The International Cricket Council on 6 October 2013 announced that Afghanistan Cricket Board will get liberal financial assistance from the International Cricket Council (ICC) after qualifying for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
ICC announced that the Afghanistan Cricket Board will get one million US dollar from it as a preparation fee ahead of the tournament in Australia and New Zealand in 2015. This amount will be given apart from 422000 US dollar, which was already given to the Afghanistan Cricket Board in April 2013 in order to raise the playing standard of the team. Besides, Afghanistan will also receive 750000 US dollar under the ICC Development Funding Policy.
It is important to note that the Afghan cricket team created history by qualifying for the Cricket World Cup 2015, defeating Kenya in World Cup league match in Sharjah on 4 October 2013. Also, Afghanistan was granted the Associate membership of the ICC, making it the eighth Asian nation and the 38th overall to get the status in June 2013.
From a country torn by war to a rising cricket playing nation, it has been a remarkable journey for Afghanistan, who became an Affiliate member of the ICC in 2001 when they travelled to Pakistan for their first tour.