Sharjah: Afghanistan's first-ever One-Day International against Pakistan achieved what no other sport had managed -- support from the once cricket-hating Taliban, an official said on Saturday. (Read: Bats and balls beat bombs for Afghan fans)
"Friday's match was a big milestone for Afghanistan, so much so that the Taliban sent a message of support, saying they are praying for the success of the team," Omar Zakhilwal, president Afghanistan Cricket Board told reporters.
Although Afghanistan lost by seven wickets in the first-ever one-dayer against Pakistan on Friday, they gave a good account of themselves, scoring 195 and then capturing three early wickets before succumbing. (Read: Afridi, Younis help Pakistan down Afghanistan)