Afghanistan Cricket Team’s Meteoric Rise: From Refugee Camps To Lord’s

The manicured emerald pitch at Lord’s in London, where Afghanistan played for the first time ever Tuesday, is a world away from the border refugee camps where the country found its love for cricket. In dusty Pakistani camps like Khurasan, young barefoot cricketers have no pitch, no kit, no wickets, no helmets, no gloves and no shade — only the hunger that helped catapult Afghanistan into the elite group of Test nations last month. Millions of Afghans fleeing war have sought refuge for nearly 40 years in camps outside Pakistan’s border city of Peshawar, where they have been exposed to the cricketing fever that has gripped their neighboring nation since Britain colonized the sub-continent centuries ago.

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Khwaja Yahya