Afghanistan June 5, 2010

Afghanistan player strike averted for now


The strike had threatened to boycott the tour of Netherlands in July © Getty Images

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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  • testli5504537 on July 31, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    Itx pity to hear. Afghan has a great fan following apart frm d country unles of other associates n affiliates. Even maself rooted them wit ma altime favourite RSA. Itx not nly coz of their fairy tale hail but of their unity n passion too. u guys r nw following d othr big bullies frm asia.. viz paki for their politics, team india n lanka for their $greed. Well choice is urs, wanna be a happy end or a tragic

  • testli5504537 on June 8, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    Salam. Its great pity. I dont know why they are not doing the right thing. I request all to put thier differences aside and work for the betterment of team and posts to those who deserve it. Its just begining for afghanistan still a very long way to go. I really want to see afghanistan top of the world.

  • testli5504537 on June 7, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    Nothing in hands just an ODI status and feeling like a king of cricket. i think they are learning something from pakistani team, and that is politics in team.

  • testli5504537 on June 7, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    ohhhhh nice planing by the players they r talking about Dr.Hamid Shinwari that he dose not have skill of cricket totally wrong now bodies knows more about him then me. he has Played Cricket for 25 years. now the justice is in afghans poeple to say that weather that he has a skill or not.

  • testli5504537 on June 7, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    This is what we all were expecting from Afghanistan Cricket Board Officials. Curruption is existed there on a very low level of 50 50 provincial tournament where, many suitable players have left out from the game. but on level of representing our country internationally we humbly and gentely request the cricket board officials to leave thier jobs and resign, if players are not comfortable with them. Because Afghan nation expects you to prefere country and nation benefits than your own. So for the sake of God Mr. Shinwaries leave your posts for those whith whom the players are more comfortable and let them play with the spirits of nation expectations.

    and I have a specail request from our national players to look at and learn from Pakistan cricket team how much they suffered, so please dont forget the current situation of your county "Broken Afghanistan".

    Thank you All,

    Zabihullah Akhterzai

  • testli5504537 on June 7, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    It is very big shame for Raes ahmadzai at the riterment time he said that i am giving chance for younger player in that way i take Riterment but he Riter hiself for chair it is a big shame for him it is a time to give chance for younger player

  • testli5504537 on June 7, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    We wants the players who play well for the country, such as M. Nabi, Noroz mangal,Hamid Hassan, Hasti Gul, Karim Sadiq, Miwais Ashraf, Noor Ali, Shapoor Zadran, and all the other players who played so far for afghanistan.

  • testli5504537 on June 7, 2010, 4:39 GMT

    Dear this is the reality that we afghan want do work in every part but we know that i m not the right person but also want work

  • testli5504537 on June 7, 2010, 2:52 GMT

    shame on president karzy and on his companions because all them are thieves . in other hand these players realy scarified since 2008. with no salary and any other helps . i think crew of the cricket should be remoud as soon as possible .

  • testli5504537 on June 7, 2010, 2:29 GMT

    None of these guys are playing for the deprived nation of afghanistan they're all just playing for their pockets and for money cause they haven't seen this amount of money yet.This is what they have planned to find more money because there is a six member special group in the afghan national team Which includes the retired Raees Khan.This group told Raess To retire and we will give you this post and you'll get money and we will distribute it among us this all happening here

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