Cricket Australia postpones T20I series against Afghanistan citing human rights issues

Australia's three-match T20I series against Afghanistan was scheduled for August this year.

Australia and Afghanistan last faced each other during the 2023 World Cup | GettyCricket Australia (CA) on Tuesday (March 19) announced the postponement of the three-match T20I series against Afghanistan scheduled for August this year due to human rights issues.

CA said it would, “continue to engage with the Afghanistan Cricket Board in anticipation of improved conditions for women and girls in the country”.

The latest decision comes after further deliberation with the Australian government. “The government’s advice is that conditions for women and girls in Afghanistan are getting worse. For this reason, we have maintained our previous position and will postpone the bilateral series against Afghanistan,” CA said in a statement.

“CA continues its strong commitment to supporting participation by women and girls in cricket around the world and will continue to actively engage the International Cricket Council and work closely with the Afghanistan Cricket Board to determine what actions could be taken to support the resumption of bilateral matches in the future,” the statement added.

Earlier, CA had scrapped a one-off Test against Afghanistan, which was supposed to be played in Hobart in November 2021.

In January last year, Australia had pulled out of the three-match ODI series against Afghanistan in UAE, citing Taliban's crackdown on women’s freedom.

Subsequently, Afghanistan’s star spinner Rashid Khan had threatened to boycott the Big Bash League.

While Afghanistan remain the only ICC full-member nation without a women’s team, ICC CEO Geoff Allardice has made it clear that the apex body would continue to support Afghanistan as a full member.

“We have spoken with the Afghanistan Cricket Board and their position is they have to operate within the laws of the country and the rules as set by the government, and really the question for the ICC Board is ‘do we support our member in their ability to promote cricket within the rules set by the government of the country?’, and the view is yes,” Allardice told BBC.


By Salman Anjum - 19 Mar, 2024

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