ACB urges Australian government not to interfere with cricket boards’ policies in T20Is

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) expressed disappointment over Cricket Australia’s decision to postpone the scheduled T20I series, citing human rights concerns in Afghanistan. ACB emphasized the importance of keeping cricket separate from political influence and urged collaborative efforts to address issues.

The ACB acknowledged the pressures faced by Cricket Australia and proposed exploring alternative solutions instead of public withdrawals. The three-match T20I series was a part of Afghanistan’s FTP for the ICC 2023–2027 international calendar, confirmed by the ICC in front of the CA delegation.

This marks the third time CA has postponed a series against Afghanistan, with previous cancellations including a one-off Test in 2021 and a three-match ODI series in 2023. ACB urged CA to respect its position as a Full Member nation and seek alternative solutions rather than giving in to external pressures.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board remains committed to negotiating with the ICC, Cricket Australia, and other full member countries to ensure cricket remains free from political influence. ACB emphasized the importance of supporting the development of cricket across regions and maintaining the joy it brings to the Afghan nation.


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