MOSCOW, October 2 (RIA Novosti) -Germany has promised to allocate €700,000 ($883,340) to build a new cricket stadium in Afghanistan, Khaama Press reported.
According to the agency, Germany will back the construction of a 25 acre cricket stadium with a capacity of 6,000 people in eastern Khost province. This decision comes after the government of India pledged $1 million for the construction of a cricket stadium in the country's Kandahar province.
On Wednesday, the chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board thanked both countries for their assistance.
"We are grateful to both India and Germany for their support," Shahzada Masoud told AFP.
"But what we want now is for teams like India to come and play on our grounds. It would have been so exciting if Sachin Tendulkar had come and played in our country. I hope Mahendra Singh Dhoni can make it," Masoud added.
Last year, Afghanistan qualified for the 2015 Cricket World Cup. The International Cricket Council (ICC) allocated $1 million for the country to prepare for the tournament. $422,000 was awarded in 2013 as part of the ICC's Targeted Assistance and Performance Program.