New Delhi. Afghanistan has been occupied by the Taliban. Now the Taliban has made it clear that the women of the country will not be able to participate in any sports other than cricket. This is against the rules of the ICC, the world body of cricket. According to the rules, there is no place for any kind of discrimination in the game. Cricket Australia (CA) has also made it clear that if women are banned then it can cancel the only Test against Afghanistan men’s team in November.
Now that the Taliban has made it clear that women cannot enter the game, the ICC is left with no option but to withdraw Afghanistan’s Test status. The International Federation has the authority to make decisions against the member countries. Earlier, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had banned Russia for doping. Because of this, its players landed under the banner of the Olympic Committee. Earlier, the ICC had stripped South Africa of Test status in 1970 after a racially apartheid policy. The team could not play cricket for 21 years.
Afghanistan was given exemption
In 2017, when Afghanistan was given full membership ie Test playing status, even then the criteria were not fulfilled by the ICC. While giving the exemption, the ICC said that they will work towards increasing women’s cricket. However, how much investigation was done by the ICC regarding this, it was not informed by it. From this it can be understood that the Afghanistan women’s team has not played a single international match even after 4 years.
Women were being given space
Although the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) was taking some necessary steps regarding women. Till last year, two out of 10 board members were women. After this 25 women players were also given central contracts. But after the arrival of Taliban, many players have left the country. In such a situation, once again the future of women’s cricket hangs in the balance.
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12 countries play Test now
ICC has more than 100 member countries around the world. But only 12 have got full membership. That is, they can also play Tests. This includes India, England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Ireland and Afghanistan. In such a situation, if the ICC withdraws Afghanistan’s full membership, then it will continue to play ODIs and T20s, but the Test match will be out of its reach.
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