Afghanistan's nascent cricket team was on tour of England this June. It played against regional teams in England and displayed an impressive performance wining five out of the six matches played. It is a landmark victory for cricket in Afghanistan.
Earlier this year, two Afghan players, Mohammed Nabi and Hamid Hassan, had so much impressed England's Marylebone Cricket Club in a match in India that they were recruited to play for the team.
Afghanistan came into contact with cricket when millions of Afghan refugees crossed the border during the civil war to Pakistan, a cricket-crazy country. Cricket was also one of the very few sports allowed by the Taliban's Vice and Virtue Police.
Cricket is now believed to be the third largest participant sport in Afghanistan after Buzkashi, the national sport, and soccer. There around 22 registered provincial cricket clubs and around 12,000 registered players across Afghanistan. The Afghan cricket team is registered with ICC, cricket's international governing body.
Afghanistan seems to be making progress by leaps and bounds in sports. Earlier this year, Afghanistan won a four-nation soccer tournament beating teams from Pakistan, Tajikistan and Iran. Afghanistan also displayed impressive performance in tae kwon do in the South Asian Federation (SAF) Games held last year in Pakistan.
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