The ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour of Afghanistan, driven by Nissan, came to a conclusion after three eventful days during which the trophy was displayed in Kabul, Bamyan, Herat and Kandahar provinces, reports ICC-Cricket.com.
The trophy arrived at Kabul International Airport on an early morning flight from Dubai on Wednesday 26 December where it was welcomed by Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) officials and staff including Chairman Azizullah Fazli, players from the national team, Head of Senate Fazal Hadi Muslimyar, and a sprinkling of Afghanistan fans.On the first day of the trophy tour, ACB Patron-in-Chief and President of Afghanistan, His Excellency Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, hosted an ACB delegation at the presidential palace, during which he emphasised the Afghan people’s love for the game of cricket, and offering his hope that one day Afghanistan will win the World Cup and that the trophy be brought to Afghanistan permanently.
The trophy was also displayed at the historic Darul Aman Palace, which was built in the early 20th century and used by the former King of Afghanistan, Ghazi Amanullah Khan. The day ended with a celebration event at the National Radio and Television Hall that was attended by ACB board members and top management, as well as high-ranking government officials, civil society members, media representatives and fans.
On the second day of the tour, the trophy was then flown to central Bamyan province, which is known for its historical sites including the Buddhas of Bamyan. The trip to Bamyan started with an event organised in partnership between the ACB and the provincial government of Bamyan.