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Sports cause solidarity and bring happiness among Afghans

In recent years, sports have considerably developed in Afghanistan, causing happiness among the people. Sports result not only in solidarity among Afghans but solidarity among nations of the world. Afghans have always cheered on their internationally competitive sports games and showed solidarity inside and outside of the country. Among sports games, cricket gives Afghans hope. Afghans cheer when the Afghanistan national cricket team beat another team in international cricket matches. Cricket is considered as the only source of happiness for Afghans. Afghans have always cel ebrated any cricket win widely inside and outside the country. This time, Afghans celebrated their team’s cricketing victory over Bangladesh at the T20 World Cup with full happiness. With beating Bangladesh at the T20 World Cup, Afghanistan reached the semi-finals for the first time in cricket’s history. The win has given Afghans so much hope. In Afghanistan, cricket represents a rare moment of happiness for the country. It was a great victory for the Afghans when their cricket team reached the first T20 World Cup semi-finals. With this win, Afghans flooded the country’s streets in their thousands on Tuesday to rejoice in their men’s cricket team reaching the T20 World Cup semi-finals for the first time. Celebrations erupted throughout the country as people in Kabul, Khost, Jalalabad and beyond enjoyed the dramatic victory over Bangladesh. The event has given reason for hope for the Afghan youth who were previously disappointed. Cricket represents a rare source of comfort for many Afghans and brings happiness and solidarity among the people of all tribes in the country. The Tuesday victory represents a welcome respite for the country where people showed unprecedented happiness. The Islamic Emirate’s Acting Foreign Minister Mawlavi Amir Khan Muttaqi seized the moment to call the cricket team’s captain Rashid Khan and offer his congratulations. “Your victory has made everyone happy, you are a great inspiration for the youth,” he said. After Afghanistan beat Bangladesh by a nervy eight runs in St. Vincent in the Caribbean, most Afghans could not find words to explain their happiness at the moment as they expressed their feelings by sharing their team’s photos on various social media platforms, mostly Facebook and X. Afghans are so proud of their national team as they have created such a happy moment for all Afghans and now all are optimistic that the team will make it to the final. It is worth mentioning that the first recorded cricket match in Afghanistan took place in 1839 when imperial British troops took a break from the Anglo-Afghan War to crack leather on willow in Kabul. However, it wasn’t until the mid-1990s that cricket really began to take root in Afghanistan, cultivated by Afghans who had been in refugee camps in Pakistan and returned to their birthplace with a passion for the game. The Afghan Cricket Board (ACB) was set up in 1995, the year before the Islamic Emirate began its first stint in power. The national team was established in 2001 and became a member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2017. Mashal Noori

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.