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Swapping Kalashnikovs for bat and pads: Afghan cricket, the Taliban and peace
by Hamid Shalizi

Reuters    Translate This Article
1 April 2019

On 1 April 2019 Reuters reported: During a lull in Afghanistan's never-ending war ...Taliban fighters recall laying down their Kalashnikovs and, for a brief moment, enjoying a game of cricket. The sport is the only one most of the fighters enjoy, commanders say ...They are also fans of the increasingly successful national team. Cricket bears some resemblance to traditional Afghan children's games involving throwing and using sticks to hit smaller sticks or balls. ... Such broad appeal has seen the sport widely hailed as a unifying force in Afghanistan, a patchwork of different languages and cultures. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of world peace and culture, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

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