Afghanistan has indicated its resolve to continue the women’s game in the country, according to the International Cricket Council (ICC), but the world body is still waiting for additional action. After rumours surfaced that the new Taliban leadership does not allow women to play cricket, Afghanistan’s participation in the ongoing men’s T20 Cup was jeopardised. Following their loss to New Zealand, the team captained by Mohammad Nabi impressed in the Super 12 stage before falling out in the fight for the semi-finals. The International Cricket Council’s chief executive, Geoff Allardice, stated that the ICC will support cricket from the war-torn region to prosper on the international scene.

“We want to see both men and women playing cricket in Afghanistan, ” says the group. We’ve backed them up, and the team has put up a show at this event. You’ve seen their players in a number of events recently,” Allardice said in Dubai to reporters. Our board will get a report on how things are going in Afghanistan when it meets next week.” They have told us that women’s cricket would continue,” Allardice remarked. They haven’t given us any indication that it is going to end. Bringing an ICC tournament or a World Cup of any kind to a developing cricket country has a big influence on facilities and game awareness, especially when the local team is engaged,” Allardice added.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to further develop the game. Cricket’s hopes of competing in the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles were boosted earlier this year when the Board of Control for Cricket India overcame their reservations to join the effort. We’ve had several member countries express interest in being a part of the Olympic games over the last decade,” Allardice added. In terms of how that plays out, only time will tell. Yes, we’ve been in contact with them on a regular basis since the situation in their country changed.”

Meanwhile, speculations suggest that cricket in the United States may be given a big ICC tournament in the next cycle, which begins in 2024. The ICC, according to Allardice, is committed to growing the game globally and hosting competitions in nations where it is gaining traction.