This sponsorship agreement was inked today during a ceremony held at Kabul Serena Hotel where players of the national team, deputy chairman of ACB as well ACB CEO Nasimullah Danish and Etisalat officials attended the event.
"This agreement will enable ACB to fund new cricket grounds and academies in other provinces across the country in order to promote the sport of cricket" Shahzada Masood, deputy chairman of ACB said.
ACB development manager, Dr Noor Muhammad also shed the lights on the achievements of his department and his future plans.
CEO of Etisalat, Yasir Abu-Amayam, reiterated his companies support for the development of cricket in Afghanistan.
CEO of ACB, Nasimullah Danish, briefed the audience that according to this agreement, Etisalat will finance the salaries of players of the national team as well as finance the construction of two international standard cricket academies in Kabul and Nangarhar provinces. He added: "This sponsorship will also help us publish quarterly magazine of ACB and maintenance our official website"
Afghan Cricket observers hope that financial sponsorship of commercial companies is spent in a more transparent and effective way, which hasn't been the case so far.
Etisalat along with other companies have also sponsored Afghan Cricket in the past. The Board has also received big amounts from The International Cricket Council and Asian Cricket Council.
Afghanistan Cricket Board being one of the richest non-test boards still hasn't done much to improve the conditions of Afghan domestic cricket. Two grounds have been built in Kabul and Nangarhar both with financial support from local businessmen, the government of Afghanistan and USAID. Furthermore the players have been complaining on not receiving their salaries on time.