Cricket Australia (CA) will indefinitely postpone the one-off Test against Afghanistan and will make a formal announcement this week. CA has made it clear that they will not play Afghanistan if the ruling Taliban does not lift the ban on women’s cricket. According to the Australian Associated Press (AAP), Cricket Tasmania chief executive Dominic Bakker told radio station Triple M that a formal announcement in this regard would be made soon.
“This week it will be formally postponed indefinitely,” Bakker said. It is not acceptable that they will not allow women’s sports. If they want to play men’s sport cricket, especially in the cricketing world, they have to rethink what they have to do.
The Taliban have said that women’s cricket will not continue in the country. Baker said that the way to organize a post-CA Test match would be open if the situation in Afghanistan improves. This only Test was initially scheduled to be held in 2020 but was postponed till November 27 this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Australian Cricketers’ Association has supported CA’s decision to postpone the match.
The union said, “What is happening in Afghanistan is a human rights issue, which is also affecting the game of cricket.” We love watching players like Rashid Khan play against Australia, but organizing this Test match cannot be considered if Roya Samim and her teammates don’t get a chance to play the same match.