Kabul, August 22 (IANS) Azizullah Fazli was appointed acting chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Sunday. Fazli’s appointment is the first major development related to cricket in the country since the Taliban took over on August 15 after the withdrawal of US troops and President Ashraf Ghani left the country for the UAE.
Former ACB President Azizullah Fazli has been reappointed ACB’s acting chairman. He will monitor ACB’s leadership and approach to the upcoming competitions, “read a tweet from ACB on Sunday.
Fazli had previously served as chairman of the ACB after Atif Mashal resigned. He held the post from September 2018 to July 2019. He was replaced by Farhan Yusufzai as chairman after Afghanistan finished at the bottom of the points table at the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England.
Fazli has been associated with Afghanistan cricket for almost two decades. He was among the early group of players who established the game in the country. After his playing days were over, he also served as ACB’s vice chairman and adviser.
His first task will be to ensure that Afghanistan’s upcoming ODI series of three matches against Pakistan in Sri Lanka runs smoothly despite various obstacles. With commercial flights from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul yet to be resumed after the Taliban takeover, it is understood that Afghanistan’s players will have to travel by road to Pakistan and fly out to Sri Lanka from there.
The series risks being affected by the ten-day lockdown imposed from Friday night across Sri Lanka due to rising Covid-19 cases.
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