The head of the Afghanistan selection committee, Asadullah Khan has resigned from his position. He cited the reason that squad for the upcoming series against Pakistan as finalized without his nod. Khan, in letters written to the board – seen by ESPNcricinfo – cited “too much interruption” and interference from “non-cricketers” in the board, who have “no knowledge about the players and selection” as the main reasons for his decision to step down.
A day after the squad of 17 players was named, Khan sent across his resignation letter to the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) Chairman Farhan Yusefzai on July 24. For those of you who don’t know, the upcoming ODI series will be the first-ever bilateral series between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Hashmatullah Shahidi has been named as the captain. Besides, five uncapped players have been selected such as Sediqullah Atal, Shahidullah Kamal, Abdul Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi and Noor Ahmad.
In his letter to Yusefzai, Khan mentioned six primary reasons for his step.
Not being given the “selection committee members” he has been asking for since his appointment
“Too much interruption” in his work as the chief selector
The involvement of “non-cricketers” who have “no knowledge of players and selection”
Not being allowed to “talk and have my says” in selection matters
Not being granted an appointment with the chairman, Yusefzai, despite asking for one for the past three months
Being left in the dark about the final squad for the Pakistan ODIs
Khan was appointed as the head of the selection committee in March this year. He was selected because of his experience in Afghanistan domestic cricket and is a former Afghanistan international cricketer.