Taliban arrive at Afghanistan Cricket Board headquarters in Kabul, CEO says ‘they love cricket’; Report: After establishing complete control in the capital city of Afghanistan, Kabul, the Talibans have arrived at Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) headquarters on Thursday. The invaders were accompanied by former Afghan cricketer-Abdullah Mazari. Despite the havoc that the intruders have caused in the South Asian country, ACB CEO Hamid Shinwari assured the fans that the ongoing turmoil would have no impact on the cricket affairs of the Afghan country.
“Taliban loves cricket. They have supported us since the beginning. They did not interfere in our activities,” Shinwari was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
Earlier the ACB CEO had said, “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.”
“The Taliban don’t have any issue or problem with cricket, and they have told us that we can continue our work as planned,” said Afghanistan Cricket Board head of media operations Hikmat Hassan.
One area which remains uncertain is the future of the women’s cricket programmes run by the ACB, which currently has 25 contracted female cricketers and several programmes for girls.
The Taliban have said that they will respect women’s rights under Islamic law but they have not given any clear indication of how they will treat women’s sports.
In their previous spell in power, they stopped most women and girls from working or going to school and made them wear all-covering burqas to go out, and then only when accompanied by a male relative.
Rashid Khan, Mohammed Nabi currently playing The Hundred in UK
Afghan cricketers- Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi are currently in the United Kingdom playing The Hundred tournament.
The two players will also play in the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as confirmed by their franchisee- Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Further, their plans to feature in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 after the conclusion of the IPL 14 are also intact.
Taliban terrorists are assuming control of the Afghan capital of Kabul and have taken control of the presidential palace after the country’s president Ashraf Ghani left for Tajikistan.