Fact check: Afghanistan has a T20 sponsor, a moving tale of the Taliban’s deprivation misleading

India must face a violent Afghanistan on Wednesday at the ICC T20 World Cup. Afghanistan has so far recorded thumping victories against Scotland and Namibia and lost to Pakistan in a close match.

In the midst of this, a message circulating on social media claims that the Taliban have refused to sponsor the Afghan cricket team for the T20 World Cup, and it is their captain Mohammad Nabi who is holding the entire team’s expenses.

It is true that concerns have been raised about the future of Afghan cricket since the Taliban took power, which the Islamist group has tried to quell. For the T20 World Cup, however, ‘Sediki Grup’ is the official sponsor of the Afghan cricket team. In an email to AFWA, Nabi also denied the viral claim, calling it false.

The archived versions of the viral posts can be viewed here and here.

AFWA probe

On October 14, the Afghanistan Cricket Board tweeted that Sediki Grup (https://sedikigrup.com/) has officially secured the team’s sponsorship rights for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. They had won the bid by as much as $ 450,000.

AFWA contacted Afghan skipper Mohammad Nabi via email. Sports and media management firm Big Star Creations, which manages Nabi’s portfolio, responded on behalf of the cricketer, calling the viral message false.

Taliban’s ‘love’ for cricket

For a country riddled with crisis, cricket victories over Scotland and Namibia provided some relief to ordinary Afghans. Even Suhail Shaheen, the Taliban spokesman and its representative to the UN, congratulated the team after beating Namibia on 31 October.

The Taliban’s aversion to sports activities is well known by all. This is why their takeover of Afghanistan clouded the future of their cricket team. However, the Islamist group had promised to support cricket and address the concerns of the players.

AssertionThe Taliban have refused to sponsor the Afghan cricket team for the T20 World Cup. Captain Mohammad Nabi bears the entire team’s expenses. ConclusionFacts: Taliban takeover has clouded the future of Afghan cricket. For the T20 World Cup, however, ‘Sediki Grup’ is the official sponsor of the Afghan cricket team. In an email to AFWA, Nabi denied the viral claim, calling it false.

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The number of crows determines the intensity of the lie.

  • 1 Collar: Half true
  • 2 Crows: Most lie
  • 3 Crows: Completely fake

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