Afghanistan news March 27, 2014

Afghanistan win Laureus 'Spirit of Sport' award

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2014, 22:52 GMT

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

  • Android on March 30, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    congratulation to al afghan.s

  • Android on March 30, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    mubarak to al afghans

  • ramachandra 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!

  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2014, 2:16 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2014, 1:23 GMT

    Congratulations to an awesome guys are truly inspirational

  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2014, 1:13 GMT

    this is amazing news for Afghanistan.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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!

  • Android on March 27, 2014, 15:42 GMT

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

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