Afghanistan Cricket Board staff, government officials welcome team at Hamid Karzai Kabul's international airport as numbers of guest, media, and fans gathered to welcome the team, as they arrived home after a historic triumph over the UAE Cricket Team in Twenty20 International series.
Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan took three wickets each to bowl Afghanistan to a 44-run win in the third and final Twenty20 International, and complete a 3-0 whitewash over the United Arab Emirates on Sunday (December 18, 2016).
Afghanistan Under-19 qualified ACC Youth Asia Cup for the semifinal and won two matches against Pakistan and Singapore. With the need to drastically push up their net run-rate and win with a bonus point in order to have a chance of progressing to the next stage semifinal, Afghanistan produced a dazzling display with both bat and ball to defeat Singapore and Pakistan.
"Such a win has fetched happiness and pride for Afghanistan, it is a matter of countless joy that Afghanistan white washed UAE Cricket Team in Dubai."
Cricket fans lined up on the entrance of Afghanistan Cricket Board main gate cheering, whistling and waving the Afghan flag as the team reaches Alokozay – Kabul International Cricket Stadium.
"I am thrilled," said cricket enthusiast Hassan Khan.
Afghanistan senior and the under-19 team has won new admirers in UAE and Sri Lanka with its aggressive and cheerful brand of cricket, pass cheerful moments for Afghanistan and cricket fans.
"From 2012, Afghanistan's cricket team defeated some powerful and full member teams, Zimbabwe, West Indies, and Bangladesh," said team captain Asghar Stanikzai.
"MashAllah, Afghanistan is a successful team, in 2017 we will be playing 5 ODI and 3 T20I against West Indies and Ireland." Said Chairman of Afghanistan Cricket Board Atif Mashal.
The boys started cricket on scruffy city parks and rural streets, with young boys often using discarded pieces of wood for bats and wickets and a tennis ball.