Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Hamid Shinwari sacked as Afghanistan Cricket Board chief executive. A group of people entered the ACB office and ordered that the CEO be replaced
A group of people entered the ACB office and ordered that the CEO be replaced
Hamid Shinwari, on Monday (September 20) was sacked as the chief executive officer of the Afghanistan Cricket Board. On Monday, a group of people entered the ACB office and ordered that the CEO be replaced. A new CEO, Naseebullah Khan (Haqqani), has been appointed in Shinwari's place.
“Yesterday I was fired,” Shinwari told Cricbuzz on Tuesday (September 21). It is learnt that a group of people belonging to the Haqqani network, a partner in the Afghanistan government, is behind the move.
Earlier on Monday, Shinwari put out a statement in Pasto language over his termination on Facebook. It broadly read: “Today Mr Anas Haqqani came to the cricket board office and told me that ‘your job as the CEO of ACB is over.' He introduced Naseebullah Haqqani as the new CEO. I asked for a written order on my termination but I did not receive one. I was appointed as the CEO (five months back) of the cricket board after a transparent process and now I don't know the reason for my termination.”
Anas Haqqani is a leader of the Haqqani wing in the current Taliban-led government in Afghanistan. Shinwari refused to comment on his post. His Facebook account has since been restricted.
Shinwari had been the international administrative face of the ACB since the violent takeover of the country's government by the Taliban last month. He had made an impassioned plea to the world cricket community after Australia decided not to host Afghanistan in a Test because of the country's treatment of women in public life and in the sporting arena.
The ACB, meanwhile, continues to be headed by Azizullah Fazli, who took over as chairman of the board immediately after the change of government.
Afghanistan cricket has been witnessing changes on the field too. Rashid Khan, arguably the biggest star from the country, resigned protesting the selection of the national team for next month's T20 WC. Mohammad Nabi was appointed captain later amid allegations that chairman Fazli had interfered in the selection of some veterans, who are believed to be past their prime.