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Australia Refuses to Play T20 Series Against Afghanistan, Citing Human Rights Concerns

Australia Refuses to Play T20 Series Against Afghanistan, Citing Human Rights Concerns: Cricket Australia dealt a significant blow to Afghanistan cricket as it announced the postponement of the men’s T20 series scheduled for August 2024. This decision marks the third consecutive refusal by Australia to engage in bilateral cricket matches against Afghanistan’s men’s cricket team.

The announcement, made via Cricket Australia’s social media account on Tuesday, March 19, highlighted the organization’s commitment to promoting the participation of women and girls in cricket globally.

Australia Refuses to Play T20 Series Against Afghanistan, Citing Human Rights Concerns

Cricket Australia emphasized its dedication to working closely with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Afghanistan Cricket Board to address these concerns and potentially resume bilateral matches in the future.

The decision to postpone the series stems from concerns over the deteriorating human rights situation, particularly regarding women and girls, under Taliban rule in Afghanistan.

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This move underscores the growing influence of human rights considerations in international sports engagements, with cricket serving as a platform for advocating for fundamental rights and values.

However, the postponement of the T20 series represents a significant setback for Afghanistan cricket, depriving players and fans of valuable opportunities for international competition and growth within the sport. As discussions continue between Cricket Australia, the ICC, and the Afghanistan Cricket Board, the future of bilateral cricket matches remains uncertain, highlighting the complex intersection of sports, politics, and human rights on the global stage.

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