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Afghanistan Cricket Board chairman Azizullah Fazli says his organisation is committed to women’s cricket amid fears the Taliban will prevent it from happening; Fazli is also optimistic men’s Test against Australia will go ahead and says side will compete in this year’s T20 World Cup

Last Updated: 14/09/21 12:41pm

The Afghanistan Cricket Board says it is committed to women's cricket and is hopeful the men's Test against Australia will go ahead

The Afghanistan Cricket Board says it is committed to women’s cricket and is hopeful the men’s Test against Australia will go ahead

The Afghanistan Cricket Board is committed to promoting the women’s game in the country and is optimistic their one-off Test against Australia in November will go ahead, new chairman Azizullah Fazli told Reuters.

The ACB fears being isolated after Cricket Australia (CA) threatened to scrap a Test match against the men’s team if Afghanistan’s new Taliban government did not allow women to play the sport.

The Australian board said driving the growth of women’s cricket was “incredibly important” but Fazli said the CA communication was a result of a “misunderstanding” which was being cleared up.

“We officially talked with them and the issue regarding the Test match will be resolved,” Fazli said.

A Taliban representative told Australian media last week that he did not think women would be allowed to play cricket

A Taliban representative told Australian media last week that he did not think women would be allowed to play cricket

A Cricket Australia spokesman confirmed they were in “regular dialogue with the ACB” but said that, as things stand, the board’s position on the Hobart Test had not changed.

The row was sparked when a Taliban representative last week told Australian broadcaster SBS that he did not think women would be allowed to play cricket because it was “not necessary” and would be against Islam.

Fazli, who returned as the ACB chairman last month in the first major cricket development in the country since the Taliban took control, said he was still awaiting instructions from the government on the future of women’s cricket.

Mohammad Nabi is set to captain Afghanistan in the T20 World Cup after Rashid Khan's resignation

Mohammad Nabi is set to captain Afghanistan in the T20 World Cup after Rashid Khan’s resignation

“The new government of Afghanistan is focusing on its priority programmes,” the administrator said. “They haven’t told us anything regarding women cricket (but) we are committed to maintaining and supporting women cricket.”

When the Taliban last ruled Afghanistan two decades ago, girls were not allowed to attend school and women were banned from work and education.

The governing International Cricket Council (ICC) will discuss the issue at its next board meeting in November.

Tim Paine says it will be 'hard to see' Afghanistan play in the T20 World Cup after the Taliban's takeover

Tim Paine says it will be ‘hard to see’ Afghanistan play in the T20 World Cup after the Taliban’s takeover

Australia Test captain Tim Paine said last week that other countries might refuse to play Afghanistan in the men’s Twenty20 World Cup, which begins next month, because of the issue, but Fazli ruled out such a prospect.

“There’s no threat to Afghanistan’s participation in the T20 World Cup,” he said.

“We are already beginning our camp preparation. As a full-member team, our international relation with other full-member countries is very good.”





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