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Cricket Australia won’t host Afghan men if women’s team not allowed to play

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Sydney: Standing up for women’s rights in Afghanistan, Cricket Australia has said it will have to cancel the Test match against Afghanistan if women’s team is banned from playing the game.

The announcement came in the wake of media reports about Taliban banning women from playing sports that will risk them exposing their body or face.

In an official statement, Cricket Australia said, “Driving the growth of women’s cricket globally is incredibly important to Cricket Australia. Our vision for cricket is that it is a sport for all and we support the game unequivocally for women at every level.”

The statement further said, “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.”

The board also thanked the Australian and the Tasmanian governments for their support.

According to reports, Ahmadullah Wasiq, the deputy head of Taliban’s cultural commission, had said that women would not be allowed to play any games henceforth, calling it unnecessary. He had reportedly argued that Islam did not allow women to be seen like that (with face and body exposed).

 

 

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