Afghanistan June 20, 2006

Afghans on parade at Sandhurst

Cricinfo's own Andrew Miller visited Sandhurst to watch the touring Afghanistan national side in action: This was a match-up that few could have envisaged

Cricinfo's own Andrew Miller visited Sandhurst to watch the touring Afghanistan national side in action:

This was a match-up that few could have envisaged. The future leaders of the British Army, many of whom could soon be serving in Afghanistan itself as the military operation in Helmand is stepped up, versus the pioneers of a sport learned in exile in Pakistan and carried back home with enthusiasm after the fall of the Taliban regime.

It was never a close contest, but in the spirit of past tussles between the two nations, neither side gave an inch until the final run had been scored, whereupon the Last Post was sounded and the Academy's standard was lowered from the flag-pole outside the pavilion.

Read Andrew's report of the day here.

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

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