Sports – Ariana News Bringing Afghan News to the World Tue, 21 May 2019 13:14:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Afghanistan, Tajikistan to Face in Football Friendly Match Wed, 24 Apr 2019 06:18:16 +0000

Afghanistan national football team in a friendly match to face with Tajikistan national football team on June 7, 2019.

The match reportedly to be held in Dushanbe city, the capital of Tajikistan.

It comes as Head coach of Afghanistan’s national football team, Anoush Dastgir, has also urged the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) for holding a match against Iran in Tehran.

Rashid Khan Appointed as UNICEF Afghanistan’s National Ambassador Wed, 20 Mar 2019 07:00:44 +0000

Afghanistan’s cricket superstar Rashid Khan has been appointed as UNICEF Afghanistan’s National Ambassador, UNICEF said in a statement on Wednesday.

According to the statement, in his role, 20-year-old Khan will help UNICEF to promote girls’ education, tackle malnutrition, eradicate polio and improve child immunization rates.

“It is an honour to be named as UNICEF Afghanistan’s National Ambassador,” Khan said.

“I have always wanted to be involved in improving children’s lives by contributing to issues pertaining to health, education, and nutrition; and UNICEF provides me a great platform to do so. I am eagerly looking forward to this association and hope we can make a change for a better tomorrow,” he noted.

The announcement comes after four decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and as the world comes together to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history.

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Rashid Khan to the UNICEF family today,” UNICEF Afghanistan Representative Adele Khodr said.

“Rashid’s already demonstrated commitment to children will be a compelling and valuable asset to both UNICEF and the children of Afghanistan, who continue to dream and hope, without which humankind will be lost. At UNICEF, we believe that investing in the wellbeing, education, and protection of children today is key for a peaceful, stable and progressive Afghanistan,” she added.

Despite the significant progress in recent years, 3.7 million children remain out of school in Afghanistan, 2.2 million of whom are girls.

At the same time, malnutrition levels remain high with 600,000 children under the age of five suffering from severe acute malnutrition, and some 2 million children stunted (short for their age due to malnutrition), greatly impacting their cognitive development.

Mr. Khan comes with a strong passion for promoting the wellbeing of children, especially the most disadvantaged.

Rashid Khan has been involved in the cause of children and the work of UNICEF for almost two years, especially in promoting the eradication of polio.

At the age of 19, Rashid Khan broke the record for the youngest team captain in men’s international cricket history.

In January 2018, he was awarded the Associate Cricketer of the year by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and in February of the same year, he became the youngest player to top the ICC Player Rankings for bowlers in One Day Internationals (ODIs), and also topped the ICC Player Rankings for bowlers in Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).

As a National Ambassador, Mr. Rashid Khan is part of an esteemed UNICEF tradition, dating back to 1954, in which the organization partners with local artists, athletes, and other celebrities to raise public awareness about children’s issues and to improve the lives of children and women around the world.

‘Historic Day for Our People’ – Afghan Says as Afghanistan Earns First Test Victory Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:25:23 +0000

Asghar Afghan, the Afghanistan captain, detailed just how important and joyous their seven-wicket triumph over Ireland was in the one-off Test in Dehradun on Monday, 18 March.

It was their maiden Test victory, in just their second ever Test – the latest feat by a team that’s made a habit of it. Apart from Australia, who won in their maiden Test, only England and Pakistan have secured a Test win within two matches.

Just how much the victory meant was summed up by Afghan. “Happy for today, it’s a very historic day for Afghanistan, for Afghanistan people, for our team, for our cricket board. We are very happy,” he said.

“When [we play] a lot of Test matches, we mature. Nowadays, we’re playing a lot in Afghanistan first-class cricket. Before, it was three-day, two-day cricket. Now we’re playing first-class cricket.

“It was our dream to play Test cricket. It was just our second Test and we won the game. I’ll give a lot of credit to our bowlers, especially Rashid Khan, Waqar (Salamkheil), Yamin (Ahmadzai), and (Mohammad) Nabi. They bowled very well, on a wicket that was good for batting.”

