Afghanistan Cricket Board board gets new chairman post-Taliban takeover

23 August 2021 - 09:56 By Reuters
Rashid Khan is Afghanistan's most recognised face. The Taliban have said they would not interfere with men's cricket in the country, Afghanistan's biggest sporting success of recent years.
Rashid Khan is Afghanistan's most recognised face. The Taliban have said they would not interfere with men's cricket in the country, Afghanistan's biggest sporting success of recent years.
Image: Afghanistan Cricket Board/Twitter

Azizullah Fazli has been re-named chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) in the first major development in the game's national governing body since the Taliban took control of the nation.

"He will oversee ACB's leadership and course of action for the upcoming competitions," the ACB said in a post on Twitter on Sunday.

According to ESPNCricinfo website, Taliban members met ACB officials on Sunday after which Fazli returned to the post he had vacated after Afghanistan came last in the 2019 World Cup in England.

Farhan Yusefzai has held the post since then.

Two decades after they were removed by the US military the Taliban marched into Kabul on August 15 2021 and have once again seized power in Afghanistan.

The Taliban have said they would not interfere with men's cricket in the country, Afghanistan's biggest sporting success of recent years.

The fate of women's programme, however, remains unclear.

The men's team are scheduled to play a three-match one-day series against Pakistan in Sri Lanka, next month but commercial flights from Kabul airport are yet to resume.

According to media reports, the team might travel to Pakistan by road and fly to Colombo from there.


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