As per the latest reports, a cricket team named Taliban participated in a local cricket tournament in Rajasthan. The Taliban has been making headlines for quite some time now after taking control over Afghanistan. It has been understood that a team which is named Taliban is participating in a tournament that is taking place in Bhaniyana village in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer district. The organizers of the tournament claimed that the team with the name “Taliban” was included by mistake and has been removed from the event.
Members of the organizing committee later confirmed to Times Now that the cricket team named Taliban has been thrown out of the competition. Add to that, a complete ban has been imposed on them. He explained that the team was added to the squad due to online scoring. He later apologized for the mistake on the behalf of the whole team, assuring that it won’t happen ever again.
After the Taliban’s control over Afghanistan, there were question marks over Afghanistan’s sustainability in cricket. However, the Taliban has assured that they will support cricket in the country. Anas Haqqani, a member of the Taliban’s political office and negotiating team, made the statement after meeting members of the Afghanistan cricket team a couple of days ago.
Afghanistan skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi was present in the meeting along with former cricket board selection committee chairman Asadullah and Noor Ali Zadran. Afghanistan’s prominent cricketers namely Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi recently expressed their concerns over the country’s safety amidst Taliban control.
“Dear World Leaders! My country is in chaos, thousand of innocent people, including children & women, get martyred every day, houses & properties are being destructed. A thousand families displaced. Don’t leave us in chaos. Stop killing Afghans & destroying Afghanistan. We want peace.”
The Afghanistan and Pakistan ODI series which was scheduled to be played this year has now been postponed until next year. No commercial flights are currently taking off from Kabul following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.
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