Afghanistan December 4, 2005

Life after the Taliban

Cricket in Afghanistan is on the up

Cricket in Afghanistan is on the up. Though the fundamentalist Taliban banned all sports during its seven-year rule, more that 300 cricket clubs have sprung up all over the country during the last three years with the return of democracy.

President Hamid Karzai is a great cricket fan and watches the game whenever he finds time. He has promised a Toyota vehicle each to the team members if they are able to beat Pakistan. But our most cherished dream is to play against India

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa