ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2009

The refugees arrive

Cricket has acted as a vehicle for good in a country not used to celebrating

Hamid Hassan

From Bati'Kot to the big time

He picked up a bat as a refugee in Pakistan and Hamid Hassan's life has been cricket, cricket, cricket ever since

Leslie Knott

Fifteen months across the world with Afghanistan

Early last year a documentary crew began following Afghanistan - in team buses and through hotels, from Jersey to Dar-es-Salaam - on their quest to qualify for the World Cup. They're still on the trail

Hasti Gul of Afghanistan cooks a meal

Raees Ahmadzai

Cloth for balls, shoes for stumps

Against the greatest odds, Afghanistan's team of refugees are rapidly rising to the top of the Affiliates pile. One man epitomises the story