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Afghanistan and Ireland Are Poised to Join Cricket's Elite
Afghanistan's journey to cricket's elite has been particularly remarkable; its promotion to Test status is expected to come only 13 years after the national team's first official international fixture. In 1995, Allah Dad Noori, a refugee returning to Kabul, formed the Afghanistan Cricket Federation. The Taliban, in fact, encouraged the cricket federation to apply for ICC membership, which was granted in June 2001.
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