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Sport will flourish in Afghanistan if there is peace: Inzamam

Beaming after his wards scripted a historic win in the ICC World Twenty20, Afghanistan’s batting coach Inzamam-ul Haq says the strife-torn country can “flourish” in sports if there is peace and facilities.

The minnows stunned 2012 champions West Indies by six runs in their final group league encounter of the ICC World T20 here to sign off on a memorable note. Talking about cricket, peace and character in Afghanistan, Inzamam said, “In the last two-three years there has been a lot of activity -- not just cricket, but football and other sports too -- which is very healthy, for any country. If there is peace and there are facilities, sport will flourish better. We couldn’t play as well as we wanted to, we are not in the semifinals, but we didn’t play like absolute newcomers.”

The former Pakistan batting great praised his team’s self-belief, and reiterated the call for more opportunities to play against the Full Members.

“There is no doubt it’s a big win for us. Whether it’s the ODI or T20 World Cup, we hadn’t won a match (against a top team), so this is definitely big. It’s also a sign that this team can do even better if they get opportunities,” Inzamam, who was appointed coach of Afghanistan in November 2015, said.
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