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In 1979, Afghanistan erupted into one of the most brutal civil wars ever. The fighting lasted almost a decade, throwing the country into a period of political instability, harsh leadership, and extreme danger. Hundreds of thousands of civilians died, and millions relocated to refugee camps. The rest of the world began to believe that violence would always define Afghans. HIn 1979, Afghanistan erupted into one of the most brutal civil wars ever. The fighting lasted almost a decade, throwing the country into a period of political instability, harsh leadership, and extreme danger. Hundreds of thousands of civilians died, and millions relocated to refugee camps. The rest of the world began to believe that violence would always define Afghans. However, deep in the refugee camps of Pakistan, displaced native Afghan children had a dream to unite their country once again with peace. The solution was disguised in the game of cricket. These children began to learn cricket, and persevered against the danger, criticism, and unrest to create the first-ever Afghan national cricket team. With unrivaled access to the team and players during the 2015 Cricket World Cup, Nihar Suthar tells the story of their inspiring journey to change Afghanistan in one of the most under-told, heart-warming sports stories of all time....

Title : The Corridor of Uncertainty: How Cricket Mended a Torn Nation
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ISBN : 9781785311178
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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  • Neville Krishnaswamy
    2018-11-20 16:16

    Its just that simple to write a good book about a strong set of passionate people from the war torn Afghanistan. A page turner with all the ups and downs of the Amateur cricket team and its members narrated in a fast paced style which will force you to keep the book in your hands until you've finished it from cover to cover. Great job Nihar.

  • Ashley Lamont
    2018-12-04 19:16

    Fantastic story - how sport can join people together no matter the circumstances - the Afghan team are now my second favoured team, after the Black Caps !

  • Grady
    2018-12-05 19:07

    ‘I can’t believe we qualified for the World Cup! This is a dream,’Nihar Suthar is an award-winning writer, covering inspirational stories around the world. He strives to publish works that break the status quo. Suthar was born in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Cornell University in January 2016. His bio for this initial book WIN NO MATTER WHAT: A GUIDE TO HYPING UP YOUR LIFE shares his background –‘ Nihar Suthar is the founder of Hype Up Your Day. His company is the source of motivation and joy to over 100,000 people. Suthar was born and raised in Lewistown, Pennsylvania. Currently, he is a college student who inspires individuals, families, and corporations around the world to dream big and do even bigger.’ Now in his new book THE CORRIDOR OF UNCERTIANTY: HOW CRICKET MENDED A TORN NATION he ventures into world affairs with a generous bow to history and deeds about which few of us know. Nihar opens his book with a 1990 one-day international Cricket game between the English team and the West Indies team in Jamaica. For those of us who know little about cricket it may be slow reading – until the last gripping moment that supplies the title for this book. He then wisely takes us through the struggles in Afghanistan and that he offers in a plot summary. ‘In 1979, Afghanistan erupted into one of the most brutal civil wars ever. The fighting lasted almost a decade, throwing the country into a period of political instability, harsh leadership, and extreme danger. Hundreds of thousands of civilians died, and millions relocated to refugee camps. The rest of the world began to believe that violence would always define Afghans. However, deep in the refugee camps of Pakistan, displaced native Afghan children had a dream to unite their country once again with peace. The solution was disguised in the game of cricket. These children began to learn cricket, and persevered against the danger, criticism, and unrest to create the first-ever Afghan national cricket team. With unrivalled access to the team and players during the 2015 Cricket World Cup, Nihar Suthar tells the story of their inspiring journey to change Afghanistan in one of the most under-told, heart-warming sports stories of all time.’Leading up to the 2015 Cricket World Cup triumph in winning against Bangladesh. ‘Perhaps the most meaningful lesson the Afghan cricketers taught the rest of the world was to look beyond stereotypes. Not all Afghans stood for violence. Beyond the horizon, there was a surging group of people who stood for something greater: cricket. Just then, the announcer exclaimed over the loudspeaker, ‘Here come the Afghan and Bangladeshi cricket teams!’ The Afghan cricketers looked at each other and yelled, ‘Here’s to having overcome the corridor of uncertainty!’This book is profoundly moving and though Nihar bows to those of us who now little about the game (he includes and Appendix with Rules of the game and some very fine photographs to re-cap his story), the message of the title is clear. A very fine book from a very fine writer and caring human being. ‘Vah Vah’.

