For non-cricket fans, that's a big deal, especially for a country that hasn't been playing it seriously for that long.
The British brought cricket to Afghanistan in the 19th century, but the game really took off after 2000 when Afghan refugees returned from Pakistan, where they had fallen in love with the game.
Tim Albone, a filmmaker making a documentary about the rise of the team, has a piece in the London "Times" where he documents the team's battle against the odds, with sparse funds and nonexistent facilities.
Pride is the word that the countless fans and well-wishers have used, again and again, in postings on the team's Facebook page. Says one supporter, Ahmad: "Loins of Afghanistan, proud of you all... I have a wish, that is to show the world that we can beat you." Or, in the words of the captain, Nowroz Mangal, "Cricket is not just a sport. It is much, much more."
It's a heartwarming story.
-- Luke Allnutt