Afghanistan’s tour of Australia is now in jeopardy. The Taliban has announced that women’s cricket is disallowed in Afghanistan. The reason given is that women’s face and body will not be covered as per Islamic rules.
Deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural commission, Ahmadullah Wasiq, has said : “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.”
Cricket Australia has championed women’s cricket for the past decade and is miffed at the declaration coming from the Taliban representatives about women cricket is not necessary. Hence cricket Australia has announced in no uncertain terms that they may not host Afghanistan if the reports that women cricket won’t be allowed in Afghanistan is true.
Cricket Australia’s statement read as under :
“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.”
With this news, the future of Afghanistan cricket once again goes onto depths of uncertainty. They had only been admitted to the full membership of ICC in 2018 and performed reasonably well in the World cup 2019.
It remains to be seen what the future holds now for Afghanistan cricket .
Afghanistan was due to play the one off test vs Australia from 27 Nov 2021