KABUL: The Taliban have confirmed that women won’t be allowed to play cricket or any other sports.
In an exclusive interview with Australian broadcaster SBS News, the deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural commission, Ahmadullah Wasiq, said that sport is not seen as something that is important for women.
“I don’t think women will be allowed to play cricket because it is not necessary that women should play cricket. In cricket, they might face a situation where their face and body will not be covered. Islam does not allow women to be seen like this,” Wasiq said.
“It is the media era, and there will be photos and videos, and then people watch it. Islam and the Islamic Emirate do not allow women to play cricket or play the kind of sports where they get exposed.”
Wasiq added that the Taliban would allow men’s cricket to continue and that it has given the green light for the men’s national team to travel to Australia for a test match in Hobart later this year.
Meanwhile, ICC said it was monitoring the changing situation in Afghanistan and was concerned about the media reports that women will no longer be allowed to play cricket.
On the other hand, Twenty-five female cricketers were awarded contracts by Afghanistan’s Cricket Board in November last year.