Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Afghanistan put up a spirited show to stun formidable Australia in the Super 8 stage of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024.

In response, veteran Australia opener Usman Khawaja displayed great sportsmanship by praising Afghanistan after they beat Mitchell Marsh and Co.

The outspoken cricketer admitted that Rashid Khan and Co were a better team on Sunday. He even didn’t shy away from expressing his disappointment over Cricket Australia’s (CA) past decision to cancel international matches against Afghanistan.

“Well done Brother. Better team on the day. You boys are an inspiration for so many back home and abroad. So sad we can’t see you all play in Australia,” Khawaja wrote on X while retweeting Rashid Khan’s post.

Notably, Cricket Australia has declined to play Afghanistan thrice in recent times since the Taliban seized control of the Asian nation in September 2021. CA  governing body condemned their decision to place restrictions on female participation in sport.

Afghanistan women’s team was disbanded and several members fled the country after the country’s Taliban takeover in 2021.

As per several fans, Afghanistan displayed a spirited show and took revenge for the heartbreaking ODI World Cup 2023 defeat to Australia.
 

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