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

Mike Atherton , Tim Albone
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5 May 2011

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.


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (5 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753522470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753522479
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 13.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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, author of Fatty Batter

"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 Haigh

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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Underdog Story 9 May 2011
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Out Of The Ashes had me laughing and crying - sometimes both at the same time. It has it all. It's brilliantly written, with some of the liveliest characters I've ever seen portrayed in non-fiction. It really is a superb story of underdog spirit, struggle with adversity and hope and happiness amid war, terror and poverty. It shows how positive an impact sport can have on society and it shows Afghanistan and its people in a different and much more positive light than that in which they are normally cast. Follow the team from their humble beginnings in Pakistani refugee camps across the border (on donkeyback) into Afghanistan and through their meteoric rise up the rankings, from world cricket's worst team to one of its best. You will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A heartwarming fairytale 7 May 2011
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My daughter sent me this book and with no knowledge of cricket, or Afghanistan I found it a compelling and inspiring read. It shows the tenacity of a people who came from so little but achieved so much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super, a heartwarming read. 9 May 2011
By Roberta
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I love this book! Such a heatwarming tale of the underdog. I have no idea about cricket but am interested in Afghanistan and thought this book would provide me with some good news about the country.. and it did in great style! I am so pleased I read it
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A STORY! 7 May 2011
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There often is not much joy that comes out of Afghanistan these days. This book is the exception!

This is a book will appeal to book lovers, arm chair travelers, sports enthusiasts and especially cricketers. The remarkable rise of the Afghan cricket team. A journey that, if it were not true, would cause people to shake their heads in disbelief. A real feel good book.

Afghanistan has an extraordinary ability to get normal people to achieve some remarkable things. Alborne's book is supremely written and brings this wonderful story to life. If Alborne's film of the same title was an achievement, this is a triumph!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 5 May 2011
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I just got this today and I'm already half way through. It's one of the funniest, most touching books I have ever read. A real story of triumph over adversity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 4 July 2011
By Pendo
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An amazing true story told both for those who love cricket and those who wouldn't know the first thing about it. It's just a brilliant, funny and touching human drama about a place we hear so much about and a people we know so little about.
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