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Don’t boycott men’s cricket, former women’s chief pleads

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ISLAMABAD:

Worldwide cricketers ought to help Afghanistan’s men’s workforce, not punish them by boycotting matches if the Taliban bars girls from enjoying, the former director of the women’s aspect stated.

Tuba Sangar, who fled the nation for Canada shortly after the autumn of the nation to the hardline Islamist group, warned that sports activities sanctions would injury the sport on the grassroots — together with for ladies and women.

“It isn’t a good suggestion to boycott the male workforce. They did so much for Afghanistan — they launched Afghanistan to the world in a optimistic manner,” Sangar informed AFP on Tuesday.

“If we do not have a male workforce any extra, there can be no hope for cricket total,” stated the 28-year-old, who was the director of women’s cricket on the Afghanistan Cricket Board from 2014-2020.

Australia’s cricket chiefs threatened to cancel a historic maiden Check between the 2 international locations — set to happen in November — after a senior Taliban official went on tv to say it was “not mandatory” for ladies to play.

Throughout their first stint in energy, earlier than being ousted in 2001, the Taliban banned most types of leisure — together with many sports activities — and stadiums have been used as public execution venues.

Ladies have been fully banned from enjoying sport.

However the sport has turn into immensely widespread over the previous few many years, largely because of cricket-mad Pakistan throughout the border.

This time spherical, the hardline group have proven they don’t thoughts males enjoying cricket, pulling collectively a match within the capital Kabul shortly after overseas forces withdrew.

However on Tuesday, Bashir Ahmad Rustamzai, Afghanistan’s new director normal for sports activities, declined to reply as as to if girls can be allowed to play sports activities — deferring it for high stage Taliban leaders to determine.

Workforce in exile 

The takeover has known as into query the way forward for Afghanistan’s participation in Check matches, as beneath Worldwide Cricket Council laws, nations should even have an energetic women’s workforce.

The Afghan men’s workforce can also be scheduled to play the T20 World Cup from October 17 to November 14 within the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) final week urged Australia to not punish its men’s workforce, saying it was “powerless to alter the tradition and non secular surroundings of Afghanistan”.

Afghanistan’s men’s workforce practice in Kabul. The former Afghan women’s cricket chief is pleading with worldwide groups to not punish them by boycotting matches if the the Taliban ban women’s sport¬†HOSHANG HASHIMI AFP/File

ACB chairman Azizullah Fazli later informed SBS Radio Pashto that he’s nonetheless hopeful girls will be capable to play.

He stated that each one 25 of the women’s workforce had chosen to stay in Afghanistan, though a BBC report earlier this month reported members have been in hiding.

“Once I play I really feel like a powerful girl. I can think about myself as a girl who can do something, who could make her desires come true,” one ex-player informed the BBC.

However Sangar stated the Taliban takeover had “killed the hope” of feminine cricketers to lastly be capable to play internationally.

“From 2014 to now, we did not have the chance to play at a world stage however there was the hope, everyone was making an attempt their finest to make it occur,” she stated.

“There are some women which can be very proficient, and so they hoped that someday they might have their flag on their shoulders and present the world that Afghan girls can play cricket.”

The men’s workforce now rank on this planet’s high 10 for each one-day internationals and Twenty20 video games.

Sangar stated cricketing nations might help Afghanistan’s feminine gamers by backing a workforce in exile.

“We will play from third international locations,” she stated, noting that Afghanistan’s soccer workforce had performed whereas based mostly overseas.

“It is going to carry some hope to those that stay in Afghanistan,” she stated.

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