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Cricket Team Returns Home to Warm Welcome

 Hundreds of Kabulis gathered at the Hamid Karzai International Airport on Tuesday to welcome home the Afghan National Cricket Team after they qualified for the 2016 ICC Twenty-20 World Cup to be held in India.

The team also secured fifth place in the qualifying rounds.
The Afghan cricketers recorded five victories, two loses and two draws during the tournament which was co-hosted by Scotland and Ireland.
Senior government officials were among hundreds of Kabul residents who welcomed the cricketers with cheers, flowers and dancing.
"This year, we couldn't defend our championship title and for that, we apologize to our nation, but we are proud that we qualified for the World Cup for the fourth time because it is not easy to make it to this big world competition," Afghan captain Asghar Stanekzai said at the airport.
The cricketers, however, expressed confidence in their talent and promised their fans they would improve in performance by next year's T-20 World Cup.
"The plan that our cricket board has considered for us for next year is very effective and we will, Inshallah, defeat the world's big teams in next year's World Cup," fast bowler Hamid Hassan said. Six out of 14 countries that participated in the qualifying rounds will go on to the 2016 World Cup. The teams are: Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands, Hong Kong and Oman