Victory over Pakistan’s rival historians in preparing for the World Cup party Thursday in England gives dreams to a nation ravaged by 40 years of war
For a country that is perpetually in conflict, cricket is the refuge of the body but above all of the soul, the green corner in the midst of barricades and destruction that allows it to remember that the world is not just war and attacks.
Afghanistan’s national team defeated enemy number one in Kabul, Pakistan, one of the Cricket world powers, in a World Cup preparation match that kicked off in the UK on Thursday with the success of the British over South Africa.
Afghanistan had secured participation in the World Cup by beating Ireland in qualifying and will debut against defending Australian champions in Bristol on Saturday.
The outcome is most likely a foregone conclusion, but Afghans are no longer just a beautiful story of sports to be told in a theater where suicide bombings remain the order of the day and where the Twitter account of the Ministry of Defense publishes the number of Taliban killed daily as if it were a report of a game, cold numbers that depict a dramatic picture of a daily life made up of violence and abuses become normality for 40 years now. 7
The victories over Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in last year’s Asian Cup and the draw with the team that won the trophy, India, confirm the goodness of the Afghan national team.