Cricket Australia (CA) scrapping the three-match ODI series against Afghanistan has resulted in pacer Naveen-ul-Haq leaving the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL). Star legspinner Rashid Khan hinted that he might not play in the competition.
It was expected from Afghanistan's men's team players to react to the latest decision, but Naveen went a step further as he ended his association with Sydney Sixers on Thursday.
CA cited Afghanistan's Taliban regime banning education for girls in the country while ignoring the promises made on investing in the women's cricket team. The 23-year old called CA's decision 'childish' and lashed out at the Board saying they have taken away the only happiness of his people.
Rashid, who has played eight games for Adelaide Strikers in the current edition, said that he will be 'strongly considering' his future with the competition.
After the Taliban take over, Afghanistan Cricket Board signed a three-year deal with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) to have their international matches played in the UAE. CA had postponed a one-off Test against Afghanistan due to the political climate.
"CA is committed to supporting growing the game for women and men around the world, including in Afghanistan, and will continue to engage with the Afghanistan Cricket Board in anticipation of improved conditions for women and girls in the country," CA said in a statement on Thursday.
Ahead of the inaugural Under-19 Women's T20 World Cup, ICC CEO Geoff Allardice also spoke about the Board's concerns around the situation in Afghanistan.