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MCC’s work developing cricket in Afghanistan continues to blossom, with a cricket camp for girls in Kabul, the third such camp held in the country.
The two day camp, run by the Afghan Youth Cricket Support Organisation (opens in a new window) in association with Afghan Connection (opens in a new window) and under the MCC’s Spirit of Cricket banner, was attended by 50 girls from five schools across the capital.
Most of the girls were having their first taste of cricket and were taught batting, bowling and fielding as well as the Laws and Spirit of Cricket.
Some of the girls were having their second or third experience of the game and impressed enough to be put forward for the Afghan national side.
MCC has been heavily involved in aiding the development of Afghan cricket since it first took on the national team in 2006.
Afghanistan hammered that MCC side by 179 runs with two players in particular, Mohammad Nabi and Hamid Hassan, impressing.
The pair were subsequently invited to spend some time with the MCC Young Cricketers that same summer and have since continued their close relationship with the Club.
Both played in this year’s Champion County clash in Abu Dhabi with fast bowler Hassan in aggressive form against Nottinghamshire, taking 8-84 in the match
MCC Committee Member Matthew Fleming has been instrumental in driving the Club’s involvement within Afghanistan.
Afghan Connection was set up in 2002 by Dr. Sarah Fane and Fleming has worked hard alongside Dr. Fane to promote grassroots cricket across the country and utilise the sport as a tool for hope and peace.
The initiative is now working at schools in every provence of the country; building pitches and running coaching camps for boys, girls and children with disabilities.
Dr. Fane commented with pride on the girls who attended the latest camp:
She said: "When people ask me, as they often do, why I continue to work in Afghanistan when there is such poor security and such a huge cloud lying over the future, I wish they could meet these girls.
"It is when I see them, listen to them and witness their determination and indomitable spirit despite all that they are up against, that I know that we cannot give up.
Dr. Fane set-up Afghan Connection in 2002, following her work as a doctor in Afghanistan, both during the Russian War and under the Taliban Regime.
The charity has supported numerous health initiatives and to date has funded the construction of 35 schools across the country.
Their most recent goal is to provide an education to 70,000 children in the North-East of the country.