Apart from the bowling quartet, one of Afghanistan’s stars was Rahmat Shah. He put behind poor form in the ODIs – he scored just one half-century in five outings – to score two in as many innings in Test whites.

He was unfortunate to miss out on a century by two runs in the first innings, and having done the hard work in the second, scoring a 122-ball 76, he was dismissed with just three runs required to seal victory.

However, during the course of his knock he displayed good temperament for Tests, and that is something that bodes well for Afghanistan. “I’d like to congratulate the country for this win,” he said after winning the Player of the Match award.

“There was a difference in the pitches – the ODI wickets were suitable for spin, this was better for batting. I stayed at the wicket, that was important. We played session by session, and tried to win the match, but I’d like to give credit to the bowlers, they bowled really well.”

As for Ireland, there were some smiles, despite being beaten within four days in their second ever Test. Their captain, William Porterfield, reminded everyone that quite a few of their players were playing only their second Test ever while the rest of the team – five players, to be precise – were making their debuts.

Despite that, they troubled Afghanistan considerably, and had they been able to do better with the bat in the first innings, they might yet have been able to change the eventual result.

“It’s obviously the first innings that went wrong for us,” he said at the post-match presentation. “It was big toss to win. Any multi-day game, the first innings you got to capitalise on,” he said.

“If you had done that, batted remotely like we batted in the second innings, it could have been a completely different game. Then you’re talking about potentially chasing upwards of 280 to 300, which could have been a completely different story.”

But that being said, Porterfield wasn’t making excuses. Afghanistan bossed them with both bat and ball in the crucial stages of the match, and he gave credit where it was due. “Take nothing away from Afghanistan,” he said. “They played very well throughout the whole game, and came out deserved winners.

“You want the lads to kick on and make big contributions. We didn’t do that in the first innings. We’re obviously looking to come back into the game from that. Once Afghanistan got past us, they never really let us [back].”

Taliban Commanders Arrested in Laghman Operation Wed, 13 Mar 2019 06:13:59 +0000

Two Taliban key commanders were detained during an operation conducted by Afghan security forces in eastern Laghman province, a local official said on Wednesday.

Asadullah Dawlatzai a spokesman for Laghman Police told Ariana News that the Afghan forces launched an operation on Tuesday night in Qargayi district of the province.

According to Dawlatzai, two key commanders of the Taliban militants were arrested during the military raids.

The Taliban commanders were identified as Mullah Hassan and Sardar Wali, Dawlatzai said.

The Taliban has not made a comment about the incident yet.

Laghman is among the insecure provinces in eastern Afghanistan, where the Taliban insurgents operate in a number of its districts.

FIFA Extends Suspension of Former AFF Chairman Keramuddin Karim Tue, 12 Mar 2019 13:22:23 +0000

Former chairman of Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) Keramuddin Karim, will be provisionally suspended for an additional 90 days, FIFA said on Tuesday.

“During this time, Mr. Karim will continue to be banned from all football-related activities at both national and international level”, the world soccer’s ruling body added in a statement.

FIFA has provisionally suspended Karim over allegations of physical and sexual abuse of woman members of the federation and imposed sanctions on him.

In December last year, FIFA said the sanction was imposed “in connection with ongoing investigations concerning AFF officials, as reported by local authorities and published by some media.”

Afghanistan Beat Ireland in 4th ODI to Take 2-1 Series lead Fri, 08 Mar 2019 14:43:45 +0000

Afghanistan won the fourth match of the Five-One Day International series against Ireland after beating them by 109 runs in Dehradun to take 2-1 series lead on Friday.  

Opting to bat first after winning the toss Afghanistan top order batsmen were struggled to build a partnership.  At one stage the hosts were six down for 81 in 18th over.

The 50-run partnership between the captain Asghar Afghan and all-rounder Mohammad Nabi, however, pulled things back for Afghanistan. Asghar Afghan scored 54 off 70 balls before being run-out by Dockrell in 33rd over of the match  

After losing the captain,  Mohammad Nabi found another reliable partner Rashid Khan at number 8th. The pair added vital 86 runs more to the total on a turning and bouncy track where the top order found it difficult to negotiate the ball.

