Advertisement
Sunday, Oct 17, 2021
Outlook.com
Outlook.com

Taliban Takes Over Afghanistan Cricket: Will ICC Allow AFG To Play In T20 World Cup?

With the Taliban banning women's cricket, Afghanistan is already in serious violation of the requisite criteria to be a member of ICC.

Taliban Takes Over Afghanistan Cricket: Will ICC Allow AFG To Play In T20 World Cup?
The ICC is also bracing up for the possibility of the Taliban flag being pushed as the Afghan flag at the T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman from October 17. | AP Photo
Taliban Takes Over Afghanistan Cricket: Will ICC Allow AFG To Play In T20 World Cup?
outlookindia.com
2021-09-22T19:45:43+05:30

Afghanistan's participation in next month's T20 World Cup is becoming a matter of intrigue after Taliban's takeover of the strife-torn country, following which its Cricket Board's top official has been abruptly replaced and women have been barred from playing the game. (More Cricket News)

Afghanistan Cricket Board Executive Director Hamid Shinwari has been replaced by one Naseebullah Haqqani.

Amid mounting concerns about the future of the sport there, the ICC is also bracing up for the possibility of the Taliban flag being pushed as the Afghan flag at the T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman from October 17.

The request, if it comes, is all but certain to be rejected by ICC's Board of Directors.

Save for Pakistan, where the Taliban government has got strong support including their former skipper Shahid Afridi, it is still not clear whether the other countries would be game to the idea of competing against Afghanistan under a changed flag.

The team features world's premier T20 player Rashid Khan. The traditional Afghan flag is a black, red, and green tricolour.

"It's still early days. Till now, there has been no request to play under Taliban flag but as far as governance is concerned, the ICC Board needs to take a call. Everyone is tracking the developments in Afghanistan.

"Normally, even if ICC bans a cricket board, it ensures that players don't get affected. A Rashid Khan or a Mohammed Nabi are not at fault," an ICC board member said.

As per the ICC's membership criteria, an applicant must have "the appropriate status, structure, recognition, membership and competence to be recognized by the ICC (at its absolute discretion) as the primary governing body responsible
for the administration, management and development of cricket (men's and women's) in its country."

It also requires the member country to have "satisfactory women's pathway structures in place, and a sustained and sufficient pool of players to support strong and consistent national level selection across the senior men's, U19 and women's teams.

With the Taliban banning women's cricket, Afghanistan is already in serious violation of the requisite criteria.

The change of guard at the ACB, according to Shinwari, was done at the behest of Anas Haqqani, younger brother of Taliban's new Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani of the infamous 'Haqqani Network'.

Sirajuddin Haqqani has been on FBI's radar for various attacks on Kabul during the presence of US-backed governments and the 'Haqqani Network', since 2012, has been dubbed as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation by the US government.

The reason being its involvement in insurgency, attacks on US military and civilian personnel as well as hurting Western interests in Afghanistan. The Haqqanis also have close ties to terror group al-Qaeda.

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Priyanka Gandhi To Represent Congress In Upcoming Uttar Pradesh Polls

Priyanka Gandhi To Represent Congress In Upcoming Uttar Pradesh Polls

The party's newly-appointed election campaign committee chief P L Punia announced the decision on Sunday, saying Priyanka Gandhi is the most popular political figure in UP at present.

Kerala Rains: Death Toll Touches 19, Amit Shah Assures Help As Rescue Operations Continue

Kerala Rains: Death Toll Touches 19, Amit Shah Assures Help As Rescue Operations Continue

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 11 teams for search, rescue and relief operations in the state following incessant flooding and landslides since Saturday.

Going By The Book? BCCI Invites Application For India Post After Dravid 'Deal'

Going By The Book? BCCI Invites Application For India Post After Dravid 'Deal'

It is a foregone conclusion that Dravid, who is currently heading the NCA, is set to take over unless something miraculous happens.

Kashmir LG Terminates Geelani’s Grandson Anees-Ul-Islam From Service

Kashmir LG Terminates Geelani’s Grandson Anees-Ul-Islam From Service

The government has so far dismissed over 20 employees from service on accusations of being a threat to the security of the State.

Advertisement