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Afghanistan Names New Coach for National Cricket Team

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(Last Updated On: December 31, 2017)

Phil Simmons is the new head coach of Afghan national cricket team, taking over the role left vacant when the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) terminated the contract of Lalchand Rajput, barely three months after the former Indian batsman was appointed.

Simmons starts work from January 8, and will join the Afghanistan squad in Dubai as it prepares for the limited-overs series against Zimbabwe in Sharjah in February. His contract runs till the 2019 World Cup.

“We went with Phil because he understand our team,” said Shafiq Stanikzai, the ACB Chief Executive Officer, as cited by Espncricinfo. “He has coached West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland – all these are teams Afghanistan will play in the World Cup Qualifiers. He is a good prospect.”

Simmons was one of the three candidates shortlisted by the ACB, which conducted interviews over the past few months.

He eventually emerged as a favourite owing to his experience and success as head coach with Ireland and then West Indies.

Simmons had also interviewed for the Bangladesh coach job earlier this month.

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No justification for military use of Panjshir stadium: ANOC

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(Last Updated On: May 27, 2020)

Afghanistan National Olympic Committee (ANOC) urges the government to stop using the provincial stadium of Panjshir for military purposes.

The ANOC said in a statement that currently the stadium is used for landing and departing military choppers.

The organization added that the sports officials had already filed a complaint last year, but the government yet to address the issue.

“A commission was formed and the independent administration of local authorities was assigned to select another place for military helicopters landing instead of the provincial stadium of Panjshir, but no action has been taken yet,” the statement said.

Reportedly, so far, no sporting events have been held in Panjshir’s stadium.

“Unfortunately, the stadium has not been used for any sporting events so far, but there is no justification for the military use of this stadium,” the ANOC emphasized.

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Trump seeks full withdrawal from Afghanistan

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US President Donald Trump has reiterated full US troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Speaking to the reporters on Tuesday, Trump said that he wants to bring American soldiers back home from Afghanistan.

“We’re there 19 years, and, yeah, I think that’s enough…We can always go back if we have to. If we have to go back, we’ll go back and we’ll go back raging. And there, we’ll go back as warriors, fighters,” Trump said.

Trump did not set a date for the full pullout from Afghanistan, saying, “but as soon as reasonable.”

The US signed a deal for bringing peace in Afghanistan on February 29, in Qatar.

According to the deal, the U.S. troops roughly reduced to 8,600 in Afghanistan, and the country committed to full drawdown within 14 months after the agreement.

“We’re having very positive talks. We’re having very positive talks. We want to bring our soldiers back home. We want to bring them back home. And we’re not only talking about there, but we’re talking about other countries also,” US President noted.

As a part of the US-Taliban deal, the Afghan government released 900 Taliban prisoners on Tuesday, bringing the total released to 2000, a move forward to promote the Afghan peace process.

The Taliban welcomed the government’s actions, saying that the group “will release a remarkable number of prisoners soon.”

“We’re dealing with the Taliban. We’re dealing with the president. And the president now has gotten themselves straightened out with the two presidents. But we’re dealing with — because they had — as you know, they had competing factors — and factions,” Trump said.

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Masks too dangerous for infants: Japanese health experts

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(Last Updated On: May 26, 2020)

Face masks should not be used by children under the age of two as it can make breathing difficult, the Japan Pediatric association said.

According to Japan’s coronavirus guidelines, the Japanese should wear masks to prevent contracting with the virus, but the medical organization has warned parents that masks can be too dangerous for infants.

“It is possible that masks make it difficult for infants to breathe and increase the risks of heatstroke,” the organization said in leaflet quoted by CNN.

The leaflet said, “Masks are not necessary for children under two.”

The newborns’ respiratory systems have narrower airways, wearing face masks can make it difficult more difficult for infants to breathe and can place a heavy burden on their hearts.

Japan lifted the state emergency across the country on Monday after it witnessed a decrease in the number of infections in the country.

So far, 16,581 people have been infected with the COVID-19 in Japan and 830 others have died of the virus.

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