The ACB Chairman (fourth from left) and Chief Executive Officer (furthest right) with their team, silver-medallists at the Guangzhou Asian Games

The Afghanistan Cricket Board is positioning itself for an assault on ICC Associate Status. Their application to rise from Affiliate to Associate is on the Annual Conference agenda in Kuala Lumpur in June. Grounds have been built, competitions have been streamlined, finances have been shaped and May saw the return of their Chief Executive Officer Hamid Shinwari after a period studying for an MBA in Australia. Current acting CEO Nasim Danish will continue as his deputy.

ACB Chairman Dr Omar Zakhilwal (also Minister of Finance and Chair Government Coordination Committee) says that prior to Mr. Shinwari’s departure for “higher education he had promised to return to his job since the ACB administration really took shape under him. The ACB finances and administration and development activities that had lost momentum lately will be rejuvenated under him and ACB is certainly without any doubts in a much stronger position than it was.”

Mr. Shinwari first became ACB CEO shortly after Afghanistan’s appearance in 2010’s ICC World Twenty20 and remained in the position until early 2011.

Filed May 30th, 2012