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Gulbadin Naib, Former Afghanistan Skipper, Threatens To 'Publicly Name And Shame' Players For Underperforming

Gulbadin Naib Captained Afghanistan In The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Where They Lost All Their Games And He Has Launched A Scathing Attack On The Afghanistan Cricket Board.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Siddharth Vishwanathan | Updated on: 12 Dec 2019, 05:43:57 PM
Gulbadin Naib captained Afghanistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and the team lost all nine games.

New Delhi:

Afghanistan cricket is currently witnessing a turmoil of sort. On Wednesday, Afghanistan Cricket Board re-appointed former captain Asghar Afghan as the skipper across all formats of the game The decision taken by the ACB's top management officials, comes seven months after Asghar was stripped from captaincy across formats. "As per the decision by ACB Top management, senior player Asghar Afghan is reappointed as team Afghanistan's captain across formats," ACB wrote on its official Wednesday.

However, Gulbadin Naib, who captained the Afghanistan side for the World Cup, has lashed out at the Afghanistan Cricket Board on his Twitter handle and accused the board of 'corruption'. He also said he will 'name and shame' the players who deliberately underperformed during his captaincy tenure.

On his Twitter handle, @GbNaib, he wrote, "My dear Afghans, the main reason why i went public is not because i have personal grudge against player or the board. I am going to reveal every persons identity involved in corruption and other misconducts and betrayals against our Nation cricket and its ppl. I know most of you may ask why have i not spoken publicly against these ppl/mafia circle before. I have been sidelined and promised, by the authorities and other stakeholders that they will sort the mess in the cricket team and promised immediate changes & banning of this circle."

On the corruption front and on the players performance, Naib wrote, "The same circle have access all the way to some high level gov officials, who have influence over the cricket board and management. Some blatantly admitted to the board that they were not performing as they were suppose to during world cup because of my captaincy. Has anything been done about such betrayal? For public interest, if (the) authorities don’t take appropriate actions, i will publicly name & shame every single one from gov officials to board members, players and ex board and management members. Stay tuned... long life my beloved Afghanistan," Naib wrote.

In April, two months before the ODI World Cup, ACB had named Rahmat Shah, Gulbadin Naib and Rashid Khan as replacements of Asghar in the Test, ODI and T20 teams respectively. However, after the World Cup after a disappointing show in England, where Afghanistan lost all its nine matches, all-rounder Rashid was named skipper across all formats.

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Under Asghar's leadership, Afghanistan became a Full Member of the International Cricket Council and secured their maiden Test win against Ireland in Dehradun last month. The 32-year-old Asghar has represented Afghanistan in 111 ODIs, 66 T20 Internationals and 4 Test matches.

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First Published : 12 Dec 2019, 05:43:57 PM