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Women’s Participation: Cricket Australia Takes a Stand

Raising concerns over the predicament of women and girls in Afghanistan, Cricket Australia (CA) has once more postponed a bilateral series against the Asian nation. This refers to the three-match T20 series under the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Future Tours Program, which was earlier scheduled to be held in August. 

As per CA’s press release dated March 19, 2024, this is the third time CA has refused to play against Afghanistan since it came under Taliban rule. CA has condemned the restrictions placed on the participation of women and girls in sports.

Geoff Allardice, CEO of the ICC, stated that the Council supports Afghanistan as a full member, considering that the Afghanistan Cricket Board has to operate within the contours of the country’s legal framework.

Meanwhile, New Zealand Cricket confirmed a Test match against the Asian nation in September, giving more weight to keeping “dialogue and participation channels open” rather than boycotting to bring about change.