Melbourne: Australia have withdrawn from the ODI against Afghanistan. The withdrawal was in protest against the Taliban denying education to women. Cricket Australia has pulled out of an ODI cricket match that was to be held in the United Arab Emirates.
Cricket Australia has condemned the Taliban’s policy of banning girls from getting an education in Afghanistan. Team representatives said this affects the representation of women in the sport.
The Australian cricket team said they are in talks with the Afghanistan Cricket Board. The representatives of the team also said that they hope for a change in the lives of women in Afghanistan.
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“Cricket Australia wants women and men around the world to be active in the sport,” CA sources said.
Afghanistan is currently a member of the ICC. Afghanistan is also a country without a women’s cricket team. Afghanistan are the only country without a team in the Women’s Under-19 T20 World Cup, which starts on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Pat Cummins-led Aussies have qualified for the 2023 ODI World Cup in India. Their team is in the top eight of the ODI Super League.
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Australia will reportedly play three ODIs against India after the Border Gavaskar Trophy Test series. Australia will reportedly play a five-match ODI series against South Africa later this year.
The Taliban had already issued an order banning women from university education in Afghanistan. Earlier, girls were kept away from higher secondary schools. In a letter sent to private universities by the government, Neda Mohammad Nadeem, Afghanistan’s minister of higher education, suggested that the order be implemented immediately.
The spokesman for the Ministry of Higher Education, Zainullah Hashimi, confirmed this to news agencies. The United Nations and human rights organizations condemned the Taliban’s decision. The United Nations has criticized the international community for saying that the Taliban cannot be recognized unless they recognize the rights of their citizens.
There was controversy when classrooms were separated between boys and girls with curtains and instructions were given that girls should be taught by female teachers. After this, women were banned from universities.
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At the same time, in Afghanistan, the leaders came out with pressure to withdraw the order issued banning women from university education. Various leaders of the Taliban government have come forward demanding a review of this step. With this, some close sources indicate that the main leader of the Taliban, Hibatullah Akhunzada, is under pressure.
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