Australia’s cricket board has announced that it is going to postpone a test match against Afghanistan’s men’s team scheduled later in November.
Cricket Australia (CA) had already made clear in September it would not go ahead with the game if the Taliban didn’t allow women to participate in the sport.
The Taliban have barred women from playing sports and imposed a series of restrictive rules that grossly curtail women’s rights.
The cricket match, which was to be played in Hobart, the capital of the Australian island state of Tasmania, would have marked Australia’s first-ever test match against Afghanistan.
Australia’s cricket board said in a statement that it arrived at the decision after “extensive deliberation” with all stakeholders and that it hoped to play against both Afghan women’s and men’s teams “in the not too distant future.”
The Board said that cricket Australia is committed to support growing the game for women and men in Afghanistan and around the world.
It added that it felt it was necessary to postpone the match until a later date “when the situation is clearer.”
CA also said that it was looking forward to welcoming players from Afghanistan to the upcoming domestic Twenty20 men’s cricket competition.
Known popularly by the acronym BBL, the Big Bash League entails teams, comprised of cricketers from around the world, playing against each other at matches at different venues across Australia.