Raza Khan aka ‘Baba Cricket’ is the biggest fan and mascot of Afghan cricket team

India has Sudhir Gautam Chaudhary, a staunch fan of legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, as the mascot of national cricket team. Pakistan has Chaudhry Abdul Jalil, popularly known as Chacha Cricket (uncle cricket), as the mascot of their national cricket team.

Afghanistan, which is fast emerging as another cricketing giant in the sub-continent, also has a mascot now. His name is Raza Khan, aka ‘Baba e Cricket’ or ‘Cricket Baba’.

Khan, who originally hails from southeastern Paktia province, has been living and working as a manual laborer in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since many years.

A diehard follower of the Afghan national cricket team, Khan has travelled to many countries over the past ten years to cheer for his home team.

A diehard follower of the Afghan national cricket team, Khan has travelled to many countries over the past ten years to cheer for his home team 

By his own admission, he has never missed a match Afghanistan has played in the UAE, which is also the home ground of Afghanistan.

Recognizing his unflinching support for the Afghan cricket team, Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has decided to confer the coveted title of ‘Cricket Baba’ (father of cricket) on Khan.

Nasimullah Danish, the chairman of ACB, said Khan has made invaluable contribution to Afghan cricket by supporting the national team inside and outside the country.

Like his counterparts from India and Pakistan, Khan wears a special dress made with Afghanistan’s national flag during the matches.

He has expressed his gratitude to the ACB for honoring him with the title of ‘cricket baba’ and pledged to continue supporting the team.

He hopes the national team of Afghanistan will soon compete against the ICC Test-playing nations and become the powerhouse of cricket in Asia.

Despite limited resources and enormous hardships, Afghan cricket team has remarkably evolved over the years. There is nothing that unites people in this country more than cricket

Despite limited resources and enormous hardships, Afghan cricket team has remarkably evolved over the years. There is nothing that unites people in this country more than cricket.

Earlier this year, Afghanistan participated in the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, its maiden appearance in the biggest cricketing event.

The historic win against Scotland saw jubilant fans pour into the streets across the country.

Last month, Afghanistan sealed a place in the ICC World Twenty20 2016, which will be played in India. 

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