The new appointment came after the Taliban sacked the Afghanistan Cricket Board executive director Hamid Shinwari.The Afghanistan Cricket Board has appointed Naseeb Khan as the new board chairman on September 20, 2021. The board revealed the news by a tweet that read,
Naseeb Khan has been introduced as the new CEO of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), by the board’s Chairman Mr
@AzizullahFazli. He holds a master’s degree and has knowledge of cricket as well.
Naseeb Khan, has been introduced as the new CEO of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), by board's Chairman Mr @AzizullahFazli. He hold master's degree and has knowledge of cricket as well. pic.twitter.com/07qDH1hQjW
— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) September 20, 2021
Taliban sacks ACB director Hamid Shinwari.
The new appointment came after the Taliban sacked the Afghanistan Cricket Board executive director Hamid Shinwari, reports OutlookIndia. Shinwari posted on his Facebook page that he had been dismissed by Anas Haqqani, the younger brother of the Taliban’s new Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani. Shinwari said no reason was given for his ouster.
Concerns and apprehensions were raised over the participation of the Afghanistan national cricket team in future international events after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan. There were concerns over the security of the cricketers and their families.
However the Women’s cricket team was dismantled, three of the players relocated to Canada, while the others were frightened of how they, as women, would be administered by the Taliban.
Men’s cricket team to play as scheduled
Taliban spokespersons stated that the men’s cricket team’s participation in international matches will go on as scheduled. Afghanistan to play its first-ever bilateral series against Pakistan in Sri Lanka which is scheduled to start this month.
Despite the political turbulence, the Afghanistan cricket team’s manager Hikmat Hassan affirmed that Afghanistan would play in the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.