ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan has decided to appoint former chairman Afghanistan Cricket Board, Shukrullah Atif Mashal as the new ambassador to Pakistan.

Media reports said that the Afghan government has conveyed to Pakistan about the decision and the former will make an announcement after approval by Pakistan. Mashal will replace the outgoing envoy Omar Zakhilwal.

It is expected that the new ambassador will take charge of his office within five weeks.

Atif Mashal had resigned as chairman of Afghan cricket board in September. He took over the cricket job in January 2017.

He said his government wanted to assign him new mission therefore he was stepping down from his position in the ACB.

Mashal graduated from the American University of Kabul in political science and public administration.

He has nearly 12 years working experience in management and leadership and as special assistant to attorney general in Kabul.

He also served as director of Programs Planning at Administrative Office of the Afghan president. The website also mentions him as the next ambassador to Pakistan.