India approve $1m grant for new stadium in Afghanistan

"The addition of this facility will allow greater developments in terms of coaching and performance as well as regular competitions"

“The addition of this facility will allow greater developments in terms of coaching and performance as well as regular competitions”

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The Indian government has approved a $1 million grant for the construction of a new stadium in Afghanistan under their Small Development Project Scheme.

The announcement for the grant was confirmed in the following statement: “We [India] have recognised that sports, including cricket and football, have united the country and enthused the youth more than anything else. We hope that this new facility, and the various initiatives taken by ACB, will further popularise cricket and bring greater glory to the nation.”

It is understood that the stadium will be built in Aino Mina, a northern suburb in Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar.

The land for the stadium was donated to the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) in 2012.

“The construction of this stadium will be a major boost to the development of cricket in the southern region as well as in the whole country,” ACB CEO Dr Noor Murad said. “The addition of this facility will allow greater developments in terms of coaching and performance as well as regular competitions.”

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