Afghanistan have been honoured at the annual Laureus Awards with the Spirit of Sport award, which they received in Kuala Lumpur.
Dr. Noor Mohammad Murad, Chief Executive of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) picked up the award on behalf of the team.
Laureus put Afghanistan forward for the award to recognise the remarkable growth of cricket in Afghanistan over the last 12 years, and their subsequent rise to competing at international level.
Afghanistan have now reached three ICC World Twenty20 tournaments and have qualified for the 2015 World Cup.
"We are very proud to receive Spirit of Sport Award," Dr Noor said.
"It recognizes the hard work of players, officials and administrators over the past 12 years in building cricket in our country."
"Cricket is more than a game in Afghanistan. It is a tool which is making an impact in the development of peace, unity and development. I am sure this award will motivate us in continuing to build cricket and its impact in our country.
"We are proud of our national team who deserve this recognition. We are working hard with them to continue developing better performance and skills in preparation for the World Cup 2015.
"We still have a long way to go but we have naturally talented players who are eager to learn. We are confident that with work, time and experience we can become a competitive team alongside the top cricketing countries of the world."
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