Afghanistan’s Taliban have banned women’s cricket, and Tim Paine does not want such a country to participate in an ICC event.
With the Taliban’s ban on women’s cricket in Afghanistan, worries over the future of the Afghan cricket team have arisen. Afghanistan’s participation in the T20 World Cup in 2021 is also in doubt. Tim Paine, the Australian Test Team captain, has spoken out on the subject.
The Taliban prohibited all women’s sports in the country, including women’s cricket, as soon as the interim administration was constituted. This has sparked a flurry of discussion about Afghanistan’s cricket team. The test status of the Afghan men’s squad is also under jeopardy. According to ICC rules, a country cannot be designated as a “test nation” if it does not have a women’s squad.
In an interview with SEN radio, Tim Paine stated that Afghanistan will not be able to compete in the T20 World Cup in 2021. “I would suppose it is impossible (for Afghanistan to participate) if teams refuse to play against them and governments refuse to allow them to travel to our shores,” Paine added.
Paine questioned how an ICC event could allow a team like Afghanistan to compete. He feels Cricket Australia will not want to be associated with countries that deny women equal chances.
On Thursday, Cricket Australia stated that the Australian Men’s
squad will not play the one-off test against Afghanistan. The test match was scheduled to begin on November 27, but Cricket Australia has canceled it owing to a Taliban order.
Tim Paine also expressed his concern with the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) reticence on the Taliban issue. The ICC has decided to postpone a discussion of the Taliban until November’s board meeting. As a result, Afghanistan will most likely participate in the T20 World Cup 2021, which begins on October 17.
In the Super 12s, Afghanistan is in Group 2 with India, Pakistan, and New Zealand. Afghanistan’s first match is set for October 25.
The Afghanistan Cricket Board has already named a 20-member squad for the T20 World Cup 2021. The star bowler, Rashid Khan was named as the skipper, but he stepped down from the position, stating he was not consulted while picking the side.