The men’s Test match against Afghanistan in Australia has been postponed, according to Cricket Australia. After “extensive consultation” with the Afghanistan Cricket Board and key stakeholders, Australia’s governing body issued a media release. At this time, no plans have been made for the match, which would be the first Test match between the two teams. Despite the postponement, Cricket Australia vowed to support Afghanistan’s development in a statement. CA is committed to expanding the game for women and men in Afghanistan and around the world, but due to the current state of uncertainty, the Test match has been postponed until a later date when the situation is more clear.

“CA is looking forward to hosting Afghanistan players in the BBL (Big Bash League) this season, who are fantastic ambassadors for the game, as well as the Afghanistan women’s and men’s teams in the not-too-distant future.”

The Test match has been postponed for the second time, with the match being pushed back from November 2020 owing to COVID-19 issues. The postponement disappointed Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi.

“It’s regrettable that the Test match will not be played this year, but I’m relieved that it has been postponed rather than cancelled. Cricket Australia has told my representative that they remain committed to the growth of cricket in Afghanistan, so I’m excited to hear how we can collaborate in this area”,he remarked.

Australia’s first men’s international match will be the first of five Ashes Tests against England, which will begin on December 8 as part of the World Test Championship. Afghanistan’s meteoric growth in cricket in recent years has been the sport’s biggest fairytale, but the country is now in danger of becoming isolated due to the Taliban’s control.

In order to maintain its status in international cricket, the Afghan board has solicited the assistance of other full members of the International Cricket Council. On the eve of the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, an ICC conference will be held to discuss Afghanistan’s status. Taliban officials have stated that they will not replicate their previous government’s draconian policies, which prohibited most girls from attending school and restricted women from walking out in public without a male guardian.