Afghanistan T20 cricket: Zimbabwe recall players after Kabul killer blast
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Afghanistan T20 cricket: Zimbabwe recall players after Kabul killer blast

Several foreign players are taking part in the Afghanistan T20 cricket league. Top Zimbabwean players like Hamilton Masakadza and Sikandar Raza are among participants

cricket Updated: Sep 15, 2017 14:45 IST
Associated Press, Harare
Afghanistan,T20 cricket,Zimbabwe
Afghan security personnel stand guard after a suicide bomb attack near the Alokozay Kabul International Cricket Ground in Kabul on September 13, 2017. A suicide bomber blew himself up near a cricket stadium in Kabul on Wednesday, killing three people including a policeman and wounding five others. (AFP)

Zimbabwe have ordered nine of its cricketers playing in a Twenty20 league in Afghanistan to return home following a deadly suicide bombing outside a stadium while a game was going on. Former Australian batsman Dean Jones survived the blast.

Zimbabwe Cricket says the nine, which include Test players Elton Chigumbura, Hamilton Masakadza, Sikandar Raza and Richmond Mutumbami, are on their way home.

ZC revoked the no objection certificates it issued to the players to allow them to go to Afghanistan. It says “ZC will not under any circumstances compromise on matters of player safety.”

Officials said three people were killed and 12 wounded in the blast on Wednesday outside the Alokozay Kabul International Cricket Ground. A match being played at the time was on a scheduled break and continued without delay.

All six teams in the Shpageeza Cricket League have foreign players, mainly from Zimbabwe, South Africa, West Indies and Sri Lanka.

First Published: Sep 15, 2017 12:25 IST