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    “The PCB will allow its players for the Afghanistan leagues" : ACB Chairman

    Perhaps it’s not for nothing that cricket is considered a great leveller! A couple of months after the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) severed ties with Pakistan, following a bomb attack in Kabul,the ice seems to have melted!

    In June as the Afghanistan capital was rocked by a blast, the country’s intelligence agency had blamed the attack on militants allegedly backed by Pakistan. While the attack drew worldwide criticism, the ACB had issued a statement that it could not agree to play against "a country where terrorists are housed and provided safe havens."

    The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) refuted the allegations, calling it a political move. This led to a deadlock, with none of the bodies willing to relent.

    But times, they are a changing.

    During a meeting of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) in Colombo last week, the heads of both the boards discussed about the future, indicating that they have buried the hatchet.

    Confirming the development to Sportstar, ACB chairman Atif Mashal admitted that his recent meeting with the new PCB chief, Najam Sethi, has yielded positive results. “We talked to Najam Sethi and discussed all the issues during our recent meeting in Sri Lanka. We agreed that it is important to develop good cricketing relations between the two countries,” Mashal said on Saturday.

    Following the war of words, the PCB had refused to issue No Objection Certificate (NOC) to its players for the ACB’s franchisee-based Shpageeza League.

    But Mashal claimed that the Pakistan Board has now agreed to allow its players for the league, which begins in Kabul from September 10. “The PCB will allow its players for the Afghanistan leagues. Besides friendship and improving relationships, this is also a good way of generating revenue for the players,” Mashal said.

    While he confirmed that former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi will be part of the franchise-based league, Mashal added: “Only those Pakistani cricketers who have central contract might not be available, for international commitments. The rest will come. We have also got NOC for the West Indies and Bangladesh players.”

    After attaining full member status a couple of months ago, the Afghanistan Board has reportedly drawn flak for implementing quite a few reforms. But the chairman insisted that it is the need of the hour.

    “Afghanistan cricket is developing day by day. The enthusiasm, the commitment and the talent we see in Afghan players guarantee a bright future for Afghanistan cricket. As (its) administrative body, we at ACB introduce new structure to the board and will be bringing reforms,” Mashal said.

    Not willing to talk much about the protest that has emerged following the reforms, the chairman added: “Now that we are a full-member Board, there should be some changes introduced. New structure should be brought in and there should be some reforms. That’s commitment from our side. As far as players are concerned, they have already promised a bright future for Afghanistan cricket.”

    To ensure that things are on track, the Board plans to develop the domestic structure, and after parting ways with chief coach Lalchand Rajput, the ACB is now coming up with a system to invite fresh applications for the coach’s job.

    But then, when would the Afghan players play their first Test?

    “We are in contact with a few full-member nations. Hopefully, we will play our first Test match either late this year or early next year. We are closing in on an agreement, but it is not the right time to make a formal announcement,” Mashal said, making it clear that the side would have its Test venue in Sharjah, while the ODIs would be played in Greater Noida. “We will continue using both Greater Noida and Sharjah as our home grounds. Sharjah will be our venue for Tests, because of its huge crowd support,” Mashal pointed out.

    With the number of camps in different age groups increasing, the Board plans to acquire another home venue. “Besides Sharjah and Greater Noida, we have to look if we can succeed in finding another place, because now there will be too many camps for our boys in various categories — senior team, A team, U-19. So, that would be required,” the chairman stated.

    The full member status has given a war-torn country something to look forward to. And the Afghans can’t wait to don the whites!

    http://www.sportstarlive.com/cricket...le19529099.ece


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    Do we get an apology?

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    How pathetic and shameless is our board, absolutely no respect for themselves.

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    Above info has not been confirmed by anyone else. Remember we have a political appointee doing political things....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat_Track_Bully View Post
    Do we get an apology?
    Yes - PCB has apologized to themselves for irritating Afghan board.

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    Is the ACB's very own Shehryar Khan?

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    Obviously its use it till it lasts from ACB. When their time to give will come, they'll refuse again.

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    Still cannot understand why we continue to bend over backwards for everyone...

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    I like all the peace making efforts and this one too. Good job, Mr Sethi. Afghan players and fans should not be paying price for someone's stupid comments.

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    First get a public apology


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    Quote Originally Posted by moghul View Post
    Afghan players and fans should not be paying price for someone's stupid comments.
    So we going to get an apology from them on ACBs behalf?

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    Quote Originally Posted by msb314 View Post
    Still cannot understand why we continue to bend over backwards for everyone...
    Big hearts.

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    Pakistan would be making a fool out of themselves if they do this. Not that it will be the first or last time doing so...making a fool of itself that is.

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    Sorry but I don't see Afridi playing in Afghanistan

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    LOL why play in this useless low budget league and risk our players lives.

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    I would not play with Afghans after they insulted Pakistan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by troodon View Post
    Big hearts.
    more like big idiots for me..

    sorry but I am very upset at PCB

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    All of you are slitting your wrists here. The ACB chairman said this, not the PCB chairman. Who here has one iota of proof that this is true? You all laugh at SK when he made such statements, why aren't you laughing at Mashal? This means absolutely nothing until contracts are signed and players are on the field. It's just words by the Afghanistan chairman.

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    Stick to cricket or posts will be deleted


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