Update February 19, 2015

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United States Embassy in Kabul congratulates Afghanistan for win, before match began!

Sumel Sarker


Twitter screenshot of USA’s congratulations to Afghanistan

19 February 2015, Nirapad News: United States Embassy in Kabul congratulates Afghanistan for win, before match begins, congratulating the side on victory just half-way through the Bangladesh innings. The Afghans made their World Cup bow in Canberra against the Test-status South Asians, completing another step in their fairytale rags-to-riches story.

The war-torn country has taken to cricket with a passion and millions are expected to follow the match via TV, radio and social media. With the match barely a quarter of the way through, the US embassy’s official Twitter account posted a message hailing Afghanistan’s “victory”.

This was the tournament opener for both sides where Bangladesh beat Afghanistan by a wide gap of 105 runs.

The tweet triggered a flood of sarcastic retorts about Americans in Kabul prematurely declaring victory, as well as an apologetic response from the embassy.


Screenshot of the apology tweeted by United States Embassy in Kabul. 

In the warm up matches Afghanistan enjoyed a more fruitful run winning one game and losing the other, while Bangladesh lost both their matches against Pakistan and Ireland. Afghanistan beat the UAE, while succumbed to a big defeat against India.

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