  • Priya Majumdar
    2018-12-09 17:18

    Such a touching book. I love how the story about the Afghan cricket team reads like a novel...and the chapter in Ghazi stadium just shook my emotions. It's really well written, and has some great life lessons as well. Easily one of the best stories I've read. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves inspiring stories, especially high school students, because of the beautiful blend between political, cultural, and religious perspectives!

  • Valerie A.
    2018-11-12 16:04

    This is a fun read--humorous and informative, both. It would be appealing to fans of cricket, for certain, but also for those who know nothing of the game or are not even sports fans. A quick and easy read, too. I appreciated the bits of Pashto and translations.

  • Jossie Marie Solheim
    2018-11-13 17:08

    When I won this book I wasn't sure what it would be like, I certainly never expected such a heartwarming book, full of incredibly brace young men. Achieving what they did when faced with such over whelming odds, is just amazing! A brilliant book, that will open your eyes and your mind. I really cannot praise this book enough. An absolute must read.

  • Thehappymeerkat
    2018-11-27 23:06

    I was sent a free copy of this book by the author.In 1979 war broke out in Afghanistan. The country would face violence and danger for years. But a group of spirited young Afghans living in the refugee camps in Pakistan would unite the country and show the world that Afghanistan stood for more than its violent past, though the game of cricket.'The Corridor of Uncertainty' is an amazing book and well worth the read whether you are interested in the sport of cricket or not. As someone who's never watched or played the game I wasn't sure how much I'd enjoy this book but the story told is very much about the people behind the Afghan team and their struggle to get the sport going under such terrible circumstances.The book begins with an introduction to what 'the corridor of uncertainty' is. It's a cricket term both important and easy to understand and fits the story of Afghanistan's cricket team so well. The book then tells the terrible start of the Afghan civil war. It's a history I knew a little about but the author's words tell the tale so well you really get an understanding for what has happened and throughout the book there are moments where I was deeply shocked at some of the violence and brutal truths of what happened.The story follows the rise of the Afghan cricket team which started in surprising circumstances. It was wonderful to read how the love of the sport all began with some boys playing the game with some makeshift equipment and led into the dangerous situation of starting a national team with the Taliban in power.I'm surprised how engrossing this book has been to read. Not only is the story a real life tale, which itself is amazing considering all the battles and difficulties the team faced throughout the years, but the book also reads so well. I felt the emotion and was so captured in the way the author wrote certain parts, I wouldn't be surprised if this biography was turned into a film, it was so exciting to read.The back of the book has a brief but very easy to understand guide to cricket for those of us who have no clue how the game works. It's important to read this section first if you plan to read the book as certain terminology can be lost on you if you don't. The author explains the rules so well that I understood all the terms and could even get excited about the game as I read various details in the team's story.The centre of the book has some lovely glossy photos, from images of the refugee camps to the Afghan team playing in various locations past and more present.Though I'd say anyone, teen or adult can read this book there are some shocking descriptions of some of the violence particularly under Taliban rule and while it's nothing really graphic, as shocking as some things you'd hear in the news, I'd say this is best for slightly older teens and adults to read.I'd really recommend this book to anyone. It's not just a story about a cricket team, it's about the group's struggle against all the violence and dangers of war and then Taliban rule. It's a truly inspiring read and definitely a tale that needs to be heard

