Despite assurance from the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) that the Taliban won’t stop cricket in the country, cricketers are not convinced. Taliban recently captured Afghanistan by removing the previous government. Ever since their takeover, the situation is not fine in the country.
Recently, Afghanistan pacer Naveen-ul-Haq spoke about the condition of national players and said that cricketers are afraid.
“The fear is there in their eyes, in their voices, even in their messages. The Taliban have said (they) won’t be troubling any sportsman, but nobody knows… If you find positive news, if you see people happy together, it’s only cricket… that brings it to the country. It’s that important to Afghanistan. It’s more than a game for Afghanistan’s people,” Haq said in a BBC radio interview.
Haq is in West Indies for the next edition of the Caribbean Premier League. The situation back home has impacted his mindset as well.
“You forget about it for a minute or two to focus on cricket but it jumps into your mind again. I can’t say that I will be fully focused on playing only cricket because you can’t when you see your country like that,” Haq said.