Cricket Australia on Thursday announced the cancellation of the March one-day series against Afghanistan as the Taliban imposed restrictions on women’s freedom in Afghanistan.
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A decision has started a new uproar in the cricket world. Such is the uproar, which has become the biggest news in the cricket world at the moment. Cricket Australia’s decision to cancel the ODI series against Afghanistan has angered the Afghan players, who are now reacting strongly and the biggest name has been added in the form of Afghanistan’s limited-overs captain Rashid Khan. Taking a dig at Cricket Australia, Rashid Khan said that if Australia had problems playing cricket with his country, he would not add to their problems and would reconsider playing the Australian Twenty20 tournament in the Big Bash.
Cricket Australia issued a statement on Thursday, January 12, announcing that they were canceling the ODI series against Afghanistan in the United Arab Emirates. Cricket Australia blamed the decision on the ban imposed on women in the country by the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, which led to the cessation of women’s cricket in Afghanistan. Cricket Australia said it was committed to promoting women’s and men’s cricket equally across the world, including in Afghanistan.
CA’s decision is disappointing
Cricket Australia’s decision has divided the cricket world, but the Afghan players have reacted strongly. Afghanistan fast bowler Naveen-ul-Haq announced his withdrawal from the Big Bash League, after which Afghanistan captain Rashid also took a big decision. Rashid condemned Cricket Australia for this decision. Rashid said in a statement,
I am very disappointed to hear that Australia has withdrawn from the series in March. I am proud to represent my country and we have made great progress on the world stage.
— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) January 12, 2023
Thinking of playing in BBL
Rashid also said that this decision of Cricket Australia will take his team backwards. He then went on to explain his decision to play in the BBL, saying,
If playing against Afghanistan is going to be so troublesome for Australia, I don’t want to add to that trouble with my presence in the BBL. So I will seriously think about my future in this tournament.
Not good news for BBL
Rashid Khan has been an important part of the BBL for the past few seasons. He was recently playing for the Adelaide Strikers in this league, after which he currently participates in South Africa’s new league SA20. Rashid Khan, one of the top T20 bowlers in the world, is one of the major international players to play in this league and his entry brings awareness to BBL as well as Afghan cricket. Losing such a big international player in such a situation would not be good for BBL either.