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PublishDate: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 09:53

Ariana Television secures rights to broadcast T20 World Cup 2021

Afghan cricket fans will be pleased to know that Ariana Television Network (ATN) has secured the rights to broadcast the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 matches for the duration of the tournament.

Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_The kicked off on Sunday and, co-hosted by Oman and the , the tournament will run through until November 14.

Oman got celebrations underway on Sunday with a comprehensive 10-wicket win over New Guinea in the opening match.

Afghanistan, which has enjoyed an astounding rise up the international ladder in recent years, has high hopes of making their mark at this year’s event.

Familiar with the conditions in the UAE where they have played the majority of their cricket, the national team might make a deep run in the tournament, and spring a major surprise or two along the way, cricket experts have said.

Ever since their tournament debut at the 2010 Men’s T20 World Cup in the , it has been a story of constantly striving for improvement.

While some of the old faces remain, new stars have emerged, forging the side into a steely unit, capable of competing with the best that international cricket has to offer, the ICC reported in its team preview.

The 2021 edition in UAE and Oman will be another parameter where Afghanistan will gauge their current standing in the global game while charting their progress in international cricket.

The national team’s opening fixture is scheduled for Monday, October 25.

With the conditions in UAE expected to be conducive for the spinners, Afghanistan has the perfect attack to exploit them to the maximum. , Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad will form a fearsome spin trio, with two of them being able to make handy contributions with the bat as well.   

Hazaratullah Zazai, Najibullah Zadran and the returning Mohammad Shahzad will also provide some explosiveness in the batting order.

The Squad

Rashid Khan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hazratullah Zazai, Usman , Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Shahzad, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Karim Janat, Gulbadin Naib, Naveen ul Haq, Hamid Hassan, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Qais Ahmed

Reserves: Afsar Zazai, Farid Ahmed Malik

This week’s broadcasting schedule for matches live on Ariana Television (Kabul time) are as follows:

Wednesday:

2.30pm – Namibia vs the Netherlands

6.30pm – Sri Lanka vs Ireland

Thursday:

2.30pm – Bangladesh vs Papua New Guinea

6.30pm – Oman vs Scotland

Friday:

2.30pm – Namibia vs Ireland

6.30pm – Sri Lanka vs the Netherlands

Saturday:

2.30pm – Australia vs South Africa

6.30pm – England vs West Indies

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