Taliban allows Afghanistan to play cricket, Afghanistan board eyes Australia, India tours

Afghanistan can now play international cricket with any country in the globe, thanks to the Taliban’s approval. Taliban sports were, for example, outlawed during the previous rule. This time, however, things are different. This also provides followers confidence that sports in the country will continue to develop following the terrorist group’s rule. In response to a question from SBS Pashto on Tuesday, Ahmadullah Wasiq, deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural committee, indicated that the Taliban support all sporting activities and that all previously scheduled games will take place as planned.

Afghanistan’s participation in the forthcoming Test match against Australia has been approved by the Taliban, but there are still serious reservations over the country’s female players. This summer, Afghanistan’s men’s team will meet Australia in a Test match at Hobart’s Blundstone Arena, beginning on Saturday, September 27.

The historic match was supposed to take place in December 2020, but it was postponed owing to the coronavirus outbreak. Afghanistan has never met Australia in a five-day match — the national team has only played six Test matches since the ICC granted full member status to Afghanistan in 2017.

Afghanistan will compete in the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates from October 17 to November 15. A bilateral One-Day International series against Pakistan, however, has been postponed till next year. After the Taliban were deposed in 2001, the Afghan national men’s team was founded. The squad progressed well after that, and the International Cricket Council (ICC) gave full-member Test status to the side in 2017.