Australia’s white-ball skipper Aaron Finch said that the players are in support of Cricket Australia’s decision to cancel the Afghanistan Test.
Australia are scheduled to play Afghanistan in a solitary Test match just ahead of the Ashes in November end in Hobart.
Cricket Australia has threatened to cancel the Test as media reports have emerged that the new rulers of Afghanistan -the Taliban- has banned women from playing cricket or any other sports in the country.
“Driving the growth of women’s cricket globally is incredibly important to Cricket Australia. Our vision for cricket is that it is a sport for all and we support the game unequivocally for women at every level.”
“If recent media reports that women’s cricket will not be supported in Afghanistan are substantiated, Cricket Australia would have no alternative but to not host Afghanistan for the proposed Test Match due to be played in Hobart. We thank the Australian and Tasmanian governments for their support on this important issue,” a CA spokesperson had stated a month ago.
We’re supportive of Cricket Australia’s position: Aaron Finch
Talking about the issue, Finch said that the players will support the board’s mandate and called it a challenging time.
“It’s a really challenging time no doubt, but we’re supportive of Cricket Australia’s position,” Finch told reporters in a media call.
We’re hopeful that things can resolve itself: Aaron Finch
Afghanistan will be participating in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE and they are placed with India, Pakistan, New Zealand and two more teams yet to be qualified in Group 2 of the Super 12 stage.
When Finch was asked whether his team would play Afghanistan in case they happened to meet in a knockout match, the Australian captain said it would be an ICC decision and hoped for things to get better very soon.
“That’s an ICC decision. We’re hopeful that things can resolve itself and Afghanistan can play a huge part in international cricket,” Finch said.
“We’ve seen how important they are, the development of their game in Afghanistan no doubt is huge,” he added.
Australia will play the opening match of the Super 12 stage against South Africa on October 23 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.