Dehradun likely to be Afghanistan's second home ground, says BCCI

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Dehradun likely to be Afghanistan's second home ground, says BCCI

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SportsCafe Desk

01/19/2018

The Indian cricket board has announced that the Dehradun could be the second venue for Afghanistan’s home matches. Prior to this, the BCCI signed a MoU with the Afghanistan Cricket Board to allow them to use Greater Noida's Shahid Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex for its international matches.

Despite being more in the news pertaining to their security, defence, and internal issues, Afghanistan haverose above all odds through their love for the game of cricket. The amateurish side has been turning heads with their impressive performances in the limited overs format, and were deservedly handed the Test status along with Ireland in June last year. 

The Indian cricket board was quick to offer to host their first game in whites against the top ranking nation and recently announced that the game will be played in Bengaluru on June 14 to 18. The announcement came after officials from the BCCI and the Afghanistan Cricket Board met on Tuesday.

India is known for its bilateral relationships with the other countries and has always been huge supporters of Afghanistan cricket. Hence, when Afghanistan’s players were unable to practice in their own country for security reasons, India allowed the side to use the Greater Noida Stadium for their home matches. 

In 2015, both the cricket boards had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority to use the complex. The venue even witnessed the under-19 cricket teams of Afghanistan and Zimbabwe play their first one-day match on December 13.  Now, the board has stated that the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun could be Afghanistan’s second home ground. The stadium is the first one of international standards in Uttarakhand which hosted few Ranji matches.

"Dehradun is likely to be Afghanistan's second home ground," said a BCCI official as quoted by PTI.

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