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Taliban support Afghanistan's first cricket Test since takeover

Taliban support Afghanistan’s first cricket Test since takeover

The Taliban have endorsed Afghanistan’s first cricket Test since their takeover, raising expectations that worldwide matches will proceed as normal under the new principle of the Islamists.

“We have endorsement to send the group to Australia,” the CEO of the Afghanistan Cricket Board, Hamid Shinwari, told AFP.

During their first spell in power, before they were expelled in 2001, the Taliban prohibited most types of amusement – including many games – and arenas were utilized as open execution settings.

The hardline Islamists wouldn’t fret cricket, in any case, and the game is mainstream among numerous warriors.

They have additionally vowed to authorize a less severe variant of Islamic law this time, subsequent to holding onto the capital Kabul last month.

The Test match, to be played in Hobart from November 27-December 1, was booked for last year yet was put off because of the Covid-19 pandemic and global travel limitations.

It will be Afghanistan’s first Test in Australia.

Before the Australia visit, the Afghanistan group will highlight in the T20 World Cup, to be held in the United Arab Emirates from October 17-November 15.

Shinwari additionally affirmed Afghanistan’s Under-19 cricket crew will visit Bangladesh for a bi-parallel series in the not so distant future.

Since the clearing of the US and NATO powers from Afghanistan after the Taliban cleared into Kabul last month there have been fears that cricket and different games would be hit.

Yet, ACB authorities completely said that cricket was upheld by the Taliban.

Afghanistan’s home ODI series against Pakistan – moved to Sri Lanka – was last week deferred until the following year over calculated and Covid-19 issues.

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Cricket was scarcely known in Afghanistan until the mid 2000s, and its quick ascent in prominence was connected with struggle – the game was gotten in Pakistan by Afghan outcasts who then, at that point cultivated it in their nation of origin.

In any case, the public group has partaken in a fleeting ascent on the global scene from that point forward, acquiring pined for Test status in 2017 and presently positioned among the main 10 sides on the planet in the one-day worldwide and T20 designs.

Over the most recent 20 years, it has additionally arisen as an incredible image of public solidarity in a nation riven by common conflict and ethnic clash.

Afghanistan’s headliner Rashid Khan was last year named the Men’s T20I Player of the Decade by the International Cricket Council.