Taliban Minister Wants Indian Players In The Afghanistan Cricket League

 Taliban Minister Wants Indian Players In The Afghanistan Cricket League

Taliban Minister and Team India (Image Source: Twitter)

Afghanistan Cricket Team has become a power to reckon with in recent times. Several players have produced good performances for their country. Even, some players like Rashid Khan have become a pivotal part of global franchise leagues over the years. However, now the Taliban leader and Afghan interior minister Sirajuddin Haqqani expressed his wish to tie up with India for cricketing ideas.

Until the early 2000s, Cricket was not so popular in the country. But, since then, a rapid rise happened and now, it sits among the top 10 sides in the world in the one-day international and T20 formats. Afghanistan also gained coveted Test status in 2017. Even, the Governing Body of Cricket also picked Rashid Khan as the Men’s T20I Player of the Decade in 2020.

“We welcome such steps which bring our people together.” – Taliban leader Sirajuddin Haqqani

Speaking in an exclusive interview with News18, Taliban leader Sirajuddin Haqqani said that Afghanistan has failed to display its liking for this sport fully so far. Hence, a tie-up with India can help in generating more effective creating ideas in the near future. According to him, it will also embark their liking of this sport. 

He said: “This sport is liked by the youth, especially teenagers. But we had stumbled into bad times and we were engaged in bloodshed and wars. We have not fully displayed our happiness and liking towards the sport. Now that times are good, we will embark on sports,”

The Taliban leader also said that having Indian players in the Afghan League can guide Afghan players. He even considered it a good gesture to bring their people together. “This is a good gesture. We see that this sport is a medium to cement ties of love and unitedness. We welcome such steps which bring our people together.” Haqqani added. However, this statement came from just two days before a US drone strike killed Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in Kabul. This place was around a kilometer from the site of the strike.

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