As you may have heard, things aren’t going so well in Afghanistan these days. But as the U.S. considers a troop buildup in the war-torn nation, the Afghani national cricket team is making an impossible run to the World Cup:
Afghanistan began their pursuit of a coveted 2011 World Cup place as a member of the lowest-ranked group of cricket-playing nations.
If they do win a place in the tournament it would be an unrivalled cricketing achievement.
Never before has a team qualified for the World Cup finals from such a position.
As Bloomberg notes, the team is just five years old and made up of former refugees. If your country is as ravaged as Afghanistan, then sports are never more than a cold comfort. But it’s something.