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Afghan cricket fans cheered and waved national flags as they welcomed the country's national cricket team back home from Kabul on Tuesday. Afghan cricket teams returned home after defeating West Indies in the World T20 tournament, young men celebrating by going to the Ghazi stadium where the Taliban once carried out mass beheadings.
Sadiq, who had just returned from training to take part in the upcoming World Cup, said the Taliban would normally send congratulatory messages on social media on his mobile phone when Afghanistan won. He said the sport has the potential to unite Afghans and show the world that Afghanistan has more to offer than just war and bloodshed. Sadiq's father Sadiq, a former Taliban fighter who visited Taliban-controlled areas of eastern Afghanistan this year, said he was bullied by fighters who asked on their mobile phones after the game.
The Afghanistan Rugby Federation (ARF) was established in 2011 and approved by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and registered with the National Olympic Committee. While the Afghanistan Cricket Board is a state-sponsored body, the Afghan Football Federation, which oversees football, receives no financial support. There are no limits to what sport can achieve in this country, "he told Al Jazeera.
Afghanistan is also very diverse and open when it comes to sports that allow women to play football. Afghanistan has women's cricket and football teams, but most players come from the capital Kabul, where attitudes toward women are more liberal. The women's national football team was founded in 2007 and since then there has been a men's team, a women's cricket team and a rugby team.
Cricket is now the most popular sport in Afghanistan and the Afghan team has made rapid progress, winning a number of international competitions. Moreover, Afghanistan's national basketball team participated in the South Asian Games, winning its first ever gold medal, and Afghan sport has had many other successes in recent years.
Afghanistan made history by defeating Kenya to qualify for the 2015 World Cup for the first time. Football is now the most popular sport played and watched in Afghanistan, while cricket has taken the No.
On the other hand, women in Afghanistan also play sports, but they also participate in larger numbers. After the fall of the Taliban in 2001, the participation of women in the Afghan sporting landscape has increased massively. On the one hand, it used to be for men, but after the fall of the Taliban, sports gambling became popular again.
The second most popular sport in Afghanistan is hang gliding, which is a lot of fun in countries around the world. You will find different variations of this game played in Asia, including the western region of Xinjiang. Buzkashi, the national sport of Afghanistan, is played mainly in the north of the country. It is a traditional sport, but it is mainly practised by people from neighbouring Pakistan and other parts of Central Asia and the Middle East.
Afghanistan is only known for the war against the Taliban, "Stanekzai said, adding that the media is much more focused on negative times than positive ones. Most of the players in the U19 team belong to the Afghan national football team, which remains under Taliban control. The Ghazi Stadium is the Olympic Stadium, which is remembered for its great football matches, but also home to a number of other sports such as football, basketball and volleyball.
He was dismayed that there was no longer a recognisable sporting structure in the country and that sport was banned for men and women. Sport gambling has suffered a setback in Afghanistan since the Taliban banned sports for girls and women.
When the Taliban came to power in 1996, they banned all kinds of sports and outdoor activities for women. But urban women continue to wear the full-body coverage they require in Afghanistan. With the fall of the Taliban regime, sport in Iraq and Afghanistan has once again caught the attention of its fans across the country. Given the war that has raged in the Middle East and North Africa for more than 20 years, it is remarkable how far Afghanistan's sport has come in recent years.
Afghan athletes have worked hard to bring pride to their homeland, and Afghanistan's sport has become one of the country's most popular sports and a major source of income for the government.
Friday's violence came just days after the US and the Taliban sealed a landmark peace deal in Qatar aimed at ending more than a decade of war between the two groups in Afghanistan. But a hurdle has arisen that the players did not expect: peace, and one they do not want.
Afghan life has returned to a kind of normality in recent years, with the Taliban remaining a force in the country. Afghan athletes are trying to recapture what they lost in the last three decades of war. The Afghan sporting games have been the subject of fierce fighting between Taliban fighters and government forces, and the success of the league, like much else in Afghanistan, will depend on security. The Taliban have attacked sporting events in the past and banned buzkashi during their five-year rule.