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Afghanistan win Laureus 'Spirit of Sport' award

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 27, 2014

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Afghanistan Cricket Board CEO Noor Mohammad Murad poses with the Laureus award, Kuala Lumpur, March 26, 2014
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Afghanistan have won the Laureus "Spirit of Sport" award in recognition of their swift rise in world cricket and their maiden qualification to the one-day World Cup. Afghanistan have also qualified for two successive World T20s, and are now established as one of the strongest teams outside the Test nations.

"Afghanistan's success on the pitch has, indeed, captured the imagination of the whole cricketing world," a Laureus release said, after the awards ceremony in Kuala Lumpur. "The enthusiasm for the game shown especially by young players, often against almost insurmountable odds in terms of pitches and facilities, is a story being told again and again."

Noor Mohammad Murad, CEO of the Afghanistan Cricket Board, accepted the award on behalf of the team. "We are very proud to receive Spirit of Sport Award," Noor said, "it recognises the hard work of players, officials and administrators over the past 12 years in building cricket in our country.

"Cricket is more than a game in Afghanistan. It is a tool which is making an impact in the development of peace, unity and development. I am sure this award will motivate us in continuing to build cricket and its impact in our country."

The Laureus World Sports Awards, regarded as the "Oscars of sports", are held annually, to celebrate the greatest achievements in sport. Previous cricketing winners of the award include Steve Waugh's Australia team, which was named "Team of the year" in 2002.

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Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 22:52 GMT)

Proud of my spirited Afghan Team. Best of luck for the future

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:10 GMT)

congratulation to al afghan.s

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

mubarak to al afghans

Posted by TATTUs on (March 28, 2014, 3:20 GMT)

The Laureus World Sports Awards? Who cares about them? Its one of those elitist awards, where a motor 'sport' is given preference while real sports like Badminton, Kabaddi, hockey, cricket etc are ignored!

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 2:16 GMT)

Congratulations Afghan's - Another Mile Stone Achieved.Hoping the team will not let down the Fans.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 1:23 GMT)

Congratulations to an awesome team..you guys are truly inspirational

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 1:13 GMT)

this is amazing news for Afghanistan.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 21:06 GMT)

great work Afghanistan, today ur hard work has been acknowledged by the world. Keep working hard there is much more to come.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 18:43 GMT)

First of All, Thanks to Al-mighty Allah for giving such gracious, gratitude, honor & blessing to Afghan People, ACB & Afghanistan National Cricket Team later on thanks to the ICC & Laureus World Sports Awards for their motivations on ward to Development of cricket, consequently ACB & ANCT have been complimented of their hard working... many many congrats to All Afghan People & Cricket Fans!

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 15:42 GMT)

Pakistan and India won sport for good award in 2004 in laureus award

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