Afghanistan chief selector steps down citing ‘interruption’ from ‘non-cricketers’ in the board


Asadullah Khan claims squad for ODI series against Pakistan was selected without his knowledge

Asadullah Khan has resigned from his position as head of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) selection committee, claiming that the squad for the upcoming “home” ODI series against Pakistan, to be played in Sri Lanka, was finalised without his nod. Khan, in letters written to the board – seen by ESPNcricinfo – cited “too much interruption” and interference from “non-cricketers” in the board, who have “no knowledge about the players and selection” as the main reasons for his decision to step down.

Khan sent across his resignation letter (accepted on July 27) to ACB chairman Farhan Yusefzai on July 24, the day after the squad of 17 for the historic series – it’s the first bilateral ODI series between the two sides – was named, with Hashmatullah Shahidi as the captain and five uncapped players in the mix: Sediqullah Atal, Shahidullah Kamal, Abdul Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi and Noor Ahmad.

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