Cricket Australia (CA) has announced that it will not participate in the upcoming ODI series against Afghanistan due to the Taliban’s restrictions on women’s freedom. The series, which was set to take place in March as part of the ICC Super League in the UAE, was seen as a way for both teams to earn points towards World Cup qualification. However, due to the stance of the Taliban on women’s rights, CA has decided to withdraw from the series.
Afghanistan fast bowler Naveen-ul-Haq expressed his disappointment with CA’s decision and stated that he will no longer participate in the Big Bash League until they stop these “childish” decisions. He took to Twitter to express his views, calling for support for a country that is going through a lot.
CA made this decision after consulting with relevant stakeholders, including the Australian government. The organization stated in a statement that, “CA is committed to supporting growing the game for women and men around the world, including in Afghanistan, and will continue to engage with the Afghanistan Cricket Board in anticipation of improved conditions for women and girls in the country.”
As a result of this decision, Australia will also forfeit 30 competition points for the series, which go towards World Cup qualification, but this is not considered to have a major impact as they have already secured a spot for the ODI World Cup in India later this year.