Former skipper Gulbadin Naib has threatened to expose the Afghanistan cricket board officials and players for allegedly underperforming during the World Cup. The cricketer added that he would publicly name and shame the government, players and management if appropriate action isn't taken.
After he was surprisingly named the captain of the side in April 2019, Naib led a promising Afghanistan side in the World Cup in England earlier this year. However, the team failed to win a single game in the tournament, despite coming close a couple of times. Naib, who was stripped of his captaincy after the tournament, came out via Twitter yesterday threatening to expose several teammates for purposefully underperforming at the global event.
"I know most of you may ask why I have not spoken publicly against these ppl/mafia circle before. I have been sidelined and promised, by the authorities and other stakeholders that they will sort the mess in the cricket team and promised immediate changes & banning of this circle," Naib tweeted, reported ANI.
"Has anything been done about such betrayal? For public interest, if D authorities don't take appropriate actions, I will publicly name & shame every single one from gov officials to board members, players and ex-board and management members. Stay tuned... long life my beloved," he further said.
"The same circle have access all the way to some high-level gov officials, who have influence over the cricket board and management. Some blatantly admitted to the board that they were not performing as they were supposed to during the World Cup because of my captaincy," Naib added.
On Wednesday, the ACB replaced Rashid Khan with Asghar Afghan — the skipper before Naib — as the team's captain in all formats.