Tuesday, December 30, 2014


In a story reminiscent of the occasion back in the 1970s when the New Zealand government presented Kampong New Zealand in Malaysia with a communal TV set without first ascertaining whether the settlement possessed a reliable power supply it appears the generous American taxpayer ponied up USD450,000 a few months ago to fund the development of women's cricket in Afghanistan.  

Just one small problem ... there isn't any women's cricket played in Afghanistan.    "It does not exist" said Nasimullah Danish, the newly appointed chairman of Afghanistan's Cricket Board.   He cited pressure from Islamic groups who object to women playing the sport.  

Bet you dollars to donuts the American taxpayer won't be getting the money back.



Noel said...

You are right the official team no longer exists because of Islamic groups pressure.
But the money wasn't for the team but the promotion of the game.
Proponents claim there are 3,700 women players. In a developing country with it's sorry past history surely that's worth supporting.

The Veteran said...

Noel ... pretty hard to promote/support the game when it doesn't exist and the penalty for playing it is likely to be a 'Come to Allah' discussion with your local 'friendly' talaban enforcer.

Methinks the $450k probably ended up about where Winston's supposed $156k in charitable donations went ... in 'someones' back pocket.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Vet, for a moment I thought you might have been referring to the $500k Peters gave to those nice gentle chaps from Hamas.