The Taliban has been green signal cricket
By Sarita Dey
on Thu Sep 02 2021
The Taliban government has been supporting cricket. And all our matches will be held as per schedule.
“They (Taliban) are supporting cricket and we have got the green signal from them. This is a clear message to the youth that they will support sports,” said Shinwari.
Cricket has got the green signal from the Taliban. Afghanistan Board eyes Australia, India tour. Before the Australia tour, Afghanistan will participate in the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates from October 17 to November 15.
The Taliban have indicated they may allow the sporting event to go ahead. A top official of the Afghan Cricket Board told The Indian Express on Wednesday that the team’s tour of Australia this year. These will include the first Test between the two countries, which will be flagged off.
According to Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) Chief Executive Officer Hamid Shinwari, the team is also likely to visit India for the Test series next year.
A spokesman for the Taliban Cultural Commission told us that the Taliban would support a Test match against Australia. Followed by a Test series against India in the first quarter of 2022.
However, when asked about the future of women’s cricket, Shinwari said: “We don’t know at the moment. The government will decide on it.”
The Afghan national men’s team was formed after the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001. Thereafter, the team progressed rapidly and was granted full man’s Test status by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2017.
Shinwari said several other international assignments are in the conceptual stage. “We are working on a T20 tri-series, which will include Afghanistan, West Indies, and Sri Lanka. It is likely to be held in the UAE before the T20 World Cup. There will probably be a camp for our national team in Qatar before the tri-series.
The CEO said that domestic cricket tournaments will also start soon. “We will play a one-day tournament with all our provinces. We call it a List A tournament. This team will launch it soon in our country. It will be broadcast across the world.”