Afghan captain criticises Australia’s Paine

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Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan has criticised his Australia counterpart Tim Paine for questioning the Asian teams right to participate in major events such as the Twenty20 World Cup.

Paine said the chances of Australia playing a test against Afghanistan in November were “not looking good” with the Taliban unwilling to let women play cricket and he questioned why the game s governing body (ICC) had remained quiet on the issue.

“The Afghanistan Team has the right to play not only in this World Cup but in all ICC organised tournaments/events in accordance with the rules and regulations of ICC,” Afghan wrote on Twitter.

“For a less privileged cricketing nation as Afghanistan with zero infrastructure and support, reaching where we are right now and playing shoulder to shoulder with top 10 countries require sheer determination, passion and talent.

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