The Australian cricket team has decided to cancel their three-match ODI series against Afghanistan in the UAE as Cricket Australia decided to pull out following the Taliban’s latest announcement regarding restrictions on women’s and girls’ education and employment. The series was scheduled to play in late March.
New Delhi,UPDATED: Jan 12, 2023 11:22 IST
Cricket Australia decided to pull out of the series on Thursday (Courtesy: Reuters)
By India Today Web Desk: The Australian cricket team forfeited their three-match ODI series against Afghanistan in the United Arab Emirates in late March after Cricket Australia decided to pull out following the Taliban’s recent announcement regarding restrictions on women’s and girls’ education and employment.
ICC ODI Super League points were on offer in the series but now all 30 points will go to Afghanistan following CA’s decision to forfeit the series.
In a statement released on their official website, the cricket governing body explained why they decided to take the decision and said that they were committed to supporting growing the game for men and women around the globe, including Afghanistan.
CA also said that they will be in dialogue with the Afghanistan Cricket Board in anticipation of improved conditions for women and girls in the country. They also thanked the Australian government for their support in the matter.
“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,” the CA statement read.
“We thank the Australian Government for its support on this matter.”
ICC CEO Geoff Allardice admitted that the recent developments in Afghanistan were concerning and the matter will be considered in the next board meeting in March.
“Our board has been monitoring progress since the change of regime,” Mr Allardice said.
“It is a concern that progress is not being made in Afghanistan and it’s something our board will consider at its next meeting in March. As far as we are aware, there isn’t activity at the moment.”
Afghanistan is the only ICC full member nation without a women’s team and will be the only full member that will not have a side in the inaugural edition of the women’s U-19 T20 World Cup which will start on Saturday.