Australia’s announcement of its withdrawal from the ODI series against Afghanistan left Afghanistan fans and players bewildered. This series was a part of the ICC ODI Super League, and it offered crucial points for both teams to solidify their positions. However, due to Cricket Australia’s choice to forfeit, all 30 points meant for the series went straight to Afghanistan. However, Australia did not suffer any loss due to that.
Before this ODI series fiasco, Australia and Afghanistan were scheduled to face off in a Test match in November 2021. However, the match was abruptly canceled after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in August of that year.
Naveen-ul-Haq, the Afghan cricketer, took a sly dig at Australia just ahead of their clash in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 group stages. His words indirectly encouraged Australia to forfeit the game, thereby awarding Afghanistan the much-needed two points. This taunt was a veiled reference to Australia’s decision to forfeit the previous two series.
Naveen-ul-Haq Takes A sly Dig At Australia Ahead Of Their World Cup 2023 Game
In a post on Instagram, Naveen-ul-Haq stated, “Refusing to play the bilateral series, now it will be interesting to see Cricket Australia stand in the World Cup. #standards #humanrights or 2 points.”
Afghanistan has won four games in the 2023 World Cup against defending champions England, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and now the Netherlands. Afghanistan will now face off against Australia and then against South Africa. The team will be giving their all to get to the semi-final and register a sensational and historic campaign. This is already a historic campaign. However, if they do get to the semi-final, that will be a massive achievement for them.