Chevrons sur­vive sui­cide blast

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Bon­gani Ndlovu

ZIM­BABWE na­tional cricket play­ers yes­ter­day sur­vived a sui­cide bomb blast in Afghanistan that det­o­nated out­side the Kabul In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium that killed three peo­ple dur­ing the Sh­pegeeza T20 league.

As a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure, Zim­babwe Cricket has re­called nine play­ers that were part of the T20 tour­na­ment.

The blast hap­pened dur­ing a match be­tween Amo Sharks and Kabul Ea­gles in which Hamil­ton Masakadza, Rich­mond Mu­tum­bami, Solomon Mire and Richard Ngar­ava played. They were part of nine play­ers that were sup­posed to ply their trade in the T20 league. The other play­ers are Vusi Sibanda, El­ton Chigum­bura, Ryan Burl, Sikan­dar Raza and Sean Wil­liams.

Zim­babwe Cricket spokesper­son Dar­ling­ton Ma­jonga said: “There was a bomb blast out­side a sta­dium in Kabul. How­ever, all our play­ers are safe. We’ve spo­ken to them and have spo­ken to the Afghan of­fi­cials. As a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure, we’ve asked all our play­ers to re­turn home and they should be leav­ing Afghanistan to­mor­row.”

Be­fore send­ing the play­ers to Afghanistan, there were se­cu­rity con­cerns in that coun­try af­ter a bomb killed over 70 peo­ple in Kabul in May. This led to the post­pone­ment of the same tour­na­ment to Septem­ber.

There­after ZC sent the play­ers as they be­lieved se­cu­rity would be taken care of and that the Afghan T20 league will give ex­po­sure to their play­ers.

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