Cricket Australia will cancel their Test match with Afghanistan if women in the country are banned from playing sport.
The Taliban indicated that women would not be allowed to play sport under their new regime in the country.
Afghanistan are scheduled to play a Test against Australia in November, but this has been thrown into doubt following the recent global developments.
A Cricket Australia statement read: “Driving the growth of women’s cricket globally is incredibly important to Cricket Australia. Our vision for cricket is that it is a sport for all and we support the game unequivocally for women at every level.
“If recent media reports that women’s cricket will not be supported in Afghanistan are substantiated, Cricket Australia would have no alternative but to not host Afghanistan for the proposed Test Match due to be played in Hobart.
“We thank the Australian and Tasmanian Governments for their support on this important issue.”
The ICC has said that Afghanistan’s status in the international game will be discussed at their next board meeting.
This is scheduled for November, which is after the T20 World Cup, and it raises questions about the country’s involvement in the tournament.
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