The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) is dedicated to selling girls’s recreation within the nation and is optimistic their one-off check towards Australia in November will go forward, new chairman Azizullah Fazli has instructed Reuters.
The ACB fears being remoted after Cricket Australia (CA) threatened to scrap a check match towards the boys’s workforce if Afghanistan’s new Taliban authorities didn’t enable girls to play the game.
The Australian board mentioned driving the expansion of ladies’s cricket was “extremely necessary” to it however Fazli mentioned the CA communication was results of a “misunderstanding” which was being cleared up.
“We formally talked with them and the problem concerning the check match might be resolved,” Fazli mentioned.
A Cricket Australia spokesman confirmed they have been in “common dialogue with the ACB” however mentioned that, as issues stand, the board’s place on the Hobart check had not modified from final week.
The row was sparked when a Taliban consultant final week instructed Australian broadcaster SBS that he didn’t suppose girls can be allowed to play cricket as a result of it was “not vital” and can be towards Islam.
Fazli, who returned because the ACB chairman final month within the first main cricket improvement within the nation for the reason that Taliban took management, mentioned he was nonetheless awaiting directions from the federal government on the way forward for girls’s cricket.
“The brand new authorities of Afghanistan is specializing in its precedence programmes,” the administrator mentioned.
“They haven’t instructed us something concerning girls cricket (however) we’re dedicated to sustaining and supporting girls cricket.”
When the Taliban final dominated Afghanistan 20 years in the past, women weren’t allowed to attend faculty and ladies have been banned from work and training.The governing Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) will talk about the problem at its subsequent board assembly in November.
Australia check captain Tim Paine mentioned final week that different international locations would possibly refuse to play Afghanistan within the males’s Twenty20 World Cup, which begins subsequent month, due to the problem. Fazli dominated out such a prospect.
“There’s no risk to Afghanistan’s participation within the T20 World Cup,” he mentioned.”We’re already starting our camp preparation. As a full-member workforce, our worldwide relation with different full-member international locations is superb.”
The ACB additionally discovered themselves in an ungainly scenario final week when Rashid Khan stepped down as captain of the Twenty20 World Cup squad, saying the selectors had not consulted him earlier than selecting the workforce.
Fazli mentioned fellow all-rounder Mohammad Nabi would now lead the facet within the showpiece event within the United Arab Emirates.
“Mohammad Nabi is a senior workforce participant, and now he’s the captain,” he added. “He is aware of his workforce members very nicely.”