Srinagar, 01 September: Taliban has said that Afghanistan cricket teams scheduled Test match against Australia in November will be held as planned.
The deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural commission, Ahmadullah Wasiq has said that Test against Australia will be held as planned but the counterpart board hasn’t yet reiterated the same commitment lately.
The Test is set to commence on 27 November.
“[All previously organized matches] will continue without interruption, and [the Afghan team] can play with other international teams. In the future, we want good relations with all countries. When good relations are established, Afghan players can go [to Australia] and they can come here,” Wasiq was quoted as saying by Sportskeeda.
“Cricket Australia’s (CA) planning for the historic first Test match between Australia and Afghanistan in Hobart is well underway,” A Cricket Australia official was quoted as saying by SBS Pashto.
“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 CA official added.
“CA will continue to work with the Australian and Tasmanian governments ahead of the Afghanistan team’s arrival planned for later this year.”
Afghanistan is currently in turmoil after US forces left the country and the Taliban’s takeover of the country has put cricket future in jeopardy.
Taliban supported the Pakistan series as well but at the last minute, the ODIs were scrapped on account of logistical issues and subsequently the series was postponed.
Currently, the Afghanistan men’s team is taking part in a training camp at the Kabul International Cricket Stadium ahead of the ICC men’s T20 World Cup.
With Inputs from Cricwick