Last night the Afghanistan National Team won the Laureus “Spirit of Sport Award” at a star-studded event in Kuala Lumpur. Dr Noor Mohammad Murad, CEO of the Afghanistan Cricket Board, travelled to Malaysia to receive the award on behalf of the National Team.
The Laureus Awards recognise the most remarkable men and women from the world of sport along with the greatest sporting achievements.
In presenting the Spirit of Sport Award to the Afghanistan National Team, Laureus recognized the remarkable growth of cricket in Afghanistan over the past 12 years. The country moved from almost no involvement in the game to a level of international success today.
Laureus also recognized that in a country devastated by war, cricket has emerged as a source of great national pride. The qualification for the Cricket World Cup for the first time, led by coach Kabir Khan and captain Mohammad Nabi, stands as proof of the remarkable growth in the sport. This, Laureus said, is a remarkable success for a country with few turf pitches and which, only five years ago, was playing in World League Division Five.
“We are very proud to receive Spirit of Sport Award,” Dr Noor said, “it recognizes the hard work of players, officials and administrators over the past 12 years in building cricket in our country. We are proud of our national team who deserve this recognition. We are working hard with them to continue developing better performance and skills in preparation for the World Cup 2015."
"We still have a long way to go," he added, "but we have naturally talented players who are eager to learn. We are confident that with work, time and experience we can become a competitive team alongside the top cricketing countries of the world.”