  • Courtney
    2018-12-08 21:18

    Great blend of sports, history, and inspiration. The untold stories are the ones that reel us in, get us to believe in something real and bigger than what we previously have known. I felt that with this story of the Afghan cricket team and the 20 year undertaking for them to succeed and achieve their dreams. As an American, what I knew about Afghanistan and the Middle East stemmed from 9/11 when I was in middle school. This story breaks the mold of pre-conceived notions about the country and its inhabitants. We are able to see people as human and not in a comparison to the negative connotations of what history has unraveled in the country. That is the sheer beauty of international sports - the culture and communication as well as the shared passion and skill regardless (or in spite) of national/financial troubles, being able to set that aside for a commonality.Beyond the challenges of a country at war, the players of the national cricket team of Afghanistan had their own personal battles to choose when it came to their teammates as well as proving their legitimacy to be named and supported as an official team. They were able to overcome all the challenges and inspire a nation and its youth to aim higher and make something of themselves amidst fighting. The theme of the corridor of uncertainty is a wondrous thought since there is risk associated with either path one takes - both in cricket and in life. We were able to see that in multiple contexts as well as the namesake term during the matches. However, it turned into a repetitive statement within most chapters and seemed forced - the message is clear without the incessant reminders. There is a reality here of dynamics and stages we go through when dreaming big, and I am appreciative of that reminder that we can see change, it just takes passion, perseverance, and time.Some memorable and relate-able quotes to leave you with:"It reinterpreted the corridor to mean much more than just an area on a cricket pitch with the trickiest and most menacing delivery. Instead, it defined the term as an entire country torn apart by uncertainty, complication , and extreme danger" (Suthar 16)"However, balls thrown to the corridor of uncertainty are unpredictable. They are never as straightforward as they appear. Batsmen face surprises as the deliveries spin and curve all over the place. The Afghan players had a lot of surprises coming their way as well. In fact, that was when the bombings in Afghanistan began" (Suthar 103)Read The Corridor of Uncertainty if you like the themes of:SportsMiddle East historyInspirational stories

  • Mansi
    2018-11-25 00:21

    A comprehensive light read, The Corridor of Uncertainty is definitely well researched. It’s the fictional story of young Afghan refugees at the Pakistani camp who dreamed of uniting a nation torn with conflict by playing a sport. The opening pages of the book promised that it would try and avoid cricket jargon and keep it a smooth read for those who don’t understand the game. The story focuses more on the struggle of the young boys in getting a team together till their journey to qualifying for the World Cup 2015.Thoroughly enjoyable and peppered with comic exchanges between the main protagonists, the story gives you a certain kind of hope. With the current situation worldwide, this story brings respite and resilience in times of despair.All in all a must read for any cricket lover and otherwise. Anyone looking for something inspiring must pick this up!

  • Barbara White
    2018-11-12 21:20

    I learned much about cricket and the Afghanistan team, their commitment, passion, and community. The Corridor of Uncertainty gives us a look at another nation and their citizens. A great book for high schoolers and those older to read. Thanks to Goodreads First Reads for a copy of this book.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-16 18:11

    Because I have not watched much cricket and do not know much about the scoring parts of this book were hard to follow. I really enjoyed the plot line and it helped me to know what was going on nationally throughout the book. Overall it was a good book.

  • Tenesha
    2018-11-11 23:15

    I won this book through Goodreads Giveaway...thank you very much! Firstly, this book caught my attention because I had no idea that Afghanistan had a cricket team, so I wanted to know more about it. Personally, I left the caribbean many years ago, and this book took me back, when my grandparents used to watch the sport on television. Not really understanding it, but I just enjoyed the way they were so involved in the sport. I vaguely remembered Sir Viv Richards, but I remembered Brian Lara(when he broke a record for the most runs) and mentioned of Sir Garry Sobers. What I admired most about the Afghan team, is that, they made the best with whatever little they had to work with. I was impress by their tenacity, and it shows that no matter what obstacles you may face, you shouldn't let it be a hindrance from achieving your dreams.

  • Caio Macedo
    2018-12-04 16:25

    I'm not a cricket fan, actually I didn't have a clue at how it is played. But after starting to read this book, not only have I learned about such an interesting sport, but I have read a most beautiful stories about overcoming difficulties to fulfill your dreams. A very touching journey that is worth every minute it takes to read it, specially because the text is written in a very enjoyable pace.

  • Nihar Suthar
    2018-12-05 17:19