ICC chief executive Geoff Allardyce made it clear on Sunday that there was no threat to Afghanistan’s participation in the T20 World Cup, but said he would closely monitor how things unfolded after the regime change in the war – torn country.
There have been reports that Afghanistan may ban Shabbis from participating in the event if it decides to play under the Taliban flag in Afghanistan.
They are a full member of the ICC and the team (league) is preparing for the event (and the World Cup) while playing in the team league. As far as their participation is concerned, it continues to be normal, ”Allardyce said in a virtual con-call.
The Afghanistan cricket team is in turmoil as the Taliban seizes control of the country’s political system.
Last month, the Taliban replaced Hamid Shinwari with Naseem Jatran Khan as the new chief executive of the Afghanistan Cricket Board.
“Yes, when there was a regime change in Afghanistan in August, we were in constant contact with their cricket board, the Afghanistan Cricket Board. Our main function was to support the development of cricket in that country through the member. Board,” Allardyce said.
“… We are waiting to see how things are going under the various regimes in that country. We will do it through the Cricket Board. The ICC Board will consider it during their next meeting, which looks like the end of the T20 World Cup.”
Afghanistan, a full member of the ICC, will join former champions India and Pakistan in Group 2 with New Zealand, and then two more teams from the qualifiers.
The team is training in Qatar and travels to the United Arab Emirates for the T20 World Cup, which starts on October 17.
The Afghanistan Cricket Board has appointed former Zimbabwe captain and England coach Andy Flower as advisor to the national team for the T20 World Cup.