Image from the Beeb.
Afghanistan qualified for this ongoing T20 World Cup and, according to the BBC, three fans have arrived in Sri Lanka to cheer them on. To Zia, Islamuddin and Ihsan, welcome. The team is not so terrible, they’ve beat Scotland, Bangladesh, etc. This is their second T20 World Cup and they seem to be the first nation to emerge naturally into the shorter form.
“People keep asking us, which country’s flag is this?” says one.
The black, green and red flag is Afghanistan’s and Zia, Islamuddin and Ihsan are – they think – the only three Afghan cricket fans visiting Sri Lanka for the Twenty20 World Cup in support of their national team.
“We want to show the world that Afghanistan is not just about the war, we know other things as well – not just killings or being killed,” Zia, 28, said, as Afghanistan played West Indies in a warm-up match at the P Sara Oval.
“In this stadium you can see we are just three but we are still trying to show the people the colours of our flag.”
Local people have welcomed them warmly.
This is quite cheering. It’s nice to see them down for the cricket.