Australia’s SBS TV has quoted a Taliban spokesperson as saying that girls’s sports activities — and girls’s cricket particularly — shall be banned by his group in Afghanistan.
“In cricket, they could face a scenario the place their face and physique won’t be coated. Islam doesn’t permit ladies to be seen like this,” the community quoted Ahmadullah Wasiq, the deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural fee, as saying. “It’s the media period, and there shall be pictures and movies, after which folks watch it. Islam and the Islamic Emirate don’t permit ladies to play cricket or play the type of sports activities the place they get uncovered.”
Wasiq final month instructed SBS that the Taliban would permit males’s cricket to proceed and that it has given approval for the lads’s nationwide group to journey to Australia for a check match in November.
However in an announcement launched Thursday, Cricket Australia mentioned it could not proceed with the deliberate check beginning Nov. 27 if information reviews of Taliban views on the ladies’s sport have been true.
“Driving the expansion of ladies’s cricket globally is extremely vital to Cricket Australia,” the assertion mentioned. “Our imaginative and prescient for cricket is that it’s a sport for all and we assist the sport unequivocally for girls at each degree.”
“If current media reviews that girls’s cricket won’t be supported in Afghanistan are substantiated, Cricket Australia would haven’t any different however to not host Afghanistan for the proposed check match on account of be performed in Hobart,” it mentioned.
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On Tuesday, the Taliban introduced an all-male interim authorities for Afghanistan stacked with veterans of their hard-line rule from the Nineties and the 20-year battle in opposition to the U.S.-led coalition.
A coverage assertion accompanying the Cupboard announcement sought to allay fears of Afghanistan’s neighbors and the remainder of the world, however was unlikely to calm the fears of ladies, who didn’t get a single submit.
The assertion spoke of defending the rights of minorities and the underprivileged, and it promised training “to all countrymen inside the framework of Sharia.” Girls weren’t talked about within the three-page assertion.
Final Saturday, Taliban particular forces in camouflage fired their weapons into the air to finish a protest march in Kabul by ladies demanding equal rights.