Afghanistan national cricket team recently ended its 2019 World Cup journey in with a series of impressive performances, filling Afghans at home with joy.
they ended up in 10th position, but even that was satisfying for Afghan cricket lovers.
Afghanistan national cricket team History
Cricket was previously little known in Afghanistan, until civil war drove many Afghans as refugees into Pakistan.
They found the game of cricket common as a leftover from the British Raj.
those refugees returning brought it back to Afghanistan. [BBC TV news] In 2001.
the Afghan side took part in a four-match tour of Pakistan, visiting Peshawar and Rawalpindi, and the team also visited in 2003 and 2004.
In 2004 Afghanistan played in the ACC Trophy in Kuala Lumpur – the regional qualifying competition for the ICC Trophy – and performed respectably.
with the highlight being a surprise win over hosts Malaysia.
They finished sixth in that tournament, only just missing out on progression along the qualifying path for the 2007 World Cup by one place.
The Afghan cricket team is a national cricket team representing Afghanistan.
They have been an Affiliate Member of the ICC since 2001.
and an Associate Member of the Asian Cricket Council since 2003.
Originally the Taliban regime in Afghanistan had banned cricket as they had banned most other sports.
but in early 2000 there was a change of heart and the government wrote to the Pakistan Cricket Board asking for the PCB’s support for an Afghan application to the ICC.
They are ranked 8th in Twenty20 International cricket as of November 2019.
After nearly a decade of playing international cricket, on 22 June 2017.
in an ICC meeting in London, full ICC Membership (and therefore Test status) was granted to Afghanistan (concurrently with Ireland).
taking the number of Test cricket playing nations to twelve.
They are also the first country to ever achieve full member status.
After holding Affiliate Membership of the ICC from 2001 until 2013 and were the only Affiliate member country to ever compete in a major ICC international cricket tournament.
They hold the world record for the highest ever T20 Intetnational score with their 278/3 against Ireland at Dehradun on 23 February 2019.
as an Afghan we love sports and we will support our team to the core.