Massive concerns were raised on the fate of Afghanistan cricket following Taliban’s rise to the helm in the country. Post the T20 World Cup, Afghanistan was set for a historic away Test against Australia. However, speculations of the match getting called off were on rife as Cricket Australia was not keen to approach the new leaders in Afghanistan due to the uncertainty of their stand on cricket.
But in a positive piece of news, the Taliban has green-signaled the historic Test. Ahmadullah Wasiq, deputy head of the Taliban’s culture commission said the cricket activities in the country will continue as normal.
“[All previously organised matches] will continue without interruption, and [the Afghan team] can play with other international teams,” he said while talking to SBS Pashto.
“In the future, we want good relations with all countries. When good relations are established, Afghan players can go [to Australia] and they can come here.”
The preparations for the Test, set to be played in Hobart, are in full swing. Cricket Australia said CA and Afghanistan Cricket Board share good relations and the board is keenly working with the Australian and Tasmanian governments to make the arrangements for Afghanistan’s arrival in Australia.
“Cricket Australia’s planning for the historic first Test match between Australia and Afghanistan in Hobart is well underway. There is goodwill between CA and the Afghanistan Cricket Board to make the match happen, which immediately follows the ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE in which the Afghanistan team is due to play.”
“CA will continue to work with the Australian and Tasmanian governments ahead of the Afghanistan team’s arrival planned for later this year.”
Meanwhile, the COVID-19 situation in Australia is worsening day after day and both boards would want the situation to ease out before the historic match. Recently, the Day-Night Test between India women and Australia women was shifted to Queensland after a rise in COVID cases in Perth.