ABC News Australia – When Afghanistan takes to the field in Bangalore, India, today for its first test match, far more than the outcome of the game is at stake for the fledgling cricket team.

Summary

  • When Afghanistan takes to the field in Bangalore, India, today for its first test match, far more than the outcome of the game is at stake for the fledgling cricket team.
  • For a nation riven by generations of conflict and war, playing test cricket on the international stage is a welcome opportunity for Afghanistan to unite behind a common cause.
  • It opens up a new market and at a time when test cricket is struggling, Afghanistan can surely give it a new fillip.”
  • Afghanistan’s debut as a test nation will be celebrated by cricket fans the world over, and the ICC will hope it injects new flourish and excitement into the format.
  • Despite being banned by the Taliban and condemned by religious extremists — terrorists bombed a community game of cricket in Jalalabad in May, killing eight and injuring dozens — a young generation of cricket stars has emerged from the troubled nation.


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