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Team owner makes T20 debut in Afghanistan, gets banned for misbehaviour

T20 Afghanistan
by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

In a bizarre series of events, a team owner in the Shpageeza League in Afghanistan was banned for misbehaviour by the Afghanistan Cricket Board a day after making his T20 debut.

Abdul Latif Ayoubi, the 40-year-old owner of Kabul Eagles, made the playing XI for his team, for their game against Speen Ghar Tigers on September 13.

Ayoubi, described as a “right-arm medium-fast” on his ESPNcricinfo profile, bowled just the one over as the sixth bowler in the innings, giving away 16 runs in Tigers’ total of 142-8 in 20 overs.

His debut ended in a win for his team, but just a day later, he was “banned from attending the remainder” of the tournament, after violating “Articles 9 &18 of the ACB Disciplinary Code, which deals with “misbehaviour with Staff or players, using foul language & damaging property.”

The team is led by Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Afghanistan’s 18-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman. A few fans on Twitter even suggested the captain was even related to the owner.


The domestic T20 league, which was established in 2013, currently features notable players from the Afghanistan international team.

In the past, overseas cricketers such as Cameron Delport, Hamilton Masakadza and Sikandar Raza, among others, have been part of the squads, while former players such as Herschelle Gibbs and Adam Hollioake have been part of the support staff.

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