Many discussions have been going on for several days that the Afghanistan Cricket Board will not let their women’s cricket to play any longer due to the new Taliban rule. Though there has been much criticism of this approach, the ICC has yet to make a major decision. Cricket Australia also stated a few days ago that if ACB refuses to let their women’s team play, they will be forced to cancel all men’s matches in Hobart.

In view of recent occurrences, a number of ICC Board Directors have urged the organisation to promptly resolve the issue surrounding Afghanistan cricket. Despite the fact that the ICC has planned a meeting on the subject for late November, many members believe it will be too late by then. It should be emphasised that a country must field both its men’s and women’s teams in order to remain a full member of the ICC’s scheme.

BCCI is well-known in the world of cricket for wielding considerable power and having a significant say in major decisions. In the same vein an ICC Board Director stated that the BCCI’s viewpoint on Afghanistan women’s cricket will be crucial.

The ICC is ambiguous on a number of issues and what it stands for. It must intervene if individual countries are to make their own decisions. “I’m not convinced the ICC as an entity is capable of making decisions,” said an ICC Board Director. It may cause an issue with the Olympic bid, but it will probably depend on how the ICC handles it.

Some ICC officials also believe that the ongoing unrest in Afghanistan will paint a negative picture of cricket on international forums, putting the sport’s hopes of competing in the Olympics in jeopardy. However, when the ICC makes a judgement and takes further action on the subject, that remains to be seen.