To go with Afghanistan-Cricket-Twenty20 by Phil Hazlewood 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 face former champions India on May 1. AFP PHOTO/SHAH Marai (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)
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.