Nabi lost his wicket while attempting to go big against J. Cameron-Dow in the 47th over. He scored 64 off 85 balls.

Thereafter, the game was set for Rashid Khan to hit some boundaries and add some crucial runs to the total.  But he could not do much after losing Nabi at the other hand. However, he managed to play a crucial knock of 52 off 58 balls.  In the end, Afghanistan posted 223  in 50 overs.

In chase of the target, Ireland, however, didn’t help their cause, losing wickets in clumps after a steady opening stand of 31.

 The visitors lost three for eight in the beginning and there was another dramatic collapse in the middle, which saw them lose six for 30. Seven batsmen were out either bowled or lbw suggesting that while the Afghanistan bowlers kept things simple by bowling within the stumps, a lot of the batsmen succumbed to cross-batted shots, which weren’t a great option with the ball keeping low.

Aftab Alam took four wickets, while Rashid Khan who named player of the match, took two wickets.  Mujib Rahman took two wickets and Mohammad Nabi got one wicket.

With the win, Afghanistan took a two-one lead in the five-match series with a final match to be played on Sunday (March 10).

Ninth Edition of Ski Tournament Held in Bamyan Fri, 01 Mar 2019 12:23:06 +0000

The ninth annual ski tournament ‘the Afghan Ski Challenge’ were held in central Bamyan province on Friday, where at least 170 local and foreign skiers had participated.

The tournament were held in Koh-e-Baba in Bamiyan where 150 skiers from Maidan Wardak and Bamyan provinces represented Afghanistan. 20 skies from United States, Canada, and Australia had participated at the event.

Afghan skiers grabbed the first, second and third positions in the tournament. 

This comes as Bamyan hosted the fifth round of girls ski competition on Thursday, where at least 12 skiers including one from Kabul had participated.

The tournament were held in “Ganbatak” hills of Bamyan province.

At the end of the event, Fatima Nazari, Freba Ahmadi, and Nazira got, first, second and third positions respectively.

The Afghan Ski Challenge is a backcountry ski race, which takes place every spring in Bamyan province. The event is organized by the Bamyan Ski Club and open to all.

Afghanistan Complete Whitewash over Ireland, Extend Winning Streak to 10 Mon, 25 Feb 2019 04:25:55 +0000

Afghanistan beat Ireland 3-0 in the T20I series in Dehradun to extend the consecutive wins in the shortest format of the game to 10.

The eventful T20I series between the two newest Full Members of ICC came to an end with yet another action-packed match in Dehradun that included Rashid Khan’s as well as Afghanistan’s maiden hat-trick in T20Is.

The day started with Paul Stirling winning the toss and surprisingly putting Afghanistan to bat first. The opening pair of Hazratullah Zazai and Usman Ghani, who had broken the record for highest partnership in T20Is less than 24 hours ago, got Afghanistan to flying start before Ghani lost his wicket for 13 to Boyd Rankin.

The hero of the second match Hazratullah Zazai was the next to go scoring 31 off 17 but it was Mohammad Nabi who launched the assault in today’s game smashing seven sixes and six fours in his match-winning 81 off 36 balls.

Afghanistan passed the 200 marks for the second consecutive time and set a target of 211 for Ireland. Boyd Ranking picked up three wickets including that of Hazratullah Zazai but leaked 53 runs in his fours overs.

Looking for a consolation win, Ireland looked set halfway through the game before Andrew Balbirine lost his wicket to the debutant Ziaur Rahman Sharifi and leaving Ireland 128-2 in 13.4 overs.

The World No. 1 T20I bowler Rashid Khan once again showed his prodigious bowling and made the first-ever hat-trick for himself and Afghanistan in the 18th over of Ireland innings when he sent George Dockrell, SC Getkate and Simi Singh back to the pavilion in three consecutive deliveries.

 Ireland ended their innings with 178/8 to concede the match by 32 runs and the series 3-0 to Afghanistan.

All-rounder Mohammad Nabi was declared the man of the match for his knock of 81 and economic figure of 0/28 and also secured the player of the tournament award for his overall impact in the series including the man of the match performance in the first match of the series.

