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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have told Afghanistan and Nepal to wait for six months as they discuss whether the two Associate nations can use their training facilities.
Despite the setback, both Afghanistan and Nepal are optimistic about receiving a positive response from the BCCI.
“When I was in Mumbai for Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th Test (in November 2013), I had a meeting with select BCCI officials and we expressed our desire to use the infrastructure and technical expertise in India that would help our players immensely,” Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chief executive Dr Noor Murad told ESPNcricinfo. “So far, there has been no response. But we are optimistic that the BCCI will help our endeavour of raising the profile of the game in Afghanistan as well as help the international image of the country, which had been engulfed in war for so many years.”
Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) secretary, Ashok Nath Pyarkuryal, added: “Ever since the Asian Cricket Council in Malaysia last year, we have been requesting the BCCI to let us use the modern facilities and possibly allow some of our teams to participate in a few tournaments in India. We are waiting to hear from them. The CAN representative also reminded the BCCI officials about the same on the sidelines of the ACC finance committee meeting in Chennai earlier this week, and they have promised to look into it.”
Murad once again reiterated that he believes the BCCI are committed to helping Afghanistan.
“Had it not been for the BCCI’s initiative, Afghanistan would not have been included in the Asia Cup,” he said. “Ours is a unique case in the world of cricket, and with the situation that we are dealing with back home, we hope that BCCI helps us out like a big brother. In fact, we have also been pursuing this matter with the Indian Embassy in Afghanistan and the ambassador has promised us help.”