Afghanistan

  • Australian coach joins emerging Afghanistan 21-04-2014 01:37 PM

    Afghanistan's new cricket academy coach, Peter Anderson from Australia, has started work in Kabul, officials said on Monday, as the fast-developing team prepare for their debut at next year's World Cup. Anderson coached Papua New Guinea for two years before joining Afghanistan, where cricket is a rare symbol of optimism...
  • Afghanistan: Abdullah widens lead in Presidential vote 21-04-2014 11:56 AM

    Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah's lead in the Afghan presidential race has widened, the latest official tally of votes released on Sunday showed, although half of the votes have yet to be counted. Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission said initial results based on almost 50 per cent of the vote out...
  • Afghanistan cricketers to train in Pakistan 10-04-2014 11:49 PM

    Afghanistan's fast-rising cricket team will train in Pakistan under the guidance of two former international captains as they prepare for their maiden World Cup appearance next year, their coach said on Thursday. Aamir Sohail will help the batsmen while Rashid Latif will help the wicket-keepers as the minnows begin tuning...
  • India gain seven places in FIFA rankings 10-04-2014 03:54 PM

    New Delhi: Indian football team jumped seven places to 145th, the highest since August last, in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday. India gained six cumulative points (144 in total) over the past month to rise to 145th from 152nd, despite not playing any international match during the period....
  • Relief in Afghanistan after largely peaceful landmark election 06-04-2014 09:19 AM

    Kabul: Afghanistan's presidential election closed on Saturday amid relief that attacks by Taliban fighters were fewer than feared for a vote that will bring the first-ever democratic transfer of power in a country plagued by conflict for decades. It will take six weeks for results to come in from across...
  • Afghanistan runs out of ballot papers as election turnout surprises 05-04-2014 08:36 PM

    Kandahar/Kabul: Afghanistan's landmark election on Saturday was marred by a shortage of ballot papers that left many voters still queueing to cast their vote with polling due to close, as the organisers appeared unprepared for a high turnout. The Independent Election Commission ordered voting to be extended by at least...
  • Afghans see hope in chance to choose new leader 05-04-2014 08:16 AM

    Kabul: Two Afghan women shrouded in black emerged from a campaign rally carrying bundles of sticks with pieces of torn posters still attached. The women weren't intending to knit back together what pictures remained of the presidential hopeful. They simply needed firewood to heat their home. Afghanistan's enduring poverty -...
  • Two foreign journalists shot in Afghanistan, one dead 04-04-2014 02:04 PM

    A man dressed as a policeman shot two foreign journalists in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, killing one and critically wounding the other, police, a doctor and a local official said. The attack took place on the eve of a presidential election that Taliban insurgents have pledged to disrupt through a...
  • Nepal to host 18th SAARC Summit in Katmandu 28-03-2014 08:35 PM

    Nepal will hold the 18th SAARC Summit in Katmandu on November 14, the third time the country is hosting the event since the establishment of eight-member regional grouping in 1985. A cabinet meeting headed by Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Friday decided to hold the summit on November 14 and...
  • ICC congratulates Afghanistan on winning Laureus award 28-03-2014 10:02 AM

    Dubai: ICC has congratulated the Afghanistan Cricket Board (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, however, by receiving this prestigious award it is clear that the wider international sports...
  • Indian among nine killed in Taliban attack in Kabul 21-03-2014 02:35 PM

    Kabul: An Indian was among the nine people killed in a deadly Taliban attack in a popular hotel in Kabul, sources said on Friday. Four of the attackers were also killed. Two women from Canada and New Zealand and two men from India and Pakistan were among four foreigners killed...
  • Nine killed in Taliban attack in Kabul hotel 21-03-2014 11:18 AM

    Kabul: Nine people, including four women, were killed in a deadly Taliban attack in a popular hotel in Kabul, sources said on Friday morning. Four attackers too were killed. "Nine people were also killed in last night's (Thursday) Taliban attack in Serena Hotel besides four gunmen," an Afghan security source...
  • World T20: Nepal sign off with 9-run win over Afghanistan 20-03-2014 07:56 PM

    Chittagong: Subash Khakurel smashed a fine half-century to help Nepal beat Afghanistan by nine runs in their final Group A qualifying match and register their second win in the ICC World T20 on Thursday. The win kept Nepal's slim hopes of qualifying for the Super-10. Nepal, who have two wins...
  • As it happened: Nepal vs Afghanistan, World T20 qualifier 20-03-2014 02:19 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS: Afghanistan won the toss and asked Nepal to bat. PLAYING XIs: Afghanistan: Mohammad Shahzad (c), Nawroz Mangal, Asghar Stanikzai, Shafiqullah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (wk), Samiullah Shenwari, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Karim Sadiq, Mirwais Ashraf Nepal: SP Khakurel...
  • World T20, Qualifiers: Afghanistan stay alive with win over Hong Kong 18-03-2014 07:03 PM

