Afghanistan Cricket Board has announced an 18 member squad for the T20 World Cup 2021 on their Official twitter handle. Just 20 minutes after the board announced Afghanistan T20 World Cup 2021 Squad, Rashid Khan announced his decision of stepping down from captaincy over team selection.
“As the captain and responsible person for the nation, I deserve the right to be part of the selection of the team. The selection committee and ACB has not obtained my consent for the team which has been announced by ACB media. I am taking the decision of stepping down from the role as captain of the Afghanistan T20 side effective immediately,” Rashid wrote on his official Twitter account.
In an 18 member squad announced by the Afghanistan Cricket Board, they handed comebacks to their senior players such as Hamid Hassan, Shapoor Zadran, Dawlat Zadran and Mohammad Shahzad to the national side. Hamid last played for Afghanistan in the 2019 ODI World Cup and hasn’t represented the country in the shortest format since 2016.
Even Mohammad Shahzad who is Afghanistan’s astounding wicket-keeper batsman has been included in the squad after the completion of his one year ban for breaching ACB’s code of conduct which ended last August. Meanwhile Dawlat and Shapoor Zadran, who have not played international cricket since 2019 has been added to the Afghanistan T20 World Cup 2021 Squad.
Meanwhile earlier on Thursday, Taliban has stated that they won’t allow women to play cricket in Afghanistan. Taliban’s decision has resulted in global unrest & anonymity among different nations across the globe. However, Cricket Australia has taken a firm stand on the Taliban’s decision by stating that they will not host Afghanistan for the historic one-off test that will be held later this year if Women’s Cricket is banned by the Taliban government in Afghanistan.
“Our vision for cricket is that it is a sport for all and we support the game unequivocally for women at every level,” the Cricket Australia said in an Official statement.
“If recent media reports that women’s cricket will not be supported in Afghanistan are substantiated, Cricket Australia would have no alternative but to not host Afghanistan for the proposed Test Match due to be played in Hobart. We thank the Australian and Tasmanian Governments for their support on this important issue”, added CA.
International Cricket Council has also expressed concern over women’s cricket situation in Afghanistan & is expected to discuss the issue in detail during their next board meeting to be held in November this year.
Afghanistan T20 World Cup 2021 Squad
Rashid Khan (c), Rahmatullah Gurbaz, Hazratullah Zazai, Usman Ghani, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Shahzad, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karim Janat, Gulbadin Naib, Naveen Ul Haq, Hamid Hassan, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Qais Ahmad.
Reserve: Afsar Zazai, Farid Ahmad Malik.