Taliban approves first cricket test between Australia and Afghanistan

Taliban approves first cricket test between Australia and Afghanistan

09/01/2021

Shock as the TALIBAN gives the green light to an historic first cricket test between Australia and Afghanistan – and invite the Aussies to KABUL

  • The Taliban has reportedly said scheduled test with Afghanistan can go ahead 
  • The latest statement from Cricket Australia indicates the test will be played 
  • A Taliban statement also appeared to invite Australia to play in Kabul 
  • Afghanistan is in a chaotic state after the Taliban recently took charge of nation 

The Taliban has surprisingly given the Afghanistan cricket team the go ahead to play a historic first test in Australia – with the new regime even inviting Aussie players to Kabul. 

The deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural commission Ahmadullah Wasiq indicated to the Australian administration that any matches already scheduled could go ahead as planned.

A Cricket Australia statement to Daily Mail Australia confirmed the Aussies planned to go ahead with the test match in Hobart – despite the turmoil in Afghanistan after the collapse of the western-backed government.

‘Cricket Australia’s planning for the historic first Test match between Australia and Afghanistan in Hobart is well underway.’ 

Australia were due to play a fast improving Afghanistan on November 27 to launch the summer of cricket Down Under – but events around the takeover by the Taliban seem to suggest the fixture was unlikely to go ahead. 

Cricket Australia plans to press ahead with plans to host the Afghanistan test cricket team in Hobart on November after the Taliban green-lit the tour – despite the collapse of democracy in the Central Asian nation. Pictured: Baggy Greens’ skipper Tim Paine

World cricket superstar Rashid Khan (pictured right) fears for the future of Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover 

The tweet from star cricketer Rashid Khan asking for world leaders to help the people of Afghanistan 

Mr Wasid told SBS Pashto service that matches already in the calendar ‘will continue without interruption, and [the Afghan team] can play with other international teams’.

‘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,’ the Cricket Australia statement confirmed.

‘CA will continue to work with the Australian and Tasmanian Governments ahead of the Afghanistan team’s arrival planned for later this year.’

In a familiar refrain repeated elsewhere, Mr Wasid said the Taliban wanted ‘good relations’ with all nations – and added the Baggy Greens were welcome to tour.

‘When good relations are established, Afghan players can go [to Australia] and they can come here,’ Mr Wasid said. 

The historic test match between Australia and Afghanistan in Hobart in November is likely to go ahead despite the chaos in the Central Asian nation (pictured, Pat Cummins celebrates a wicket last January)

The Taliban takeover in Afghanistan has thrown the nation into chaos (pictured, Taliban fighters in Kabul)

Afghanistan pin up boy Rashid Khan, well known in Australia for his electric performances in the T20 Big Bash League in recent years, spoke for many terrified locals when he pleaded for global help in a tweet, which has since gone viral.

‘Dear world leaders,’ Khan, regarded by many as the best T20 bowler on the planet, wrote to his legions of social media followers.

‘My country is in chaos, thousands of innocent people, including children and women, get martyred every day, houses and properties being destructed.

‘Don’t leave us in chaos. Stop killing Afghans and destroying Afghanistan. We want peace.’

Cricket Australia previously issued a sympathetic statement about the chaos in Afghanistan.

‘Our thoughts are with the people of Afghanistan, our friends at the Afghanistan Cricket Board and the Afghanistan team during these challenging times,’ a CA spokesperson said.

When the Taliban last took over Afghanistan, cricket was banned as it stopped men from religious prayer, according to the Courier Mail.

In remarkable scenes, some rogue troops defiantly started playing their favourite sport — sometimes in the snow outside the capital Kabul.

The problem for Afghanistan’s home based cricketers following the takeover will be logistically, namely who will pay their salaries and organise local competitions as they look to fine-tune their preparations for the tour to Australia.

The Taliban have forcibly taken over Afghanistan for the first time in 20 years, with scores of locals fearing for their lives (pictured, a Taliban fighter in the capital Kabul) 

Sadly, it now all appears to be a pipe dream as a lack of government rule sees chaos  destined to reign.

In recent days, the Taliban dramatically recaptured the Afghan capital of Kabul after 20 years in exile.

On Tuesday morning, Defence Minister Peter Dutton confirmed Australia won’t send planes into Afghanistan’s Kabul airport while it is engulfed by chaos as people attempt to flee the Taliban.

Dramatic videos have emerged of people swarming Kabul’s airport to try and get on military evacuation flights.

Footage has shown people clinging to planes taking off, with some seen falling to their deaths. 

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