Asadullah Khan, chief selector of Afghanistan cricket team, has resigned from his post. He left his post, alleging that non-cricketers were interfering with the board. He said a 17-man squad has been announced for the one-day series against Pakistan next month without his approval. According to reports, the board has approved Asadullah’s resignation.
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The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) recently announced that Hashmatullah Shahidi will lead the side in the series against Pakistan. Five new players have been named to the team. Khan, a former domestic cricketer, has said in his resignation that they have been left in the dark following the announcement of the squad for the series against Pakistan. He also referred to the excessive interference of non-cricketers on the board, saying “they have no knowledge of the players and the choice”. He cited this as the main reason for his resignation. The one-day series between Afghanistan and Pakistan was recently moved to the UAE.
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Shortly before, the Afghanistan Cricket Board appointed Hashmatullah Shahidi as the new captain of the ODI and Test teams and took over the leadership from Afghanistan. Explaining the reason for his discovery, the ACB said, “The decision to remove Asghar Afghani from the leadership is based on an investigation by the ACB’s investigative committee, which according to the first Test against Afghanistan was transferred to Zimbabwe in March.”