File photo of Afghan cricket team captain Mohammad Nabi Esa Khil holding the ACC Cup in Kabul
Afghan cricket team captain Mohammad Nabi Esa Khil (C) holds the ACC Cup after the team's arrival in Kabul, in this October 12, 2013 file photo, following Afghanistan's qualification for the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Surrounded by thousands of makeshift tents in the dusty refugee camp he called home, not even in his wildest dreams could Mohammad Nabi have believed that his decision to while away the hours with a miniature cricket bat would lead him to play in the 2015 World Cup. To match feature CRICKET-AFGHANISTAN/
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Cricket in Afghanistan
The war-torn country has made rapid strides in international cricket. In 2012, they played their first ODI against a major team, Pakistan. In November 2013, they qualified for the World Twenty20 2014.