In view of the troubling situations in Afghanistan after the Taliban entered the capital, Kabul and took over the presidential palace, the participation of the Afghanistan team in the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup has raised many doubts. However, clearing the air regarding the participation of the team in the T20 World Cup, Afghanistan Cricket Board has asserted that the team is preparing for the marquee event and will be playing in the tournament.
Afghanistan cricket team’s media manager Hikmat Hassan clarified that the preparations for the tournament are on and the players will start their training in Kabul within the next few days. Moreover, he also informed that the board is ready to go ahead with the tri-series involving Australia and West Indies.
“Yes, we will play in the T20 World Cup. The preparations are on and the available players will be back to training in Kabul in the next few days. We are looking for a venue for the tri-series involving Australia and West Indies and that will be the best preparation for the showpiece event. We are speaking to some countries like Sri Lanka and also I think Malaysia. Let’s see how that pans out.
“We are already set to play Pakistan in Hambantota and that series is also on. Also, we are planning to go ahead with the domestic T20 tournament which shall boost preparations for the players ahead of the T20 World Cup,” Hassan said.
When enquired if the board officials had spoken with Rashid Khan or Mohammad Nabi since both the players are outside the country at present, he said: “We are always there to help our players and their families. We will do whatever is possible for them. Things are not affected much in Kabul, we are already back in the office, so there is nothing to worry about.”
Afghanistan is placed in the Group 2 of the tournament, which also comprises teams namely, India, Pakistan, New Zealand, and the other two qualifiers from Round 1. Round 1 will feature eight teams, which will be competing for the spots in the Groups.
Ireland, Netherlands and Namibia join Sri Lanka in Group A, whilst Oman, PNG and Scotland will face Bangladesh in Group B.
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