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Shinwari takes over as Afghan Cricket Board CEO

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(Last Updated On: April 26, 2021)

The Afghan Cricket Board on Monday announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Hamid Shinwari.

Shinwari replaces Rahmatullah Qureishi.

According to the ACB, Shinwari, who was the ACB’s CEO from 2010 to 2012, is a highly qualified candidate for the position and has a strong academic background.

Shinwari holds a Ph.D in health policy and management from Nanjing Medical University in China as well as a Masters degree in Public Health from the University of Queensland in Australia.

Apart from his health management qualifications, Shinwari also has a Masters in Business Administration from Preston University.

Addressing an introductory gathering with ACB staff, Shinwari said on Monday that his priorities will be focused on digitalization and policy building as well as system development at the organization.

Welcoming Shinwari, outgoing executive, Rahmatullah Qureishi, expressed his best wishes and said he is glad that a qualified candidate of Shinwari’s caliber will lead the organization.

Shinwari has in the past held senior management positions for a number of organizations – both local and international. He has also worked for USAID, the United Nations and OASIS among others.

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3 national snooker team players off to good start in world champs

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(Last Updated On: September 19, 2021)

Afghanistan’s National Snooker Team has gotten off to a good start in this year’s Six-Red World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

National team member Raees Khan Sindzai won his first match against his opponent from Ukraine ending with a score of 5-4.

Sindzai also defeated his Iraqi rival 5-4 in his second match and his next game will be against Bahrain.

Saleh Mohammad Mohammadi, another Afghan team member, beat his Egyptian rival 5-0 but lost his second match to his Belgian opponent, 4-5.

His third game will be against Palestine.

The Six-Red World Championships comes just days after the three team members took part in the Asian Snooker Championships, which were also held in Doha.

The tournaments are part of three major billiards and snooker events – including the GCC Billiards and Snooker tournament – organised by the Qatar Billiards and Snooker Federation.

It is the first time a country hosts these three major championships in succession, separated by only a few days.

The competitions started with the Asian championship from September 12 to 16, then the Six-Red World Championship from September 17 to 21. This championship will be followed by the GCC Billiards and Snooker Championship from September 22 to 28.

President of the International Snooker Federation and Executive Director of the Qatar Federation, Mubarak Al Khayarin, described Qatar’s hosting of the World and Asian Championships as a great challenge, especially after stopping nearly two years of activity due to the repercussions of the continuing outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, Qatar’s The Peninsula reported.

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Afghan women’s soccer team arrives in Pakistan

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(Last Updated On: September 15, 2021)

Afghanistan’s women’s soccer team has arrived in neighbouring Pakistan, the information minister in Islamabad said on Tuesday, as questions linger over the status of female athletes under Islamic Emirate rule.

“We welcome Afghanistan women football team, they arrived at Torkham Border from Afghanistan,” said Fawad Chaudhry, Pakistan’s information minister, in a Tweet, adding they were received by a representative of the Pakistan Football Federation.

Chaudhry gave no details and it was not immediately clear how many players had entered the country and what their plans were.

An Islamic Emirate official last week told Australian broadcaster SBS that he did not think women would be allowed to play cricket because it was “not necessary” and would be against Islam.

“Islam and the Islamic Emirate do not allow women to play cricket or play the kind of sports where they get exposed,” SBS quoted the deputy head of the Islamic Emirate’s cultural commission, Ahmadullah Wasiq, as saying.

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Afghan snooker player on winning streak at Asian championships

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Afghanistan has won the first two of its matches in the ACBS 36th Asian Men’s Snooker Championship 2021.

Afghan snooker player Raees Khan Sindzai won his first match against his rival from Bahrain with a score of 4-0.

He also defeated his Lebanese opponent in his second match, ending on the same score.

Saleh Mohammad Mohammadi, another Afghan team member beat his Syrian rival 4-1.

Qatar is hosting the ACBS 36th Asian Men Snooker Championship 2021, which has brought together snooker players from 60 countries.

Afghanistan’s team is made up of three contestants – Raees Khan Sindzai, Saleh Mohammad Mohammadi, and Nader Rohani.

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