Cricket Australia Chief Executive Nick Hockley issued a statement on the matter of withdrawing from the series against Afghanistan.
Nick Hockley said that this is a very challenging and sad situation, we did not take the decision to withdraw lightly and consulted with the government in detail.
“We were hopeful of playing the series and were in touch with the Afghan Cricket Board, but the decisions of the Taliban in November and December gave indications of making a difference in the basic human rights of women, while basic human rights are not politics, they are fundamental,” he said. Due to differences in human rights, we had to decide to withdraw.
It should be noted that Australia has refused to play the one-day cricket series against Afghanistan, justifying the ban on women by the Taliban.
The Afghanistan Cricket Board condemned Cricket Australia’s decision and Afghan cricketer Naveen-ul-Haq announced to quit the Big Bash League in protest, while cricketer Rashid Khan expressed his disappointment over Cricket Australia’s decision.