A study of terrorism history reveals that terrorist groups operating in terror ravaged areas like Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan indulge in 'destructive' and 'escalating' competition to wrest tactical advantage.
With the United States getting into exit-mode to leave the country and paving the way for an eventual Taliban-take over, India seems to be the last viable backer for the Afghan government of Ashraf Ghani.
The release of three of the five Indian hostages follows key meetings between US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban representatives led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Islamabad.
Earlier, Mohammad Shahzad's contract was "suspended for indefinite period" for breaching the ACB Code of Conduct but the Afghanistan Cricket Board on Sunday fixed the term of his suspension, which will now last one year.
With the World Cup hovering near, Afghanistan Cricket Board has sacked Asghar, and have opted for split captaincy across formats. This comes in as a huge surprise, given the fairytale journey the side had enjoyed under him