The war-torn country has made rapid strides in international cricket. On February 10, it played Pakistan in an ODI for the first time.
Kabul, AFGHANISTAN: Afghan cricketers take part in a match on a patch of ground in front of a destroyed helicopter in Kabul, 17 March 2006. Cricket is popular among Afghans who have lived in Pakistan and recently returned to their country after decades of war.
An Afghan cricketer bats in the nets during a practice session in Kabul on April 18, 2010. Afghanistan's debut in cricket's Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies is the war-torn country's biggest achievement yet in its short, but remarkable, history in the international game. But whether they win or lose, their mere presence in the sport's short-format showpiece has a significance far beyond the boundaries of St Lucia's Beaysejour Stadium, where they faced former champions India on May 1.