India helping us more than Pakistan, says Afghanistan board CEO Shafiq Stanikzai
Not disregarding the preliminary assist given by Pakistan, Afghanistan Cricket Board CEO Shafiq Stanikzai says the BCCI has performed a much bigger function within the fast rise of the sport within the strife-torn nation.
Afghanistan cricketers educated loads in Pakistan of their youth and a few of them even picked up the game in refugee camps on the opposite facet of the border. The workforce from the war-ravaged nation even made its T20 and ODI debut in opposition to Pakistan.
The facet has come a good distance since then, recurrently enjoying in ICC world occasions earlier than incomes their Test standing final June.
Stanikzai feels Afghanistan’s development has been quicker ever since they made Greater Noida their residence floor in 2015.
“BCCI’s role has really been immense. Since we moved to India the team has done well. The conditions in India are suiting the team quite well. the support we receive from BCCI has bee instrumental,” Stanikzai advised PTI.
Asked how he would examine India’s function to Pakistan in his workforce’s development, Stanikzai stated: “In Pakistan we trained a lot in initial stages. Their (PCB) support was also tremendous. But since we moved to India, we have achieved big. We were associates and playing in a lower tier when practising in Pakistan. Since we moved to India we are performing well. We have reached a stage where we are playing with the best.”
“So, comparatively, it is bigger. Financially it is helping us quite a lot. It is cost effective in comparison to playing in UAE. Conditions wise too it is good. It is easy to convince other boards to come and play in India. So, from different perspective, it is better to play in India,” stated the CEO.
Fittingly, Afghanistan can be enjoying their maiden Test in Bengaluru from June 14 to 18. The ACB can be near getting a second residence floor in India, probably in Dehradun.
It can be in talks with the BCCI for facilitating junior excursions. “I have requested the BCCI and they have agreed to support us in junior cricket (U17, emerging and A teams). Integrate education as well with tours. In principle, we are in agreement. We need to work on the composition of the competition,” he stated.
Afghan players within the IPL too have helped unfold the game’s reputation within the nation. Last yr, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi grew to become the primary two players from Afghanistan to be purchased at an IPL public sale.
“IPL played a huge role in getting the game popular back home. We don’t have just one Rashid Khan, we have so many Rashid Khans in every part of the country,” he added.