Afghan Cricket Board Chairman Alerts Ladies May Nonetheless Play: Report

Afghan Cricket Board Chairman Signals Women Could Still Play: Report

Current experiences claimed that lots of the ladies’s crew have been in hiding in Kabul. (File)


Ladies may nonetheless be allowed to play cricket, the chairman of Afghanistan’s Cricket Board has claimed to an Australian broadcaster in an obvious backflip on the Taliban’s hardline stance.

Azizullah Fazli stated the governing physique would define how this might occur “very quickly”, including that every one 25 of the ladies’s crew remained in Afghanistan and had chosen to not depart on evacuation flights.

“We gives you our clear place on how we are going to enable ladies to play cricket,” he instructed SBS Radio Pashto late Friday, the broadcaster reported on its English-language web site. “Very quickly, we gives you excellent news on how we are going to proceed.”

His feedback seem to contradict the deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural fee Ahmadullah Wasiq, who instructed the identical broadcaster on Wednesday that it was “not obligatory” for girls to play sport.

These remarks noticed Australia threaten to cancel a historic maiden males’s Take a look at between the 2 nations, set to happen in Hobart in November.

Australian Take a look at captain Tim Paine turned up the warmth on Friday, saying he believed groups may pull out of subsequent month’s Twenty20 World Cup in protest, or boycott enjoying Afghanistan.

In an in a single day assertion, the Afghanistan Cricket Board urged Australia to not punish its males’s crew over the Taliban’s obvious ban, saying it was “powerless to alter the tradition and spiritual atmosphere of Afghanistan”.

“Don’t isolate us and keep away from penalising us,” it added.

Cricket Australia stated briefly feedback Saturday that it remained in common dialogue with the Afghanistan Cricket Board and that “we made our place very clear within the assertion”.

It was referring to a press release Thursday during which it supported “the sport unequivocally for girls at each degree”, including that it will have “no various” however to cancel the Hobart Take a look at if the Taliban banned ladies.

Underneath Worldwide Cricket Council laws, nations with Take a look at standing should even have an energetic ladies’s crew.

Afghanistan’s place as a full member was set to be mentioned on the ICC’s subsequent board assembly in November, however Australian media stated the governing physique had introduced it ahead to throughout the subsequent fortnight.

Regardless of latest experiences that lots of the ladies’s crew have been in hiding in Kabul and that members of the Taliban had come searching for them, Fazli insisted they have been secure.

“The ladies cricket coach Diana Barakzai and her gamers are all secure and residing of their dwelling nation,” he instructed SBS.

“Many nations have requested them to depart Afghanistan, however they haven’t left Afghanistan, and for the time being, they’re of their locations.”

(Aside from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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