Watch: Proud Afghanistan team given a hero's welcome back home after historic win over West Indies in World T20

Hundreds of dancing, flag-waving Afghan fans Tuesday gave a hero's welcome to their cricket team as they arrived home after a historic triumph over the mighty West Indies at the World Twenty 20.

hidden, Mar, 30 2016

Kabul, Afghanistan: Hundreds of dancing, flag-waving Afghan fans Tuesday gave a hero's welcome to their cricket team as they arrived home after a historic triumph over the mighty West Indies at the World Twenty 20.

Afghanistan failed to qualify for the semi-finals but the underdog side notched up an impressive win against the West Indies on Sunday -- their first ever Super 10 victory at a World T20.

"West Indies is one of the best teams in the world and we defeated it," gushed Afghan batsman Gulbadin Naib.

"It is unbelievable, a matter of great joy that a small team like ours could defeat them."

A traditional Attan folk dance erupted at Kabul's international airport as hundreds of fans gathered to welcome the team.

Afghanistan-380-APMany others lined up along the capital's mains road cheering, whistling and waving the Afghan flag as the team drove through the war-scarred city.

"I am ecstatic," said cricket enthusiast Sayed Kamal Sadat.

"In our war torn country such a victory has brought happiness and pride."

Afghanistan had lost all of their previous Super 10 matches, but they have won new admirers in India with their aggressive and carefree brand of cricket that has caused some anxious moments for their opponents.

"In the past five to six years, Afghanistan's cricket team defeated some powerful teams," said team captain Asghar Stanikzai.

"Afghanistan will be a very successful team in upcoming years."

Stanikzai had earlier said his side, who had lost three straight group stage matches, had learnt "so much" at the T20 and would now head home and "work on our weaknesses".

Cricket was banned during the Taliban's 1996-2001 rule but the sport has seen a stunning revival in recent years.

The game is played on scruffy city parks and rural thoroughfares, with young boys often using discarded pieces of wood for bats and wickets.

Watch the welcome below:

AFP

Published Date: Mar 30, 2016 | Updated Date: Mar 30, 2016



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