Afghanistan pacer Shapoor Zadran survives assasination attempt

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KABUL: In a shocking incident that is only coming to light now, Afghanistan’s left-arm fast bowler Shapoor Zadran was attacked by a group of unidentified gunmen, who opened fire at the vehicle he was travelling in along with his brother.
Nobody was hurt in the incident that happened on Saturday night in Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul, while the attackers managed to escape the scene after their futile attempt.
Zadran is one of Afghanistan’s most accomplished cricketers on the international circuit and attained cult status when he hit the winning runs against Scotland during their Group Stage encounter at the 2015 ICC ODI World Cup, thus giving his side their first ever victory at a major ICC tournament.
Though the motive of the attack remains unclear, it is a shocking incident that has brought back memories of the one witnessed in Pakistan in 2009 when terrorists attacked the team bus of the visiting Sri Lankan team.
According to Khaama Press, the Afghanistan News agency who broke the news, it is not the first time that an assasination attempt has been carried out against Zadran. Speaking in the aftermath of the match, Zadran exuded confidence that cricket would not remain under any harm in war-torn Afghanistan with even the Taliban in support of the sport.

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