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- Afghanistan-Taliban crisis
- Things are getting worse in Afghanistan
- ICC is also constantly watching
Dubai: The situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating continuously and in such a situation, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is keeping an eye on cricket development there. According to a Cricbuzz report, the ICC office in Dubai is in constant touch with members of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) in Kabul.
The biggest challenge for the ACB is to keep women’s cricket alive in the country. In 2020, 25 women players were included in the central contract for the first time. A source from ICC Women’s Cricket said that there has been a big change and we don’t know what will happen.
The ACB is aware that a national women’s team is essential to be a full member of the ICC but there is a lot of uncertainty given the current situation. Lisa Sthalekar, member of the ICC Women’s Cricket Committee, said, “As far as women’s cricket in Afghanistan is concerned, we have not received any information from the ICC about this.”
Despite the changes in the country, the cricket community is hopeful of the future of the game. Former ACB CEO Shafiqullah Stanikzai told Cricbuzz, “Cricket in Afghanistan started from the refugee camp and we have come a long way. Despite limited resources, we became full members. I hope and pray that cricket continues to develop in Afghanistan.
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