How Cricket Helped Make Afghanistan a Nation
NEW YORK — A year ago, the U.S. and its allies invaded Afghanistan to topple the Taliban.
The Taliban quickly took control of much of the country.
Today, the Taliban has been largely defeated, but the violence in the country remains widespread.
Today we look at the role the war has played in transforming Afghanistan into a prosperous nation and what lessons can be learned from its past.
Today’s coverage includes:How Cricket Helps Make Afghanistan A Nation: Afghanistan is the only country in the world that has not yet signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the United States.
The agreement is designed to lower tariffs on U.A.E. exports, but U.K.-based multinationals and their allies, including Apple, have pushed for it to include the Afghan government as a partner.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the U,S.
to ratify the deal and to provide financial assistance.
A coalition of more than 30 countries, including Canada, Germany, Mexico, Britain, France, Russia and China, has also supported it.
In March, the Afghanistan National Security Council (ANSAD) declared the Taliban a terrorist group.
But despite this, the war continues and more than 60,000 people have been killed.
We look at why the Taliban was able to thrive and what can be done to bring the group under control.
Cricket has played an important role in the transformation of Afghanistan, but its continued existence has brought with it its own set of challenges.
We talk to a former national coach who said the game was a key factor in shaping the Taliban and the countrys politics.
In the midst of the war, Afghanistan has developed a reputation as a poor place to play.
The economy is in freefall and the unemployment rate has topped 30 percent.
Today more than half of the population live below the poverty line.
In the past year, Afghanistan is one of the worlds most dangerous countries for international students and has seen several high-profile attacks.
We explore how cricket played a role in building the nations stability and hope that the sport will continue to play a role beyond the war.
The story of the Afghan national teamThe Taliban, which emerged in 1984, are a political and military force that have sought to overthrow the country’s long-time ruler, Mullah Mohammad Omar.
In 2003, the United Nations declared the group a terrorist organization, and the Taliban became one of a handful of insurgent groups operating across the world.
As a result, the group was banned in Afghanistan.
As the Taliban began to crumble, they began to seek economic and military gains in the region, including lucrative deals with powerful nations in the Middle East.
Today the Taliban is largely in control of most of Afghanistan’s major cities and is on the verge of conquering Kabul, the country s capital.
We also look at how cricket has played a key role in shaping Afghanistans politics, including its development as a nation, its military power and the role it has played for reconciliation and peace.
Today’s podcast features:An interview with the U-19 World Cup champion captain of the U16 team, Chris Eubank.
He speaks about his experiences playing cricket in Afghanistan, and why he thinks the sport has played such a key part in rebuilding the country after the Taliban’s defeat.