Kabul, May 29, 2016: On Saturday 14th May the Habib Bank Limited Cricket Team will arrive in Kabul to begin their 1st tour of the country.
Afghanistan Development Squad (ADS) and Habib Bank (HBL) will be playing two 4 – Day and four ODI matches in Alokozay – Kabul International Cricket Stadium.
"It's the first time the Trophy will be contested in Kabul, cricket fans with greater access to the game, both at the ground and at home on TV, and there is no doubt that this will help grow interest in cricket.” said Nasimullah Danish, Chairman of Afghanistan Cricket Board.
"We hope will grow interest and demand for attending cricket matches at Alokozay – Kabul International Cricket Stadium, which is now a truly world-class venue."
“This series of match between Afghanistan Development Squad and Habib Bank Limited presents a great opportunity for Afghanistan’s cricket fans to see two great teams in action. We know how much Afghans love cricket and we hope to see them in full force for this great fixture.” Shafiq Stanikzai, CEO of Afghanistan Cricket Board said.
“We have inducted a few youngsters who played extremely well. Youngsters should be given chances irrespective of the outcome of matches. Final squad will be announced on May 11, 2016.” Dawlat Ahmadzai, said Chief Selector Afghanistan Cricket Board.
“HBL are an experienced side and have big names but we will try to restrict them,” the skipper Asghar Stanikzai said.
Below is the full playing schedule for the HBL tour. Spectators are encouraged to attend any matches entry will be free of charge for 4-day match:
|May 17 – 20 May||4 – Day||ADS Vs HBL|
|May 23 – 26 May||4 – Day||ADS Vs HBL|
|Monday May 29, 2016||ODI||ADS Vs HBL|
|Wednesday 31st May, 2016||ODI||ADS Vs HBL|
|Friday June 2, 2016||ODI||ADS Vs HBL|
|Sunday June 4, 2016||ODI||ADS Vs HBL|
Habib Bank Squad: Muhammad Naeem, Abdul Rehman Aslam, Jamal Anwar, Sardar Hassan Raza Khan, Rameez Pinjara, Muhammad Waqas, Altaf Ahmad, Ashique Ali, Imran Farhad, Umar Gul, Zohaib Shera, Faheem Ashraf, Mirza Ahsan Jamil, Muhammad Kamran Afzal, Sajjad Ali, Amjad Afridi, Syed Muhammad Azam Hussain, Usman Khan