Afghanistan’s cricket World Cup victory over Pakistan sparked celebrations in Kabul, with fireworks and gunfire filling the skies. This rare display of public jubilation since the Taliban takeover saw hundreds of fans take to the streets, causing traffic congestion. Despite the Taliban government’s ban on song and dance, pedestrians danced and played music, expressing their joy. The win against Pakistan was Afghanistan’s first ever victory over them in eight One-Day Internationals (ODIs), coming just a week after their surprise win over England. Afghan cricket players mostly learned the game in Pakistani refugee camps. The match was watched by Afghans on various screens, including mobile phones, restaurant TVs, and public park big screens. The opening batsman, Ibrahim Zadran, dedicated the win to those who were repatriated from Pakistan to Afghanistan. The Taliban government also congratulated the national cricket team on their victory. However, there is ongoing discussion about Afghanistan possibly losing its International Cricket Council membership due to the exclusion of women from the game. Despite this, the victory provided a rare moment of joy for many Afghan citizens, who expressed gratitude to their national team for ending the long wait for a win against Pakistan.
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