Kabul: The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) and Ministry of Education has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to launch ‘School Cricket’ project all over Afghanistan making cricket game a part of the school curriculum. The project will go Implemented at the start of 2017.
First of its kind initiative, the idea has to generate spaces for quality cricket in Afghanistan. In 2011 Afghanistan Cricket Board initiated School Cricket in Afghanistan under domestic cricket calendar in T20 format only. Now the ACB has planned to include one day format as well.
School Cricket idea has played a vital role in promoting and strengthening the Afghan cricket. Best players in school cricket find pathway to their regions and from regions to the national team.
Worth mentioning here; the school cricket idea added many players to national level team, like Hashmatullah Shahidi; Yameen Ahmadzai; Afsar Zazai. Tariq Stanikzai; Navin-Ul-Haq; Muslim Musa and Yousaf Zazai are now playing with Under 19 players who find way from school level Cricket.
Mohammad Samim Zakhilwal is the best player from school Cricket and now he is playing in with Under 16 national team. He said that,” I had a great success going to U-16 team and I am trying my best to go to U-19 and then to national team.”
“ACB launched the inter school contest with a vision to promote cricket at the school level and it has been a success,” Chairman Afghanistan Cricket Board Nasimullah Danish said. He added that the ACB is working hard to take the idea to another level for making more spaces for cricket in the country.
“We have developed a curriculum for school regarding Cricket which will go implemented as soon as we get funds. Based on the project we have planned to train school teachers as well. Also, we have planned to construct pitches in schools all over the country”, said Nazeem Jaar Adbdulrahumzai, Domestic Manager ACB.
The idea is equally applicable on girls’ school as well. The ACB women cricket department has been organizing T20 tournaments every year in girls’ schools. The national women cricket team got the majority of the players from school cricket tournaments played among schools in various provinces of Afghanistan i.e. Kabul, Hirat, Kunduz and Mazar Sharif.
”School girls are very enthusiastic to play cricket, and the annual tournaments have helped in this connection”, said Tuba Sangar, Manager Women Cricket.
The ACB has tried hard to reach out to potential funders in this regard due to lack of funding at the moment. As soon as the ACB gets funding the School Cricket idea will be extended as per the design. “We are in negotiation with donor agency to fund school cricket in Afghanistan”, said Shafiq Stanikzai, Chief Executive Officer ACB.