Afghanistan refuses playing in Pakistan due to ‘Security Concerns’
Karachi: The recent energetic performance during the WT20 has brought a radical change in the Afghan cricket board’s attitude as they will no longer visit Pakistan due to security concerns.
According to details Afghanistan team’s performance was quite satisfactory in the WT20 and they also defeated West Indies in their last match but this victory brought a radical change in their overall attitude. The board while showing its concern on security issues flatly refused to visit Pakistan.
Afghanistan itself has been a victim of civil war for a long time and in the past their team used to visit Pakistan when the conditions here were disturbing, but now when the conditions are quite favorable and PCB is trying to host the World XI, in such a situation suddenly Afghanistan board takes a u-turn and starts speaking about security concerns in Pakistan, whereas they themselves have made Sharjah as their home ground due to the deteriorating condition of their country.
According to the original program set for Pakistan tour in April, Afghan team had to play two 4 day matches and 3 One Day which was later reduced to 3 One Day matches only. For this series Sharjah cricket stadium was not chosen as PCB wanted to organize these matches in Pakistan. The Afghan cricket board officials while speaking to the media confirmed that the board due to security concerns has already decided to cancel Pakistan tour but the formal announcement would be made soon.
The interesting point to mention is that during the WT20, the Afghan players and officials had been demanding for a regular playing opportunity with the bigger teams but on the contrary they are avoiding the series just because of security concerns.