Before the 2019 World Cup started, pace bowler Gulbadin Naib was appointed as the skipper of the Afghanistan team, which failed to win a single game at the mega event. Post the tournament, young Rashid Khan was appointed as the new skipper and now, batsman Asghar Afghan, who was removed from captaincy earlier this year, has been reappointed as the captain in all three formats.
Naib said that his love for the game and his country has compelled him to open up against the rising corruption in the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB). The pace has asked to mend their ways, otherwise, he will expose all the corruption in the board. Naib posted a series of tweets which read thus –
“My dear Afghans, the main reason why I went public is not that I have a personal grudge against a player or the board. I am going to reveal every person’s 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.
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 D 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.”
28-year-old Gulbadin Naib has been one of Afghanistan’s most senior players but his captaincy had come under the scanner in the World Cup in which his tactical knowhow was severely criticised.