Mujib Excluded from Squad for Ireland Test Fri, 08 Feb 2019 12:25:33 +0000

Mujeeb Ur Rahman has been left out of Afghanistan’s 14-member Test squad that will take on Ireland next month in Dehradun.

Both teams play each other in all three formats from February 21.

The other notable absentee was opener Mohammad Shahzad. He couldn’t find a place in the T20I side, but was included to play the ODIs and Test match.

There were three new additions in the Afghanistan squad from their inaugural Test against India last year: left-hand batsman Ikram Ali Khil, left-arm seamer Waqar Salamkheil and allrounder Sharafuddin Ashraf.

Both Ikram and Waqar are yet to make an international appearance for Afghanistan.

Ikram has scored 343 runs from six first-class games at an average of 38.11, while Waqar has 56 wickets at an average of 21.46 from seven first-class matches.

Sharafuddin, on the other hand, has played 14 ODIs and six T20Is.

Zahir Khan, the left-arm wristspinner, found a place in both ODI and T20I squads, while left-arm orthodox spinner Zia-Ur-Rehman was included in the T20I side. Ikram is part of the ODI squad as well.

Before the only Test, the two sides will play three T20Is followed by five ODIs. For both Afghanistan and Ireland this will be their second Test.

As preparation, the Afghanistan players had trained in Chennai and Bengaluru prior to the series.

T20I squad: Asghar Afghan (capt), Usman Ghani, Najeeb Tarakai, Hazratullah Zazai, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Farid Malik, Sayed Shirzad, Zia-Ur-Rehman, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Zahir Khan, and Sharafuddin Ashraf.

ODI squad: Asghar Afghan (capt), Mohammad Shahzad, Noor Ali Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Ali Khil, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rashid Khan, Karim Janat, Gulbadin Naib, Aftab Alam, Dawlat, Zahir Khan, Farid Malik, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Shapoor Zadran, and Sayed Shirzad.

Test squad: Asghar Afghan (capt), Mohammad Shahzad, Ihsan Janat, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Nasir Jamal, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Ikram Ali Khil, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Wafadar Momand, Yamin Ahmadzai, Sharafuddin Ashraf, and Waqar Salamkheil.

With inputs from Espncricinfo

Afghanistan Announces Squads for Series Against Ireland Thu, 07 Feb 2019 16:00:58 +0000

Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Thursday announced squads for the upcoming series against Ireland in Dehradun, India.

 The series will consist of three T20Is, Five ODIs and the first ever Test between both teams.

The series will be held in Dehradun’s Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium from 21st February to 19th March.

T20I Squad:

Asghar Afghan(C), Usman Ghani, Najeeb Tarakai, Hazratullah Zazai, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Farid Malik, Sayed Shirzad, Zia ur Rahman Sharifi, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Zahir Khan and Sharafuddin Ashraf.

ODI Squad:

Asghar Afghan(C), Mohammad Shahzad, Noor Ali Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Alikhil, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rashid Khan, Karim Janat, Gulbadin Naib, Aftab Alam, Dawlat, Zahir Khan, Farid Malik, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Shapoor Zadran and Sayed Shirzad.

Test Squad:

Asghar Afghan (C), Mohammad Shahzad, Ihsan Janat, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Nasir Jamal, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Ikram Alikhil, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Wafadar Momand, Yamin Ahmadzai, Sharafuddin Ashraf and Waqar Salamkhail.

Afghanistan to Play Pakistan, England Ahead of World Cup Fri, 01 Feb 2019 13:15:41 +0000

Afghanistan’s national cricket team will warm up for World Cup 2019 with practice matches against former champions Pakistan and England in Bristol and The Oval in May.

According to the list of warm-up fixtures announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday, Afghanistan will take on Pakistan at the Bristol County Ground on May 24 and will meet England at The Oval on May 27.

All 10 competing nations will play two official warm-up fixtures ahead of the tournament, which will take place at four venues across England and Wales.

The fixtures will be held over five days between May 24-28, and will be hosted at four of the official CWC19 Tournament Venues; the Bristol County Ground, Cardiff Wales Stadium, Hampshire Bowl and The Oval.

