Masoud was pleased with the results of the meeting
The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have met in Mumbai to discuss plans of developing and supporting the sport in the war-torn country.
“We had a good meeting with BCCI honorary secretary (Sanjay Jagdale) and general manager for game development (Ratnakar Shetty),” ACB chairman Shahzada Masoud said. “It’s in the initial stage. We want to build up good relations with BCCI. We want help to develop technical staff, coaches, umpires, scorers and video analysts.”
The meeting, which was held at the Cricket Club of India, was also attended by the ACB’s high performance programme manager Basheer Stanekzai, who announced that there were plans to create a new Under-19 squad.
“We are preparing a new Under-19 team as the last World Cup team is over-aged,” he said. “We have selected a 20-member squad. We are working on it and preparing for the ACC (Asian Cricket Council) Under-19 Cup to be held in Malaysia from May 1 to 12. That’s the qualification round for the next U-19 World Cup. We need good coaches, especially in terms of batting.”
The meeting between the two boards comes after Afghanistan coach Kabir Khan urged the BCCI to do more to help develop cricket in the war-torn nation and to stop holding the county in the same regards as Pakistan.