Former Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan has slammed Australia’s Test skipper Tim Paine for his comments on boycotting the matches against the Afghanistan team in the men’s T20 World Cup starting from October 17 in the UAE. Afghan’s post comes after Paine said on his morning breakfast show on SEN Hobart that a boycott of matches against Afghanistan in the mega event is “something that teams will discuss on the eve of that World Cup”.
“How a team like that can be allowed to play in an ICC-sanctioned event is going to be very, very hard to see,” Paine had said on Friday. Afghanistan has been in a state of turmoil since the Taliban took over the country. There has been no clarity on the future of women’s cricket in the country despite acting chairman of Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) Azizullah Fazli saying to SBS Pashto that decision on wom’n’s cricket in the country will be made soon.
“Mr. Paine! The Afghan National Cricket Team has the right to play not only in this World Cup but in all ICC organized tournaments/events in accordance with the rules and regulations of ICC, a’d I’m sure that our brave National Heroes will perform their best in it and showcase their elite Talents Inshallah,” wrote Afghan in his Facebook post late on Saturday.