From refugee camp to Test debut: Javed Ahmadi’s remarkable journey

Written by Shamik Chakrabarty
Published: June 13, 2018 11:34:18 pm

In 2006, Ahmadi left the refugee camp and went to Kabul to be part of the Afghanistan U-15 team. That was when his journey began as a cricketer.

Javed Ahmadi loves to watch Dangal. The movie appeals his emotions. The fight of the Phogat sisters, Geeta and Babita, and their eventual triumph inspire the Afghanistan opening batsman.

Ahmadi was born in a refugee camp at Peshawar in 1992. His father owned a variety store at Kunduz but the Civil War in the early 1990s forced an exodus across the border. As Afghanistan play their first-ever Test in Bangalore from Thursday, Peshawar deserves an honourable mention as the breeding ground for rich Afghan cricket talent.

“I played cricket in Peshawar. But I learnt the game a lot more after returning to Afghanistan,” Ahmadi said,…

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