Afghan board slams Cricket Australia as BBL boycott looms

“CA is committed to supporting the growth of the game for women and men around the world, including in Afghanistan, and will continue to work with the Afghanistan Cricket Board in anticipation of better conditions for women and girls in the country,” the statement said an explanation.


Of greater concern to CA is the possibility of players withdrawing from games.

“The Afghanistan Cricket Board is closely monitoring the situation and is considering taking action, including an official letter to the ICC and a reconsideration of Afghan players’ participation in the Big Bash League if the decision to withdraw from Afghanistan’s home series is not overturned “, it says in a statement.

Afghanistan’s most prominent player, Rashid Khan, has already left the Adelaide Strikers to play in South Africa’s T20 League but is considering his future in the BBL.

“I’m really disappointed to hear that Australia has pulled out of the series,” Khan tweeted. “I am very proud to represent my country and we have made great strides on the world stage. This decision by CA sets us back on this journey. when you play [against] Afghanistan is so uncomfortable for Australia that I don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable with my presence in the BBL. Therefore, I will give my future in this competition a lot of consideration.”


Sydney Sixers squad member and Afghan cricketer Naveen-ul-Haq also expressed his anger at the decision.

“Time to say will not be participating in Big Bash thereafter until they stop these childish decisions,” he wrote on Twitter.

Former Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib, who has played more than 100 games for his country, also wrote a scathing message on social media.

“I didn’t expect a country like Australia to encourage the ICC to also damage men’s cricket so it was an irresponsible decision by Cricket Australia,” Naib tweeted. “My kind request [to] Cricket Australia does not use sport as a tool for politicians.”

According to the Futures Tour program, Australia will play Afghanistan in three T20 matches in 2024 and one friendly in 2026. It would be the first test between the countries.

“The Afghanistan Cricket Board has worked to promote cricket in schools and universities,” the statement said. “It has also used sport to promote healthy lifestyles and discourage young people from engaging in drugs and crime. Cricket has been an important tool in promoting peace, unity and development in Afghanistan and will continue to be a source of inspiration and hope for the people of the country for years to come.”

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