The Big Bash League (BBLtop )’s player Rashid Khan has threatened to quit after Cricket Australia (CA) chose to cancel a series against Afghanistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Australian cricket governing body has withdrawn from the One Day International (ODI) series against Afghanistan in response to Taliban efforts to severely curtail women’s rights in the country’s war-torn society.

Rashid was just selected as the Afghanistan T20I team’s captain. After Afghanistan was eliminated from the T20 World Cup in November, Mohammad Nabi resigned as captain. Rashid took over for him. Rashid, one of the most lethal bowlers in T20 cricket, was signed by Adelaide Strikers in 2017. Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan has said he would think about his future in the Big Bash League after the shocking decision that Cricket Australia will not be playing the three-match ODI series against the Asian country in March.

“I was shocked to learn that Australia had withdrawn from the series against us in March. I’m quite proud to represent my nation, and we’ve come a long way on the international scene. This CA judgment puts us back in that direction. I wouldn’t want to make anybody uncomfortable with my participation in the BBL if playing against Afghanistan makes Australia feel so uncomfortable. Rashid said in a tweet on Thursday that he would “seriously consider” continuing in that competition.

After consulting with all interested parties, including the Australian government, Cricket Australia has decided to call off the ODI series against Afghanistan. After the Taliban announced an indefinite ban on Afghan females attending universities, CA made its decision. Earlier, Afghanistan bowler Naveen-ul-Haq announced his withdrawal from the Big Bash League when Australia decided not to play the series against the war-torn country, forfeiting 30 tournament points.

Australia’s decision has been dubbed “pathetic” by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB).

The ACB issued a statement saying, “The decision to withdraw… is unjust and unexpected and will have a detrimental effect.”