Kabul. The Taliban-led government in Afghanistan has appointed former cricket all-rounder Mirwais Ashraf as the acting president of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB). Mirwais will replace Azizullah Fazli, who was in charge of the board for the last two months.
The Prime Minister of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has appointed Mirwais Ashraf as the acting President of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), the Taliban said in a statement.
Reports suggest that the decision has been taken after repeated demands by players of various national cricket team during a meeting with Taliban officials in Abu Dhabi during the ongoing Twenty20 World Cup.
Ashraf’s appointment as ACB chief brings new hopes of revival for Afghanistan cricket.
Afghan cricket has re-emerged after being subjected to a complete ban in the past, although the Taliban have barred women from playing any sport, including cricket.
The Afghanistan men’s cricket team crashed out of the Twenty20 World Cup stage 12 after losing to Pakistan, India and New Zealand and winning only two of their five matches.
Ashraf can be a good option for the country’s men’s team to establish and embody the future of cricket.
Although the hope of having a women’s cricket team of Afghanistan still seems almost impossible.
Ashraf retired from cricket in 2016. He has played at least 46 One Day Internationals and 25 Twenty20 Internationals.
Ashraf’s first target will be a tie-up with Cricket Australia, which recently postponed a Test match against Afghanistan to be held in Brisbane later this month. Cricket Australia said that it will host the match only when the situation in the country becomes more certain.
Cricket Australia’s decision has come under the auspices of the International Cricket Council (ICC), which stipulates that all member countries must have both men’s and women’s cricket teams.
The ICC said in a statement that it would discuss the matter at a board meeting later this month.
On the other hand, the ACB has announced that its team will tour Zimbabwe for at least three One Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals during December 2021. (IANS)
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