Sunday Guardian Live – On 19 May, terror, once again, shook Afghanistan.
- The newest test nation might have faced a humiliating defeat in their historical match, but their cricketing journey from refugee camps of Pakistan to the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru in itself is a big victory keeping in mind the fact that Afghanistan did not have a national team till 2001.
- However, it was in the 1990s that the Afghans, who fled the Soviet war at home, were exposed to the game in refugee camps of Pakistan (a country which had already won a cricket World Cup in 1992).
- A score of players in the current national team of Afghanistan, including former limited-over captain Mohammad Nabi, top-placed bowler in ICC T20 rankings Rashid Khan and right-handed batsman Karim Sadiq among others, grew up in the refugee camps.
- In 2004, the Afghanistan team, coached by Malik, played in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Trophy where they finished sixth in the tournament featuring 15 teams.
- Riding on the sheer force of will, the team registered another moment in the history of the countryís cricket when they finally sealed their berth for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015óplausibly a dream of every Afghan then.