Photo Courtesy: ICC
The ICC World Cup Trophy at the President’s residence. President Hamid Karzai (standing third from left) Photo Courtesy: ICC

Sep 15, 2014

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai played host to the ICC World Cup Trophy during its visit to the country over the weekend. Karzai received the trophy in the presence of Mohammad Nabi, the Afghanistan captain and Nawroz Mangal, the senior batsman and other Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) officials. Afghanistan qualified for their first 50-over World Cup and will play the tournament in Australia and New Zealand.

In the lead-up to the next World Cup, Afghanistan have embarked on a tour to Australia and New Zealand, where they will prepare for the big event. A 20-man squad led by Nabi has embarked on that trip. Meanwhile, the World Cup trophy will continue its tour around the globe.It is now set to visit Barbados, South Africa, Jamaica and Zimbabwe, the ICC revealed.

Nawroz Mangal (left) and Mohammad Nabi hold the ICC World Cup trophy © AFP
Nawroz Mangal (left) and Mohammad Nabi hold the ICC World Cup trophy © AFP

Nabi was quoted in the press release by the ICC, “It is an honour that the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 trophy came to Afghanistan and received such a huge welcome. This is a proud moment for the entire nation and we will do our best to play competitive cricket in next year’s tournament.”” Dr Noor Mohammad Murad, the Chief Executive of the ACB, said “We have reached this point by overcoming lots of challenges. Our team is working hard to express itself at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and we are looking forward to some good results.”