President Afghanistan Cricket Board, Omar Zakhilwal told reporters that the Taliban sent a message of support and said that they were praying for the success of the team.
Despite Afghanistan lost by seven wickets in the first-ever one-dayer against Pakistan on Friday, they gave a good account of themselves, scoring 195 and then capturing three early wickets before succumbing.
Zakhilwal, also the finance minister in the Hamid Karzai-led government, said cricket was uniting the nation.
Zakhilwal urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) and Asian Cricket Council (ACC) for more help.
“We now have two international stadiums – in Kabul and Jalalabad – and we are open to all teams. If they can’t come, they can play us anywhere in the world,” said Zakhilwal.