"Afghanistan has been granted full membership of Asian Cricket Council" Afghanistan Cricket Board Chief Executive Officer Shafiq Stanikzai announced.
The decision came during the annual meeting of ACC at its headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka this week.
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is a cricket organisation which was established in 1983, to promote and develop the sport of cricket in Asia. Subordinate to the International Cricket Council, the council is the continent’s regional administrative body and currently consists of 24 member associations.
In a momentous occasion in Sri Lanka's cricketing history, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) announced that it has established its head office in the Sri Lankan capital city of Colombo.
The new ACC Headquarters opened at Maitland Crescent in Colombo 7, on Friday, 20th August 2016. Minister of Sports Dayasiri Jayasekara graced the opening ceremony as the Chief Guest while Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake was the Guest of Honor.
ACC members pose for an official photograph with Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera and SLC and ACC president Thilanga Sumathipala.
Nasimullah Danish said that, "ACB Chief Executive Shafiqullah Stanikzai will be board member of ACC executive committee allowing him to take active participation in decision-making and improving Afghan Cricket."
The CEO Of ACB said that in the latest assembly, there were also talks about a series between Afghanistan and Bangladesh, date and venue will be announced later.
Afghanistan will be hosting cricket teams from Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Bahrain and Qatar at Kabul International Cricket Stadium and who will compete against Afghanistan’s under-23 squad. ACB CEO also proposed ACC to allocate junior teams tournaments to Alokozay - Kabul International Cricket Stadium.
President of ACC and Sri Lanka Cricket, Thilanga Sumathipala said; It gives me immense pride to welcome Asian Cricket Council to Sri Lanka, as it marks a new and exciting chapter for the sport in the region which will simultaneously have a positive impact on the game in Sri Lanka as well."
"I have a passionate vision for the future development of the game in Sri Lanka and I believe that ACC's move to set up its new office in Sri Lanka will play a big role in promoting and developing cricket resources in the country."
ACC runs a development program that supports coaching, umpiring and sports medicine programs in member countries, funded from television revenues collected during the officially sanctioned Asian Cricket Council tournaments including the Asia Cup, Asian Test Championship, ACC Trophy, and various other tournaments.