Afghanistan have qualified for World Cup 2015. They came through a 14-match Pepsi ICC World Cricket League campaign over 27 months to claim second place in the event from the last match of the competition and secure automatic qualification to the next World Cup in Australia. “We have waited 8 years for this, I have dreamed every day of my career for this day,” said Afghanistan’s match-winning captain Mohammad Nabi. News of the hard-fought victory against Kenya in front of 5000 fervent fans at Sharjah Stadium sparked celebrations across the country, with President Hamid Karzai personally congratulating the players by telephone.

Afghanistan have previously played in two World Twenty20s and will join Pool A containing Australia, Bangladesh, England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and another Associate Qualifier in the World Cup to be played in February and March of 2015. UAE were the side to just miss out on automatic qualification, finishing third in the table having beaten Afghanistan twice in their 14-matches. Ireland are the other Associate that have already won through the World Cricket League and in a further Qualifier to be played in January 2014 in New Zealand, two out of Hong, Nepal, UAE ,Canada, Kenya, Namibia, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Scotland and Uganda will reach the 14-nation World Cup.

Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Points Table
World Cup 2015
Afghanistan Cricket Profile

Filed October 4th, 2013