Thursday, 14 September 2017 - 13:06
SL players in Afghan T/20 tournament: Suicide blast rocks stadium



At least 3 people have been killed in a suicide bombing during a cricket match in Afghanistan's capital Kabul.

Hundreds of people were watching a T20 match between the "Boost Defenders" and "Mis Ainak Knights" at Kabul International Cricket Stadium at the time of the explosion.

The blast killed 2 civilians and a police officer and left 12 people injured, including 2 children. 2 police officers were also among the wounded.

The bomber is believed to have struck after being stopped at a checkpoint while walking towards the stadium.

"The security forces by sacrificing themselves have prevented the attacker from reaching the crowd (inside the stadium) and creating a catastrophe," said police spokesman Basir Mujahid.

The Shpageeza Cricket League, Afghanistan's annual domestic T20 tournament, features 6 teams and runs from 11th of September until 22nd of September.

All teams have a handful of foreign players, with many coming from Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Cricket was banned in Afghanistan during the Taliban's rule between 1996 and 2001, but the sport has since seen a revival.

Sri Lanka's Ashan Priyanjan, Farveez Maharoof and Jeevan Mendis are playing in this T/20 league.

When contacted, CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket Ashley de Silva said the respective players have been informed that SLC would not take responsibility for the security of any player who would play in this series.

Meanwhile, former Sri Lankan fast bowler, Graeme Labrooy was the match referee of the game, where the blast took place.

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