Cricket teams swing into action at the Behsood Cricket Ground in Jalalabad as an eight-day tournament wraps up this weekend. Afghan youth have been increasingly taking up the sport in this part of Afghanistan since Afghanistan defeated the U.S. team last month to qualify for the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup (to be held over April and May in the West Indies).
In Jalalabad’s markets, an unexpected rise in the sale of cricket gear has come as a windfall, earning shopkeepers huge profits, thanks to Afghanistan’s cricket-frenzied youth. The Jalalabad tournament was organized in part to raise public awareness against narcotics. (Photo by Hamdullah Arbab of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan)