Hamid Shinwari will be replaced by Naseebullah Haqqani as the new ACB CEO.
Cricket is no longer the same in Afghanistan since the Taliban came to power. Until the three-game ODI series against Pakistan was canceled and Rashid Khan resigned as captain Afghanistan I’ve seen it all. And if that wasn’t enough, the Taliban dismissed Hamid Shinwari, Executive Secretary of the Afghanistan Cricket Commission (ACB), on Monday (September 20).
Shinwari shared the post on his official Facebook account. His dismissal was carried out by Anas Haqqani, the younger brother of the Taliban’s new Interior Minister, Shirajudin Haqqani. The former ACB chief also said no explanation was given for Anas Haqqani’s dismissal. Shinwari further said he was frankly told that he would be replaced by Nashibra Haqqani.
From recent events, it remains to be seen whether the new ACB chief is related to Sirajuddin Haqqani, which police are investigating in relation to several attacks on Kabul during the war between the Taliban and the U.S.-backed government. It’s not clear. The Taliban say they will not interfere with the problems of the Afghan men’s cricket team, but the past few events suggest that they are talking about the cricket problem.
Already, the Taliban’s ban on women’s teams in Afghanistan has caused a lot of controversy. It has also been unsuccessful in some countries, and they are also asking the ICC why they have kept a harsh silence on this issue. Australia Also last week, I canceled a one-time test match with the Afghan men’s team.
The match was scheduled to take place on November 27th in Hobart. But even when Shinwari begs Cricket Australia (CA) to rethink that decision, that won’t happen.
Hamid Shinwari urged the world not to isolate Afghanistan
“We leave the door open for us throughout Cricket Australia and the cricket world, walk with us, do not isolate us, and against our cultural and religious environment. We urge you to avoid punishing us, “Shinwari said in a statement.
After dismissing Shinwari, ACB on the official Facebook page also announced Naseebullah Haqqani as the new chief. The Afghan cricket team will be seen next at the ICCT 20 World Cup, which is scheduled to begin on October 17.