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‘Sales of cricket bat grow due to unemployment’

‘Sales of cricket bat grow due to unemployment’

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9 Dec 2021 - 15:00
‘Sales of cricket bat grow due to unemployment’
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9 Dec 2021 - 15:00

KABUL (Pajhwok): A cricket bat manufacturing factory in capital Kabul has asked the Afghanistan Cricket Board to encourage the use of locally produced bats.

Ekramuddin Zyaar, head of the Spagiza Sport Factory, during an exclusive chat with Pajhwok Afghan News said their production had increased recently.

The factory was established seven years back with initial investment of around 10 million afghanis, he said.

“One reason our sales increased is unemployment because the youth have no other occupation and they play cricket. The second reason is the performance of Afghan players in foreign leagues due to which people got encouraged towards cricket,” he said.

He said he will increase his production and strive to meet the local demand so there would be no need to import cricket bats from outside. “Demand has increased in the market and we are trying to meet it,” said Zyaar.

“There is one problem in Afghanistan which is the discouragement of local production, despite improved quality, local products are not purchased but imported items with foreign logos are well purchased despite their low quality,” he noted.

Zyaar added his factory produced 100 bats daily and the price of one bat starts from 250 to 750 afs. The bats are made for tennis ball.

According to Zyaar, his factory previously manufactured bats for hardball but stopped producing them due to lack of buyers.

He said if the cricket board used their products and cooperated in this regard, his factory could produce quality hardball bats.

He noted some shopkeepers bought bats from him and sold them in the market with foreign logos and high price, adding this should not happen and local products should be sold with own logo.

Zyaar said his factory has offices in Kandahar, Helmand, Kunar, Nangarhar, Laghman, Paktia, Khost and Ghazni provinces.

He said earlier his factory exported bats to Pakistan but currently due to high tax they stopped exporting them to the neighboring country.

Cricket Board Spokesperson FaridHotak said they valued businessmen who had invested in sport sector in the country.

He also thanked Zyaar and encouraged all cricketers to use local products.

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