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Afghanistan's 'can-do' journey from civil war to green oval

Country's rise in world cricket ranks lifts national pride

Afghanistan's Gulbadin Naib in action in the team's Cricket World Cup match against England in Manchester, the U.K., on June 18   © Action Images/Reuters

A remarkable story of national pride is reaching its apotheosis on the cricket fields of England as Afghanistan's national team takes its place among the 10 countries competing in the 12th edition of the one-day Cricket World Cup, one of the world's most-watched international sporting events.

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