Afghan girls hate war, hoping to compete in international cricket

English.news.cn   2011-01-10 19:20:04 FeedbackPrintRSS

"It is unwise to keep a major chunk of population at home sitting idle. We have to keep them engaged in social and economic activities and patronize them," said Muska who has been playing cricket for the past 18 months.

During the bloody factional fighting in Afghanistan, Muska's family like millions of Afghans left the country to neighboring Pakistan and used to live there for over two decades.

She had learned playing cricket in childhood when she used to live in Pakistan along with her family.

As part of efforts to restore women rights, the government of Afghanistan has initiated giving awareness campaign utilizing all facilities including religious scholars to enable women have their due status in the conservative country; but there is still a long way to go.

"We are preparing the team to participate the Kuwait championship," the coach of the team, a Pakistani lady, Hajira said to Xinhua.

"The team is good, you can see the girls are very good, professional players and very hard workers," she added.

"Here are 35 girls in the team and the board is to select 16 best players. We hope to bring medals," the hopeful and confident trainer Hajira, 30 said.

Asian Cricket Coucil Women's Twenty20 Championship 2011 is to be held in Kuwait from Feb. 17 to 25. The participating teams are Kuwait, Afghanistan, China, Chinese Hong Kong, Iran, Malaysia, Nepal, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Special Report: Afghanistan Situation


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Editor: Wang Guanqun
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