The story of the Afghan national cricket team is one of adversity and the tenacity needed to overcome all challenges. Even though British forces first played cricket in Afghanistan in Kabul in 1839, it wasn't until the 1990s that the sport really took off in a nation that was in perpetual instability. And it would take several more decades before Afghanistan cricket began to thrive on the world stage.
In international cricket, Afghanistan is represented by the men's national team. Afghanistan has been a cricket-playing nation since the middle of the 20th century, but the national team didn't start to succeed until the beginning of the 21st, according to Afghanistan cricket news. The Afghanistan Cricket Board was established in 1995, and in 2001 it joined the International Cricket Council (ICC) as an affiliate member. In 2003, it joined the Asian Cricket Council (ACC). On June 22, 2017, at an ICC meeting in London, Afghanistan received full ICC Membership (and subsequently Test Status) after over ten years of participating in international cricket. This brought the total number of nations participating in Test cricket to twelve, including Ireland. It is the first nation to ever hold an ICC Affiliate Membership before achieving Full Member status.
With a score of 278/3 against Ireland at Dehradun on February 23, 2019, the team holds the global record for the highest-ever Twenty20 International (T20I) score and is currently rated ninth in the T20I rankings as of January 2021.
Since Afghanistan was brought under the Taliban's authority in August 2021, questions and reservations have been raised over the participation of the Afghanistan national cricket team in upcoming international tournaments. When the Taliban took over on August 15, 2021, worries were expressed about the safety of Afghan national cricket players and their families who were still living there. Three members of the Afghanistan women's national cricket team have left for Canada as of August 31, 2021, while the remaining members feared for their safety due to the Taliban's treatment of women.
Taliban representatives said that the group would not interfere with the men's cricket team's participation in international games and that it would be okay for Afghanistan to face Pakistan in a bilateral series that is set to begin in Sri Lanka in September 2021, as per Afghanistan cricket team news.
Hikmat Hassan, the media manager for the Afghanistan cricket team, said the country would compete in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup in 2021 despite the political unrest.
Afghan immigrants in Pakistan founded the Afghanistan Cricket Board in 1995, which became the foundation of Afghanistan cricket. The sport was initially forbidden by the Taliban, but in 2000 it was the only one they permitted.
Even after that, the Afghanistan cricket team's path to playing in international competition was not simple. Despite becoming an ICC Affiliate member in 2001, they didn't even become an ICC Associate member until 2013. They competed in Pakistan's second division of domestic cricket before achieving Associate status, playing while the US was encroaching on their nation.
Afghanistan's cricketing past demonstrates the strength of tenacity and an unwavering desire to succeed. The Afghanistan cricket team slowly began to compete in Asian regional events following a few matches in Pakistan.
Afghanistan's cricket team received ODI status for four years in 2011, despite not making it to the World Cup.
They won the ICC Intercontinental Cup in 2009–2010, finished second in 2011–2013, and then triumphed once more in 2015–17. In just two years, they won the Division Five, Division Four, and Division Three championships in the World Cricket League, quickly moving up the ranks.
The Afghanistan cricket team eventually achieved associate status in 2013 after initially receiving affiliate membership for 12 years. Four years later, or just over 20 years after the Afghanistan Cricket Board was established, they were granted Full Member status, making them, along with Ireland, the 11th and 12th teams to receive Test status. Afghanistan's first Test match began in Bengaluru, but it was a forgettable start as they were defeated by an innings and 262 runs in just two days.
Several players on the national cricket squad of Afghanistan got their start playing international cricket in Pakistan according to Afghanistan cricket team news. In the game's shorter formats, Afghanistan's cricketers have proven they can compete with the finest teams.
Mohammad Nabi, who leads Afghanistan in both runs scored and ODI wickets taken, is a member of the cricket team. In T20Is, Nabi leads the country in wickets taken, although Mohammad Shahzad owns the record for most runs scored. Asghar Stanikzai, the captain of Afghanistan's cricket team, is now fourth on the list of the nation's highest runs in ODIs and T20Is. Afghanistan's cricket team is being coached by Phil Simmons.
They have been forced to play their home games elsewhere because they are unable to do so in the war-torn country of Afghanistan. Given that India currently serves as Afghanistan cricket's home ground, their connection with the BCCI has been quite advantageous. Their home games have been held in Noida and Dehradun stadiums.
|Najibullah Zadran||Batsman||Left Handed||29|
|Darwish Rasooli||Batsman||Right Handed||22|
|Hazratullah Zazai||Batsman||Left Handed||24|
|Ibrahim Zadran||Batsman||Right Handed||20|
|Usman Ghani||Batsman||Right Handed||25|
|Mohammad Nabi||All Rounder||Right Handed||37|
|Rahmanullah Gurbaz||Wicketkeeper||Right Handed||20|
|Azmatullah Omarzai||All Rounder||Right Handed||22|
|Fareed Ahmad||Bowler||Left Arm||28|
|Fazalhaq Farooqi||Bowler||Left Arm||22|
|Mujeeb ur Rahman||Bowler||Right Arm||21|
|Qais Ahmad||Bowler||Right Arm||22|
|Rashid Khan||Bowler||Right Arm||24|
|Mohammad Saleem||Bowler||Right Arm||20|
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