Over 2019, AC is celebrating its 10 years of support for cricket in Afghanistan and Afghanistan’s participation in the ICC World Cup.
We have enjoyed a unique opportunity to generate positive momentum in 2019, with Afghanistan in the UK for the World Cup. This allowed people to see a totally different side of Afghanistan based on talent, ambition and success - not the normal picture of chaos and violence. And this, we hope, may revitalise interest in supporting the country’s transition.
AC is well supported by the cricketing world, enjoying long-term support from the MCC, and from its Cricket Patrons, Mike Atherton and Matthew Fleming and Ambassador, Clare Connor.
How AC is celebrating in Afghanistan:
As well as celebrating here in the UK, we feel it is very important to mark the achievement of Afghan cricketers, by taking the celebrations to Afghanistan and supporting young Afghans with cricket projects.
Thanks to our fantastic supporters we have been able to do just that!
3 World Cup Celebration Pitches have been built, with another 2 almost complete and cricket kit has been provided. One has been built in Nangarhar Province where many of the National Team were born, and where thousands of young people play cricket, most of them students.
In Wardak Province a pitch has been built for nomad children who attend a community school and are desperate to play cricket and in Kunar Province, a pitch for use by visually impaired young cricketers is now complete. 2 other pitches are being built in schools in Baghlan and Takhar.
A Coaching Camp and World Cup Celebration tournament has been held for teams from 6 schools located in Nangarhar Province, East Afghanistan, where AC has built pitches and given coaching.
The winning team went to Kabul to play in a mini World Cup tournament at the Kabul International Stadium. There was also a World Cup Celebration Tournament for Visually Impaired Young Afghans in Jalalabad for 3 visually impaired cricket teams from Kunar, Mazar-i-Sharif and Nangarhar Provinces.
All these young people to share in the joy of the World Cup 2019 celebrations and to have their own dreams of playing competitive cricket fulfilled. This is certainly happening as you can see from our films (go to videos).
CEO, Dr Sarah Fane, was interviewed on Test Match Special and by Sky Sports at the England Afghanistan Match. https://youtu.be/2YAojqsIaR0
The story of Afghan Connection and its links to cricket in Afghanistan was written in many articles across the world and donations and support followed. This is just one such article by CNN https://edition.cnn.com/2019/05/20/sport/afghanistan-cricket-world-cup-spt-intl/index.html