ZeeNewsIndia:  Taliban officials took to social media on Monday to congratulate the Afghan national cricket team for winning a match in the Twenty20 World Cup, but there was a muted response on the streets of Kabul where such wins were celebrated enthusiastically in the past.
Afghanistan beat Scotland in a match played in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates – the first major victory for the team since the Taliban takeover of the country.While the Taliban frown on many forms of public entertainment, cricket has always been an exception, a game fighters followed closely even during the war whenever the national team was playing.”Congratulations to the team and wish them more success in the future,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter.
A spokesman for the Taliban`s Qatar office also joined in the praise, adding: “We hope for similar and even higher achievements in other fields, especially in the political, economic and scientific fields.”The highest-profile message came from Anas Haqqani, the younger brother of Afghanistan`s current acting Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani – the head of the Haqqani Network.
“Afghanistan won,” the younger Haqqani said.
The Taliban`s representative-designate to the United Nations Suhail Shaheen tweeted: “Well done boys!”
However, there was relative silence across Kabul, where such victories were previously met with jubilation in the streets, fireworks and celebratory gunfire. There were only a few, small fireworks seen in the Kabul sky.