Asghar Stanikzai condemns Tim Paine’s statement against Afghanistan’s Inclusion in ICC T20 World Cup 2021

Asghar Stanikzai condemns Tim Paine’s ‘aggressive statements’ against Afghanistan’s Inclusion in ICC T20 World Cup 2021

Cricketer Asghar Stanikzai slammed Australia’s test captain Tim Paine for his remark that teams might boycott playing with Afghanistan in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, if Taliban controlled Afghanistan fails to support Women’s cricket.

Tim Paine on Friday stated that it would be quite interesting to see how Afghanistan would be allowed to play in an ICC Tournament. Paine also said that the chances of commencement of Australia’s first ever test against Afghanistan is low with Taliban not allowing women to play cricket.

Taking to Facebook, former Afghanistan captain Asghar said,“Mr Paine! The Afghan National cricket team has the right to play not only in this World Cup but in all the ICC organized tournaments/events in accordance with the rules & regulations of ICC & I am sure that our brave National Heroes will perform their best in it & showcase their elite talents InshaAllah”.

“As a sportsperson & Professional Cricketer you know that it require too much of hard work & dedication to reach this level of cricket. For a less privileged cricketing nation as Afghanistan with zero infrastructure & support reaching where we are right now & playing shoulder with top 10 countries require sheer determination, passion & talent. Therefore you should refrain from delivering aggressive statements which would result in isolating the Afghan Cricket”, he added.

“Cricket is now the No #1 Sport in Afghanistan & is being followed by nearly 30 million Afghans. This shows, either you are unaware of the circumstances or talking out of contradiction, in any case you are mistreating Afghan Cricket & all the gains we have obtained with hardship in the past decade. Sports should be separated from politics”.

Earlier on Wednesday Deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural commission, Ahmadullah Wasiq, said that they won’t allow women to play cricket. After Ahmadullah Wasiq’s comments, Cricket Australia released a statement on Thursday stating that Australia will not host Afghanistan for the one-off test if women’s cricket is not allowed in Afghanistan. Australian Cricketers Association also said that it fully stands behind CA’s decision as the human rights issue in Afghanistan transcends cricket.

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