Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Afghan Fast Forward

Taliban allowed cricket in the country in the year 2000, Afghanistan Cricket council was formed in 2001 and in 2013, the national team have qualified for ICC One Day World Championship to be played in Australia-New Zealand in 2015.


The dream run was unthinkable in the civil war torn country before 2000 where the game of cricket was banned. But the indomitable Afghan have made it possible by blowing away the Kenyan challenge . Kenya had to accept  a big defeat in the crucial match in Sharjah on 4th October by huge 7 wickets.

Infamous for bombs and bullets and not as a sporting nation, the country has made quick progress in different arena of sports in recent years. They have won South Asian Federation Football Championship in last September by defeating giant India in the final. In 2010 they won gold in South Asian Basketball and bronze medals in Beijing and London Olympics in Taekwondo.

Update : Afghanistan got the ticket of playing T-20 World Cup Cricket to be played in Bangladesh next year. Spirited Afghans defeated Kenya by 34 runs in the last qualifying match in Sharjah on 24th November, 2013.