Afghanistan: The Taliban led Afghanistan country has now banned the broadcast of the IPL – Indian Premier League for the reason that female audience/spectators and cheerleaders are present there in the stadium.
Former Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) media manager and journalist – M Ibrahim Momand stated that the live broadcast had been banned due to the ‘anti-Islamic content’.
Since the group has taken over the country, the sports authorities have been afraid of women’s future in sports.
The Taliban’s takeover of the nation has clouded the future of cricket in Afghanistan, especially for the fledgling – women’s game, and the – ICC and national administrations around the world faces a complex set of situations over the upcoming months.
In an interview with – Australia’s SBS, the deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural commission – Ahmadullah Wasiq, stated that cricket will continue without any interruption, and – the Afghan team can play with other international teams.
The Deputy Head further asserted that “In the ‘future’, we want good relations with all the nations.”
But there was an important caveat to – Mr Wasiq’s statement that any sport shall be conducted in a manner which is not ‘un-Islamic’ and against the cultural values of Afghanistan.
While on the matter ICC officials cited that, “The ICC is committed to the long-term development of the women’s cricket & despite of the cultural and religious challenges in Afghanistan, with the steady progress had been made in this region since Afghanistan’s admission as a Full Member in the year 2017.”
“This & the impact it would have on the continued development of the game would be discussed by the – ICC Board at its next meeting.”
Currently, the situation in Afghanistan is very un-predictable. People, especially women are afraid for their future. Girls yet are not allowed to work and go to schools in the country but the Taliban spokesperson stated that the girls soon will be allowed to come in schools.