There are a number of high-profile clashes, including England v Australia, Pakistan v Afghanistan and Bangladesh v India.

As per previous ICC tournaments, warm-up fixtures will be 50 over per side, but will not carry official ODI status, as teams can field all members of their 15-man squad during the match.

 “It is always a huge milestone announcing an exciting warm-up schedule for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup as it really highlights just how close we are to the action getting underway this summer,” said Steve Elworthy Managing Director of World Cup 2019.

“These games provide another fantastic opportunity for fans to see world-class players at their local venue and allows the tournament to engage local schools and communities with another chance to get involved with the Cricket World Cup,” he added.

AGO Imposes Travel Ban on Five Members of AFF Fri, 28 Dec 2018 10:29:37 +0000

Attorney general’s office has imposed a travel ban on five members of Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) including on its president Keramuddin Karim, following the investigation into alleged sexual abuse of female footballers by the staff of the federation.

According to AGO spokesman, Jamshid Rasooli, the four other members of AFF who have been banned from traveling include Nader Alemi, head of goalkeepers’ committee, Sayed Ali Reza Aqazada, secretary general of the federation, Abdul Saboor Walizada, head of provinces relations and Rustam, an employee of the federation.

Earlier this month, AGO has suspended six members of AFF after a thorough investigation that ran into the claims.

The sexual and physical abuse allegations against Afghan female footballers were reported by the Guardian early this month which led the Afghan government and FIFA to launch investigations over the issue.

In addition, FIFA imposed sanctions on Keramuddin Karim, banning him from all football-related activities at national and international level for 90 days.

World soccer’s governing body, FIFA, said the sanction was imposed “in connection with ongoing investigations concerning AFF officials, as reported by local authorities and published by some media.”

AGO Suspends Head of Football Federation Over Allegations of Sexual Abuse Sun, 09 Dec 2018 12:34:19 +0000

The Attorney General has suspended six members including the head of Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) Keramuddin Karim over the allegation of sexual and physical abuse against women’s soccer team players.

The allegations had been reported by media last week which led FIFA – the world governing body for soccer – to investigate the allegations that male officials from AFF sexually and physically abused the Afghan female football players.

AFF had said that it “vigorously rejects the false accusations made with regard to the AFF’s women’s national team”, adding that has a “zero-tolerance policy towards any such type of behavior”.

However, the president’s advisor Fazel Fazly on Sunday in a Twitter post confirmed that the Attorney General office has reviewed the allegations and that have suspended six members of the AFF including Keramuddin Karim.

“After reviewing the allegations, the Attorney General has suspended six members including the head of Afghanistan Football Federation,” he tweeted.

It comes as earlier,  President Ghani had asked Attorney General Farid Hamidi to ensure a thorough investigation into the sexual abuse allegations in the Afghan Football Federation, and “bring those guilty to book”.

He had said that the government will not “tolerate” abuse of authority to sexually “exploit” people, regardless of their gender.

AFF Rejects Reports of Sexual, Physical Abuse on Women’s Team Sat, 01 Dec 2018 14:09:14 +0000

Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) on Saturday rejected the reports in which said that the Afghan women’s soccer team players being exposed to sexual abuse, physical abuse, death threats, and even rape cases.

Citing multiple figures associated with Afghanistan women’s football team, The Guardian has reported that the abuse took place inside the country, including at the federation’s headquarters, and at a training camp in Jordan last February.

Khalida Popal, a former head of the women’s football department at the AFF, who was forced to flee the country in 2016 and seek asylum in Denmark, has spoken to the Guardian, together with the players Shabnam Mobarez and Mina Ahmadi and the head coach, Kelly Lindsey, about the ordeal of players within the country and their frustrations with a system that, they feel, has failed to protect them.

The AFF said in a statement that it “vigorously rejects the false accusations made with regard to the AFF’s women’s national team”, adding that has a “zero-tolerance policy towards any such type of behaviour”.

“The AFF is disappointed that these very serious allegations seem to come from former employees, without ever having directly contacted the AFF and/or provided any specific information to help the AFF to investigate these allegations,” the statement noted.

