Pakistan’s Babar Azam, Umar Akmal and Kamran Akmal are among the big international players who will feature in Afghanistan’s domestic T20 league, Shpageeza Cricket League.Players from Pakistan, the West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe were among those who went under the hammer in the high-profile auction held in Kabul on Thursday.Apart from these Pakistan players, Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal and Zimbabwe’s Hamilton Masakadza will turn out for six franchises in the fifth edition of the tournament in July.According to ESPNcricinfo, Afghanistan all-rounder Gulbadin Naib was the most-expensive buy. He was bought by Boost Defenders for USD 108,000.The other five teams include Band-e-Amir Dragons, Mis Ainak Knights, Kabul Eagles, Speenghar Tigers and Amo Sharks.Pakistan pacers Sohail Tanvir and Rumman Raees were bought by Band-e-Amir Dragons and Boost Defenders respectively for USD 105,000 approx.Bangladesh’s Imrul Kayes, Zimbabwe’s Sean Williams were the other notable buys.”All matches will be held in Kabul, between July 18 and July 28,” Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) CEO Shafiq Stanikzai said.”The ICC has sanctioned this event, and is sending its own match referee to oversee the tournament. In addition, we will have one on-field umpire from the ICC panel,” he added.The league will be broadcast on television in Afghanistan, and Stanikzai said the board is in talks to have it reach a wider audience.
Jammu, Oct 31 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh today termed Jammu and Kashmir as the crown of India and said Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel had played the biggest role in ensuring the accession of the state to the country.He flagged off the Run for Unity on the 142nd birth anniversary of the first deputy prime minister.”Jammu and Kashmir is the crown of India and this is the message we are giving by participating in the Run for Unity in the state,” Singh told reporters here.Flanked by state Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta and the ministers, he said the run was for re-discovering Patels legacy to unite the country.”Sardar Patel has biggest role in ensuring accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India as well as forcing out raiders from territory and ensuring peace here,” Singh said.He said it was a run for the unity of the country.Singh said people were running for this cause across the country which showed that India would become a superpower in the world.He said anyone trying to divide the country would not be spared.He said Patels commitment to unite India should be remembered today as it was a rebuff for people who had earlier tried to diminish and make others forget his contribution.”But the people of India respect his contribution towards building oour nation. We want the youth to carry forward the ideas and commitment of Patel and make it a strong country,” he said.The Jammu and Kashmir Police also organised a separate Run for Unity led by its chief S P Vaid.advertisementVaid said the youth of the country should learn from Sardars Patel contribution and make the country strong and united.The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly speaker said the state was an integral part of India and no one could snatch it.”The day shows our commitment to it,” he said.The 3-km run witnessed the participation of 15,000 to 20,000 people including school children, elders, sports- persons, artists and politicians. PTI AB AAR