Kabul National Cricket Stadium Gets a New Look

Posted by Robert Sauers
November 23, 2010
Ambassador Eikenberry Joins Afghan Cricket Players at National Cricket Stadium in Kabul

About the Author: Robert Sauers serves at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

A large crowd of cricket enthusiasts watched today as Finance Minister Mohammad Omer Zakhiwal and United States Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry laid foundation stones to inaugurate the renovation of the Kabul National Cricket Stadium.

Because of the national team's exceptional success in many international tournaments, cricket in Afghanistan is gaining popularity. The growing number of players includes not only men, but women as well. More than 100 young women are currently playing cricket in Kabul and the Afghanistan Cricket Board is about to create a National Women's Cricket Team for the 2011 Asian Elite Cup Tournament in February 2011.

"Cricket in Afghanistan is more than a game. It is a means for bringing Afghan youth from different backgrounds together. It has become a source of pride for ordinary Afghans and an example of their resolve and determination. It is a game that can contribute positively to peace and stability in our country. That is why, today, we are so very grateful to USAID in supporting the construction of the Kabul National Cricket Stadium," said Minister Zakhiwal. Minister Zakhiwal is also the Chairman of the Afghan Cricket Board.

With an estimated completion in July 2011, the renovation will include a new boundary wall, pitch, sprinkler system, and seating. The renovated stadium will serve as the main hub for hosting both domestic and international events and will accommodate more than 6,000 cricket fans. Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the project will employ labor-intensive construction methods to provide short-term employment for unemployed Afghans.

"I am honored and proud to be part of this project that will rehabilitate this cricket stadium and provide a safe venue in which Afghan youth and the Afghan National Team can play for years to come," said Ambassador Eikenberry. "I am looking forward to working together on future projects that enhance the lives of Afghanistan's young people through sport."

This project is an excellent opportunity for the governments of Afghanistan and the United States to work closely together to meet the needs of Afghans, especially youth. This project will be implemented under USAID's Community Development Program (CDP) with additional support from the Local Governance and Community Development (LGCD) project. These USAID projects are designed to assist the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to extend its reach into unstable areas, engage at-risk populations, create an environment that encourages local communities to take an active role in their own stability and development, and address the underlying causes of instability.

You can find photographs of the event here.

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palgye
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South Korea
November 24, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

North Korea...

Even if all the hype and consider the conditions in North Korea, South Korea, responding to fire blows open and impossible to repair the damage that is considered offensive. Humanitarian aid for North Korea claims, but support for an unconditional dialogue to the contrary. Primary source of support for people starving in North Korea a precondition for the denuclearization of North Korea's openness and think positive.

About the person you choose to believe that an attack is possible. Conversations with the people who say that we bear the thought impossible to exchange. The best of condolence, the offender went to a direct attack I think.

A difficult story, but if possible the unification of the peninsula to take this opportunity also for the thoughtful discussions I think we should plan. War by other means not think it's possible to attack. China also does not think the absolute opposite is the.

In this situation, does not oppose an attack on North Korea.

(Provocation by North Korea is considered a prerequisite.)

palgye
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South Korea
November 24, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

I do not know about the world economy, Asia is responsible for the economic recovery, I think one of the largest spirit by nature. Many internal problems exist, but I do not think the reality is impossible to ignore. However, one problem that is important in Asia, is not clear about the territorial dispute around the conflict as an obstacle to cooperation for development is likely to be big. Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan, pilripindeung .... However, the North does not adequately respond to fire, completely change the power structure is likely to be big. Everything about each other's military strength and willingness to defend the territory and the opportunity to wait for the check, do not adequately respond in the camp of democracy (the U.S.), to consider the opportunity to take bold action is likely to be big. Features of this incident and similar incidents in the past, and perhaps South Korea has been linked with the specific powers suspect is likely. I think we should choose. Prevent the wrong choice, is thought to take preventive measures. And, I go to Seoul .- perhaps, unfriendly to the United States, go to a concert of Baek -Gi Wan.

How dirty is too mean and think. Apart from South Korea's economy and democracy in Burma would like to contribute to the development will crave.

palgye
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South Korea
November 26, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Think about how many times you have, Yeonpyeongdo shelling incident and planned to do stonning people, the bombing of North Korea is thought to be

palgye
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South Korea
November 26, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

I went to Seoul, while going home. People I thought - I think my predictions were completely wrong. Did not predict who think they have shown interest to me.

