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Cricket Australia says Taliban's Islamic Emirate can play here - if they let women play

Stuff that!

This should be a blanket, unequivocal refusal.

As our reader Tony C writes:

What about Cricket Australia?
They'll let the test series with Afghanistan go ahead IF the Taliban let the girls play!
FMD if the Taliban are WOKE all is forgiven.
Fly the Taliban flag in Australia???
What an insult to our diggers who died fighting them!
Imagine buying a ticket to the test and sitting in the shadow of the Taliban flag.
😡Un- flamin' believable!!!
I agree.
Imagine listening to this......
.....and looking up at this!

In a statement released today, Cricket Australia confirmed it would be unable to proceed with the planned Test at Hobart's Blundstone Arena from November 27 if news reports of Taliban views on the women's game were true.

"Driving the growth of women’s cricket globally is incredibly important to Cricket Australia," the statement said.

"Our vision for cricket is that it is a sport for all and we support the game unequivocally for women at every level.

"If recent media reports that women’s cricket will not be supported in Afghanistan are substantiated, Cricket Australia would have no alternative but to not host Afghanistan for the proposed Test Match due to be played in Hobart.

"We thank the Australian and Tasmanian Governments for their support on this important issue."

Spokesman for the Taliban government's cultural commission, Ahmadullah Wasiq, had told Australian broadcaster SBS News that cricket was not permitted for women under Islamic law.

"Islam and the Islamic Emirate do not allow women to play cricket or play the kind of sports where they get exposed," Wasiq said.

"In cricket, they might face a situation where their face and body will not be covered. Islam does not allow women to be seen like this.

"It is the media era, and there will be photos and videos, and then people watch it."

He also noted that, despite the Taliban's previously stated support for the Afghanistan men's team in international cricket, their stance on the women's game would not soften even if it placed the historic maiden Test against Australia in Hobart at risk.

"We have fought for our religion so that Islam is to be followed," he told SBS.

"We will not cross Islamic values even if it carries opposite reactions. We will not leave our Islamic rules."