Cricket Australia said on Thursday that it has pulled out of the upcoming ODI series against Afghanistan as it is not possible for women and girls to play due to the increasing Taliban restrictions. I was supposed to play in March which is also part of the ICC Super League.
After consultation with all stakeholders including the Australian Government, Cricket Australia has decided not to participate. “Cricket Australia has decided that the men’s ODI series between Australia and Afghanistan will not be played in March 2023,” it said in a statement.
It further said, “The decision was taken after the Taliban imposed restrictions on women and girls’ education and employment, and their access to parks and gyms.” CA is supportive of the development of the game among men and women around the world.
In Afghanistan, the Taliban has banned women from going to university and working in NGOs. Afghanistan is the only Full Member of the ICC without a women’s team and will not play in the Women’s Under-19 T20 World Cup starting on Saturday. Australia will lose 30 competition points for not participating in the series, which will be awarded to Afghanistan. Well it doesn’t matter because Australia has already qualified for the ODI World Cup to be held in India this year.
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