Broadcasting of IPL 2021 matches in Afghanistan will resume but the viewers won’t enjoy the live coverage facilities.
On Sunday IPL 2021 resumed after it was suspended four and a half months ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But unfortunately, the Afghanistan cricket fans were unable to watch the action because the broadcasting of the second leg was forbidden in the country under the new rule of the Taliban.
IPL matches to resume broadcasting in Afghanistan
IPL matches were reportedly banned from broadcasting in IPL because of the “Anti-Islamic” visuals like girls (cheer-leaders) dancing goes against the strict laws of the new Taliban regime in the country.
Matches will be shown one day later in Afghanistan
According to former Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) media manager M Ibrahim Momand, RTA Sport, Afghanistan national broadcaster of sports, will stream the IPL matches in the country but only after the removal of anti-Islamic elements from the match.
That means viewers will be able to watch a particular match a day later.
“@SportRta has resume broadcasting the ongoing @IPL but the matches will be recorded & telecast after the removal of some non-Islamic contents from the live matches & will broadcast on one day delay,” Momand tweeted.
— M.ibrahim Momand (@IbrahimReporter) September 22, 2021
Trouble for Afghanistan men’s team in Test cricket
When it comes to Islamist laws, the Taliban has openly said that they won’t allow women to participate in sporting activities, which indicates that the Afghanistan women’s cricket team is likely to be dissolved.
This could also adversely affect the Afghanistan men cricket team’s participation in Test cricket as according to ICC rules, a Test-playing nation must have a women’s cricket team.
Afghanistan are scheduled to play Australia in a solitary Test match in Hobart at the end of November.
However, Cricket Australia (CA) had threatened to cancel the series if the Afghanistan women’s team is banned from playing international cricket.