Star cricketer Usman Ghani from Afghanistan has decided to take a hiatus from international cricket following his exclusion from the national squad. Making serious allegations against the current cricket board setup, Ghani has voiced concerns about corruption and expressed his intention to await the arrival of a competent management team.
In a statement, Ghani announced his decision to step back from Afghanistan Cricket, citing the influence of corrupt leadership within the cricket board as the driving force behind his choice. He emphasized his commitment to honing his batting skills during this break and expressed his eagerness to rejoin the national team once a trustworthy management structure is in place at the Afghanistan Cricket Board.
Ghani revealed that he had made multiple unsuccessful attempts to meet with the chairman of the ACB, Mirwais Ashraf, to discuss his concerns. Unfortunately, Ashraf remained inaccessible, exacerbating Ghani’s frustration and fueling his desire for change.
Additionally, the 26-year-old cricketer criticized the new chief selector, Asadullah Khan, for failing to provide a satisfactory explanation regarding his exclusion from all formats of the game. Despite having made his international debut back in 2014, Ghani lost his place in the 50-over format in 2022 and has never been considered for red-ball cricket.
Having participated in 11 T20I innings, Ghani has maintained a respectable average of 23.50 and an impressive strike rate of 99.15. However, his recent appearance dates back to a match against Pakistan.
Usman Ghani’s decision to take a break from international cricket sends a strong message to the cricket board, demanding a more transparent and accountable administration. As a talented cricketer, Ghani’s absence will be felt, and fans hope that his concerns will be addressed and resolved promptly to ensure the continued growth and success of cricket in Afghanistan.
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