Taliban has appointed Naseeb Zadran Khan as new CEO of Afghan Cricket Board after firing Hamid Shinwari, the executive director of Afghanistan Cricket Board.
The appointment of Naseeb Khan has been announced on Afghanistan Cricket Board official Twitter account.
“Naseeb Khan, has been introduced as the new CEO of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), by board’s Chairman Mr @AzizullahFazli. He hold master’s degree and has knowledge of cricket as well,” read the tweet.
An online media report said that Khan pledged all necessary facilities to players for their preparations ahead of the men’s T20 World Cup in Oman and the UAE in October and November.
Afghanistan are placed in Group 2 in men’s T20 World Cup alongside New Zealand, 2007 champions India, 2009 champions Pakistan and two yet-to-be-known qualifiers from Round 1. Their campaign starts from October 25 against a qualifier team in Sharjah.
The Taliban’s order banning women from sports — including cricket — has caused an international backlash. The Australian Cricket Board last week canceled a match with Afghanistan’s cricket team to protest the ban on women from sports in Afghanistan.
The official Facebook page of the Afghanistan Cricket Board also announced Naseebullah Haqqani as the new executive director.
On the other hand, Hamid Shinwari, the former executive director of Afghanistan Cricket Board revealed that Anas Haqqani, the younger brother of Taliban interim interior minister Sirajuddin Haqqani, fired him .
Shinwari further stated that he was simply that told he would be replaced by Naseeb Zadran Khan and no reason was given regarding his dismissal.
Earlier, in the new Afghan Taliban government, the Minister of Higher Education has said that female students can continue their education in universities, including the postgraduate level, but they will have to sit in special classrooms and wear modest dress.
Abdul Baqi Haqqani, the Minister of Higher Education in the Taliban cabinet, announced the new education policy at a news conference on Sunday. “Taliban do not want to take the time to 20 years back. We will start building the things of the present time,” he said.
The education minister said female students would face other restrictions, including a mandatory dress code under the Taliban’s new policies, which would require hijab for female students.