Afghanistan is in danger of playing the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. If Afghanistan’s cricket team plays under the Taliban flag, the International Cricket Council (ICC) may ban Afghanistan from participating in the upcoming T20 World Cup. The T20 World Cup is to be held in the UAE and Oman from October 17 to November 14. Afghanistan has also announced its 15-man squad. Currently, the second phase of IPL is being played in UAE. After this the T20 World Cup will be played in the UAE.
The Taliban has also sacked the head of Afghanistan’s cricket board, Hamid Shinwari. After this, there is a fear that Afghanistan’s men’s cricket team may play under the Taliban flag in the T20 World Cup. In the coming days, all the players participating in the T20 World Cup will have to submit their flags, under whose banner they will play. If Afghanistan plays under the Taliban flag, then the ICC can ban it from participating in the T20 World Cup and can also suspend it.
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The ICC will convene an emergency board meeting to discuss Afghanistan’s move to play under the Taliban flag in the T20 World Cup, The Telegraph reports. The board can vote on suspending Afghanistan in this. But the ICC hopes that Afghanistan will play under the flag of their country. Significantly, the Taliban has banned the broadcast of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) due to the presence of female spectators in the stadiums. Afghanistan is in a group with India, Pakistan, New Zealand in the T20 World Cup.