    Chittagong: Afghanistan earned their first win in the World Twenty20 and kept alive slim hopes of making the Super 10 with an emphatic seven-wicket victory over Hong Kong on Tuesday. Both teams dropped their opening Group A qualifiers on Sunday with Bangladesh beating Afghanistan and Hong Kong losing to Nepal....
  • World T20, Afghanistan vs Hong Kong: as it happened 18-03-2014 02:47 PM

    For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS: Hong Kong won the toss and decided to bat. Playing XIs: Hong Kong: W Barkat, I Ahmed, J Atkinson, M Chapman, B Hayat, N Khan, M Dar, T Afzal, A Khan, H Amjad, N Ahmed Afghanistan: M Shahzad,...
  • World T20, Qualifiers: Spinners help Bangladesh hammer Afghanistan 16-03-2014 05:54 PM

    Mirpur: Bangladesh opened their World Twenty20 campaign on Sunday with a comfortable nine-wicket victory over Afghanistan in a Group A qualifying match. Left-arm spinner Shakib-Al-Hasan grabbed 3 for 8 as the host dismissed Afghanistan for 72 in 17.1 overs in what was the lowest international T20 total in Bangladesh. It...
  • As it happened: World T20, Qualifiers, Bangladesh vs Afghanistan 16-03-2014 02:47 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Toss: Bangladesh have won the toss and elected to bowl against Afghanistan. Playing XIs: Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah, Farhad Reza, Mashrafe Mortaza, Al-Amin Hossain, Abdur Razzak Afghanistan: Mohammad...
  • World Twenty20 2014: Format and points system explained 11-03-2014 10:44 AM

    The fifth edition of the ICC World Twenty20 will for the first time see sixteen teams in the fray, with the competition divided into two rounds. FORMAT: The first round will see two groups (A and B) of four teams each divided according to their seeding. Each team will play...
  • Some tips for Shapoor Zadran from legendary Wasim Akram 05-03-2014 11:30 PM

    Mirpur: Known to have shaped careers of many, Pakistan legend Wasim Akram on Wednesday gave some valuable tips to mercurial Afghanistani leftarm pacer Shapoor Zadran. Akram was seen showing Shapoor how to deliver the ball from a high arm action as the Afghan pacer listened to him with rapt attention....
  • Virat Kohli laments mistakes that cost India heavily in Asia Cup 05-03-2014 08:14 PM

    Mirpur: India skipper Virat Kohli said it was difficult to keep the motivation level high coming into an inconsequential contest against Afghanistan and lamented crucial mistakes in the matches against Sri Lanka and Pakistan that cost them heavily in the Asia Cup. "It was a complete performance. It was hard...
  • India hammer Afghanistan to end a disappointing Asia Cup campaign 05-03-2014 07:14 PM

    Eliminated from the race to the final, India wrapped up their Asia Cup campaign finishing third among the five teams after a thumping eight-wicket win over lowly Afghanistan at Mirpur on Wednesday. The match was rendered dead after Pakistan's historic chase to beat Bangladesh on Tuesday, which closed out any...
  • As it happened: India vs Afghanistan, Asia Cup, Match 9 05-03-2014 12:38 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Out of the race to the final, India wrapped up their campaign ending third among the five teams after a thumping eight-wicket over lowly Afghanistan. After opening the tournament with a win over Bangladesh, India lost consecutive games against...
  • Asia Cup: Battered India face hungry Afghanistan in dead rubber 04-03-2014 10:42 PM

    India now play for pride when they take on Afghanistan in their last league match of the Asia Cup on Wednesday. After two successive defeats against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, the Virat Kohli-led team were virtually out until Pakistan chased down Bangladesh's target of 327 to reach the final. Without...
  • Batting was tough on a slow track: Sangakkara 03-03-2014 10:38 PM

    Mirpur: He is the leading run-getter in the tournament so far with his tally reading an impressive 246 in three matches but seasoned Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara says just being in good form is no guarantee for continued success and one must keep working hard. Sangakkara yet again emerged...
  • Asia Cup: Sri Lanka cruise to final after thrashing Afghanistan 03-03-2014 08:59 PM

    Mirpur: In-form Sri Lanka sailed into the summit clash of the Asia Cup with a resounding 129-run victory over minnows Afghanistan, here on Monday. Opting to bat, Sri Lanka rode on Kumar Sangakkara's patient 76 and skipper Angelo Mathews' breezy 41-ball 45 to post a competitive 253 for 6 at...