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Hastie calls for Australia-Afghanistan cricket Test match to be cancelled

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age reported on Wednesday that Taliban opposition to women playing cricket has increased the likelihood of the Test match being cancelled.

The deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural commission, Ahmadullah Wasiq, told SBS News that sport is not seen as something which is important for women. “I don’t think women will be allowed to play cricket because it is not necessary that women should play cricket,” Mr Wasiq said.


Mr Colbeck, the Minister for Sport, on Wednesday said he urged the ICC to “take a stand against this appalling ruling” by the Taliban.

Asked about the Taliban’s appointment of Sirajuddin Haqqani – the group’s deputy leader and close ally of al Qaeda – as Interior Minister, Mr Hastie said: “I think we judge by the past and we hope for the best for the future, but, at the moment, I’m a realist”.

“Before we make any sort of concessions, we need to see evidence of good behaviour. I think what we’ve seen over the last 30 years from the Taliban does not bode well for the future and so we need to maintain a very realistic view of the Taliban, the ideas that they hold, and of course, the way they govern, and have governed in the past.”

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