It is IPL season and the Ministry of External Affairs is looking to do some good for Afghanisthan, the cricket loving country that’s recently has two of its players in the IPL. The Government is now inviting proposals to make documentaries on two of the country’s most popular cricketers – Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi.
India has been instrumental in Afghanisthan’s entry into international cricket. In 2015, BCCI and the Afghanisthan Cricket Board signed an agreement that permitted the latter to use Noida’s Shahid Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex as the home ground of the Afghanisthan cricket team.
When the short films happen, this will be another master stroke of Indian diplomacy, who will be successful in projecting the ‘good neighbor’ story to the world, and also help Afghani talent get their story out to the world.
The short films will be made under the title ‘Afghan Cricketers: The Rising Stars’. There will be three films, a 10 minute version, a 5 minute version and a short 2 minute teaser version. Nabi became the first cricketer to enter the Twenty20 League. Khan was also roped in by the same team for 4 crore.
According to informed sources, the films will talk about the journey of the cricketers to IPL and include video clips from cricket matches, cricket interviews, etc.