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Hazratullah Zazai Equals Fastest T20 Half Century Record in APL

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(Last Updated On: October 14, 2018)

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

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Afghan refugees killed in Iran; MFA investigating the case

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(Last Updated On: June 6, 2020)

The Afghan Foreign Ministry said in a statement that they have been investigating the burning of a vehicle carrying Afghan nationals in the Iranian city of Yazd.

The MFA statement based on initial reports suggests that three Afghan nationals were killed, four were injured and several others missing in the car fire.

Ahmad Tarahomi Bahabadi, the political deputy of Yazd province in Iran, confirmed the reports of Iranian police forces gunfire at the vehicle carrying Afghan citizens and said that the vehicle caught fire due to high speed and collision with roadside barriers.

According to the statement, the Afghan ambassador to Tehran arrived in Yazd on Friday to closely probe into the cause and relevant factors.

The Afghan Foreign Ministry added that it would proceed with the matter with its counterpart as per the outcomes of the investigation.

It is worth mentioning, weeks ago, reports indicated that the Iranian border guards had thrown and killed a number of Afghan refugees in the Harirud River. This was followed by the Afghan and Iranian governments assigning a joint delegation to look into it; however, the results are pending.

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Afghanistan National Football Team; Tournaments scheduled

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(Last Updated On: June 6, 2020)

The Afghanistan national football team’s tournaments for the qualifying games for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup in China have been rescheduled.

According to the Asian Football Confederation, the Afghanistan National Football Team is due to play against Bangladesh on October the 8th, and Oman on October the 13th.

The two matches of the national football team were earlier scheduled to take place in the months of March and April but were postponed due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the Afghan Football Federation has announced that Amir Mohammad has joined the national team.

According to the Afghan Football Federation, Amir Mohammad, the 24-year-old striker of the “FC Legion Dynamo” in the Russian League One, will accompany the national team for the next two matches in the World Cup qualifiers and the AFC Asian Cup.

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Mine blast in Badakhshan kills 11 local police

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(Last Updated On: June 6, 2020)

At least 11 public police forces were killed in a roadside mine blast in Badakhshan province, police confirmed.

Sanaullah Rohani, a spokesman for the provincial police told Ariana News that the incident happened in Darkhan village in Khash district of the province at around 11 p.m. Friday.

At least 11public police members including their commander – Mazari – were killed after his vehicle hit a roadside mine in the area, the official added.

According to police, Mazari was on his way to support a security outpost in the village that came under attack of Taliban militants.

Meanwhile, the Taliban shadow district chief and two insurgents were killed in clashes with the Afghan forces.

Rohani said that the Taliban designated governor was identified as Hamidullah.

The Taliban militants group yet to comment in this regard.

Badakhshan is among the insecure provinces in Afghanistan where the Taliban, Al-Qaida, and Daesh militants are actively operating in a number of its districts. 

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