The Australian Cricket Association (CA) confirmed on Friday that it has postponed the Afghan Test originally scheduled for November 27 in Hobart until the situation in Afghanistan becomes “more clear.”
If the Taliban government that came to power in August does not allow women and girls to participate in the sport, CA threatened to cancel the test in September.
“After extensive consultations with relevant stakeholders, the Australian Cricket Association and the Afghanistan Cricket Committee have agreed to postpone the first men’s test match in Afghanistan,” CA said in a statement.
“CA is committed to supporting the development of competitions for women and men in Afghanistan and around the world. However, given the current uncertainty, CA believes it is necessary to postpone the test competition until a later time when the situation becomes clearer.”
The significant growth of cricket in Afghanistan in recent years has been the sport’s biggest fairy tale, but after the country is taken over by the Taliban, this conflict-torn country may be isolated.
The Afghan board has requested the support of other full members of the International Cricket Council because it wants to maintain its position in the global cricket sport.
The status of Afghanistan will be discussed at the International Criminal Court meeting during the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
Taliban officials said they will not repeat the strict regulations of the previous government, which prohibits most girls from receiving education and prohibits women from going out without a male guardian.