Cricket Australia (CA) on September 9, 2021, canceled the Afghanistan men’s tour of Australia after a ban on women cricket in Afghanistan by the Taliban government.
However, on the other hand, Adelaide Strikers have signed Afghanistan’s star leg-spinner Rashid Khan for the fifth KFC Big Bash League (BBL) season which clearly shows the hypocrisy and double-standards of Cricket Australia (CA).
Media reports suggest that CA has made clear the ban on women’s cricket is unpalatable following the Taliban’s return to power in Kabul this year following the withdrawal of Western forces. However, CA’s position is not expected to stop the involvement of Afghan players in the BBL, with Rashid Khan re-signing for the Adelaide Strikers in the BBL this season.
Rashid, who is considered to be one of the best T20 bowlers of all time, again tipped to lead a strong contingent of players from the emerging cricket nation.
It is to be noted that Australia’s historic test series against Afghanistan was due on November 27, 2021 in Hobart, the capital of the Australian island state of Tasmania. It was also the first-ever test match between the two countries which got cancelled following the Taliban takeover in Kabul.
Taliban spokesman Ahmadullah Wasiq told media that they intend to ban women’s sport in the country in accordance with their hardline interpretation of Islam. As a result, Cricket Australia cancelled their inaugural men’s Test match series.
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