INDIA DONATES $1 MILLION FOR NEW AFGHANISTAN CRICKET STADIUM

The Indian government has donated a $1 million grant to Afghanistan for the construction of a new cricket stadium.

The venue is set to be built in the country's second-largest city, Kandahar, on land donated to the Afghanistan Cricket Board in 2012.

The Indian Government, who approved the funding under the Small Development Project Scheme, said in a statement: "We [India] have recognised that sports, including cricket and football, have united the country and enthused the youth more than anything else.

"We hope that this new facility, and the various initiatives taken by ACB, will further popularise cricket and bring greater glory to the nation."

Cricket is one of the most popular sports in Afghanistan, and the country has steadily moved up the world rankings as well as being granted associate status - one tier below Test nations - by the International Cricket Council earlier this year.

Posted on 19/08/2014