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Afghanistan player strike averted for now

Tony Munro

June 5, 2010

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A crisis meeting between the Afghanistan Cricket Federation and national team players has agreed to establish a four-member group of "impartial" persons to find and present a solution to several of the players' grievances in "three or four days time" to the ACF chairman, Hazrat Omer Zakhailwal.

The agreement has averted a strike, for now at least, by the majority of the leading Afghanistan national players who had threatened to boycott the ICC World Cricket League Division One tournament in Netherlands from July 1-10, unless several conditions were met.

These had included the replacement of either the CEO, Dr Aimal Shenwari or Chief Selector, Dr Hamid Shenwari with Raees Ahmadzai, a long term member of the national team who recently retired from Twenty 20 and multi-day cricket.

The main cause of disenchantment was a belief within the team the ACF's CEO, Dr Aimal Shenwari and the Chief Selector, Dr Hamid Shenwari's backgrounds did not provide them with sufficient knowledge about the game to carry out their positions.

Discontent within the team began festering shortly after the World Twenty20 last month. Allrounder Ahmadzai announced his retirement from Twenty20 and multi-day cricket for the national team, allegedly on the understanding a position within the ACF related to team development would be created for him. This did not eventuate and then Ahmadzai was omitted from the WCL Division One squad, although he had declared his availability for the 50-over squad.

On top of Ahmadzai's omission from the Division One squad was the demotion of Mohammad Nabi, widely regarded as the team's best player, from the vice-captaincy role in favour of the less experienced Mirwais Ashraf. Nabi's demotion is believed to have resulted partly from a disagreement Nabi and Ahmadzai had with ACFofficials and partly from Ashraf's performance in the match against South Africa when he was the team's top scorer with 23 from 22 balls.

The captain, Nowroz Mangal, had told Cricinfo prior to the meeting he was strongly in favour of strike action if Dr. Aimal Shenwari and Dr. Hamid Shenwari retained their posts.

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Posted by sayedH416 on (June 10, 2010, 22:38 GMT)

Afghanistan cricket should make Raees Ahmadzai Afghanistan cricket federation CEO. That will be the board positive step for Afghanistan cricket future and removed Dr Aimal and Hamid Shenwari from the board because since they joined the cricket board, we see some indiscipline in the cricket. We need to provide a honest foundation for Afghanistan cricket future. Once me missed this chance we will never correct it again therefore, if the top is honest those at the bottom will never dishonest. Now is the time to correct our mistakes in the cricket board. If Hazrat Omer Zakhailwal does not remove this corruption from the cricket board. Afghanistan cricket fans will not forgive him in the future. We all looking forward for a bright Afghanistan cricket future If Omer zakhailwal can not tolerant future indiscipline blame in the cricket then resign or removed those two people and bring professionals to the board.

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