Cricket Australia (CA) will cancel its males’s Check match with Afghanistan if experiences that the ladies’s group can’t play below Taliban rule are true.
On Wednesday, the Worldwide Cricket Council mentioned it was involved by Taliban cultural fee deputy head Ahmadullah Wasiq’s feedback.
Wasiq advised Australian broadcaster SBS Information: “I do not suppose ladies will probably be allowed to play cricket.”
CA mentioned they “assist the sport unequivocally” for ladies in any respect ranges.
“If latest media experiences that girls’s cricket won’t be supported in Afghanistan are substantiated, Cricket Australia would don’t have any various however to not host Afghanistan for the proposed check match as a consequence of be performed in Hobart,” they added.
Australia had been scheduled to host their first ever Check in opposition to Afghanistan from 26 November forward of the Ashes sequence with England, which begins on 8 December.
The lads’s group has already obtained assist from the Taliban – however below ICC guidelines all 12 full members will need to have a nationwide ladies’s group, with solely full members in a position to play Check matches.
The ICC expressed considerations after Wasiq mentioned: “I do not suppose ladies will probably be allowed to play cricket as a result of it’s not mandatory that girls ought to play.
“In cricket, they may face a state of affairs the place their face and physique won’t be coated. Islam doesn’t enable ladies to be seen like this.”
An ICC assertion mentioned the organisation “is dedicated to the long-term progress of ladies’s cricket and regardless of the cultural and non secular challenges in Afghanistan, regular progress had been made on this space since Afghanistan’s admission as a full member in 2017”.
The assertion continued: “The ICC has been monitoring the altering state of affairs in Afghanistan and is worried to notice latest media experiences that girls will now not be allowed to play cricket.
“This, and the influence it can have on the continued improvement of the sport, will probably be mentioned by the ICC board at its subsequent assembly.”
The Taliban named a brand new authorities on Tuesday, three weeks after reclaiming energy, however doubts stay over the regime’s guidelines.
“Thus far, we haven’t any information from the federal government,” Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chief government Hamid Shinwari mentioned in a phone interview with SBC and Reuters.
Final week, BBC Sport reported how lots of the women’s team are in hiding in Kabul, claiming members of the Taliban have already come searching for them.
When the Taliban final dominated Afghanistan 20 years in the past, ladies weren’t allowed to attend faculty and ladies had been banned from work and schooling.