The year 2001 is significant in the lives of many Afghans, as that year saw the beginning of combat operations in Afghanistan. But it also was the start of one of the country’s favorite pastimes: the sport of cricket. The Afghanistan national cricket team formed that year, and ever since has provided something for the country to rally around. But Afghans have had to travel to see their team play matches, as it is too dangerous for other teams to visit Afghanistan. Fans hope that their country is soon safe enough to host matches.