Afghanistan’s cricket future is in doubt after Taliban say women are not allowed to play sports | Cricket news

The deputy head of the Taliban’s Cultural Commission, Ahmadullah Wasiq, said sports were not seen as “necessary” for women to play in Afghanistan; according to the ICC rules, all 12 full members must have a national women’s team, where only full members can play test matches

Last updated: 08/09/21 13:36

The tough stance on the participation of women in Afghanistan seems unlikely to be relaxed, whatever the implications.

The tough stance on the participation of women in Afghanistan seems unlikely to be relaxed, whatever the implications.

Afghanistan’s women are not allowed to play cricket or sports under the new Taliban regime – which could jeopardize the future of men’s international teams.

Following the United States’ final withdrawal from the country, the Taliban has announced a caretaker cabinet that paid tribute to the old guard from the hard line of a government made up entirely of men.

Talking to the Australian TV station SBS News, the deputy head of the Taliban’s culture commission, Ahmadullah Wasiq, said sports were not seen as “necessary” for women to play.

Afghanistan’s men’s team will play against Australia in a test match during November, but the latest comments from the Taliban are likely to cast doubt that it is now taking place.

According to the rules of the International Cricket Council, all 12 full members must have a national women’s team, where only full members can play test matches. In November 2020, 25 female cricketers were awarded contracts by the Afghanistan Cricket Board.

Afghanistan's men's team will play against Australia in a test match in November, but the latest comments from the Taliban will probably raise doubts that it will now take place

Afghanistan’s men’s team will play against Australia in a test match in November, but the latest comments from the Taliban will probably raise doubts that it will now take place

Wasiq told SBS News: “I do not think women are allowed to play cricket because it is not necessary for women to play cricket.

“In cricket, they may face a situation where their face and body will not be covered. Islam does not allow women to be seen this way.

“It’s the media era, and there will be pictures and videos, and then people will see it.

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Footballer Nadia Nadim, who fled Afghanistan to become one of Denmark’s top players, says that her home country has taken a massive step back with the Taliban’s return to power

Footballer Nadia Nadim, who fled Afghanistan to become one of Denmark’s top players, says that her home country has taken a massive step back with the Taliban’s return to power

“Islam and the Islamic Emirate (of Afghanistan) do not allow women to play cricket or play the kind of sport in which they are exposed.”

While the Taliban are expected to remain supportive of men’s cricket teams, the tough stance on women’s participation is unlikely to be relaxed, no matter what the implications.

“We have fought for our religion so that Islam must be followed. We will not cross Islamic values ‚Äč‚Äčeven if it carries opposite reactions. We will not abandon our Islamic rules,” Wasiq said.

“In cricket and other sports, women will not get an Islamic dress code. It is obvious that they will be exposed and will not follow the dress code, and Islam does not allow that.”

The ICC has been contacted for comment by ON news agency.

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