Inaugural Afghanistan Cricket Friendship Game 5/12/21

Save the date, 5 December! On that Sunday afternoon an Afghan Interpreters XI and The Wandering Warriors XI (consisting of ADF veterans of Afghanistan) will be getting together to play a game of T20 cricket in support of those struggling with the aftermath of the war in the inaugural Afghanistan Cricket Friendship Game.

As Sediqi Samandarkhan, captain of the Interpreters XI, says: “We want to connect Afghan interpreters who worked with the ADF and are now living in Australia with veterans and the families of Australia’s Afghanistan War dead. We want bereaved families to know that Afghans haven’t forgotten the Australians who came from the other side of the world to fight the Taliban and terrorism. Their lives were damaged by the war. We have not forgotten you. We are committed to contributing something back to these families.”

The Wandering Warriors XI will be led by former SAS team commander, Harry Moffitt, author of “Eleven Bats”: “Cricket is a wonderful game through which to recover and reflect. I have seen it work in Afghanistan during my 7 deployments there – break out a bat and ball and they come from all over to play. It’s an instant rapport builder with the locals. I don’t think there is a street or backyard game like it. It is the ultimate inclusive game: everyone gets a bat, everyone gets a bowl, everyone gets to field, can’t get out first ball. It doesn’t matter your gender, ethnicity, age, skill level, I have never seen a cricket game fail to bring immense joy. This Friendship Game aims to help everyone, all of us, process this significant historical period, and to commemorate the sacrifice and impact we have all made and endured. In an Ashes summer, I can’t think of a better way to all come together. We want to move closer to our Afghan community.”

The game is at Kilburn Cricket Club, Lionel  Avenue, Blair Athol. Coin toss at 1:40pm. Game from 2pm-6pm. See you there!