In what is yet another sign of progress in Afghan cricket - and this time in Afghan society in general - an Afghanistan women's side has been formed, with them set to make their international debut at the ACC Women's Twenty20 Championship in Kuwait in February.

More than 100 women are currently playing cricket in Kabul, and the Afghanistan Cricket Board have set up coaching and training sessions in four girls schools in the city. A women's championship will take place shortly, and will be used to select the national side.

CEO of the ACB Hamid Shinwari said "Women's cricket provides an opportunity for Afghan young women to be fit and have healthier and more active lives ... The ACB has a strong commitment to developing the game for women in a way that is good for them and, at the same time, respects our Islamic and Afghan values. Women's cricket will build self-esteem, leadership and positive values for young women in our country, just as it is doing for young men."