NEW DELHI: Cricket Australia (CA) chief government Nick Hockley on Friday defended the Australian males’s crew’s choice to withdraw from one-day worldwide (ODI) sequence towards Afghanistan. CA took the unilateral choice on Thursday over girls’s rights challenge however confronted sharp criticism for the withdrawal.
Australia opted out of the three-match sequence, scheduled for March within the United Arab Emirates, citing additional restrictions by the Taliban on girls’s and women’ schooling and employment alternatives.
Afghanistan’s Taliban-led administration final month imposed a ban on girls attending universities. Women have been banned from highschool since March. They’ve additionally been excluded from parks and gymnasiums.
The choice was not taken properly by many, particularly the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) and their gamers.
CA’s assertion to withdraw Afghanistan ODIs is unfair and unexpectedACB is extraordinarily upset by the pathetic… https://t.co/ShNiCputv6
— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) 1673524578000
The ACB described the choice as “unfair” and “pathetic” in a livid response, whereas spinner Rashid Khan stated he was contemplating his future in Australia’s Massive Bash league (BBL) and wrote on Twitter: “Cricket! The one hope for the nation. Preserve politics out of it.”
Cricket! The one hope for the nation.Preserve politics out of it. @CricketAus @BBL @ACBofficials ♥️ 🇦🇫 ♥️ https://t.co/ZPpvOBetPJ
— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) 1673527416000
“Fundamental human rights shouldn’t be politics,” Hockley stated defending the choice.
“It’s clearly a really difficult and unhappy scenario. We didn’t take this choice flippantly and consulted extensively together with with our authorities. We had been hopeful of taking part in the sequence and have been in common dialogue with the Afghanistan Cricket Board, nonetheless bulletins by the Taliban in late November and late December led to our choice to withdraw from these video games,” Hockley added.
Rashid, who performs for the Adelaide Strikers, has beforehand voiced help for girls in Afghanistan for the reason that Taliban seized management. His worldwide crew mate Naveen-ul-Haq stated he is not going to play within the BBL “till they cease these infantile choices”.
time to say gained’t be taking part in massive bash after this till they cease these infantile choices that’s how they… https://t.co/v3BKUdFXM2
— Naveen ul haq Murid (@imnaveenulhaq) 1673505490000
Reacting to Rashid’s menace, Hockley stated: “We acknowledge and applaud Rashid Khan’s and different Afghanistan cricketers’ feedback on the time condemning the Taliban’s choice to ban girls from universities. Rashid will all the time be welcome within the BBL.”
“We stay dedicated to supporting the expansion of the sport for men and women around the globe and hope that improved circumstances for girls and women in Afghanistan implies that we will resume bilateral cricket within the not too distant future,” the CA chief concluded.
(With inputs from businesses)