Afghanistan's big leap in international cricket, qualify for 2015 World Cup

Afghanistan join World Cricket League winners Ireland as qualifiers for the 2015 World Cup to be played in Australia and New Zealand. In the finals, they will play in Pool A against Australia, New Zealand, England, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

updated: October 04, 2013 18:26 IST
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Sharjah: Afghanistan reached the World Cup for the first time on Friday, completing a remarkable journey from refugee camp cricket to rubbing shoulders with the sport's superpowers. (Full 2015 World Cup schedule)

The team who were playing in the fifth-tier just five years ago, and are forced by the precarious security situation in their country to stage home matches in the Gulf, swept past Kenya by seven wickets to secure an historic spot in the 2015 showpiece. (Match pics)

After dismissing Kenya for just 93 in the 44th over at the Sharjah Cricket Ground, Afghanistan reached their target in the 21st over when captain Mohammad Nabi hit Shem Ngoche for a boundary through midwicket.

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