Afghanistan’s Under-19 national cricket team left Kabul for New Zealand on Sunday to play in the under-19 World Cup tournament.

This comes few weeks after Afghanistan’s U-19 team returned home as champions retaining the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Under-19 Premier Cup title. The Afghan team won all its matches in that tournament. It was the second time that the team brought home the trophy.

In the run-up to the finals, Afghanistan beat Kuwait, Nepal, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

“Our team has made all necessary preparations to participate in the tournament. After our team returned home from the Asian championship, we held a training camp where we continued preparations. The team will compete in the World Cup games in full force,” said Atif Mashal, chairman Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB).

“Currently, we are focused only on the New Zealand World Cup. All our players have continued their training. We are grateful to the cricket board for sending us to New Zealand a month before the games,” said coach Andy Moles.

“After New Zealand, our team will be the second most powerful team in the world. It is good for the team to go a little bit early to get acclimatized in New Zealand and this will help us to play well,” said team captain Naween-ul-Haq.


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