Australia’s ODI series against Afghanistan in the United Arab Emirates in March has been cancelled as a result of Cricket Australia’s decision that the match could not go on as scheduled.
CA stated on Thursday that it would pull out of the three-match series after consulting with various stakeholders, including the Australian Government.
In a statement, CA stated that the choice was made in response to the Taliban’s recent announcement of more limitations on the work and education of women and girls.
In September 2021, the Taliban took over the Asian nation, and they immediately imposed limits on female athletes, which CA denounced.
In a statement issued by Cricket Australia,
“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.”
“We thank the Australian Government for its support on this matter.”
Afghanistan will be the only nation without a women’s squad at the inaugural Women’s U-19 T20 World Cup, which gets underway on Saturday.
Recent events in Afghanistan, according to ICC CEO Geoff Allardice, are “concerning,” and the matter will be discussed at the organization’s next meeting, he said.
Since the shift in the regime, “our board has been monitoring progress,” Mr. Allardice added.
He further added to his statement,
“It is concerning that Afghanistan is not making progress, and our board will take this into consideration at its next meeting in March.” “As far as we can tell, nothing is happening right now.”
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