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The Afghanistan Cricket Board scandal, 30 officials boycotted, Mashal to resign

ACB Chairman Atif Mashal.
by Sayer Zaland, ASJF President

KABUL, August 16, 2017 - 30 top officials and other employees of ACB boycotted with the Chairman and CEO called for resign.

ACB Media Manager, Development Manager, senior adviser for Chairman and 27 other Staff boycotted with Chairman Atif Mashal and called to resign from the Post.

The boycotted team expressed to media that Chairman Atif Mashal is a conservative person and want to create his own group of people in board.

According to Aziz Gharwal ACB Media manager Mashal fired some top technical official and brought his own people who don’t know what cricket is?

Gharwal added further that Mashal is using ACB as his campaign office for his own publicity and yet to work on Infrastructure plans which are must needed for ICC Full membership.

Meanwhile the 30-person delegation who boycotted with ACB expressed their concerns to ACB board members, yet to get their answer.

In the meantime, the team is willing to have a press conference and show their Evidence against ACB Chairman and their irresponsible selection and Changes.

Aziz Gharwal told media that Chairman Mashal is behaving very badly with ACB Staff (even he is warning the managers in official meeting that will fire him if not accept his thoughts.)

ACB Chairman and CEO both are busty with their tours and most of the time they are abroad.

Chairman Atif Mashal told media today that they are is in Sri Lanka to attend the ICC meeting, but there are political problems and he is forced by top government official to not fire some staff.

Mashal told VOA Radio in his interview that he will share his concerns with his team and added further that there is no place for these boycotted officials in ACB.

In this first speech to media Atif Mashal added, “Sustainable development for cricket in Afghanistan will fulfill all the objectives that the Government of Afghanistan and ICC entrusted to ACB. I will be meeting professionals and cricket experts for improving cricket in Afghanistan, and I request all Afghan people and political leaders to help me and keep cricket as nonpolitical.”

But after 9 months of his work as ACB Chairman is yet to open an international ground for national players.

He was also highly criticized by social media when he contacted to have a bilateral series with Pakistan and after he cancel the series with an emotional statement published by ACB Official twitter and Facebook page.

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