ICC Acting CEO Geoff Allardyce on Sunday clarified that there is no threat to Afghanistan’s participation in the T20 World Cup, but he will keep a close watch on how things unfold after the regime change in the conflict-torn country.
There were reports that the ICC may deny Afghanistan participation in the showpiece event if the team decides to play under the Taliban flag amid the ongoing turmoil in the country.
“They are a full member in the ICC and the team is currently preparing for (and) the event (World Cup) in the group league. In terms of their participation, it is proceeding normally,” Allardyce said in a virtual call-to-call.
With the Taliban taking over the political structure of the country, the Afghanistan cricket team is in a state of chaos.
Last month, the Taliban appointed Naseed Zadran Khan as the chief executive of the Afghanistan Cricket Board, replacing Hamid Shinwari.
“Yes, I think, when the regime change happened in Afghanistan in August, we have been in regular contact with their cricket board, the Afghanistan Cricket Board and our primary function is to support the development of cricket in that country through member states. board,” Allardyce said.
“… , which looks like the end of the T20 World Cup.
Afghanistan, a full member of the ICC, are placed in Group 2 with New Zealand along with former champions India and Pakistan, and will be joined by two more teams from the later qualifiers.
The team is training in Qatar and will travel to the UAE for the T20 World Cup starting October 17.
Afghanistan Cricket Board appointed former Zimbabwe captain and England Coach Andy Flower is an advisor to the national team for the T20 World Cup.