Australia refused to play the series against Afghanistan, and Naveen-ul-Haq left the Big Bash League. Australia’s recent decision to refuse to play a series against Afghanistan has caused a stir in the cricketing world. The series, which was scheduled to take place later this year, would have been a historic moment for Afghanistan, as it would have been their first-ever bilateral series against a top-ranked team.
The decision has been met with disappointment and criticism from the Afghan cricket community, who see it as a missed opportunity to showcase their team’s progress and potential. The Afghan cricket board has expressed its disappointment and has called on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to intervene and help facilitate the series.
The decision has also impacted individual Afghan cricketers, with one player, Naveen-ul-Haq, deciding to leave the Big Bash League in Australia, citing the lack of opportunities for Afghan players as the reason for his departure.
The situation has raised questions about the role of top-ranked teams in promoting and supporting the development of cricket in lesser-known teams. Some argue that it is the responsibility of top-ranked teams to play against and support the development of lower-ranked teams, while others argue that teams should be free to make their own decisions about who they play against.
Regardless of the reasons behind the decision, it is clear that the cancellation of the series is a missed opportunity for both the Afghanistan cricket team and the cricketing world to see their progress and potential. It is essential for the ICC and other top cricketing nations to support and promote the development of the sport globally.