Afghanistan cricket and its cricketers are the inspirational stories for cricketing nations and cricketers around the world.
Afghanistan cricket is yet to have recognized regional coaches, proper infrastructures, fully equipped national cricket academy, and some other needed standard facilities but its players are the beauty of cricket leagues around as annually over dozen of Afghan cricketers playing in the likes of Big bash, Indian Premier League, Caribbean Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League and some others hosted by full members countries with the ICC.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan cricket board chairman Farhan Yusefzai has announced new restrictions for Afghan players participating in commercial leagues.
According to reports, from onward, the priority for Afghan players will be national duty along with the commitment to domestic cricket.
The new restriction which will be implemented soon that, has no exception as non of Afghan players will get a non objection Certificate (NOC)from ACB to feature in the leagues while there is a national camp or fixture for the Afghanistan cricket team as well the officially recognized domestic tournaments.
The new decision by Mr.Farhan comes at a time when the likes of Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Zadran, Naveen Ul Haq, and Najeeb Zadran couldn’t make to the seventh edition of Afghanistan elite T20 league Shpageeza.
Also, in another contract, four Afghan cricketers are to feature in the Lanka Premier League scheduled this November while according to the recent new signing four others will be featuring in the Australian commercial league big bash (BBL) next month.
Afghanistan hasn’t got an international fixture till the end of this year 2020 but ACB is looking for a pre-camp in the UAE to best prepare for 2021 where Afghanistan will play in the world cricket league alongside India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka as well participating in the Asia Cup as well in the T20 World cup in India.
According to the FTP, Afghanistan will have 5 test matches next year 2021, A postponed one against Australia, three against Zimbabwe, and a one-off test against arch-rival Ireland too.