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Afghan Cricket Team Advances To World Cup

Afghanistan's national cricket team has beaten Kenya in a resounding victory to reach its first-ever World Cup in the sport.

The victory on October 4 at the Sharja Stadium in the United Arab Emirates secures second place for Afghanistan in Division One of the World Cricket League (WCL) and guarantees it a spot in the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Hameed Hassan, a member of the cricket team, said qualifying for the World Cup was "a dream come true."

Afghan President Hamid Karzai telephoned the team to congratulate them and issued a statement praising their "continuous hard work."

The historic victory marks one of the finest sporting moments for the war-torn country.

Last month, Afghanistan's national soccer team made history by winning the country's first international trophy in the sport.

Based on reporting from AP and