The moment the Taliban has formed Government in Afghanistan, there have been growing political tensions in the country. Amid the rising chaos, the Taliban has recently said that they won’t allow women to play cricket, as the women players might face a situation where their face & body will not be covered, which is not allowed in Islam. Cricket Australia has taken a firm stand on the Taliban’s decision by stating that they will not host Afghanistan for the historic one-off test that will be held later this year if Women’s Cricket is not supported by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Australia & Afghanistan are scheduled to play a test match in Hobart this year from November 27 but it is unlikely that the tets match will go ahead.
On Wednesday, the Taliban government said that they won’t allow women to play cricket. Deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural commission, Ahmadullah Wasiq, had told SBS News: “I don’t think women will be allowed to play cricket because it is not necessary that women should play cricket. In cricket, they might face a situation where their face and body will not be covered. Islam does not allow women to be seen like this.”
After Abdullah Wasiq’s comments, Cricket Australia released a statement on Thursday where they have stated that Australia will not host Afghanistan for the one-off test if women’s cricket is not supported & allowed in Afghanistan.
“Our vision for cricket is that it is a sport for all and we support the game unequivocally for women at every level,” the statement said.
“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”, added CA.
The Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) also issued a statement supporting CA’s stance. “What is happening now in Afghanistan is a human rights issue that transcends the game of cricket. And while we would love to see players such as Rashid Khan play against Australia, hosting this Test Match cannot be considered if that same opportunity to play the game is denied to Roya Samim and her teammates”, ACA stated.
All the International Cricket Council member nations are required to support & field a Women’s team apart from a men’s team. Last year the ACB had announced the decision of handing out contracts to 25 women cricketers for the first time in their history. The ICC is expected to discuss the issue in detail during their next board meeting to be held in November this year.