The International Cricket Council (ICC) is contributing to peace, unity and development in Afghanistan, according to Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) CEO, Dr Noor Mohammad Murad.
On Thursday, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson congratulated the ACB on winning the Laureus Sports Award in the ‘Spirit of Sport’ category.
“We have been aware of the inspiring rise of cricket in Afghanistan for some time,” he said in a media release, “however, by receiving this prestigious award it is clear that the wider international sports community has now also recognized the significant, positive influence cricket is having in Afghanistan.
Dr Murad wrote to ICC Chief Executive, David Richardson, this week thanking him for his congratulations. In the letter, Dr Murad said:
“We are very conscious that the ongoing support we have received from the ICC has played a key role in ‘the inspiring rise of cricket in Afghanistan’. Cricket is more than a sport in Afghanistan and is now widely recognised as a ‘significant, positive influence’ in the country.”
“The ICC,” he added, “can be rightly proud that its collaboration with the ACB in the development of Afghan cricket is making a valuable contribution to peace, unity and development in this country.”
“We are confident that with the ongoing support of the ICC, hard work, time and more playing experience we are not too far away from becoming a competitive presence amongst the top cricketing countries of the world.”