Two Afghanistan U19 officials not to seek asylum, return home

Two out of 4 Afghanistan crew members from the 2022 Below-19 World Cup touring social gathering returned to the nation three months after staying again in England with a view to searching for asylum within the wake of the Taliban takeover of the nation. ESPNcricinfo understands each have been accepted again by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) and are more likely to be reemployed by the board.

Afghanistan completed fourth on the Below-19 World Cup within the Caribbean, three locations greater than in 2020. Whereas getting back from Antigua, the crew had a scheduled stopover in London. Whereas the remainder of the Afghanistan squad, together with the teaching and help workers, boarded their flight from London, 4 members of the travelling social gathering determined to remain on at Heathrow with a view to searching for asylum.

“There have been three officers and one participant [who stayed on in London], with video analyst Sherullah Afghan and physio Dr. Sifatullah Wardak amongst them, however these two have determined to return to Kabul,” ACB chief govt Naseeb Khan advised ESPNcricinfo. “It was not the primary time that individuals in our nation stayed in different international locations in varied methods or have been smuggled in another country. I’m happy that our technical workers has returned to the ACB, and I warmly welcome them.

“Their presence reveals that safety in Afghanistan is bettering daily and that the ACB has overcome the challenges it confronted within the early days of the regime change. I hope these younger individuals who have left the nation return, as there are a number of prospects for them to serve their nation on varied events. The doorways are open for all Afghans.”

Each officers met with the ACB’s high brass on the board headquarters in Kabul because the duo admitted that they most popular to return to serve their cricket. “Afghanistan wants manpower in technical facets, so we determined to return again and work in our very personal nation as a result of there may be peace and prosperity within the nation, so the precedence have to be given to Afghanistan,” Wardak mentioned in a press release.

ACB chairman Mirwais Ashraf confirmed that each will likely be given employment. “The sport has unfold to all elements of the nation,” mentioned Ashraf. “The nation is in want of technical workers and capacities, so everybody should try onerous to work for the nation.”

Instantly after Taliban took over the nation final August, tons of of Afghans together with at the very least one former president, bureaucrats, sportspersons and civilians left. For the reason that takeover, the cricket board has been reshuffled extensively, and the working construction was revamped. Former allrounder Ashraf was introduced in as the brand new chairman.

Regardless of being a Full Member nation, availing visas has turn into progressively more durable for Afghan cricketers and help workers, particularly within the aftermath of the Taliban establishing a authorities. To alleviate the issue and expedite visas, the ACB has determined to obtain UAE residency visas for practically two dozen gamers and officers. The residence visas will permit the gamers and officers to remain within the UAE for longer durations of time whereas additionally making certain they’re able to apply for visas with out bodily needing to be current in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan’s subsequent tour is in opposition to Eire in Belfast in August, with the ACB within the means of procuring UK visas.

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