Women can continue to play cricket in Afghanistan: ACB President

A player from Afghanistan's women's cricket team is seen bowling in this file.  - Reuters / File
A player from Afghanistan’s female cricket team is seen bowling in this file. – Reuters / File
  • “Our girls want to play cricket on a regular basis and we seek to meet their basic needs,” said the ACB chairman.
  • “Women’s cricket is one of the most important requirements of the ICC, therefore it is obliged to achieve it,” the chairman said.
  • says “every employee should remain committed to the ACB and should strive hard to do well in their own areas.”

Afghan women will continue to play cricket, the newly appointed chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) Mirwais Ashraf announced on Wednesday.

According to Tolo News Agency, the chairman said during his introductory meeting with ACB staff and leaders that in order to remain part of the International Cricket Council (ICC), it is imperative for the country to allow Afghan women to play the sport.

“Women’s cricket is one of the most important requirements of the ICC, therefore it is obliged to achieve it,” Ashraf said. “Our girls want to play cricket on a regular basis and we seek to provide for their basic needs and all the facilities they need.”

Ashraf added that the ACB appreciates the requirements of the IC.

Recent shifts in the ACB’s leadership have drawn criticism from the ICC, and the body said it has formed “a group to assess the status of cricket in Afghanistan,” the agency said.

“Every employee must remain committed to the ACB and must strive hard to do well in their own areas,” he said.

It should be recalled that after the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, there have been concerns regarding women’s sports in the country, where several female athletes are fleeing Kabul.

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