Father of Afghanistan cricket captain abducted

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghanistan's cricket board says gunmen have kidnapped the father of its national team captain.

There has been no ransom demand since Mr Mohammad Nabi's 60-year-old father, Mr Khobi Khan, was abducted near his home in the city of Jalalabad.

Cricket board president Shazada Masoud said on Thursday that police are assisting but there have been no leads or any contact since Mr Khan was taken from his car on Tuesday.

He said Mr Nabi told him his family has no personal disputes and he is shocked at the abduction. Kidnapping is fairly common in Afghanistan amid the violence of fighting the Taleban insurgency.

Mr Nabi has been influential in promoting Afghan cricket. He learned to play while living in a refugee in Pakistan and was named team captain in March.