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Cricket Australia takes a huge decision, set to cancel Afghanistan Test over Taliban stance on women | XtraTime

Cricket Australia takes a huge decision, set to cancel Afghanistan Test over Taliban stance on women | XtraTime

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Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley . Image Source: Twitter

Xtra Time Web Desk: Cricket Australia on Thursday took a huge decision by cancelling its maiden test match against Afghanistan in the wake of Taliban stance on women’s cricket. In a statement, Cricket Australia confirmed it would be unable to proceed with the planned Test at Hobart’s Blundstone Arena from November 27 if news reports of Taliban views on the women’s game were true.

“Driving the growth of women’s cricket globally is incredibly important to Cricket Australia,” the statement said.

“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.”

Spokesman for the for the Taliban government’s cultural commission, Ahmadullah Wasiq, had told Australian broadcaster SBS News that cricket was not permitted for women under Islamic law.

“Islam and the Islamic Emirate do not allow women to play cricket or play the kind of sports where they get exposed,” Wasiq said.

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“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.

“It is the media era, and there will be photos and videos, and then people watch it.”

In a statement released overnight, the International Cricket Council (ICC) expressed concern with the latest comments from the newly installed Taliban regime and foreshadowed further discussions at the next ICC board meeting which is scheduled for November, after completion of the T20 World Cup.

In order to hold full-member status ICC status nations must field both men’s and women’s teams.

“The ICC is committed to the long-term growth of women’s cricket and despite the cultural and religious challenges in Afghanistan, steady progress has been made in this area since Afghanistan’s admission as a Full Member in 2017,” the ICC statement said.

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“The ICC has been monitoring the changing situation in Afghanistan and is concerned to note recent media reports that women will no longer be allowed to play cricket.”

Suspension of a member nation’s Test status requires a two-thirds majority vote of the ICC’s 17-member board.

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