Afghanistan qualified for Cricket World Cup 2019 by beating Ireland in their final qualification match and finishing second in the Super Sixes. Disappointingly they struggled to replicate these performances in the World Cup and finished 10th in the group without a win. Despite this, it’s clear to see that they are a rapidly developing cricketing nation.

At the 2015 tournament they made their own piece of history when they won their first ever World Cup match – beating Scotland by one wicket. They came close to what would have been an even more famous victory this time around over India as they fell just 11 runs short in their run chase.

Their bowling attack, and in particular the spinners, did showcase their abilities on the biggest stage and will be better off for these experiences.