The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) is dedicated to selling ladies’s recreation within the nation and is optimistic their one-off Check towards Australia in November will go forward, new chairman Azizullah Fazli has instructed Reuters.
The ACB fears being remoted after Cricket Australia (CA) threatened to scrap a Check match towards the lads’s crew if Afghanistan’s new Taliban authorities didn’t permit ladies to play the game.
The Australian board mentioned driving the expansion of ladies’s cricket was “incredibly important” to it however Fazli mentioned the CA communication was the results of a “misunderstanding” that was being cleared up.
“We officially talked with them and the issue regarding the Test match will be resolved,” Fazli mentioned.
A Cricket Australia spokesman confirmed they had been in “regular dialogue with the ACB” however mentioned that, as issues stand, the board’s place on the Hobart Check had not modified from final week.
The row was sparked when a Taliban consultant final week instructed Australian broadcaster SBS that he didn’t assume ladies could be allowed to play cricket as a result of it was “not necessary” and could be towards Islam.
Fazli, who returned because the ACB chairman final month within the first main cricket improvement within the nation because the Taliban took management, mentioned he was nonetheless awaiting directions from the federal government on the way forward for ladies’s cricket.
“The new government of Afghanistan is focusing on its priority programmes,” the administrator mentioned.
“They haven’t told us anything regarding women cricket (but) we are committed to maintaining and supporting women cricket.”
When the Taliban final dominated Afghanistan twenty years in the past, ladies weren’t allowed to attend college and girls had been banned from work and schooling.
The governing Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) will focus on the difficulty at its subsequent board assembly in November.
Australia Check captain Tim Paine mentioned final week that different international locations would possibly refuse to play Afghanistan within the males’s Twenty20 World Cup, which begins subsequent month, due to the difficulty.
Fazli dominated out such a prospect.
“There’s no threat to Afghanistan’s participation in the T20 World Cup,” he mentioned.
“We are already beginning our camp preparation. As a full-member team, our international relations with other full-member countries is very good.”
The ACB additionally discovered themselves in a clumsy scenario final week when Rashid Khan stepped down as captain of the Twenty20 World Cup squad, saying the selectors had not consulted him earlier than selecting the crew.
Fazli mentioned fellow all-rounder Mohammad Nabi would now lead the aspect within the showpiece event within the United Arab Emirates.
“Mohammad Nabi is a senior team player, and now he is the captain,” he added. “He knows his team members very well.”