The Afghanistan cricket team put up a spirited show in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 © Getty Images
The Afghanistan cricket team put up a spirited show in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 © Getty Images

Ashraf Ghani, The Afghan President, is scheduled to visit India next week. Reportedly, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) is hoping that the president manages to convince Indian authorities to allocate a ground to the Afghan cricket team, where they can stage ‘home’ matches. The Afghanistan team have displayed big appetite to compete with the big boys and their meteoric rise in the field of cricket has been noted by the world.

The Afghanistan team, presently ranked at number 12 in the World, use the Sharjah ground in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for purpose of hosting matches. However, they are hoping for the BCCI to grant them the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi to stage home matches. They put forth a similar request in 2013, according to Sportskeeda.com.

According to Basheer Stanekzai, manager of the Afghan Cricket Team, Afghanistan hold the Indian cricket in high regards and he believes that the cricket-mad country can provide with technical assistance and amenities to further propel Afghanistan cricket to greater heights.

“It will really help our players if India were to reserve a home ground for us. Our players are good; they need exposure and facilities like camps. If the younger ones get to play in India, they can get noticed and picked for IPL teams. Besides, we are also hopeful that the BCCI will help us with technical assistance and infrastructure, which are of international standards,” Stanekzai said.