News - Afghanistan
A domestic one-day cricket tournament - Alokozay Cup - kicked off in the capital Kabul Sunday and will see numerous teams from 10 provinces battling it out for first place.
The tournament is aimed at promoting the game across the country and will run for at least two weeks, officials said during the event held at the Zarmalwal Cricket Stadium.
In the first match, the Khost team defeated Kochi after bowling out all Kochi players in 43 overs, giving them only 170 runs.
The Khost players achieved their target in only 32 overs and marked the first victory of the tournament.
"We are holding the matches at two stadiums and each day we will have two matches," said Abdul Rahim Nazim Jar, head of domestic cricket board of Afghanistan.
He stressed the need for providing equal training and facilities for the cricketers throughout the country.
"All the cricketers should receive training in international standards," he urged.
The matches are being held at Zarmalwal and Salim Karwan Cricket Stadiums in Kabul.
Tournament sponsors, Alokozay, earlier this month signed a 10-year cooperation agreement worth $1.3 million USD with the Afghanistan cricket board to help improve the game.