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Taliban officers rejoice cricket win however Kabul streets subdued

KABUL, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Taliban officers took to social media on Monday to congratulate the Afghan nationwide cricket staff for successful a match within the Twenty20 World Cup, however there was a muted response on the streets of Kabul the place such wins have been celebrated enthusiastically previously.

Afghanistan beat Scotland in a match performed in Sharjah within the United Arab Emirates – the primary main victory for the staff because the Taliban takeover of the nation.

While the Taliban frown on many types of public leisure, cricket has all the time been an exception, a sport fighters adopted intently even throughout the battle at any time when the nationwide staff was taking part in.

“Congratulations to the team and wish them more success in the future,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid mentioned on Twitter.

A spokesman for the Taliban’s Qatar workplace additionally joined within the reward, including: “We hope for similar and even higher achievements in other fields, especially in the political, economic and scientific fields.”

The highest profile message got here from Anas Haqqani, the youthful brother of Afghanistan’s present performing Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani – the pinnacle of the Haqqani Network.

“Afghanistan won,” the youthful Haqqani mentioned.

The Taliban’s representative-designate to the United Nations Suhail Shaheen tweeted: “Well done boys!”

However, there was relative silence throughout Kabul, the place such victories have been beforehand met with jubilation within the streets, fireworks and celebratory gunfire. There have been only some, small fireworks seen within the Kabul sky.

The streets have been largely empty or silent.

The Taliban’s foes additionally noticed the victory as vital for the nation. Amrullah Saleh, the ex-vice president who turned one of many leaders of the anti-Taliban forces after the autumn of Kabul, identified on Twitter that the cricket staff had sung a nationwide anthem and raised a flag which aren’t recongnised by the Taliban.

President Ashraf Ghani, who fled the nation in August, mentioned the victory had “installed new hopes in the hearts of all that this nation is alive and no one can hold it hostage!”

Despite years of violence and upheaval, Afghanistan has an enthusiastic and widespread following of cricket and residents of Kabul have been eagerly anticipating the cricket world cup matches. learn extra

The governing International Cricket Council (ICC) will meet subsequent month to find out the sport’s future in Afghanistan below the Taliban regime.

Reporting by Gibran Peshimam; Editing by Toby Chopra