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Afghan Cricket Council President Azizullah Fazli said his organization was engaged in women’s cricket, fearing the Taliban would prevent it from happening; Fazli is also optimistic the men’s test against Australia will go ahead and says his team will compete in this year’s T20 World Cup

Last update: 09/14/21 12:42 PM

Afghanistan Cricket Board says it is committed to women’s cricket and hopes men’s test against Australia goes ahead

The Afghanistan Cricket Board has pledged to promote women’s football in the country and is optimistic its one-time test against Australia in November will take place, incoming chairman Azizullah Fazli told Reuters.

ACB fear isolation after Cricket Australia (CA) threatened to call off a test match against the men’s team if the new Afghan Taliban government did not allow women to play the sport.

The Australian Board of Directors said the growth of women’s cricket was “incredibly important” but Fazli said the AC communication was the result of a “misunderstanding” that was being dispelled.

“We have officially spoken with them and the issue regarding the test match will be resolved,” Fazli said.

A spokesperson for Cricket Australia confirmed they were in “regular dialogue with the ACB” but said that, as it stands, the board’s position on the Hobart test does not hadn’t changed.

The row erupted when a representative of the Taliban told Australian broadcaster SBS last week that he did not believe women would be allowed to play cricket because it was “unnecessary” and would be contrary to Islam.

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

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

When the Taliban last ruled Afghanistan twenty years ago, girls were not allowed to go to school and women were denied access to work and education.

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

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Australia Testing captain Tim Paine said last week that other countries may refuse to play Afghanistan in the Twenty20 Men’s World Cup, which begins next month, due to the issue, but Fazli has excluded such a prospect.

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

“We are already starting the preparation of our camp. As a full team, our international relationship with other full countries is very good.”

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