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Afghanistan player Shapoor Zadran attacked by gunmen in Kabul

Shapoor Zadran Bangladesh v Afghanistan - 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup
Shapoor Zadran of Afghanistan. (© Getty Images)

In a very shocking incident, Afghanistan cricketer Shapoor Zadran was attacked by unknown gunmen on Saturday night. As per the reports by the Khaama Press, the incident took place in the wee hours of the weekend when Zadran was heading back to his home in Kabul. Shapoor Zadran is not a new name in Afghanistan cricket. The tall pace bowler has been one of the senior most players in the Afghanistani cricket team.

The reports further suggested that the attack was made in the Bagrami area of Kabul. Fortunately, and much to the liking of human race, Zadran managed to escape the gunmen attack. He escaped unhurt and is safe now. During the incident, Zadran was accompanied by his brother in his vehicle. Soon after the attack was made, the gunmen also managed to run away from the vicinity of the area.

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Incidentally, as per the sources close to Shapoor Zadran, this is not the first time that he has been attacked by the gunmen. The reason why he was being targeted is still largely unknown. Albeit Zadran managed to escape unscathed, his vehicle received many bullets in the attack. The Afghanistan Cricket Board (AFB) is yet to make any announcement on the same. They have not given any official remark or reaction towards the unwanted attack as of now.

Also, no terrorist group or any individual has taken the responsibility of the attack thus far. Zadran has been a key member of the side for a long time now. He hit the winning runs for Afghanistan against Scotland in the 2015 ICC World Cup. The win was the team’s first ever victory in a major ICC event such as the World Cup.

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The relation between cricketers and terrorist attacks in not new. Back in 2009, the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked by terrorists in Pakistan. Several players were injured and the repercussions of the attack are still haunting the Pakistan cricket. For the moment, the player and his well wishers can only be happy that Shapoor Zadran managed to be safe on the day. One would hope that the sport and the human race in general, remains untouched from the unscrupulous wrath of the terrorism.

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