The Afghanistan national team have been showered with gifts since they jointly won the ACC Twenty20 Cup with Oman in Kuwait last November.
The gifts have only just stopped coming in, and they include US$23,000 from various political and business leaders, including president Hamid Karzai (pictured with the team) and US$40.000 from Afghans based in Kuwait. The Afghan parliament has promised a section of land for each player, and captain Nowroz Mangal's land is worth $60,000.
Education minister Haneef Atmar has agreed to construct a ground in Kabul for schools cricket. Speaking to the Asian Cricket Council, the Afghanistan Cricket Federations's Secretary General said "there are so many other awards, medals, cash prizes, gifts , free mobile phones, watches, certificates, it was very useful for Afghan cricket. Now cricket is flying high in Afghanistan." And with Afghan players being invited to play first-class cricket in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and the national team amongst the favourites for World Cricket League Division Five, it certainly is!
Photo (c) Asian Cricket Council