Afghan Soccer Players Have Perfect Pitch

The Sarkani cricket team prepares to play its first match on the newly redone pitch
The Sarkani cricket team prepares to play its first match on the newly redone pitch.
USAID
Rebuilt cricket pitch brings youth together
“We are happy to have a playing field where we can host cricket teams from other communities."
September 2013—When the Sarkani Youth Association in the northeastern Afghan province of Kunar decided to re-build a cricket pitch [When?], it was more than an acknowledgement of the area’s most popular sport. It symbolized a crucial attempt to engage with young people.
 
With support from USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives, the association created a committee along with local leaders and government officials to monitor the project’s progress. Association members contributed 30 percent of the necessary unskilled labor. [Who else contributed? In what ways? Provide more complete picture of how the project was completed.] Young people from different villages in the area leveled 18,000 square meters of playing field and renovated the seating area. [Exactly how did USAID support the project?]
 
The relationships forged during the project are being strengthened on the cricket pitch. [Elaborate. How?]
 
“We are happy to have a playing field where we can host cricket teams from other communities,” said one member of the association.

Last updated: July 07, 2014

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