Afghanistan’s skipper Rashid Khan has stepped down from the role of Captain of the national team on Thursday. The leg-spinner took to his official Twitter handle to announce the development, minutes after Afghanistan Cricket Board named Afghanistan’s squad for T20 World Cup.
Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) named the squad that comprised a mix of both new and experienced players. The squad features the likes of veteran wicket-keeper Mohammad Shahzad and Mohammad Nabi.
The recent development in Afghanistan due to the shift in power to Taliban has caused a sudden global unrest. The group prohibited women from playing any form of sport ever since it took the administrative power.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) expressed “concern surrounding women’s cricket in Afghanistan following media reports of the Taliban not allowing women to play the sport. ICC is currently monitoring the situation in Afghanistan for both the Men’s and women’s team.
“As the captain and responsible person for the nation, I reserve the right to be part of the selection of the team. The selection committee and ACB has not obtained my consent for the team which has been announced by ACB media,” he wrote in a post on Twitter.
“I am taking the decision of stepping down from the roles as the captain of Afghanistan T20 side,” he added.
Earlier in the day, Cricket Australia (CA) in a bold move announced abandoning the Test series against the Afghanistan Men’s team if the Taliban did not allow Women’s team to participate in the sport.
“Driving the growth of women’s cricket globally is incredibly important to Cricket Australia. Our vision for cricket is that it is a sport for all and we support the game unequivocally for women at every level,” Cricket Australia said in its official statement.
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