Afghan Cricket is essentially Made in Pakistan; so cut the crap!

Ale Natiq (Ali Mashhadi)
6 min readJun 26, 2019

Earlier this month, Afghanistan Cricket Board’s (ACB) interim Chief Executive Officer, Asadullah Khan claimed that Afghanistan cricket is better than Pakistan in all aspects. I can take that — everyone likes their own mangoes, and there is no doubt that Afghanistan Cricket has come a long way and they have some good talent in the team, which is great for the sport. Afghanistan doing well has received great appreciation across the board, including Pakistan Cricket followers. Even the Prime Minister of Pakistan publicly applauded the Afghanistan Cricket Team.

But Asadullah Khan further added that Pakistan should seek technical help and coaching from Afghanistan for improving their cricket, in the backdrop of Pakistan’s initial loss to West Indies. That’s going a bit too far. For reference, most of the Cricket that this Mr Asadullah Khan has ever played — has been in Pakistan. His comment came at a time when the team he is boasting about is placed the bottom of the table in the ICC CW 2019, and in a previous interview he is reported to have said:

“I played my initial cricket in Pakistan and acknowledge the overwhelming support of the neighbouring country”

This comment did not come in a vacuum and was more than just a sporting commentary. Its part of Afghanistan’s geopolitical shift towards Pakistan’s rival India, and was meant more for political point-scoring.

The internet has also been filled with a lot of vitriol coming from Afghan cricket fans needlessly bashing Pakistan and trying to earn brownie points with India, which is largely a result of ACB’s recent aggressive line towards Pakistan with an aim to get closer to their new friend, India.

The Afghan team had its early genesis in the refugee camps of Pakistan, where young Afghans who had fled the war in their own country, were growing up, their days spent playing cricket with sticky tape balls. To this…

Ale Natiq (Ali Mashhadi)

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