In a historic milestone for Afghan cricket, the national team has achieved its first-ever qualification for the prestigious Champions Trophy. This remarkable feat was secured during the ongoing 2023 World Cup in India.
The critical turning point came as Bangladesh triumphed over Sri Lanka, knocking the latter out of contention for the semi-finals. With eight points from seven matches, Afghanistan has guaranteed a top-eight finish, solidifying their entry into the coveted Champions Trophy 2025.
The qualification process for the 2025 Champions Trophy saw a significant change in 2021, with the top seven teams on the points table at the World Cup’s conclusion earning direct berths in the eight-team tournament.
Afghanistan’s qualification marks a moment of immense pride and joy for the nation. Led by Hashmatullah Shahidi, the Afghan cricket team’s journey to the Champions Trophy is a testament to their dedication and growing prominence in the cricketing world.
While Afghanistan celebrates this remarkable achievement, the defending World Cup champions, England, currently sit precariously in the tenth position on the points table.
They must win their remaining two matches against the Netherlands and Pakistan to secure their place in the Champions Trophy 2025.
The Netherlands, currently ninth on the points table, are also vying for a spot in the prestigious event. As the World Cup unfolds, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, occupying the seventh and eighth spots with four points each, will aim to secure their places among the top seven and secure a berth in the Champions Trophy.
Afghanistan’s journey to the Champions Trophy is a testament to the nation’s progress in cricket and a source of inspiration for aspiring cricketers.
Their upcoming debut in the tournament, to be held in Pakistan in 2025, promises to be a momentous occasion for Afghan cricket and a testament to the sport’s power to unite and inspire.