Afghanistan's cricketers returned home following their qualification for the 2015 World Cup and a huge crowd turned out to salute their efforts.
Two dominant wins over Kenya in Sharjah booked them their place in Group A of the tournament in Australia and New Zealand, where they will play the co-hosts as well as England, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and another qualifier.
Their welcome home brought Kabul to a standstill after they were met by an official reception at the airport, driven through the city to the cricket stadium, where music and speeches greeted their presence.
"This is the first time in our cricket history that we have qualified for the World Cup. We achieved a big victory and this is a good news for the Afghan people and they are proud of it," Afghanistan Cricket Board's Shahzad Massoud said.
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