This comes as FIFA – the world governing body for soccer – reportedly confirmed it was investigating the allegations that male officials from the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) sexually and physically abused players on the women’s national team.

Afghanistan To Play One-Off Test Match Against Ireland in March Sat, 01 Dec 2018 12:54:14 +0000

Afghanistan and Ireland will play a bilateral Test match in India in March next year.

The historic Test between the two sides will also be held at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Dehradun – a home ground for Afghanistan. The match will commence on St. Patrick’s Day – March 17.

Cricket Ireland on Friday made the announcement as they confirmed their series against Afghanistan, set to get underway at the end of February next year.

The two sides will first play a three-match T20 series followed by five ODIs which will all be held in Dehradun.

It is the second-ever Test outing for both nations, who were given full ICC memberships last year. Ireland took on Pakistan at home in their maiden Test while Afghanistan were hosted by India at Bengaluru.

All nine matches of the bilateral series will be played at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.

  • 23 February: 1st T20I
  • 24 February: 2nd T20I
  •  26 February: 3rd T20I
  • 2 March: 1st ODI
  • 4 March: 2nd ODI
  • 7 March: 3rd ODI
  • 9 March: 4th ODI
  • 12 March: 5th ODI
  • 17-21 March: Test Match
Shapoor Zadran Allowed to Return for National Team After Five Months Ban Tue, 13 Nov 2018 14:44:23 +0000

The disciplinary committee of Afghanistan Cricket Board has lifted the ban imposed on Shapoor Zadran, allowing the fast bowler to return to the national team after more than five months.

 31-year-old Zadran was banned from playing in the team after breaching disciplinary rules against the coach and the captain in a training camp outside the country on May 29, ACB said in a statement.

“His actions had been reported by the couch in written format to the cricket board leadership. Apart from cash fine, Zadran had been warned that he could not play for the national team anymore if he repeats such acts,” the statement said.

Shapoor has played 43 one-day international and 34 T20 matches so far Afghanistan. The last international match he played was in on June 5 against Bangladesh.

Hazratullah Zazai Equals Fastest T20 Half Century Record in APL Sun, 14 Oct 2018 15:11:28 +0000

Afghanistan’s Hazratullah Zazai hit six sixes in an over on his way to equaling fastest ever half-century record in Twenty20 cricket.

The Afghan opener reached 50 in 12 balls for Kabul Zwanan against Balkh Legends in the Afghanistan Premier League (APL) at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

That levelled the record held by Yuvraj Singh, who also hit six sixes in that innings for India against England in the World T20 in 2007, and Chris Gayle at Australia’s Big Bash League in 2016.

Earlier, the West Indian opener had made 80 from 48 balls. At one point, he had looked set for six sixes himself off Colin Ingram, but in the end that over went for 32.

The left-handed batsmen Zazai scored 62 off 17 balls before caught out on the boundary. He had already become the first player in the tournament to score a century.

The six successive sixes were hit off Abdullah Mazari, a left-arm spin bowler whose first over in the APL went for 37 as he also sent a wide.

With inputs from The National Sport

Afghan Woman Elected As OIC Member Wed, 10 Oct 2018 11:53:12 +0000 The International Olympic Committee has elected nine new members, including 24-year-old Samira Asghari, an Afghanistan women’s national basketball team player.

Asghari is the first Afghan to become a member of the committee.

She had been nominated by the committee in July this year with its president saying that the nomination sent a message.

“She’s a young woman of Afghanistan who is very active in promoting the right to play sport for women in Afghanistan, you all know it’s not an easy task,” Thomas Bach, the OIC president, had said.

“With this nomination, we wanted to send a signal not only to men and women in Afghanistan but also in all these countries where women are facing serious obstacles to do sport,” he had said.

Two more women among the newcomers are Daina Gudzineviciute of Lithuania, a shooting gold medalist at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and former nurse Felicite Rwemarika of Rwanda.

Six men elected by fellow IOC members are Camilo Perez (Paraguay), Giovanni Malago (Italy), William Blick (Uganda), Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck (Bhutan), Morinari Watanabe (Japan) and Andrew Parsons (Brazil).

