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.
In his letter to Yusefzai, Khan mentioned six primary reasons for his step.
Khan was appointed as the chief selector in March this year after a lengthy process where a number of candidates were interviewed. He made the cut because of his experience in the Afghanistan domestic set-up – a former cricketer, he has worked extensively as a coach and a video analyst. He had also served as the ACB’s acting chief executive for a brief period in 2019.
The ACB had revamped the selection plan earlier this year, doing away with the conventional selection committee and forming instead a selection department with Khan at its helm. He was to be assisted by advisors and data analysts, but it is learnt that no-one was recruited, as he has mentioned in the letter.
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Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo’s Pakistan correspondent