Unsuspecting Attack During Cricket Match Leads to 8 Deaths in Afghanistan

During the Afghan cricket match, a man who was wounded in a surprise attack at the Jalalabad, Afghanistan Spinghar Ground Cricket Ground, received treated in a hospital this Saturday. The status of his condition is currently unknown but recent reports have said that the man is in stable condition. However, the devastating side of the attack has been revealed as eight people were killed during the match while dozens of others have been wounded with some cases being critical and others being minor. The attack showed itself as a series of blasts during the cricket match that was being held in the eastern Afghanistan area, according to officials.

Friday Morning Blasts

The blasts were reported to happen after the evening prayers on Friday at the stadium that was hosting the cricket match. This coincidentally, also happened at the start of the holy month of Ramadan, according to Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the Afghan provincial council. A spokesman for the Nangarhar Province governor, Attaullah Khogyani recalled the order of the fatal damage. One bomb that was deceptively hidden under a platform typically used by sports announcers went off around 11:30 p.m., which was the time during the break in the match while a few speeches were being made.

The first bomb was followed by two more devastating blasts at the gates of the stadium. However, it is still unclear if these bombs were strapped to suicide bombers or were planted, though one of the bombs was attached to a motorized rickshaw. He summarized that currently, there are currently only eight deaths and forty-five others were wounded.

Taliban Suspected

Many suspected this bombing was planned by the Taliban, though the leader of the infamous group, Zabihullah Mujahid, denied all claims that the group was involved in the fatal attack. The match that was taking place at nighttime, which is a normality due to Ramadan taking place, as it allows for people to fast freely during the daylight hours. This match was dubbed as the Ramadan Cricket Cup – and many of the patrons were highly anticipating this game.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board chairman, Atif Mashal, who is a popular figure in the sport of cricket, went to Twitter to express his disdain for the entire attack. Mashal stated that since cricket was introduced to the country, it has been a sign of happiness, pride, and peace for the fans and the players. He went on and stated clearly that these attacks were against everything cricket stood, along with being against humanity as well.

It should be noted that the number of dead were not only fans who were fleeing, a few officials, unfortunately, perished as well. The organizer of the match, Hedayyatullah Zahir and a Laghman Province official, Nekmal Waziri, were some of the people who died. Along with one recorded death of a child, who age is currently unknown.

Cricket Disruption in India

It is undeniable to admit that the Indian Premier League of cricket is a well-known and respected league. From their billions of television rights and appearances to salaries that are ranging in the millions and their 11-year long history, it’s no wonder why this team is world renowned. However – despite all this team’s success, they are being protested by farmers in India who are angry, drought-stricken, and fed up.

To be brief, two Indian states, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, have been fighting for years over water rights in the regions of the Cauvery River. Though, tensions have been running higher due to farmers based in Tamil Nadu becoming more urgent about their demands due to the increase of drought conditions.

Now here is where the Indian Premier cricket team comes into play. To gain more publicity for their cause, the farmers began targeting the extremely high profile I.P.L due to their worldwide success and their global fanbase. Due to the farmer’s protests at in Chennai, which is based in the capital of Tamil Nadu, six of the Chennai Super Kings games, were forced to be moved to Pune, which happens to be a little over 600 miles away.

Protestors burning cricket match tickets over dispute

Protest Inside and Outside Stadium

While at first glance one might think that the protests were mild – the farmers managed to protest inside and outside of the stadium. This prevented the team and fellow fans from entering or even coming close to the stadium. During this event, police were called to put a lid on the protests and this lead to closed roads around the stadium and 20 protesters being arrested.

Despite the protests and the movement of the game, the Chennai Super Kings have finally made their way back into the cricket league after a suspension that was a result of corruption and match-fixing charges. Since these games were their first since the initial suspension, they were highly anticipated by the players and the fans alike. While the country is trying to solve the dispute between the two states civilly. The Chennai Super Kings will have to wait one more year before they officially can return to the cricket league and hopefully start winning some games again!

When it comes to the rest of the games that the Chennai Super Kings will play, cricket officials have decided to keep the idea of moving the games to different locations. This will allow for the players to be safe, to avoid fan riots from breaking out, and to allow the police of Tamil Nadu to start handling the protests in a safe way.

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