Mohammad Nabi to Lead Afghanistan in T20 World Cup 2021
The Afghanistan Cricket Board ACB changed the squad on Sunday (October 10th) to take advantage of ICC rules. Mohammad Nabi is to lead Afghanistan in T20 World Cup 2021 whereas Left-arm pacers Zadran and Qais Ahmed have been dropped from the squad. Changes have been taking place across Afghanistan since the beginning of the Taliban regime.
It has also affected the cricket field or the administration. The series against Pakistan has been postponed. Women’s cricket has been banned across Afghanistan. In the midst of all this negative news, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has given relief to Afghans. The ICC says there are no barriers for Afghans to play in the World Cup.
As soon as the Taliban government came to power, the head of the board was removed and Azizullah Fazli took over as the new chairman. They have also fired the chief executive. Along with the change in cricket administration, there has also been a change in the responsibilities of the captain. A few days before the announcement of the World Cup squad, Rashid Khan took over as the captain of the Afghan T20 team. However, a few moments after the announcement of the World Cup squad, Abhiman left the post. Former captain Mohammad Nabi has been given the new captaincy.
Ever since the Taliban government came to power, the issue of Afghans participating in the World Cup has been a source of concern. According to ICC rules, the government can never interfere politically with the cricket board. However, the Taliban government came to power and removed the board chairman, and intervened politically.
Although they have shown generosity in playing cricket by seizing power in Afghanistan, they have banned women’s cricket.
Following Afghanistan’s decision, Aussie Test captain Tim Payne said World Cup teams should refuse to play against Afghanistan. He also questioned how Afghanistan is participating in the World Cup.
Despite all these allegations, there is no obstacle for Afghanistan to play in the World Cup, said ICC chief executive Geoff Allardyce. “The situation in Afghanistan will be monitored,” he said. A decision on them will be taken at the next board meeting. A board meeting may be held soon after the World Cup. They are full members of the ICC. Participation in the tournament is going on as usual.
The ICC has regular contact with the board, although the powers of the board have changed. “Our only goal is to develop cricket through the member countries’ boards,” Allardyce said.