Australia Cancels Series against Afghanistan over Taliban’s Newest Restrict For Women’s

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The Australian Cricket Board has canceled the upcoming One-day International series against Afghanistan in the United Emirates on Thursday. The board cited that the series pull-out decision was taken in response to the Taliban’s new restrictions on Women Rights.

The Australian Cricket Team was to play Three One-day Internationals against Afghanistan in March, shortly after completing a comprehensive tour of India. Notably, their series against Aghan Counterparts is also part of the ICC Super League.

However, Cricket Australia, with the mutual consent of its stakeholders, including the Australia Government, has decided to forfeit the series. According to the Official Statement, the decision is made after the recent announcement by the Taliban of Further Restrictions on Women’s Rights.

“The decision to cancel series against Afghanistan follows the most recent Taliban’s restriction on Women’s and Girl’s education and employment opportunities and ban on their visit to parks and gyms,” says the statement.

“Cricket Australia believes in supporting and growing the game for Women and Men globally, including in Afghanistan. We will keep alive negotiations against Afghanistan Cricket Board to the improvement of conditions for Women and Girls in the country, it added.

Even though the Aussies will lose thirty crucial points upon forfeiting this series which may assist any side in World Cup qualification, they have already qualified for the ICC ODI World Cup in India in October. Therefore, this series wouldn’t hurt them that way.

It is pertinent to mention that since the takeover of the Taliban in Afghanistan, Women have continued to experience various rights restrictions, including a ban on their participation in different Sports Events.

In a recent development, the hardcore Islamic Group has barred girls from attending schools and universities. Earlier this month, they were pushed out of many government jobs and asked to travel with a male, pumping global outrage.