Australia postpones T20 series against Afghanistan over deteriorating conditions for women

Cricket Australia on Tuesday postponed a three-match T20 International home series against Afghanistan’s men’s team in August this year, citing the “worsening” conditions for women and girls in that country.

The Taliban, following its return to power in Afghanistan, has imposed restrictions on girls attending high schools, barred women from universities and stopped female Afghan aid staff from working.

CA’s decision to postpone the upcoming series is the conitnuation of its tough stand on the south asian country. CA had cancelled a one-off Test against Afghanistan in Hobart in November 2021, following which they also postponed a three-match ODI series in the UAE.

“Over the past twelve months, CA has continued to consult with the Australian Government on the situation in Afghanistan. The government’s advice is that conditions for women and girls in Afghanistan are getting worse,” read a statement from CA.

“For this reason, we have maintained our previous position and will postpone the bilateral series against Afghanistan,” it added.

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