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"Afghans unite in passion for cricket"

"Upended cardboard boxes or chiselled masonry are used for wickets, balls are often made from bundles of elastic bands and the bats have seen better days, but as the sun sets over Kabul, a field next to the Afghan national stadium is alive with what is becoming an Afghan national obsession.

So reports Tom Coghlan in the Telegraph.

"Formerly the scene of public executions during the era of Taliban government, the only bullets flying today are off the bats of Afghanistan's fanatical young cricketers."

The Afghans consider England their friends, after drubbing an MCC team in 2006, and believe cricket can unite their country. It might.

Plus, playing by the rules and playing fair is great for societies.