Cricket Australia’s stand on Afghanistan in view of Taliban ban on women playing cricket or any sport has met with the approval of the Australian test captain Tim Paine .
It may be recalled that Cricket Australia has announced that the one off test match vs Afghanistan is not going ahead in late November in view of Afghanistan’s ( Taliban ) ban on women’s cricket in their country .
Paine has said that Afghanistan should not be allowed to play in the world cup and ICC ‘s silence on this matter so far is indeed highly fascinating .
“I don’t think we want to be associated with countries that are taking opportunities or things off literally half their population, It’s sad. We’ve heard nothing from the ICC, which is fascinating given there is a T20 World Cup in just over a month’s time. I’d imagine it’s impossible for Afghanistan to take part if teams are pulling out of playing against them and governments are not letting them travel to our shores.” Paine said
“How a team like that can be allowed to play in an ICC-sanctioned event is going to be very, very hard to see , something that teams will discuss on the eve of that World Cup”. Paine added .
ICC has indicated that they will discuss the Afghanistan issue in their November meeting after the T20 World cup
With the Afghanistan test being cancelled , Australia is looking at other options to rejig the Test summer and accomodate a replacement Test match for Hobart , where no tests are played after 2016 when Australia hosted South Africa .