Afghanistan government agrees 'in principle' to allow women's cricket in country, ICC confirms

Afghanistan cricket was largely affected, specifically women's cricket following a shocking coup by the Taliban in 2021.

Aakash SrivastavaAuthor

Updated - 13 November 2022 04:23 PM

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The International Cricket Council on Sunday confirmed that Afghanistan government has extended its commitment to 'fully respect and comply' with the ICC constitution, by agreeing 'in principle' to back the development of women's cricket. 

Notably, Afghanistan cricket was largely affected, specifically women's cricket following a shocking coup by the Taliban in 2021 which caused a civil war like situation in the country. Reportedly, women were restricted to indulge in outdoor sports including cricket after Taliban overtook the government.

The ICC had set up a Working Group to review the status of cricket in the country. According to a report published in Times of India, ICC received positive update from Afghanistan cricket board as its representatives were clear in their support for the ICC constitution and for women's cricket in Afghanistan. 

"The meeting was positive and respectful as the government officials expressed their support for the ICC constitution including in principle for women's cricket in Afghanistan," Working Group Chair Imran Khawaja said. 

Mr. Khwaja further admitted that there are some serious challenges ahead of them in the country, but ICC's Working Group will work with the Afghanistan government to resume women's cricket in the country. 

As per ICC norms, a national women's cricket team is required to become a full member and Afghanistan is one of the full members of the ICC. The Afghanistan's men team took part in the 2021 and 2022 T20 World Cup. 

Notably, Afghanistan government announced its first contract for women in their quest to build a women's team, but it took a backseat following Taliban's takeover of the administrative affairs of the country in September 2021. The then Acting Chairman Azizullah Fazli claimed that women would be allowed to play as long as the players adhere to Islamic rules.

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