By our correspondent
KABUL: Azizullah Fazli has been appointed as new chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) after Taliban held talks with the Board’s senior officials here today.
Fazli returned to the top post almost after two years. Previously he had served as ACB chief from September 2018 to July 2019 when he was replaced by Farhan Yousufzai after Afghans ended at the rock bottom in the 2019 World Cup in England.
This is the first major decision which has been taken by the Taliban following their occupation of Afghanistan after the withdrawal of foreign forces and surrender of the Afghan government led by Ashraf Ghani who has taken refuge in the UAE.
The immediate task of Fazli is to ensure Afghanistan play a three-match one-day series against Pakistan in Hambantota, Sri Lanka, from September 3-9. As commercial flights from Afghanistan have been suspended since the fall of Kabul to Taliban, efforts are being made to send Afghanistan cricket team to Sri Lanka via Pakistan. According to media reports Afghanistan cricket team will travel to Peshawar by road and from there arrangements will be made to send the brigade to Sri Lanka.
In Sri Lanka a ten-day lockdown has already been imposed which mat affect the series upto certain extent. Yesterday it was not likely that the series between Pakistan and Afghanistan will go forward. It is a huge responsibility on the shoulders of Fazli to ensure his team play against Pakistan.
Fazli has been a member of the initial bunch of players who had started playing cricket in Afghanistan a couple of decades ago. Afghanistan now is regarded as a healthy unit, particularly in T20 cricket. It has produced so solid pros who have been doing a great job in the world’s major professional leagues also.