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.