KABUL: The Taliban have sacked the executive director of Afghanistan’s cricket board, and on Tuesday directed to ban IPL 2021 broadcast in the country.
While ACB executive director, Hamid Shinwari posted on his official Facebook page on Monday that he had been fired by Anas Haqqani, the younger brother of the Taliban’s new Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani.
He said he was not given any reason for his dismissal, but was told he would be replaced by Naseebullah Haqqani. The official Facebook page of the ACB also announced Naseebullah Haqqani as the new executive director.
The IPL 2021 ban comes even when top Afghan cricketers like Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb ur Rahman are participating in the IPL in UAE.
Former Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) media manager and journalist M Ibrahim Momand said the live broadcast of IPL matches was banned due to possible "anti-Islamic" content.
"Afghanistan national (TV) will not broadcast the @IPL as usual as it was reportedly banned to live the matches resumed tonight due to possible anti-islam contents, girls dancing & the attendance of barred (sic) hair women in the (stadium) by Islamic Emirates of the Taliban," Momand had tweeted on Sunday when the IPL action resumed.
Another journalist Fawad Aman, who has also served as the spokesperson of the Ministry of Defence as per his Twitter handle, wrote, "Ridiculous: Taliban have banned the broadcasting of Indian Premier League (IPL) in Afghanistan."
"Taliban have warned that Afghan media outlets should not broadcast the Indian Cricket League due to girls dancing and the presence of female audience and spectators in stadiums."
The IPL 2021 season resumed in the United Arab Emirates, on Sunday (September 19).
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