Shapoor Zadran has managed to escape unscathed Image: AFP
Afghanistan as a country is growing by leaps and bounds when it comes to cricket. Practise hard, train, work on fitness, learn, unlearn — they've done everything that a minnow should to go a long way since playing their first ODI 16 years ago. Their first World Cup appearance in 2015 was also impressive. In the Afghan cricket journey, Shapoor Zadran has been an important cog in the wheel.
The tall, long-haired fast bowler, who is considered a cult-figure in Afghanistan, has been attacked by gunmen in Kabul but has managed to escape unhurt. Zadran suffered the attack in the Bagrami area of Kabul, from where he belongs. Reportedly, the attack happened when he was heading towards his residence with his brother. If one has to go by sources close to the 31-year-old fast bowler, this isn't the first time such an attack has been attempted on him.
Zadran has played 39 ODIs and 27 T2OIs for Afghanistan, an associate member of the International Cricket Council. This isn't the first time we're hearing about attacks on cricketers. The last time Sri Lanka toured Pakistan in 2009, their bus was attacked by a group of unidentified gunmen. This spurred every country to avoid tours to Pakistan.