AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The national cricket team on Tuesday received red-carpet welcome by hundreds of cricket lovers at Hamid Karzai International Airport after they were qualified for T-20 World Cup 2016 which will be held in India.
The national squad grabbed fifth place in the qualifying rounds.
In the qualifying round which was co-hosted by Scotland and Ireland, the national cricketers recorded five victories, two loses and two draws.
Senior government officials were among hundreds of Kabul residents who welcomed the cricketers flowers and dancing.
The national cricketers’ captain, Asghar Stanekzai, said this year they could not defend the championship title and for that, they apologize to the nation. “We are proud that we were qualified for the World Cup for the fourth time because it is not easy to make it happen in such a big tournament.”
In the meantime, the cricketers expressed confidence in their talent and promised to improve their performance by upcoming year’s T-20 World Cup.
Fast bowler Hamid Hassan said the cricket board has prepared effective plan for the team for the upcoming year. “We will defeat the world’s biggest teams in coming events,” he said.
Six out of 14 countries that attended the qualifying round will compete in World Cup 2016. These teams include Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands, Hong Kong and Oman.