T20 World Cup 2021: Will ICC bar Afghanistan from mega event after Australia threaten to cancel one-off Test

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But
a
controversy
followed
soon
as
Rashid
Khan
stepped
down
as
captain
alleging
that
the
Afghanistan
Cricket
Board
did
not
consult
him
before
selecting
the
squad.
And
they
have
to
appoint
another
veteran
Mohammad
Nabi
as
the
skipper.

However,
another
more
worrying
aspect
is
the
new
Taliban
regime’s
policy
of
not
backing
women’s
sport,
cricket
in
particular
in
this
case.

Australia
had
already
asserted
that
the
one-off
Test
against
Pakistan
will
not
go
ahead
unless
the
Taliban
changes
its
policy.
Australia
Test
captain
Tim
Paine
backed
the
Cricket
Australia
stand.

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“At
this
stage,
we’ve
heard
from
CA,
the
Australian
government,
the
Australian
Cricketers’ Association,
as
yet
we’ve
heard
nothing
from
the
ICC,
which
I
think
is
fascinating
given
there’s
a
T20
World
Cup
in
just
over
a
month’s
time
and
Afghanistan
are
in
that,”
Paine
said
on
SEN’s
Jack
&
Painey
show
as
quoted
by
the
Sydney
Morning
Herald.

“It
will
be
interesting
to
see
what
happens
in
that
space.
Does
a
team
get
kicked
out
of
the
World
Cup?

“We’ve
heard
literally
no
comment
from
the
ICC.
It
will
be
interesting
to
see
where
that
lands.
But
I
would
imagine
it’s
impossible
if
teams
are
pulling
out
from
playing
against
them
and
governments
are
not
letting
them
travel
to
our
shores
then
how
a
team
like
that
can
be
allowed
to
play
in
an
ICC-sanctioned
is
going
to
be
very,
very
hard
to
see,” he
said.

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It
is
in
direct
contrast
to
the
ICC
policy
of
promoting
and
supporting
women’s
game
across
the
globe.

The
ICC,
though
not
openly
stated
their
intentions,
said
they
are
monitoring
the
developments
in
Afghanistan.

“The
ICC
is
committed
to
the
long-term
growth
of
women’s
cricket
and
despite
the
cultural
and
religious
challenges
in
Afghanistan.
They
have
achieved
steady
progress
in
this
area
since
Afghanistan’s
admission
as
a
Full
Member
in
2017,”
an
ICC
official
spokesperson
told
ANI.

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“The
ICC
has
been
monitoring
the
changing
situation
in
Afghanistan
and
is
concerned
to
note
recent
media
reports
that
women
will
no
longer
be
allowed
to
play
cricket.
This
and
the
impact
it
will
have
on
the
continued
development
of
the
game
will
be
discussed
by
the
ICC
Board
at
its
next
meeting,”
the
spokesperson
added.

Since
Australia
has
made
it
stand
clear
on
the
issue,
the
ICC
too
soon
will
have
to
come
out
in
open
with
their
view
point.

“We
haven’t
heard
anything
from
the
ICC
on
that
front
yet.
But
I
don’t
think
there
is
any
issue
with
Afghanistan
playing
the
T20
World
Cup.
Yes,
we
have
seen
the
statement
by
Cricket
Australia
but
we
are
confident
of
resolving
the
matter
at
the
earliest,”
said
an
ACB
official.

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Afghanistan
Squad
for
T20
World
Cup:

Rashid
Khan,
Rahmanullah
Gurbaz,
Hazratullah
Zazai,
Usman
Ghani,
Asghar
Afghan,
Mohammad
Nabi
(Captain),
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
Ahmed.


Reserves:

Afsar
Zazai,
Farid
Ahmed
Malik.

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