ACB secures land for a new state-of-art stadium in Kabul

Afghanistan players will get to play home games at their own backyard. © ACB

Fans in Afghanistan will now be able to see their stars battle it out in their own backyard after the country’s cricketing Board has secured land for a new stadium in Kabul. Afghanistan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani allocated 12000 square metres of land in the Alokhail area on Sunday and it will be known as Kabul International Stadium.

Among the amenities at the stadium, it will have a five-star guest house, a standard swimming pool, indoor and outdoor academies, canopies for the crowd, health clinic, mosque, car parking, administrative block and other facilities. The crowd capacity is estimated at 35,000 spectators.

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“With the construction of this ground, we will be able to host international cricket and our people will watch international players playing at their ground in the centre of the capital Kabul,” ACB president Farhan Yusefzai was quoted as saying to Cricbuzz.

“Kabul will be home to a standard state-of-the-art international cricket stadium. I express my special thanks to Mr. President who has always supported the development of cricket and encouraged our players. After initial formalities, the construction of the stadium will also commence and we will ensure it is done with the best quality,” he said.

“’This stadium (Kabul International Stadium) will have all the facilities that are available at the venues of Australia, England and other leading cricketing nations,” said an ACB official.