Afghans celebrate World Cup warm-up match win over Pakistan with gunfire in Kabul

first_img graphs Afghans celebrate World Cup warm-up match win over Pakistan with gunfire in KabulFor Afghanistan, still searching for peace after decades of war, the victory was especially sweet because it came against Pakistan. commentary Reuters KabulMay 25, 2019UPDATED: May 25, 2019 17:34 IST Afghanistan cricket fans celebrate their team’s victory over Pakistan (Screengrab: @cricketworldcup)HIGHLIGHTSAfghanistan beat Pakistan in a World Cup warm-up match on May 24Afghans celebrated the victory with gunfire in KabulThere was also criticism of the gunfire which regularly greets sporting successAfghanistan’s victory over Pakistan in a warmup match for the Cricket World Cup on Friday was greeted with prolonged volleys of celebratory gunfire and prompted a rare show of unity in a country split by increasingly bitter political divisions.Lifted by a controlled 74 not out by Hashmatullah Shahidi and a quickfire 49 from Hazratullah Zazai, the Blue Tigers chased down Pakistan’s total of 262 to win by three wickets in a timely boost before the World Cup starts on Thursday.For Afghanistan, still searching for peace after decades of war, the victory was especially sweet because it came against Pakistan.Many Afghans accuse their neighbour of supporting the Taliban and fuelling instability in their country, a charge which Pakistan, for its part, denies.As the match concluded, automatic gunfire rang out across Kabul as fans rushed into the streets of the Afghan capital in now a familiar celebration of cricket success.Afghanistan’s fans know how to celebrate a victory!Some of them perform the ‘Champion Dance’ after their narrow win over Pakistan @DJBravo47, what do you think? pic.twitter.com/GPzf0Y3N5TCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 24, 2019The rise of Afghan cricket has been a remarkable by-product of the decades of turmoil that forced millions into refugee camps across the border in Pakistan, where young men uprooted from home and with little to occupy them learned the sport.On social media, politicians set aside brawls in parliament and bitter accusations of corruption, incompetence and nepotism to hail the team under Gulbadin Naib who hope to make the semi-finals.advertisement”We, the Afghans, defeated Pakistan in cricket,” tweeted Amrullah Saleh, a former intelligence chief now running on President Ashraf Ghani’s team for elections in September.”Yes it happened this evening and a massive mark was registered in history.”Similar messages came from a range of other officials and political figures.In a sporting concession, Gen. Asif Ghafoor, the powerful head of the Pakistani military communications wing, sent a tweet saying “Well played Afgan Cricket Team”.Amid the congratulations, there was also criticism of the gunfire which regularly greets sporting success.”Celebrating with gunfire is a shame, those who are interested in gunshots can join ANDSF, we need them on the battlefield,” said Abdul Moqim Abdulrahimzai, a senior official in the interior ministry, referring to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan players can stay with wives but only after India matchAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Expectations high for Virat Kohli’s IndiaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow 2019 World CupFollow Afghanistan cricket teamFollow Pakistan cricket team scorecardcenter_img view more view less No data available! advertisementlast_img

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