Australia Test captain Tim Paine has stated that he wouldn’t play against a side that discriminates against half its population by concluding he is not keen on playing against Afghanistan in one-off Test November this year.
The Taliban takeover has resisted the women sports in the Afghanistan and according to ICC rules and regulations a Test playing nation should have national women’s team in the international set up.
“Driving the growth of women’s cricket globally is incredibly important to Cricket Australia,” the statement said. “Our vision for cricket is that it is a sport for all and we support the game unequivocally for women at every level.
Paine said on Friday that, “I don’t think we want to be associated with countries that are taking opportunities or things off literally half their population. It’s sad.
“We’ve heard nothing from the ICC, which is fascinating given there is a T20 World Cup in just over a month’s time. I’d imagine it’s impossible [for Afghanistan to take part] if teams are pulling out of playing against them and governments are not letting them travel to our shores,” Paine said on his SEN radio show.
“How a team like that can be allowed to play in an ICC-sanctioned event is going to be very, very hard to see,” added Paine.
Yesterday Afghanistan T20 captain Rashid Khan stepped down from captaincy and Mohammad Nabi took over the charge for the upcoming T20 World Cup.