Hamid Shinwari, CEO of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), has said that the Taliban “don’t like cricket” as it “loves and supports the game” after radical political change in the country. The Taliban has conquered Afghanistan. Star players like Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujib adran are currently playing in the ‘Hundred’ Tournament in Britain. Shinwari, speaking to news agency PTI from Kabul, assured members of the national team and their families that they were safe. Shinwari said, ‘Taliban love cricket. He has supported us from the beginning. They do not interfere with our activities. I see no interference and hope for support to make our cricket progress. Our President is active and I will remain CEO until the next notice.
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Cricket found its footing in Afghanistan during the Taliban regime from 1996 to 2001, when refugees in Afghanistan joined the sport in neighboring Pakistan. Shinwari said, “Cricket can be said to have grown in the Taliban era. Many of our players practiced in Peshawar and they have brought this sport to the mainstream in Afghanistan. We are moving back to normalcy. After the break, the national camp will resume, and on the safety of the players, he said, “All but four of the players playing abroad are in Kabul. Like I said, they are safe. ‘
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is also overseeing the situation in Afghanistan and hopes the country’s players will participate in the Indian Premier League. BCCI sources said, “It’s too early to respond but we will keep an eye out.” Nothing has changed for us and we expect Rashid and other Afghan players to be part of the IPL. From September 1, Afghanistan will play a three-match ODI series against Pakistan in Hambantota. Shinwari said that all the scheduled series are going on and the three players who played in the IPL, Rashid, Nabi and Mujeeb, have received NOC from the board. “With the change in power, we don’t see any potential harm to cricket activities,” Shinwari said.
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Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen, who is involved in the Hundred Tournament in Britain, said Rashid was worried about the situation in his country. Peterson told Sky Sports, ‘We’ve talked a long time near the border here and they’re worried. He could not take his family out of Afghanistan. With all the pressure he has, it’s not easy for him to come here and perform … forget these things. Asadullah Khan, who stepped down as Afghanistan’s chief selector this month, thinks that the Taliban regime will not suffer cricket.
“I have personally gone to Taliban-ruled areas. They love sports so there should be no problem from this point of view.” Want cricket matches.