T20 World Cup: Ex-coach Lalchand Rajput believes Taliban will support cricket in Afghanistan – Former Afghanistan coach Lalchand Rajput is disturbed by the situation in the country but believes that the Taliban will allow cricket to continue with the T20 World Cup on the horizon. The terrorist organisation has taken over the control of the state and doubts remain whether they would participate in the upcoming T20World Cup in the UAE.
Speaking to Times of India, Lalchand Rajput said that he remains confident that the presence of the Taliban in Afghanistan will not hamper the cricket of the country. He said, “I am sure that they will support cricket as it is Afghanistan’s biggest sport. it brings lots of happiness in Afghan people’s lives. I am in touch with most of the players. I spoke to them today. They remain confident that cricket won’t be disturbed.”
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Meanwhile, the ICC are currently monitoring the situation and are constantly in dialogue with the Afghanistan Cricket Board in the build-up to the T20 World Cup. A source told TOI that the ICC continues to monitor the situation as the current turmoil has put doubts on their participation in the mega event and the future of cricket in the county. Nonetheless, Hikumat Hasan, the team’s media manager, told ANI, “Afghanistan will play in the T20 World Cup and the players will resume training in Kabul in the next few days.”
Lalchand Rajput meanwhile is currently in charge of the Zimbabwe team, who will not be playing any part at the T20 World Cup. Rajput served as Afghanistan’s coach for a year, in which the team made giant strides and earned Test status. Under his tutelage, Afghanistan won six of their ten series and shares an emotional bond with a host of their cricketers.