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Cricket Australia: ‘No alternative’ but to cancel Afghanistan test match following Taliban stance on women’s sport

Australia’s governing board for cricket is due to host Afghanistan for the one-off Test on the prestigious Bellerive Oval stadium in Hobart, Tasmania.

However, in a put up from their verified Twitter account on Thursday, CA stated that “if latest media experiences that women’s cricket is not going to be supported in Afghanistan are substantiated,” it might have “no various but not to host Afghanistan for the proposed Test Match.”

“Driving the expansion of women’s cricket globally is extremely vital to Cricket Australia. Our imaginative and prescient for cricket is that it’s a sport for all and we assist the sport unequivocally for girls at each degree.

“We thank the Australian and Tasmanian Governments for his or her assist on this vital problem,” it added.

The Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) — which represents retired and present, home and worldwide gamers — launched a press release on social media in assist of Cricket Australia’s announcement shortly after.

“The ACA unequivocally endorses Cricket Australia’s assertion on the upcoming Test Match in opposition to Afghanistan,” the assertion learn.

“What is occurring now in Afghanistan is a human rights problem that transcends the sport of cricket.

“And whereas we’d love to see gamers resembling Rashid Khan play in opposition to Australia, internet hosting this Test Match can’t be thought of if that very same alternative to play the sport is denied to Roya Samim and her teammates.”

‘My nation is in chaos’

Rashid Khan, who captains the Afghanistan Twenty20 side, said his "country is in chaos."
The information comes as Ahmadullah Wasiq, deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural fee, advised Australia’s SBS News that Afghan ladies shouldn’t play cricket and different sports activities the place they’d be “uncovered.”

“In cricket, they may face a scenario the place their face and physique is not going to be coated. Islam doesn’t permit ladies to be seen like this,” Wasiq advised SBS News.

Meanwhile, the Guardian reported that Afghan women’s cricketer Samim fled her nation for Canada, so as to escape the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul in August.

Khan, who captains the Afghanistan Twenty20 aspect, has been vocal on social media in regards to the battle in his native nation.

“Dear World Leaders! My nation is in chaos,” he tweeted in August, a number of days earlier than the Taliban seized the presidential palace in Kabul.

“Thousands of harmless folks, together with youngsters and girls, get martyred on a regular basis, homes & properties being destructed. Thousand households displaced.

“Don’t go away us in chaos. Stop killing Afghans & destroying Afghaniatan [sic]. We need peace,” he added.

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