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Made in 1993

'Bringing joy to the nation is the best thing about playing cricket'

Apr 3, 2018: Najibullah Zadran on his favourite cricketer, Suresh Raina; and the best and worst dancers in the Afghanistan team

World Cup Qualifier 2018

Mighty efforts in vain amid Afghan, Caribbean dominance

Mar 26, 2018: ESPNcricinfo's team of the tournament from the ICC World Cup Qualifier finds representation from five of the ten teams

Peter Della Penna

Afghanistan v Nepal, World Cup Qualifiers, Bulawayo

Najibullah and Nabi keep Afghanistan alive

Mar 10, 2018: Afghanistan's hopes of qualifying hinge on a Nepal win over Hong Kong in the final group fixture on Monday

ESPNcricinfo staff

Afghanistan v Zimbabwe, 1st ODI, Sharjah

Afghanistan reach new heights with Rahmat Shah's century

Feb 9, 2018: Continuing their dominance over Zimbabwe, Afghanistan piled up their second-highest ODI total of 333 with Rahmat Shah's 114 off 110 balls the centerpiece of a resounding victory

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India A v Afghanistan A, 4th ODI,Tri-Series

Pandey, Pant fifties, Siraj three-for thrash Afghanistan A

Aug 1, 2017: India A put on a challenging 322 for 5 and restricted Afghanistan A to 209 for 9 with only one opposition batsman - Najibullah Zadran (62) - scoring more than 30

ESPNcricinfo staff

Desert T20 Challenge

The team of the tournament at the Desert T20 Challenge

Jan 22, 2017: ESPNcricinfo's picks for the best performers at the inaugural edition of the tournament in the UAE

Peter Della Penna

UAE v Afghanistan, Desert T20 Cup, Abu Dhabi

Rashid, Najibullah sparkle to down UAE

Jan 16, 2017: Afghanistan continued their puppet-mastery of UAE in Twenty20 cricket with a gritty five-wicket win in front of 8000 fans at Sheikh Zayed Stadium

The Report by Peter Della Penna in Abu Dhabi

Associate batting nominees

All-Afghan (almost)

Jan 16, 2017: A certain team features in four out of five nominations for the best Associate batting performances of the year

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United Arab Emirates v Afghanistan, 2nd T20I, Dubai

Najibullah heroics helps Afghanistan clinch series

Dec 16, 2016: Najibullah Zadran's unbeaten 55 helped Afghanistan overcome a wobble and secure a final-over win that gave them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series

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Bangladesh v Afghanistan, 1st ODI, Dhaka

Afghanistan fall short of 'easily chaseable' target

Sep 25, 2016: Najibullah Zadran, who was the fifth wicket to fall for Afghanistan as Bangladesh fought back in the final ten overs, said that the match was in Afghanistan's control but the batsmen failed to execute at the death

Mohammad Isam

Ireland v Afghanistan, 2nd ODI, Belfast

Shahzad and spinners help Afghanistan go 1-0 up

Jul 12, 2016: Half-centuries from Mohammad Shahzad and Najibullah Zadran set the base for Afghanistan's 39-run win in the second ODI against Ireland at Stormont in Belfast on Tuesday

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Scotland v Afghanistan, 1st ODI, Edinburgh

Rain spoils Rahmat's ton, Najib's blitz

Jul 4, 2016: Scotland's first ODI at home in more than two years ended in frustrating fashion, with the first ODI of the two-match series against Afghanistan finishing with a no result

The Report by Peter Della Penna in Edinburgh

Afghanistan v West Indies, World T20 2016, Group 1 Nagpur

Afghanistan's show of selfie-belief

Mar 27, 2016: They don't want to be patronised or praised for potential. Afghanistan want to play Full Members and beat them, just like they did against West Indies

Karthik Krishnaswamy in Nagpur

Afghanistan v England, World T20 2016, Group 1, Delhi

Afghanistan don't yearn for sympathy, they yearn only for a win

Mar 23, 2016: Two impassioned screams for lbw, neither of them given, told the story of an Afghanistan side who are so close to winning, but just can't get over the line

Jarrod Kimber

Afghanistan v England, World T20 2016, Group 1, Delhi

Moeen staves off an England calamity

Mar 23, 2016: England survived a major scare against Afghanistan to sustain their World T20 hopes, recovering from 85 for 7 to steal home by 15 runs

The Report by George Dobell

ICC World T20 2016

Eight players to watch in the World T20 qualifiers

Mar 7, 2016: Two captains and a 44-year-old are among the players who could make an impact in the qualifying stages of the World T20

Peter Della Penna

Afghanistan v Hong Kong, Asia Cup 2016, Mirpur

Najibullah, Nabi lead Afghanistan to big win

Feb 22, 2016: Career-best T20I performances from Najibullah Zadran and Mohammad Nabi ensured that Afghanistan stayed in the hunt for the main draw of the Asia Cup, but only briefly as UAE won the second match later in the day

ESPNcricinfo staff

Afghanistan v Oman, 5th place playoff, Dublin

All-round Afghanistan finish fifth with easy win

Jul 25, 2015: Afghanistan finished fifth in the World T20 Qualifier with a comfortable five-wicket win against Oman in Dublin

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

Najibullah marks Afghanistan improvement

Mar 8, 2015: 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

Andrew McGlashan in Napier

Afghanistan v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2015, Group A, Dunedin

Borrowed boots and a busted bat

Feb 22, 2015: Plays of the day from the game between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka in Dunedin

Andrew Fidel Fernando in Dunedin
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