Pakistan not interested to mix cricket and politics on Afghanistan issue
Cricket Australia (CA) canceled the ODI series against Afghanistan as a protest against the Taliban government's ban on girls' higher education in Afghanistan. It has been informed that PCB will not walk in that way.
Khan Mutasim Billah LifeEditor
It should be noted that on January 12, Cricket Australia (CA) canceled the ODI series against Afghanistan as a protest against the Taliban government's ban on girls' higher education in Afghanistan. It has been informed that PCB will not walk in that way.
PCB Chairman Najam Sethi said, "cricket and politics should be kept separate". So the new boss of PCB does not see any problem with cricket. It is known that the two cricket boards of Pakistan and Afghanistan will share half of the total income from the three-match T20I series next March.
Sethi was asked about the PCB's stand on the cancellation of Cricket Australia's series against Afghanistan. The PCB chief then said, "That is not our business and we don't like to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries. My personal stance is that politics and cricket shouldn't be mixed up, so following that principle the series is subject to pending approvals from the Pakistan government and I think approvals will be granted."
Pakistan and Afghanistan were originally supposed to play the ODI series (part of the Super League). But that series has been changed from ODIs to T20Is. Because both Pakistan and Afghanistan have already qualified for the 2023 ODI World Cup in India. So World Cup Super League points are not very important for these two teams.
"I met with the executive members of the Afghanistan Cricket Board and they were asking us to play a (ODI) series but we didn't find any attraction playing the series. It's mainly because the series was meant for the [Super League] points, and now no matter who wins it won't make a difference. So we agreed to play a series of three T20Is in Sharjah just after the PSL subject to government approval. We will share 50% of the revenue from the series equally. And we will jointly outsource the production,” Sethi added.
Afghanistan's bilateral series against Pakistan was scheduled to take place in the United Arab Emirates in 2021. But after the arrival of the Taliban government in Afghanistan, it was postponed. Because commercial flights from Kabul were closed at that time.
The three-match T20I series will be held from March 20 to 28. Pakistan are also scheduled to play another three-match ODI series against Afghanistan in August 2023.