P.S
Today, Sharp the commander, saw the news Yeonpyeongdo visit. That's about the courage ...

Ashim C.
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India
November 27, 2010

Ashim K.C. in India writes:

As soon as foundation is laid, Afghanistan wins the Asiad cricket title...good omens for great things to come...

palgye
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South Korea
November 28, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Before talking about this tragedy, the political situation in North Korea and I think we should talk. No, that previously, the North is really heading in the bombardment of the global economy - in particular, the stock market - the recovery is hated in the North made the bombardment. (In the past, I can develop a nuclear North Korea for humanitarian aid argued for.) Moreover, civilians die, their house was burned down, residents refused to return to the island and permanent residence on the land that the government is demanding. Most elderly people who lived on the island for a long time ...

North Korea's political situation, unprecedented in the history of the third hereditary efforts to stabilize wrists, but the failure of a new monetary system and the distribution of communist dictatorship, not a complete failure of the economy, the expected collapse of the regime, but with the help of China, barely was maintained through them, the backlash against the hereditary system is expected, political and economic fields, is all I think it was a difficult situation.

Then, Korea (South) compared to the situation in North Korea did much good? The economy, quite good in number, but only for the rich and the vested interests in the allocation of centralized economic performance, economic and social stratification intensified, so that time, regular workers in the field of labor and thought that the deepening of the conflict. In addition, the cost to the social, housing and home mortgage loans to the near lack of collateral, training costs and continued increases in medical costs to cover the increased difficulty of social disadvantaged, ...... These issues of social problems thought to be disadvantaged, but, due to the collapse of the middle class, to the emergence of social problems is thought to have been.

Still, sticking to the global economic crisis, it said I could talk about, but politically and morally incumbent government had laws on the substantial issues, but largely the opposition of irregularities brought to light for a small bribe to think that. Regime against civilians have occurred since the initial eavesdropping and surveillance that violate the law, turning out - the Blue House to the Prime Minister provided the other person is registered in the name of the illegal cell phone (used by criminals to do in Korea), etc., WERE small practices, which prevent the opposition from prosecutors started an investigation for corruption, and then again I expect lawmakers in Congress to start fighting among, this time, the government and the ruling party, a significant political blow to the president was expected to ,

South Korea and North Korea from the traditional, if politically difficult, to help each other to create a strong case - primarily, related to national security, under a strong media attention, making the case - to maintain the regime, all interested to focus on the security, bury their misdeeds, how to achieve their goals was maintained, so also is the case, personally, I think personally. And, "S" company?

Without North Korea's artillery, a few big politicians and businesses in our memories away, to spend the winter in jail, I was thinking, too exquisite timing, I think their sins are buried. To survive a difficult situation, sometimes you need a play, but civilians and soldiers (the army in Korea is still a mask is believed that the poor and powerless people.) Died, I do not know why. Now, Korea is the pretext of economic crisis gave many restrictions on the civilian population, which was based on economic growth, it needs an allocation, but the government and parliament, the rich are still under their mokmaneul grabs As in the Allocation is considered stingy. Caused to be expressed anger at the moment of the bombardment of North Korea and South Korea's government promised to you, and you are trying to overcome their crisis does not play?

palgye
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South Korea
November 29, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

I've nothing was meant to, a person would view any misunderstanding

North Korea to sincerely apologize sure, Or, sure an apology because of the size of an aircraft carrier, It is hard, but the right decision. Yeonpyeongdo civilian deaths in China and North Korea and they both apologized for the destruction of the house Mr. President Barack Obama and Secretary Hillary Clinton is due to the political, I think.

Turkey, SK Construction in Turkey 698.5 million euros (1.1 trillion won), the size of the power plant construction project contract announced on May 29. National pleasure, but my idea for a few years ago, SK, if you meet someone, to call someone and make junukdeulge me, it's like my best play, while the media seems to have disturbed me the feeling that the intelligent, Personally, I do not think is good news. Strangely, the more difficult during times me and befriended me in front of the camera and trying to look like a think. Personal opinion is, and personally I think it is strung. sorry.

palgye
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South Korea
December 2, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Is an industrial city of Ulsan, Korea. Hyundai Motors is working in a temporary strike olryeotgi news a few times on facebook, I've tried them profusely overshooting.I do not think that is a big meaning. Or never met them or not, the once ... In Seoul, my personal thought, but a lot of people are thought to have been exposed. just exposed...

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