IOC members voted bobsled federation president Ivo Ferriani of Italy to their executive board representing winter sports.

Rashid Khan Seals Top Spot in ODI All-Rounders’ Rankings Sun, 30 Sep 2018 12:52:09 +0000

After his impressive performance at the Asia Cup 2018, spin sensation Rashid Khan has become the No. 1-ranked all-rounder in Ond-Day Internationals (ODI).

Rashid was sensational with the ball, and did well with the bat in the Asia Cup. He topped the bowling charts, picking up 10 wickets from five matches, and also scored 87 runs at an average of 43.50.

Afghanistan were outstanding, beating Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the group stage and then losing to Pakistan and Bangladesh in last-over finishes in the Super Fours before tying their game against India.

For his efforts in Dubai and Sharjah, Khan has gained six slots and earned 67 points, which put him on top of the MRF Tyres ICC ODI All-Rounder Rankings, toppling Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan. Rashid’s teammate Mohammad Nabi also gained one slot to reach the third position after aggregating 134 runs and taking five wickets.

In the bowlers’ list, Rashid has retained his No.2 spot, while 17-year-old spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman has moved up 15 places to take the eighth place after finishing with seven wickets in the Asia Cup. Nabi, meanwhile has gained two slots to reach the 15th position.

Nabi has also risen in the batting rankings, up to No.53rd after gaining 13 points, while Khan is up by 21 slots and is now sitting in the 97th position. Afghanistan’s most impressive batsmen in the tournament, Hashmatullah Shahidi and Mohammad Shahzad, also made significant gains in the rankings.

Shahidi, who totalled 263 runs from five innings, moved up 64 spots to joint 91st with New Zealand’s Jimmy Neesham, while Shahzad beefed up his tally with a blazing 124 in the game against India, and moved up 19 places to No.36, joint with Scotland’s Calum MacLeod and Sri Lanka’s Niroshan Dickwella.

The other man to stand out in the batting rankings was Liton Das, the Bangladesh opener who smashed 121 in the final. He rose a remarkable 107 spots to a career-best No.116.

Among the other high performers from the tournament to gain were Rohit Sharma (up two spots to No.2), Shikhar Dhawan (up by four to No.5), Mushfiqur Rahim (up six to No.16), Imam-ul-Haq (up 15 to No.27), Shoaib Malik (up 12 to No.42) and Hong Kong captain Anshuman Rath, who moved up 15 places and finished at 55th position. Nizakat Khan, Rath’s opening partner, also jumped 28 places and reached the 78th spot. 

Ariana TV Gets Exclusive Broadcast Rights for Afghanistan Premier League Sun, 23 Sep 2018 14:24:51 +0000

Ariana Television Network (ATN) has acquired exclusive broadcast rights for the first season of Afghanistan Premier League (APL) in the country.

Appreciating the willingness of ATN management, the CEO of Afghanistan Cricket Board Shafiqullah Stanikzai said in a statement: “We are pleased with the agreement with ATN for the broadcast rights of APL in Afghanistan. ATN covers the whole of Afghanistan on normal TV antennas and this is important because we want to give APL far and wide coverage both in Afghanistan and other territories.”

“We would like to request all other broadcasters in Afghanistan to respect broadcast rights and refrain from illegal broadcast of the league,” Stanikzai added.

Thanking the efforts of the Afghanistan Cricket Board for launching Afghanistan Premier League, Habib Durrani, the Chief Operations Director of ATN said: “Afghanistan has a very diverse and proud sporting tradition—especially in cricket and football—and we at ATN are so honored to be Afghanistan’s exclusive broadcaster of Afghanistan Premiere League 2018.”

“ATN and The Bayat Group welcome every opportunity to showcase Afghan sports and to be champions of our nation’s sporting heroes,” Durrani added.

The inaugural season of Afghanistan Premier League is scheduled to take place from 5th until 21st October 2018 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates.

 ATN is one of the leading TV channels in Afghanistan and has terrestrial coverage all over the country. It has previously acquired exclusive broadcast rights in Afghanistan for high-profile international sporting event including the recent FIFA World Cup.