Cricket is a sport that started in the late 16th Century in South England which developed and spread to many Commonwealth and other countries. This includes Australia, India, Pakistan, South Africa and more. Cricket is now the second most popular sport in the world with over 2.5 billion fans and 104 cricket playing nations that are members of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Cricket has had a massive influence on the world's population. For example, in 1995 the Afghanistan Cricket Board was founded, but a team could not be formed under the Taliban Regime. So in 2000, the Pakistan Cricket Board helped Afghanistan to become an ICC member and in 2001 and they formed a cricket team. In 2015, they qualified for their first world cup in Australia and New Zealand and had their first world cup victory over Scotland by 1 wicket! In the 2016 T20 World Cup in India, they won in the qualifying stage and beat the West Indies, a win over a full ICC member. In 2017, they gained their Test Cricket status and in 2019, they were one of only ten teams to qualify for the world cup in England and Wales. It shows that from n
owhere, cricket can help anyone to rise and it gives them the opportunity to represent their country. Afghanistan, thanks to cricket, is now on it's way to becoming a more successful nation and in the future, we may see cricket played in Afghanistan.