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Sixes teams sold, Band-i-Amir attracts highest bid

Sixes teams sold, Band-i-Amir attracts highest bid

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May 15, 2017 - 16:10

KABUL (Pajhwok): For the first time in Afghanistan’s domestic cricket history, six teams in the Sixes National Cricket Tournament to be held this year were sold on Sunday, with the Band-i-Amir Dragons attracting the highest bid.

The bids were invited at a special ceremony which was attended by high ranking government and the Afghanistan cricket board (ACB) officials in Kabul.

Speaking on the occasion, ACB chairman Shukrullah Atif Mashal said for the first time national and international traders had invested in the sixes tournament which was due to start in August or September this year in Kabul.

He said the upcoming tournament would be more colorful than the previous ones as besides international players, foreign umpires and coaches would be invited.

Urban Development Minister Syed Mansour Sadat Nader shed light on the cricket board’s and the national team’s achievements during the past four months.

He thanked national traders for supporting the cricket board and the players.

Meshrano Jirga chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar on the occasion urged traders to fully support the Shpageeza Cricket Twenty/20 Tournament.

Later, sponsorship rights of the six teams in the league were presented for bid and each trader tried to buy one of them.

ACB spokesman Farid Hotak said the six teams were sold against highest bids. He said General Petroleum Company bought the Kabul Eagles for $89000 and Muslimyar Group bought the Spinghar Lions for $69000.

Similarly, Paragon Trade Group purchased the sponsorship rights of the Band-i-Amir Dragons $150000, Arif Azeem Group bought the Bost Guards for $80000, Al-Musafi Company bought the Amu Divers for $110000 and Wazrizai Group bought Mes Aynak Champions for $90000.

At the end, the purchasing firms and the ACB signed a three-year contract. General Petroleum representative Mehboobullah Khan told Pajhwok Afghan News they had been assisting the ACB for the past two decades.

He said their company financially supported the one-day international and twenty/20 series between Afghanistan and Ireland a few months ago.

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