Cricket Australia confident of hosting maiden Test against Afghanistan

Afghanistan will visit Australia for the first time later this year and play a historic Test match against the Kangaroos. However, since the Taliban have taken control of the country and are in the process of forming a government, the process has been thrown into disarray.

On November 27, Afghanistan was slated to meet Australia in a one-off Test match. Since August 15, when the Taliban assumed control of the country after the President fled to safety and the United States evacuated its soldiers, the visit has been marred by uncertainty.

“Cricket Australia is well on its way to preparing for the historic maiden Test match between Australia and Afghanistan in Hobart. The CA and the Afghanistan Cricket Board are working together to make the match happen, which will take place shortly after the ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE, in which the Afghanistan squad will compete,” a CA spokeswoman stated.

The Test will serve as a warm-up for Australia ahead of their home Ashes series against England, which begins in December. The Taliban outlawed most forms of entertainment, including several sports, during their first term in office, and stadiums were used as public execution sites.

Cricket, on the other hand, is tolerated by Islamists, and many fighters enjoy it. They’ve also promised to use a more lenient form of Islamic law this time around.

Nonetheless, once the Taliban gained power, Afghan speed bowler Naveen-ul-Haq told BBC radio that many of his teammates were afraid.

“The Taliban have claimed they won’t bother any sportsmen, but nobody knows,” said Haq, who plays in the Caribbean Premier League in the West Indies.