Islamabad, June 3: In reply to Afghanistan’s cancelling the proposed cricket tournament with Pakistan, Islamabad has stopped its players and coaches from participating in Afghanistan's domestic Twenty20 league starting in Kabul from the 18th of next month.
Notably, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday stopped its players and coaches from participating in Afghanistan's domestic Twenty20 league starting in Kabul which is to be held from the 18th of next month. Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal and Babar Azam were among those Pakistan players contracted by franchises to compete in the Shpageeza Cricket League.
The PCB in a statement said that none of the Pakistani players or the coaches will be issued the required No Objection Certificate for the league in Afghanistan. "No Pakistani player or official can feature in the league," the PCB said.
Interestingly, the ties between Afghanistan Cricket Board and the PCB became tense after the bomb blast in Kabul in which 90 people were killed. Following the attack, the Afghan board cancelled two Twenty20s matches against Pakistan that were scheduled to be played in July and August.
Importantly, Afghanistan has been kept continuously blaming Pakistan for exporting terrorism in Kabul since few years. It has also blamed and humiliated Pakistan at various international platforms which exposed Islamabad’s dirty game of terrorism and proxy war.