The all-rounder, speaking to Newsday yesterday evening, recounted the terrifying incident which has left him and his family back home shaken. It sounded like it was right outside the stadium.
We were fielding and heard a loud explosion and the whole ground started to shake. “We’re trying to make good decisions based on the information that the President and the Minister of Interior said they would give us full security”. We just went off the field.
“We were told it was a gas cylinder [explosion], which I refuted at the time, but that’s the information they were getting”.
A security official said the incident took place after a suicide bomber on foot detonated his explosives near the a check post located in the vicinity close to the stadium.
The game is part of the a league competition similar to the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League.
“My family uneasy home so most likely I’ll leave Friday as long as I get a flight”.
Former Australian test cricketer Dean Jones who was commentating at the time said: “I saw the blast go off”. “The other players are Vusi Sibanda, Elton Chigumbura, Ryan Burl, Sikandar Raza and Sean Williams”. Delport was a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel in the CPL in the past.
Dean Jones has labelled calls global players and commentators should leave a Twenty20 competition in Afghanistan following a deadly terrorist attack outside a stadium on Wednesday as “hypocritical”.
The domestic Twenty20 league, which was originally scheduled to be played in July, finally kicked off on Monday, but the unfortunate security situation in the country seems to have returned to haunt the Afghanistan Cricket Board’s (ACB) attempts of opening up the gates to global cricket in the country. But for the T20 league, Stanikzai said the Afghanistan government itself was involved in security. “Our security has been given presidential status, which means they clear the roads fully to get us to and from the ground”.
“They told us there is no threat to the players”.