Sri Lanka agrees to support cricket development in Afghanistan

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“Sri Lanka has a strong presence in the cricketing world and they can offer us valuable support”

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) to help support the development of cricket in the war-torn nation.

The decision was taken during Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai’s meeting with Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

“Afghanistan is keen to benefit from opportunities in Sri Lanka for our youth in terms of education and training,” Karzai said.

Karzai also revealed that Sri Lankan coaches may even take up posts within Afghanistan’s national team.

The deal with SLC will help Afghanistan prepare for the upcoming World Twenty20 and the 2015 World Cup, which will be held in Australia and New Zealand.

Afghanistan recently recorded their maiden ODI win over a Test-playing nation when they beat Bangladesh by 32 runs during the recently concluded Asia Cup.

“The agreement with Sri Lanka comes at just the right time for Afghanistan,” ACB chief executive Noor Mohammad said. “Over this year we will be preparing for the World Cup 2015 and every bit of support is immensely important.

“As Mohammad Nabi said, we are working hard to learn from the Test playing nations. Sri Lanka has a strong presence in the cricketing world and they can offer us valuable support.

“We are strongly committed to raising our performance to their level. Afghans have a dogged determination developed over years of hard times. It is this that has brought us so far, against all odds, in such a short time. It will carry us onward and upward over coming years.”

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