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Afghanistan to Host Zimbabwe for T20I, ODI Series in Sharjah

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(Last Updated On: November 16, 2017)

Afghanistan will play two  Twenty20  internationals  and five one-day internationals against Zimbabwe in Sharjah of the United Arab Emirates on February next year, the Afghan Cricket Board (ACB) announced Thursday.

All match will be played at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, which is Afghanistan’s home ground.

“The two T20Is and five-match ODI series at Sharjah Cricket Stadium will give both sides a valuable opportunity to face each other for competitive cricket ahead of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers in March,” the ACB Chairman, Shukrullah Atif Mashal  said in a statement.

“Both sides have played closely fought series in the past and this will again ensure that cricket fans witness some great cricket between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe”, he added.

Following the announcement, the Zimbabwe Cricket said that they have enjoyed playing Afghanistan in recent times. “We believe the upcoming one-day international and Twenty 20 international matches will be no different,” Zimbabwe Cricket Spokesperson Darlington Majonga said as cited in the ACB statement.

“For Us, the  Afghanistan tour  will be very important because, as a team that has not played a great deal of limited-overs cricket over the last couple of years, the series will present a great opportunity for our side to try and get together as a unit before the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 which will be staged in Zimbabwe,” he added.

The matches between the two sides were scheduled as follows:

1st T20I – 5 th February 2018
2 nd T20I – 6 th February 2018

1st ODI – 9th February 2018
2nd ODI – 11th February 2018
3rd ODI – 13th February 2018
4th ODI – 16th February 2018
5th ODI – 19th February 2018

This comes as Afghanistan is expected to play three ODIs against Ireland in December this year  in Sharjah cricket stadium.

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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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(Last Updated On: May 27, 2020)

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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