We don’t mind participating in women’s sports, Afghan Taliban Photo: File Photo: File
According to Al Jazeera, the future of sports has been uncertain since the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan in August. Hundreds of athletes, especially women, have either gone abroad or are living a quiet life away from sports.
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In September, Ahmadullah Wasiq, deputy head of the Afghan Cultural Commission, also announced a ban on participating in other sports, including women’s cricket. He said that women do not have to play cricket, they may face a situation in cricket where the body and face cannot be hidden and Islam does not allow clothing that is naked. It should be noted that before the US invasion in 2001, the Taliban regime in Afghanistan still had a complete ban on women’s sports.
Al Jazeera spoke to Azizullah Fazli, the newly elected chairman of the Afghan Cricket Board, who said he had spoken to senior Taliban government officials who had said there was no official ban on women’s sports, especially women’s cricket. No, we have no problem participating in women’s sports.
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“They have not been ordered by the Taliban to stop women from playing cricket. We have had a women’s cricket team for 18 years, although it is on a limited scale, but we have to take care of our religion and culture in this matter,” Fazli said. If women wear modest clothes, it is not wrong for them to participate in sports. In Islam, women are not allowed to wear beads, as other teams wear, especially in football matches, so we have to take care of that. ۔