KABUL: Zimbabwe have ordered nine of its cricketers playing in a Twenty20 league in Afghanistan to return home following a deadly suicide bombing outside a stadium while a game was going on. Former Australian batsman Dean Jones survived the blast.
Zimbabwe Cricket says the nine, which include Test players Elton Chigumbura, Hamilton Masakadza, Sikandar Raza and Richmond Mutumbami, are on their way home.
@ZimCricketv has revoked the NOCs that it had issued to nine Zimbabwean players involved in the Shpageeza CricketLeague in Afghanistan
— Zimbabwe Cricket (@ZimCricketv) September 14, 2017
Zimbabwe revoked the no objection certificates it issued to the players to allow them to go to Afghanistan. It says “ZC will not under any circumstances compromise on matters of player safety.”
Officials said three people were killed and 12 wounded in the blast on Wednesday outside the Alokozay Kabul International Cricket Ground. A match being played at the time was on a scheduled break and continued without delay.
All six teams in the Shpageeza Cricket League have foreign players, mainly from Zimbabwe, South Africa, West Indies and Sri Lanka.