Cricket Australia is assured the upcoming males’s Take a look at in opposition to Afghanistan “definitely received’t be cancelled” however concedes it’s “seemingly” to be postponed amid ongoing turmoil within the south-central Asian nation.
Australia is because of meet Afghanistan in a one-off Take a look at at Hobart’s Bellerive Oval on November 27, nonetheless the nation’s tempestuous political state of affairs has forged doubt over the fixture.
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Cricket Australia Take a look at captain Tim Paine and Federal Sport Minister Richard Colbeck have voiced issues over the state of girls’s rights within the nation underneath the Taliban.
In an announcement launched final month, CA stated it could have “no different however to not host Afghanistan” if stories that girls had been banned from enjoying cricket underneath the Taliban’s regime proved to be substantiated.
Nonetheless, talking at Cricket Australia’s annual common assembly media convention, CA chief govt Nick Hockley stated the Take a look at was more likely to go forward sooner or later and that additional particulars could be revealed “comparatively imminently”.
“We’re working with the Australian Authorities and the ACB (Afghanistan Cricket Board) on the finer particulars,” he stated.
“We will likely be trying to affirm the state of the Take a look at match comparatively imminently.
“It definitely received’t be cancelled, it’s extra seemingly that it is going to be postponed till we’ve acquired a bit extra readability, however we’re working via these particulars in the mean time.”
Afghanistan’s proper to take part on the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup has additionally been questioned — to qualify as a full member of the ICC, nations should have energetic ladies’s and males’s cricket applications.
In September, Paine stated it could be “arduous to see” how Afghanistan might compete on the World Cup, which commences later this month, however Cricket Australia stated it had not addressed the World Cup with the ACB.
“The ICC … that’s their place. On the outset, we’ve made it very, very clear that we assist the expansion of cricket for ladies and men all world wide,” Hockley stated.
“We’re in common contact with the Afghanistan Cricket Board. We wish to see cricket flourish in Afghanistan. We wish to see ladies’s and males’s cricket flourish in Afghanistan.
“Our discussions have been restricted to the bilateral Take a look at match that’s arising. That’s clearly not distant. What we’re making an attempt to do is set up all of the details on the bottom and we’re additionally working very intently with the Australian authorities. We’ve made our place extraordinarily, extraordinarily clear.
“As I stated, we’re working with all of the related events, the ACB, the Australian authorities, our stakeholders to get actual readability over that Take a look at match and that’s one thing we’re not distant from doing.
“I can’t emphasise sufficient, we stay actually dedicated to serving to assist and develop cricket in Afghanistan for each ladies and men.”