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International cricket newbies

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There is likely to be some puzzled looks in the future when local cricket fans gaze at the Bay Oval honours board, with the name of Usman Ghani (Afghanistan) credited with 107 runs verses Auckland, on the century list of the honours tally.

Many people wouldn't know that Afghanistan has recently accorded test status (along with Ireland) by the International Cricket Council.

A recent read of "Out of the Ashes" which chronicles the rise of cricket in a country more known for conflict, provides an astonishing story of triumph against adversity.

Against a backdrop of war and poverty, "Out of the Ashes" traces the true story Afghanistan cricket team and its extraordinary attempt to join the world's elite cricketing nations.

While cricket was........

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