In 2001 two things happened in Afghanistan. The country ravaged since the cold war days was put under the gun once again. 'Operation Enduring Freedom', a response to the 2001 September 11 terror attacks, saw the nation being bombarded by US and the allied forces. Even as blood was spilt, homes were devastated, and death and misery was all pervading, a moment of minute respite was found. The year saw the birth of Afghanistan's national cricket team.
2010 was a landmark year in Afghanistan's cricketing history. The national side qualified for the T20 World Cup in the West Indies. That they lost all their matches is insignificant. That they even made it to a global cricket tournament is something to marvel at.
And now, the proud Afghanis have one more reason to cheer. Their team will travel to Australia in 2015 to play in their maiden 50-over Cricket World Cup. Journey is more important than the destination and even if Afghanistan don't win, they must take comfort from the fact that their tremendous rise in international cricket has already won the hearts of many cricket fans across the globe. Wishing the Afghan team loads of luck we take a look at some heart-warming cricket pictures from Afghanistan.