ABC News Australia – In 1999, as Steve Waugh’s Australian side celebrated winning the World Cup final at Lord’s, Afghanistan’s few cricketers played in hiding as the game remained banned by the Taliban.

Summary

  • In 1999, as Steve Waugh’s Australian side celebrated winning the World Cup final at Lord’s, Afghanistan’s few cricketers played in hiding as the game remained banned by the Taliban.
  • Less than two decades later, Afghan players Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi have been recruited as the star Big Bash League imports for the Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades.
  • Nabi said it marked a staggering rise for Afghanistan cricket.
  • In June last year Afghanistan officially became the 11th Test playing nation, while Nabi and Khan broke new ground by being recruited by BBL teams.
  • “They’re very excited and everybody watches the Big Bash in Afghanistan, everyone is supporting me and Rashid,” he said.


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