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Cricket: Former captain Mangal appointed national team Chief selector, Abid Chief of Disciplinary Committee

Nowroz Manga was appointed as Chief selector of the Afghanistan cricket national team and Hasti Gul Abid as head of the Disciplinary committee (Photo: ASJF)
by Sayer Zaland, ASJF President

KABUL, January 5, 2017 - Nowroz Manga was appointed as chief selector of the Afghanistan cricket national team and Hasti Gul Abid as head of the Disciplinary committee it was announced on 3 January, 2017 in Kabul.

Afghanistan national cricket team former captain and a key player for the national squad Nowroz Manga was appointed as Chief selector for the national team as he made the switch from player to national team administration.

During a press conference Nawroz Mangal first resigned from the national team and then announced by Atif Mashal the ACB Chairman as head of the national team Selection Committee.

Mashal told media that he is committed to make the selection committee free and responsible for the ACB, Media and fans. “We thank to Nawroz Mangal and every player of the national team who served the nation and played for the pride of the nation.” Mashal said

According to the ACB chairman they will provide more facilities to the players and will work to promote cricket nationwide.

“The selection of players will be based on transparent process and I will never assent external or internal pressures. I will introduce permanent and professional selection committees for cricketers. Financial Independence is an important part of my agenda and I will implement it with true spirit,” Mashal said.

According to his first day promise Mashal appointed Nawroz Mangal as chief selector for the national team.

Mr. Atif Mashal was appointed recently as new Chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) for next three years, replacing Nasimullah Danish, following a decree issued by His Excellency President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and approval of the Afghanistan cricket board members.

He added that the committee is fully independent and also responsible to everyone any time.

Mangal played ODIs 49 and 30 T20 for the country and seven years a national team captain.

He started his ODI career v Scotland at Benoni, Apr 19, 2009 and scored 32 runs in his first innings.

"I have played a lot for Afghanistan but it's for the first time that I have come [as selector] and the ACB has given me such an important responsibility," Mangal said.

He added further that he want to thank ACB that they allowed him to do national duty in the past and now as Chief selector.

"We have to be patient, don't expect anything soon. I will see the players first and something which is really important for me is the fitness and ethics of the players,” Mangal said.

Mangal added further "To be the selector for a national team is a very important thing, it has to be done by a cricket player, I will try to fulfill my duty. It's the start."

Meanwhile the ACB Chairman announced a new committee for discipline and implementing the code of conducts of ICC in Afghanistan.

The former cricket and fast bowler Hasti Gul Abid who played several years for national team now will work as head of this committee and will solve and investigate the problems of players on a national level.

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