Sure, cricket is a weird sport that nobody understands. I’m not sure that cricket players themselves even know all the bizarre rules. And sure, it’s pretty much the opposite of NFL football in the gametime excitement department. But for Afghans who don’t have much and who continue to deal with an ongoing, exhausting war – this story about their rising in the cricket world to qualify for cricket’s World Cup is, as the author puts it, “stunning”.
This will mark the first time I will ever follow a cricket tournament of any kind. I will follow this tournament even though the only way I’ll know if Afghanistan has beaten India in Game 1 is if someone clearly states “Afghanistan won”. And I will follow this tournament even though the game, which is scheduled for May 1st, may not end until May 4th. Go Afghanistan!