The Taliban ban Afghan women from playing cricket or any other sport. The deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural committee, Ahmadullah Wasiq, told Australia’s SBS news channel that sport is not considered something important for women.
Wassiq spoke about cricket, among other things – an exhibition match between the Afghan and Australian men’s teams is scheduled for soon. “I don’t think women should be allowed to play cricket because there is no need for women to play cricket,” he said.
According to Wasiq, during sports, women can find themselves in positions that do not cover their faces and bodies. Islam does not allow women to be seen this way. It’s the media age, so there will be pictures and videos, and people are looking at that.” The Taliban leader said Islam therefore does not allow women to play cricket or any other sport in which they can show themselves too much.
According to the Taliban, the trial match between the Afghan and Australian men’s teams will continue. It remains to be seen whether this will be the case in practice. According to the International Cricket Council (ICC), a country must have a men’s team and a women’s team to be a full member, only full members are allowed to play trial matches.
The interim government formed by the Taliban on Tuesday also does not include women; In addition, according to reports, the Taliban abolished the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. There are also people under sanctions by the European Union, or wanted by the United States on terrorism charges. The European Union said on Wednesday that this government contradicts the extremists’ previous promises.
An EU spokesman said: “This is not like the inclusive and representative formation regarding the rich ethnic and religious diversity in Afghanistan that we had hoped to see and that the Taliban had promised.” The 27 EU countries want to talk to the Taliban under five conditions. Inclusive representative government is one of those conditions.
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