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Afghanistan cricketers start month-long training camp

Afghan national players have begun a month-long training camp organized by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) in Kabul Cricket Stadium from Sunday (June 6). The camp will be focused on strengthening their batting, bowling and overall performance as part of their preparations for upcoming competitions.

In order to keep the players safe and secure from an sort of coronavirus infection the camp will be held under the relevant health guidelines and in close coordination with the ICC, WHO and the ministry of public health of Afghanistan.

Earlier, on Saturday (June 5) a COVID-19 awareness meeting was held for players and other relevant officials at ACB head office to educate them about the health guidelines to be maintained during the camp, in which as many as 22 cricketers are taking part.

As per the current schedule, this year Afghanistan will take part in two mega competitions –Asia Cup and T20 World Cup. However, due to global spread of COVID-19, as of now there is no clarity whether or not these tournament will happen this year.

Meanwhile, in the last week of November the Afghans are also scheduled to play a historic day-night Test against Australia at the new stadium in Perth and as per Cricket Australia, there are high chances of that game going ahead as per the schedule.

Afghanistan players who are participating in the training camp:

Asghar Afghan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hazrathullah Zazai, Karim Janat, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Naveen ul Haq, Shapoor Zadran, Qais Ahmad, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Azmatullah Omerzai, Samiullah Shinwari, Usman Ghani, Mohammad Shahzad, Sayed Shirzad, Darwish Rasooli, Zahir Khan Paktin, Farid Malik, Hamza Hotak and Sharafudin Ashraf.

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