June 28, 2012

Afghanistan cricket

Afghanistan's success story is heart-warming

Carlyle Laurie

Scyld Berry, writing in the Daily Telegraph, says that rise of the Afghanistan cricket team is the most heart-warming story in contemporary cricket.

From a strip of concrete on the scrubby plain of a refugee camp in Pakistan came this new force, the players celebrating every step of their unprecedented journey and taking nothing for granted. They started playing against Japan and Jersey in Division Five of the ICC’s world league - and this weekend, four years on, they will arrive in Dublin to play one-day internationals against Ireland, the strongest country outside the Test-playing nations.

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