The war locked people of Afghanistan have been showing increased amount of interest in cricket with the time, the ongoing Shpageeza Cricket League, the largest domestic T20 competition of the country, has witnessed full house crowd in Kabul stadium.
Fans coming in huge numbers overlooking rather severe security concerns, cheered for the teams waving Afghan flags, have made the organizers excited upon the game’s prospect in the country.
Shafiqullah Stanekzai, Chief Executive Officer of Afghanistan Cricket Board called the competition as ‘something immense’ and a stepping stone for the progress of the country.
“This year we have some tremendous achievements,” he said.
The tournament featured foreign recruits; several cricketers from South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe. Watching foreign cricketers playing was something pleasing to Afghan fans one of whom said, “We also welcome foreign players and want them to come here again and again.”
West Indies all-rounder Rayad Emrit who played for Bost Defenders, appreciated people’s interest around the game in the country and said, “the crowd support again has been excellent, the security for us has been tremendous and we hope that it can only get better.”