ICC, the international governing body of cricket, are still contemplating whether to allow Afghanistan to participate with the Taliban flag.
After Taliban’s takeover, Hamid Shinwari was replaced by the group’s Naseeb Zadran Khan as the Head of Afghanistan Cricket Board. While the group allowed the players to resume their activities, it is still not known what will happen at the T20 World Cup, which is less than a month away.
The political setup of the county has changed a lot of things. Many are doubting the intention of the Taliban after they replaced the Chief with one of their own. It is a clear indicator that they want recognition on the international level. The group may set new rules to make the nation’s team participate under the Taliban flag.
If ICC allows it, then it will draw criticism from all over the world.
The country qualified for the finals of the T20 World Cup. The team has been placed in Group 2. Other countries that are in Group 2 are New Zealand and Pakistan. The second qualifying event is to commence from October 17. After the conclusion of the event, two more teams will join Group 2.
Another issue that has been raised related to Afghanistan’s participation in the T20 World Cup is the participation of women in sports. Under the Taliban’s rule, if we look at history, from 1996 to 2001, women were stripped from all their rights. They were barred from job, sports and education.
This is an issue that needs attention because according to the ICC rules, full members of the organisation must have a national women’s team.
The group has refused to speak up on the matter when asked about it. One of the Taliban members stated that women’s rights will be well protected within the Islamic framework.
The country had prepared a women’s team and the team was to debut this year, but the plan fell through once the Taliban took control of the country.
The strife-torn country is also being pressured by Australia who has mentioned that it would back out of the Test match between Australia and Afghanistan if the country does not allow the women’s team to play.
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