Afghan President Ghani Waves to Cricket Fans at Old Trafford

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani dropped in at Old Trafford, the esteemed soccer stadium home to Manchester United, June 18 to watch the Afghan cricket team take on host, England, in a Cricket World Cup group stage match. Ghani, in a suit and tie, waved to the crowd from high in the stands, surrounded by other guests.

The rise of Afghan cricket has been a remarkable by-product of decades of turmoil that forced millions into refugee camps across the border in Pakistan, where young men uprooted from home began to learn the sport. It has been a rare source of pride and unity in a nation split by bitter political divisions.

The Afghans made their World Cup debut in 2015, when they notched up one win against Scotland. But they are without a victory after four matches in their second appearance.