Taliban not in favor of women to play cricket due to religious issues
Taliban officials said that women should not be allowed to play cricket as there might be some situations in which they will not be able to cover their faces and body.
In an interview with Australia’s SBS News, deputy head of Taliban’s cultural commission Ahmadullah Wasiq said, ”I don’t think women should be allowed to play cricket.”
“In cricket, they might face a situation where their face and body will not be covered. Islam does not allow women to be seen like this,” SBS News quoted the Taliban official as saying.
“It is the media era, and there will be photos and videos, and then people watch it. Islam and the Islamic Emirate do not allow women to play cricket or play the kind of sports where they get exposed,” he added.
Taliban’s cultural commission head said that there will be no room for violation of Islamic values due to the reaction of the opponent. He further added that women should go outside the house only when necessary.
Reacting to the statement, Cricket Australia said, “If recent media reports that women’s cricket will not be supported in Afghanistan are substantiated, Cricket Australia would have no alternative but to not host Afghanistan for the proposed Test Match due to be played in Hobart.”
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— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) September 9, 2021
The board further said that promoting women’s cricket globally is incredibly important to Cricket Australia.
“Our vision for cricket is that is a sport for all and we support the game unequivocally for women at every level,” said the board.
International Cricket Council (ICC) spokesperson said that we have been monitoring the situation in Afghanistan. He expressed concerns over imposing a ban on women’s cricket in Afghanistan. The issue will be discussed in the next ICC meeting.
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