Four people were injured in a grenade explosion inside the Kabul Cricket Stadium.

An explosion occurred inside the Kabul Central Cricket Stadium during a domestic league match on July 29, 2022 in Kabul, Afghanistan.
  • An explosion occurred inside the main cricket stadium in Kabul during a domestic league match.
  • The Kabul commander’s spokesman says that the explosion was caused by a grenade.
  • After clearing the area, the match starts.

KABUL: An explosion occurred inside Kabul’s main cricket stadium during a domestic league match on Friday, injuring four people, an Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) official said.

“A match was underway between two teams in the Shapiza League, and during the match, an explosion occurred; four civilians in the crowd were injured,” ACB chief executive Naseeb Khan said in a statement.

He further said that ACB staff and players are safe.

The Kabul commander’s spokesman said that the explosion was caused by a hand grenade.

“The match was stopped for some time. The match resumed after the area was cleaned,” spokesman Khaled Zadran said Reuters.

Cricket is a very popular sport in Afghanistan, with the country’s national team performing well internationally despite limited resources and domestic instability. Many Afghans are among the top players in the world.

Friday is a weekly holiday in Afghanistan, and the eight-team domestic league, which has been going on for the past 10 days, has drawn a large crowd to the stadium.