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Out of the Ashes : The Remarkable Rise and Rise of the Afghanistan cricket team

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Cool Runnings meets Joseph O'Neill's Netherland in an inspiring and feel-good story of bravery and sporting success from a country so widely known for war and extremism. This is the true story of the Afghanistan cricket team and their extraordinary attempt to join the world's elite cricketing nations. That this devastated nation should be able to field a cricket team at all, let alone one as successful as this, is an unbelievable achievement. Seven years ago, in a country which does not have a real cricket pitch even today, there was no national team. But a group of young Afghan men, exiled by war, learnt to play in the smashed concrete of refugee camps, and have risen from obscurity to the groomed grass pitches of international cricket. With unlimited access, Tim Albone travelled alongside the team for the two years, charting the players' progress from refugees in Pakistan to the brink of international sporting stardom. Far from being bogged down in cricket jargon, this tale of a gang of dedicated, charismatic, occasionally exasperating young men seeking triumph out of disaster is one that will move and inspire everyone. Foreword by Mike Atherton.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 132 x 216 x 24mm | 358.34g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753522470
  • 9780753522479
  • 451,491

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"The best books about sport are, of course, about more than just sport and Out of the Ashes fits perfectly into this genre." Mike Atherton "A terrific and heart-warming story, a sort of Kiterunner in batting gloves. This story of Taj Malik and his intrepid Afghan team-mates makes you feel that with luck, everything might turn out all right after all..." -- Michael Simkin "You don't need to be a cricketer to find this story inspirational." Ed Smith, writer and former international cricketer "A true story that reads like a fairy tale, this is one of the most intelligent and compelling cricket books I have read in a long time." Andy Bull, Guardian cricket writer "Taj Malik and his team prove that the passion for cricket can survive anything. Tim Albone's labour of love is the tribute they deserve." Gideon Haighshow more

About Tim Albone

Tim Albone is the former Times and Sunday Times correspondent in Afghanistan. In 2008 he was shortlisted for the Bayeux-Calvados War Correspondent Award. He is currently making a documentary about the Afghan cricket team and for the last fifteen months has had unlimited access to the squad during their remarkable effort to reach the World Cup.show more

Review Text

"The best books about sport are, of course, about more than just sport and Out of the Ashes fits perfectly into this genre."show more

Back cover copy

Against a backdrop of war and poverty, Out of the Ashes traces the true story of the Afghanistan cricket team and their extraordinary attempt to join the world's elite cricketing nations. Seven years ago, in a country which still does not have a real cricket pitch, there was no national team. But a group of young Afghan men, exiled by war, learnt to play in the smashed concrete of refugee camps and have risen from obscurity to the groomed grass pitches of international cricket and the brink of sporting stardom. That this devastated nation should be able to field a cricket team at all, let alone one as successful as this, is an unbelievable achievement. Far from being bogged down in cricket jargon, this tale of a gang of dedicated, charismatic, occasionally exasperating young men is one that will move and inspire everyone. Witty, touching and nail-biting to the end, Out of the Ashes is a compelling story of triumph over adversity.show more

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