Assessing the Associates - Afghanistan

A lesson in pragmatism for passionate Afghanistan

Afghanistan's rapid climb up cricket's world order created plenty of excitement and expectations around the team. The World Cup gave them a chance to gauge their strengths and they strengthened their case for more exposure

Samiullah Shenwari and Shapoor Zadran erupt in celebration

Afg v Eng, Group A, Sydney

Afghanistan's fortunes fade

After a strong start to the World Cup, Afghanistan lost steam in the closing matches, and will be especially disappointed that they couldn't push a dispirited England harder

Hamid Hassan had Alex Hales nicking behind for 37

New Zealand v Afghanistan, World Cup 2015, Group A, Napier

Najibullah marks Afghanistan improvement

One of Afghanistan coach Andy Moles' constant demands of his players is just to see improvement. He is not expecting miracles. On that scale, Najibullah Zadran will have emerged from the heavy defeat against New Zealand in considerable credit

Najibullah Zadran hits out