The former chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) and the incumbent Afghanistan ambassador to Pakistan, Atif Mashal, has been appointed as a key board member in the ACB.
Taking exclusively to Cricingif from Kabul, Mashal said his prime task is to look into institution development.
“It’s not a full time job. I will be only consulting and will be working on institutionalization,” Mashal said.
Mashal along with the current Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani - who is also the Patron of the ACB - will leave for the UK next week to monitor cricket team affairs closely.
Meanwhile, a source in the ACB claims the latest appointment is not a usual move but has something to do with the tension between the ACB and players of-late.
Prior to the World Cup, Asghar Afghan was replaced as skipper followed by a public resentment from senior players. A couple of days ago, senior batsman Muhammad Shahzad accused the ACB officials of discriminatory treatment.
“We will investigate and do our best to make the team united and focused on specific goal”, the ACB source emphasized.
Apart from Mashal, the ACB also roped in four new governing board members to replace Hikmat Khalil Karzai (deputy minister of foreign affairs), Aklil Hakimi (minister of finance), Sayed Mansoor Saadat Naderi (minister of urban development and housing) and Ahmad Shah Sangdil (university chancellor) since they no longer hold public offices.
Furthermore, the Afghanistan Cricket Board also altered the senior selection committee, including former head coach Andy Moles and Mujahid Zadran into the panel. The current chief selector, Dawlat Ahmadzai, has been handed over the reign of junior selection committee.