Former Pakistan fast bowler Imran Khan was effusive in praise of the Afghanistan cricket team’s progress within a short period. Over the past three years or so, Afghanistan have played a phenomenal brand of cricket, beating the top teams along the way. The ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup was one of the prime examples of how the team came close to beating Pakistan and India.
Apart from that, the ICC also awarded them Test status in the year 2017. Their first match was against India and although they lost, it was a victory in itself for the country who has often faced a lot of challenges and obstacles along the way while playing the game of cricket. Despite all these challenges, the team has risen out of adversity and has shown the desire to progress well with 100% commitment.
Prime Minister of Pakistan liked all these qualities and spoke about the same during a Q & A with a delegation of Pak- Afghan Youth Forum (PAYF). Imran lauded the Afghanistan team’s efforts and went on to say no team has shown so much consistency in such a short period.
“The position at which Afghanistan stands at the moment in cricket was realized by other countries in 70 years,” Imran Khan said to International the News.
The PM further opined that the main reason for the team’s success was due to Afghan refugees staying in Pakistan learning the game rather quickly. Pakistan and Afghanistan are set to play their first ever bilateral series from September 1 in Sri Lanka. Both the teams were originally set to play the matches in the UAE but due to the second leg of IPL, the series was shifted to Sri Lanka.