the ground in Kabul, Afghanistan not only strengthens its imminent ascension to ICC Associate, it creates more opportunities for domestic first-class cricket. Desire is also strong for Afghanistan to host foreign teams in the country. "We have good facilities, good grounds, good transport and good hotels attached," says national coach Kabir Khan, "other countries would be happy to have what we have."

The new ground in Nangarhar will be Afghans 44,743,054 (when figures are that exact, you know that plans are finalised), approximately US$847,00, and the Afghanistan Cricket Board will pay 60% of the amount through their Development Fund with the remainder paid for by the private-sector Najeeb Zarab Company.

Iqbal Sikander has been a witness to the growth of Afghanistan cricket ever since he first went there in 2003. "In the past ten years the development and spread of cricket in Afghanistan is remarkable. Not just on the playing field but in the nation as a whole where cricket is being understood and played in larger numbers month after month. Success is breeding success," he says.