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Afghanistan's National Pride Rises Thanks to Cricket
Once banned by the Taliban, cricket in Afghanistan has become the focus of national pride. Despite losing to Bangladesh in the finals of the Asian Games, Afghanistan's win over Pakistan brought the team, and country, closer together.
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Nov. 26: Silver medal winners Afghanistan players stand during the victory ceremony of the men's cricket at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

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Nov. 26: Bangladesh players celebrate the fall of a Afghanistan batsman Mohammad Mohammadi, (third from left) during their cricket gold medal match at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

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Nov. 26: Afghanistan's Samiullah Shinwarai attempts to stop a boundary during the men's cricket gold medal match against Bangladesh at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

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Nov. 26: Mohammad Ashruful of Bangladesh, right, is bowled as wicket keeper Mohammad Shahzad Mohammadi of Afghanistan looks on during their cricket gold medal match at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

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Nov. 26: Afghanistan players react after losing to Bangladesh in the cricket gold medal match at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

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Nov. 25: Afghanistan wicketkeeper Shafiqullah Shafaq runs out Naeem Ud Din Qazi of Pakistan during the men's semifinal cricket match at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

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Nov. 25: Karim Khan Sadeq of Afghanistan, second right, celebrates with his teammate after he took the wicket of Muhammad Azeem Ghumman of Pakistan, right, during the men's semifinals cricket match at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

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Nov. 25: Karim Khan Sadeq of Afghanistan, center, celebrates with team members after he took the wicket of Muhammad Azeem Ghumman of Pakistan during the men's semifinal cricket match of the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

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Nov. 25: Muhammad Azeem Ghumman of Pakistan, second left in green, completes a run as he is surrounded by Afghanistan players during their men's cricket semifinal match of the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

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Nov. 25: Afghanistan team members celebrate after winning their match against Pakistan during the men's cricket semifinal match at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

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Afghanistan's National Pride Rises Thanks to Cricket

Once banned by the Taliban, cricket in Afghanistan has become the focus of national pride. Despite losing to Bangladesh in the finals of the Asian Games, Afghanistan's win over Pakistan brought the team, and country, closer together.

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