ICC says it is committed to continuing to support Afghanistan Cricket to develop both men's and women's cricket moving forward
The International Cricket Council (ICC) Board has appointed a Working Group to review the status of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) and cricket in Afghanistan in light of the recent governmental changes in the country.
The group comprises Imran Khwaja (Chair), Ross McCollum, Lawson Naidoo and Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ramiz Raja and will report back to the Board over the coming months.
"The ICC Board is committed to continuing to support Afghanistan Cricket to develop both men's and women's cricket moving forward. We believe the most effective way for this to happen will be to support our member in its efforts to achieve this through its relationship with the new government," said ICC Chairman Greg Barclay.
He said that cricket is fortunate to be in the position to influence positive change in Afghanistan with the national men's team a source of great pride and unity in a country with a young population that has experienced more upheaval and change than most.
"We should protect that status and continue to try to influence change through the ACB but will continue to closely monitor the situation and take any decisions accordingly," said Barclay.
Meanwhile, the board also approved the continuation of the ICC World Test Championship in its current form of a nine-team league over a two-year period with a final between the top two teams at the conclusion.
BCCI head Sourav Ganguly too has been appointed to the position of Chairman of the ICC Men’s Cricket Committee after Anil Kumble stepped down having served the maximum of three, three-year terms.
"I am delighted to welcome Sourav to the position of Chair of the ICC Men’s Cricket Committee. His experience as one of the world’s best players and latterly as an administrator will help us shape our cricketing decisions moving forward," commented Barclay.