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President Karzai hosts ICC World Cup 2015 trophy in Kabul

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Published: Monday, September 15, 2014, 11:59 [IST]
 
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Kabul, Sep 15: The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 trophy, as part of its global tour, visited Kabul, Afghanistan, where it was received by President Hamid Karzai.

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Also present with the trophy during this historic visit on Saturday (September 13) to the President's office were Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi and star player, Nawroz Mangal, as well as other senior officials of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), an ICC media release said.

President Karzai hosts WC trophy

The President congratulated the Afghanistan cricket team for qualifying for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and wished it well in the tournament that will be staged in Australia and New Zealand from 14 February to 29 March.

Earlier in the morning, the trophy arrived in Kabul where it was warmly greeted by hundreds of fans and supporters.

The trophy then made an appearance in a reception hosted by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) and Australian Embassy, which was also attended by ambassadors from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, India, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, as well as ministers and high ranking government officials, before visiting the President's office.

Following his visit to the President's office, Nabi said: "It is an honour that the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 trophy came to Afghanistan and received such a huge welcome. This is a proud moment for the entire nation and we will do our best to play competitive cricket in next year's tournament."

ACB Chief Executive, Dr Noor Mohammad Murad, who was also present when President Karzai put a hand on the trophy, said: "It was a historic moment for the country to host the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 trophy for the first time.

"We have reached this point by overcoming lots of challenges. Our team is working hard to express itself at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and we are looking forward to some good results."

ICC's Head of Global Development, Tim Anderson, thanked the Afghanistan government for its continued support. "The Afghanistan government has provided tremendous support to cricket for many years and, therefore, the ICC is delighted that President Karzai was able to welcome the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 trophy in Kabul."

This was ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 trophy's sixth stop-over since starting its journey began on 3 July. It is scheduled to arrive in the host countries in the first week of November.

The trophy has so far visited Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, United Kingdom, Scotland and Ireland, while Pakistan is its next destination. The trophy will also visit South Africa, Zimbabwe, Jamaica and Barbados.

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