Australia To Postpone Only Test Match Against Afghanistan Over Women's Cricket Ban

Afghanistan’s only Test match against Australia in November is likely to be postponed as a move to retaliate against the banning of women’s cricket in the country.

Since the Taliban has emerged as the new rulers of Afghanistan, women sports have been jeopardised in the country as the militant organisation is strictly against allowing women to play with due reference to Islamic laws.

Taliban bans women’s participation in sports in Afghanistan

Taliban has explicitly denied the Afghanistan women’s cricket team to play the sport. Cricket Australia had earlier said they would be forced to cancel the Test match against Afghanistan men’s team.

Afghanistan Cricket Team
Afghanistan Cricket Team. Image Credits: Twitter

According to ICC rules, a Test-playing nation must have a women’s cricket team and hence Afghanistan men’s team might not be able to continue to play in the longest format.

It’s likely that we will postpone the Afghanistan Test: Nick Hockley

Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockelyer said that the board is trying to understand the ground-level situation of Afghanistan and they might postpone the Test once they get enough clarity on the matter.

“It’s likely that we will postpone (the test) until a point of time where there is more clarity and that’s following consultation with the Australian government,” Hockley told the ABC.

Cricket Australia Chief Nick Hockley
Cricket Australia Chief Nick Hockley (Image Credit: Twitter)

“The work we’ve been doing is to understand the current situation on the ground. “We made our position very, very clear off the back of some earlier comments around, potentially, cricket as a sport for women and girls not being supported in Afghanistan,” he added. 

Last month, Afghanistan Cricket Board’s newly appointed chairman Azizullah Fazli said that it was committed to promoting women’s cricket in the country and optimistic the one-off test against Australia would go ahead.

“We officially talked with them, and the issue regarding the test match will be resolved. The new government of Afghanistan is focusing on its priority programmes. They haven’t told us anything regarding women cricket (but) we are committed to maintaining and supporting women cricket,” Fazli had told news agency Reuters. 

Afghanistan men’s team will be participating in the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates later this month. The Mohammad Nabi-led side will play against India, Pakistan, New Zealand and two more teams to be determined through the qualifiers stage.

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