Afghan across the country took to the streets to celebrate Monday's historic win by Afghanistan’s national cricket team against Pakistan in the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, hosted by India.
The Afghan team made history by winning the match by eight wickets against the former world champion.
“We watched the whole match on TV last night along with the entire family, even the youngest child of mine was happy and everyone was happy,” said Ashraf Alam, a Kabul resident.
“The only source of our happiness is the cricket and cricket is the only thing that makes us happy,” said Kabir, another resident of Kabul.
Meanwhile, cricket analysts and other Afghans praised Afghanistan’s national team for the historic win and called on the International Cricket Council to further support the Afghan team.
“When there is a match between Pakistan and Afghanistan, the political issues are also connected to the match, that is why the Afghan players are making not a single tiny mistake in the match,” said Jamil Rahman Rahimi, a cricket expert.
“I ask the ICC to support the Afghan team and cooperate with the team because our team can reach peaks,” said Farhad Haidari, a Kabul resident.
Along with the common Afghans taking to streets, dancing, singing, and lighting fireworks, the Afghan national cricketers too celebrated the grand victory.
The Afghanistan team, the Blue Tigers, have asked the Afghan people to keep supporting them in the upcoming matches of the World Cup.
“We will be trying our best to give you the same happiness in the upcoming matches, and I ask you to support your heroes both in their good times and bad times,” said Hashmatullah Shahidi, the Afghanistan National Cricket Team’s captain.
“Thank you for your prayers and support, we will try to shine and give you more joys,” said Rashid Khan, national cricket player.
The victory also attracted international reactions and the Afghan players were widely applauded for their professional cricket played during the World Cup.