Sharda Ugra blogs in India Today that the presence of a team from strife-ridden Afghanistan is reason enough to follow the World Twenty20.

Once again, men with new names come onto cricket’s biggest stage - Stanikzai, Ahmadzai, Shenwari, Zadran. Pathan names, names of tribes and geographies. Some of this team were born in the sprawling refugee camps in Pakistan, others in places whose datelines usually carry grim news.

Going by logic, all Afghanistan will get from the World T20 are two matches five days apart – India on Saturday and South Africa on May 5. What these cricketers from a country of conflict have already brought is a calming perspective to a sport often battling within itself over commerce, power and race.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo