ACB board held its monthly meeting for June 2020 today via video conferencing chaired by ACB Chairman Mr.Farhan Yusefzai. The members followed-up on the resolutions approved in the previous meeting and discussed the plans for the month ahead.
Mr.Yusefzai commenced the meeting by welcoming the members and briefed about his recent meetings with the ICC. Mr. Zia ul Haq Amarkheil, member of the board, also addressed the meeting and called for a close relationship between ACB and cricket fans in the country.
ACB CEO Mr. Lutfullah Stanikzai also delivered his remarks and briefed the respective members about the activities succesfully completed by ACB and its future course of action. Mr. Stanikzai remarked that the COVID-19 Pandemic has affected global cricket considerably.
The impact has been adverse on Afghan Cricket as well which has also sufferred financially due to no cricketing activities. Mr. Stanikzai further added, " Fortunately we will be able to conduct training camp for our players this month which has also been coordinated with the ICC and our health authorities." He continued, "The camp is part of our national team's preparations for the ICC T20 World Cup and ACC Asia Cup scheduled later this year." ACB CEO further added that Afghanistan's series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, originally scheculed to be held in May and June are postponed.
The following resolutions were passed during today's board meeting:
1: To hire an international company to devise a long-term strategic plan for Afghan Cricket for the period 2021-2031.
2: Approving the new organizational structure for ACB which shall also include the new Planning and Policy Department.
3: Coordinate with Ministeries and other relevant government institutions about the further development of Cricket in the country.
4: Briefing the board about the construction activities in different provinces. These include the spectator stands in Khost Cricket stadium, academies in Paktia, Kunar and Takhar provinces, and commencement of construction activities in Balkh as well as the land allocation for Behsud Cricket Ground in Nangarhar which is already approved by the Cabinet.
5: Organizing the seventh edition of Shpageeza Cricket League.
6: As part of outsourcing academies and grounds to the private sector, the outsourcing of Behsud academy and Kunar Ground were approved.
7: Approval and distribution strategy of licenses for private clubs and academies in the country. The board members directed ACB officials to follow-up on the allocation of land for the new Kabul Stadium with Ministry of Urban Development and H.E Mr. President. The next meeting of the board is scheduled to be held in July.