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Former Afghanistan cricketer Abdullah Mazari was seen in company with the Taliban hardliners entering into the Afghanistan board headquarters at Kabul and the game’s future is hanging in balance. The nation has been under immense chaos after the government has collapsed and the Taliban, a militant group have re-established their dominance in Afghanistan.
With the T20 World cup coming up, there have been lots of jeopardy over the participation of Afghanistan in the big tournament as the whole nation has been fearing for their families out there. The latest scenes from the Kabul airport has been disheartening too with a lot of people trying to flee from the country by airlift.
ACB CEO Notifies Taliban’s Support For Cricket
The Afghanistan Cricket Board CEO Hamid Shinwari mentioned that Tabilan has always supported cricket and hasn’t been interfering with the game’s development in the nation. He added he will remain the CEO until the changes are announced, and will have an active chairman as well with him.
“Taliban loves cricket. They have supported us since the beginning. They did not interfere in our activities. I don’t see any interference and expect support so that our cricket can move forward. We have got an active chairman, I remain CEO until further notice,” Hamid Shinwari, ACB CEO was quoted as saying.
“Cricket Flourished During The Taliban Era” – ACB CEO
The ACB CEO was quite convinced the cricket’s development started in the previous Taliban regime and recalled his time when most of his teammates practiced at Peshawar to get the game going in the nation. Afghanistan is scheduled to play the Pakistan side for a three-match ODI series in Sri Lanka and there is no clarity on it yet.
“It can be said that cricket flourished during the Taliban era. It is also a fact that many of our players practised in Peshawar and they made the sport mainstream in Afghanistan,” he added.
Afghanistan’s sensation Rashid Khan is currently playing in the Hundred Tournament in the UK and he has been in emotional discomfort after not being able to take his family out of Afghanistan.