After taking over the reins of Afghanistan, the Taliban made its presence felt at the Afghanistan Cricket Board’s (ACB) headquarters. Images of the new rulers along with former cricketer Abdullah Mazari are going viral on social media.
In the pictures, heavily armed Talibanis can be seen occupying the conference hall of the ACB headquarters. The fate of cricket in the country is concerning after Taliban’s takeover. The militant organisation had earlier banned cricket when it was in power.
The development comes days after ACB CEO Hamid Shinwari said that cricketing activities in the country won’t suffer due to the political turmoil.
“Taliban loves cricket. They have supported us since the beginning. They did not interfere in our activities,” Shinwari was quoted by Timesnow
However, nothing can be taken for granted and the fate of cricket in the country depends on the sole decision of the rulers. Earlier today, ACB confirmed that the three-match ODI series between Afghanistan and Pakistan will go ahead as planned.
“It is expected that the Afghan national cricket team will soon travel to Sri Lanka to play three international one-day matches against Pakistan,” ACB said in a social media post.
The situation in Afghanistan is chaotic after US President Joe Biden withdrew his forces from Afghanistan and the Taliban took over the charge of the country. Several heartbreaking scenes of the citizens trying to escape the country are circulating on social media.
Earlier, Afghan spinner Rashid Khan called for peace in the country.
‘Dear world leaders,’ Khan, regarded by many as the best T20 bowler on the planet, wrote to his legions of social media followers.
‘My country is in chaos, thousands of innocent people, including children and women, get martyred every day, houses and properties being destructed.
‘Don’t leave us in chaos. Stop killing Afghans and destroying Afghanistan. We want peace.’