The Taliban prohibits Afghan women from playing cricket or any other sport. Deputy head of the Taliban’s culture committee, Ahmadullah Wasiq, told Australia’s SBS News that sport is not seen as something important to women.
Wasiq spoke about cricket, among other things – an exhibition match is planned between the Afghan and Australian men’s teams 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, women can find themselves in situations where their faces and bodies are not covered during sports. “Islam does not allow women to be seen that way. It’s the media age, so there will be photos and videos, and people are looking at that.” Islam, therefore, does not allow women to play cricket or any other sport where they could show themselves too much, the Taliban leader said.
According to the Taliban, the test match between the Afghan and Australian men’s teams will continue. However, whether this will be the case in practice remains to be seen. According to the International Cricket Board (ICC), a country must have both a men’s and a women’s team to be a full member, and only full members are allowed to play test matches.
The temporary government set up by the Taliban on Tuesday also does not include women; In addition, the Taliban have reportedly abolished the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. There are also people in it who are subject to sanctions from the European Union or wanted by the US on charges of terrorism. The EU said on Wednesday that this government goes against previous promises by the extremists.
“This does not look like the inclusive and representative formation regarding the rich ethnic and religious diversity in Afghanistan that we hoped to see and which the Taliban promised,” said an EU spokesman. The 27 countries of the EU want to talk to the Taliban under five conditions. An inclusive, representative government is one of those conditions.