SYDNEY: Cricket Australia said Thursday it would have “no alternative” but to cancel hosting a historic Test match against Afghanistan unless the Taliban backtracks on a reported ban on women playing sport.
Taliban’s cultural commission, Ahmadullah Wasiq told Australian broadcaster SBS: “I don’t think women will be allowed to play cricket because it is not necessary that women should play cricket. 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. Islam and the Islamic Emirate do not allow women to play cricket or play the kind of sports where they get exposed.”
Yesterday Cricket Australia said driving the growth of women’s cricket globally was “incredibly important” to the organisation. “Our vision for cricket is that it is a sport for all and we support the game unequivocally for women at every level,” it 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.”
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