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Pakistan to start hosting Test matches again, a decade after attack

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(Last Updated On: November 22, 2020)

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials on Saturday told the Associated Press that Pakistan is ready to host international cricket tournaments again after more than a decade of having no home Test matches.

In 2009 a deadly terrorist attack was carried out on visiting Sri Lanka’s team bus, which brought an immediate halt to matches being hosted in Pakistan.

Now however, Pakistan is ready to welcome major cricketing nations to their country, said Wasim Khan, chief executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board.

He said top teams, including South Africa, New Zealand, England and the West Indies are expected to play in Pakistan next year.

“We’re working hugely in terms of building relationships, nurturing those relationships with (other) cricket boards,” Khan, told The Associated Press.

South Africa is due to visit Pakistan in January to play a two-Test series which is part of the World Test Championship, followed by three Twenty20s.

According to the report New Zealand is penciled in for three ODIs and five Twenty20s in September, followed by two Twenty20s against England in Karachi. It will be England’s first tour to Pakistan since 2005.

The PCB also plans a home series against West Indies in December.

“We’re also in discussions with Cricket Australia. They’re due to be touring during the 2022 season, we’re looking at them coming for an extended period of time.” Khan said.

When Sri Lanka’s team bus was attacked in March 2009, the doors of international cricket remained shut on Pakistan until Zimbabwe became the first Test-playing nation to play limited-overs series, at Lahore in 2015.

Meanwhile, Khan said that he also wants to organize a limited-overs series against Afghanistan sometime next year.

This comes after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, a former cricket captain for the country, visited Kabul and extended an invitation to Afghan national team this week.

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Car bomb in Kandahar leaves 17 wounded

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At least 17 people, including six policemen, were wounded Wednesday morning in Kandahar province in a car bomb, local officials said.

According to officials the blast occurred at around 10:30 am local time when a suicide car bomber detonated his explosives close to the PD11 police building.

Police said the building has been partially destroyed.

Officials also said the surrounding area is residential and a number of houses have been damaged.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) also confirmed the explosion and said six police members were wounded.

So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Rights watchdog appeals for urgent help for Bamiyan victims

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The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission has issued an urgent appeal to government and to the international community to help 14 seriously wounded victims of Tuesday’s bombing in Bamiyan city.

In a series of tweets, the AIHRC said the families of the victims are also appealing for help as the province’s hospitals are seriously under-equipped to deal with the medical emergency.

AIHRC said: “Bamiyan attack. Almost 18 hours has passed. Families of those injured are calling on the Afghan government to move their loved ones to Kabul for treatment. 14 individuals in particular urgently need to be moved to Kabul now.”

“AIHRC calls on government and all with resources, including international community, to act now – and move the 14 injured. In addition, all of those injured must be moved to Kabul to ensure they receive adequate medical treatment.

“Bamiyan’s medical facilities are not adequately equipped,” the organization tweeted.

This comes after explosions ripped through a market in Bamiyan city on Tuesday evening, killing at least 17 people and leaving over 50 wounded.

Bamiyan has always been one of the most secure provinces in Afghanistan but is also very poor.

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More than 70 killed or wounded across Afghanistan in under 24 hours

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More than 70 people have been killed or wounded in explosions in less than 24 hours around Afghanistan, an Ariana News tally shows.

The latest incident happened just after 7.30am Wednesday morning when a magnetic IED was detonated against a Ford vehicle in PD12 in Kabul city.

Kabul police said that the blast injured two military personnel and two civilians.

On Tuesday night, a police Ranger was also targeted in an IED explosion. One policeman was wounded in the incident in PD5 of the city.

In a major incident on Tuesday night, initial reports stated that at least 17 people were killed and over 50 wounded in two back-to-back explosions at a Bamiyan market in the provincial capital.

Bamiyan, which is one of the most secure provinces in Afghanistan, very rarely experiences any type of insurgent activity and as such draws thousands of tourists each year.

Tuesday’s explosions, which left dozens of women and children dead or wounded, has drawn widespread criticism and top officials, including President Ashraf Ghani have condemned the incident.

The Taliban immediately denied involvement in the explosions but no group has yet claimed responsibility for it.

In a tweet, Zabiullah Mujahid, the group’s spokesman, said the group was not behind the attack.

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