"We have been aware of the inspiring rise of cricket in Afghanistan for some time, however, by receiving this prestigious award it is clear that the wider international sports community has now also recognised the significant, positive influence cricket is having in Afghanistan," ICC chief executive David Richardson said in a statement.
     
"Congratulations to the ACB on this outstanding achievement," he said.
     
Afghanistan recently competed in the ICC World Twenty20, and has also qualified for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Afghanistan also receives a range of funding and assistance from the ICC's Development Programme.

 (Agencies)

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