ICC Chief Executive David Richardson today congratulated the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on winning the Laureus Sports Award in the ‘Spirit of Sport’ category.

“We have been aware of the inspiring rise of cricket in Afghanistan for some time, however, by receiving this prestigious award it is clear that the wider international sports community has now also recognized the significant, positive influence cricket is having in Afghanistan.

“Congratulations to the ACB on this outstanding achievement,” said Mr Richardson.

Afghanistan recently competed in the ICC World Twenty20, and has also qualified for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.  Afghanistan also receives a range of funding and assistance from the ICC’s Development Programme.