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By Sudatta Mukherjee

Aug 31, 2014

Afghanistan pacers Izatullah Dawlatzai and Hamid Hassan, who are at Sri Ramachandra Medical University’s sports medicine centre recovering from injuries, thanked the Indian cricket board for the support.

“The facilities at the centre here are so good. I have never seen anything like this before. I must thank the authorities at our Board, the BCCI and the Sri Ramachandra University for enabling us recover,” Hassan was quoted as saying by The Hindu.

Speaking about talent in Afghanistan, Hassan said, “There is so much talent in Afghanistan. We get huge crowds for matches. There now is proper age-limit cricket too.”

Dawlatzai feels the game of cricket can heal wounds left by bombs and bullets. He said, “Come to Afghanistan, you will see so much cricket on the streets.” The duo spoke about the time when the Afghanistan cricket team was felicitated for qualifying for the ICC World Cup 2015, to be held in Australia and New Zealand. They were felicitated at a football ground in Kabul.

“The enthusiasm was so much that there was little room for us in the stadium! There must have been around 40,000 people. There were tears of joy. This is what cricket means to our country,” said Dawlatzai.