The rise of Afghan cricket continues unabated with the news that five members of the national side have been invited to play first-class cricket in Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Karim Khan Sadeq, Shahpur Zadran and Dawlat Ahmadzai have been invited to play for Badureliya Sports Club in Sri Lanka's Premier Limited Overs Tournament and the first-class Premier Championship. The first one-day game for the team will be against Chilaw Marians on November 14th, with the first first-class match taking place on January 17th, also against Chilaw Marians. Hasti Gul, Raees Ahmadzai and Nowroz Mangal are also in line to play in Sri Lanka.

Hamid Hassan and Mohammad Nabi, so successful for the MCC in recent seasons, will both be playing for Pakistan Customs in Pakistani domestic cricket, with their first match set to take place tomorrow against Habib Bank Limited.

This is certainly proof that Afghan cricket is on the way up, and with their players gaining all this experience, it will help Afghanistan's hopes for promotion from World Cricket League Division Five in Jersey next year.