Dean Jones made a narrow escape as suicide bomber blew himself in Kabul
Three people were killed including a policeman in the blast.
Published - Sep 14, 2017 3:09 pm | Updated - Sep 14, 2017 3:09 pm
Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones made a narrow escape as a blast near Kabul Stadium killed three people. Jones is working as a commentator in the Shpageeza Cricket League in Afghanistan. A bomb went off near Kabul Cricket Stadium when a match of SCL was going on. The blast killed three including a policeman, and injured five others near the Kabul International Cricket Stadium.
The Aussie was commentating in the 6th match of the Shpageeza Cricket League, a domestic T20 tournament, between the Boost Defenders and Mis Ainak Knights when a suicide bomber blew himself up near the road leading to the cricket stadium.
I threw my microphone: Jones
“I saw the blast go off. It shook us out of our seats,” Jones told 3AW. “The shockwaves went right throughout the grandstands and the windows … all the players hit the ground while the game was still on.”
“I threw my microphone into the window and I just grabbed my bag and I was ready to run, to get out of there,” he added.
According to police, the suicide bomber was heading towards the stadium, when he was stopped by the security personnel. He blew himself up in no time. Inspite of the blast, the players of both the teams decided to finish the game. “We could be in England, and they’ve had terrorist attacks there, but they’ve stayed on,” he said.
Jones felt nervous while traveling to the stadium and returning back. He said “I feel very safe at the hotel and the ground. It’s just to and from the grounds for us and the players and everyone that has been a major concern,” Jones said. “It’s been a bit spooky going to and from the ground I can assure you.”
Jones posted a tweet after the incident:
We are all fine thank you… great cricket today .. @Cam12Delport 100 was awesome!!
More news tomorrow …
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) September 13, 2017