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  1. Dance

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    LAHORE: Afghanistan’s cricket team will become the first foreign national side to play in Pakistan, two years after internationals were suspended over security fears, an official said Saturday.

    International cricket has been suspended in Pakistan since March 2009, when gunmen attacked a convoy carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team in the eastern city of Lahore.

    “Afghanistan will send its national team to Pakistan in July and play the Pakistan ‘A’ team, and hopefully this will benefit our team,” Naseem Ullah Danish, chief executive of the Afghanistan Cricket Board, told AFP.

    Danish met Pakistan Cricket Board officials in Lahore on Friday where they agreed to play a three-match one-day series, with games in Lahore, Faisalabad and Rawalpindi.

    Five Afghan regional teams and their under-19 string are playing their domestic matches in the Pakistani border town of Peshawar, as their main grounds are being renovated.

    Danish hoped Pakistan’s second XI will also play in Afghanistan later this year.

    “We have also invited the Pakistan ‘A’ team to Afghanistan for the inaugural match in Nangarhar where we have almost completed an international stadium,” he said.

    Since many Afghan players learnt their cricket in Pakistan they owe a great deal to the neighbouring country, Danish said.

    “Pakistan has always been helpful to us and have helped us reach this far in international cricket,” he said.

    Most of the Afghan national team took up the game as refugees in Pakistani camps after Soviet troops invaded their country in 1979.

    Afghanistan won the Inter-Continental Cup and the International Cricket Council’s divisions five to one in the last two years, earning ICC one-day status and qualifying for the World Twenty20 held in the West Indies last year.

    International teams were reluctant to tour Pakistan even before the Lahore attack, and the troubled country has since had to play its home matches at neutral venues in England and the United Arab Emirates.

    The attack, which left eight people dead and wounded seven Sri Lankan players and their assistant coach, forced the ICC to strip Pakistan of its share of World Cup 2011 matches.

    But Danish said security in Pakistan would not be an issue for his team.

    “Security is not an issue and by playing in Pakistan we want to send out a positive message to the world and hope that teams come to Pakistan and play here,” he said.


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  2. Dance

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    It's a start I guess...
     
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    Finally..............................................Congrats......
     
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    afghanistan or estonia....its a start....sri lanka was also in the pipeline
     
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    I dont think this is good news, Pakistan can't afford any incidents, and situation is still the same.

    Plus we dont need more afghans coming Into the country. Lol.
     
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    This is good news. And will give the Afghanistan team some very good and much needed exposure. :tup:
    And since the citizens of both counties have some exposure to conflict situations, they will have more comfort with probable security risks. Unlike other countries who have developed cold feet.
    Overall it will be good for the revival of cricket in Pakistan. Which must happen.
     
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    guess what, it is only an afghan team which can take chances in paksitan, the other teams wont gamble with their lives LOL.
     
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    The situation has gotten kind of better, there have been less bomb attacks/incidents compared to 2 years ago.

    And c'mon don't say that! Its good that the Afghan team will get an opportunity to play, it'll help their team out and its a start for us in getting cricket matches back into Pakistan!
     
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    Don't worry, they are cricket players, not Taliban. :)

    Cricket fans in Nangarhar are big fans of players like Afridi and Gul and I hope Nangarhar stadium is secured enough for the Pak cricket team to visit and leave a positive atmosphere behind in Jalalabad. And it's good to hear both countries being involved in something refreshing with each other, for a change!
     
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    And I fully support their decision, to NOT come because some things are more important then a cricket match.

    Pak had nothing to gain from an afghan match, and I don't mind our youngsters getting plenty of exposure to away series.

    I want pak to play top teams as much as possible,
     
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    They are not playing the Pakistan national team but the Pakistan "A" team.
     
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    but the top team dont come to your home, by coming afghan team, i think pakistan want to show that everything is alright .
     
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    Majority of the players in Afghanistan's team learned how to play cricket when they were refugees in Pakistan. Many international sporting games are happening in Pakistan with many countries coming but it's just the cricketing nations that are to scared to come.
     
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    We owe the afghans nothing, they should develop their own game, why do we need to do any favours for them??

    I don't 80% support Pakistan and 20% afghan, am 100% pak fan :)
     
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    So we can play all series away from home, I don't think that's so bad for a while, in fact with the right attitude you can turn it to your advantage.

    For the past fEw months things have been ok with pak team, no need to jeopardise it.