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Cricket in Afghanistan

Cricket in Afghanistan is a sport growing in popularity, which is represented internationally by the Afghanistan national cricket team.Afghanistan's proximity to the test playing nation of Pakistan has helped the game to take root. Afghanistan's playing season runs from May to September. There are 320 cricket clubs and 6 turf wickets in Afghanistan.


Cricket was first played in Afghanistan during the 19th century Anglo-Afghan Wars, with British troops reported has having played in Kabul in 1839. However, unlike many countries, no lasting cricket legacy was left by the British, and it would be more than a hundred years before cricket returned.

In the 1990s, cricket became popular amongst Afghan refugees in Pakistan, and the Afghanistan Cricket Federation was formed there in 1995. They continued to play cricket on their return to their home country in late 2001. Like all sports, Afghanistan Cricket Federation was elected as an affiliate member of the ICC the following year.

The Afghanistan national cricket team's 21-run win over Namibia in Krugersdorp earned them official One Day International status in April 2009. The team qualified for the 2012 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.

Today cricket in Afghanistan is the most popular sport in Afghanistan . The reason behind the development of extreme interest of Afghans in cricket is the quick progress of Afghanistan Cricket Team in international arena . It's the No.1 sport in which Afghanistan grab most of the tournament titles per year .

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