‘Human rights will not be politics’: Cricket Australia chief defends withdrawal determination | Cricket Information – Occasions of India

NEW DELHI: Cricket Australia (CA) chief government Nick Hockley on Friday defended the Australian males’s group’s determination to withdraw from one-day worldwide (ODI) collection towards Afghanistan. CA took the unilateral determination on Thursday over ladies’s rights difficulty however confronted sharp criticism for the withdrawal.
Australia opted out of the three-match collection, scheduled for March within the United Arab Emirates, citing additional restrictions by the Taliban on ladies’s and ladies’ schooling and employment alternatives.
Afghanistan’s Taliban-led administration final month imposed a ban on ladies attending universities. Ladies have been banned from highschool since March. They’ve additionally been excluded from parks and gymnasiums.

The choice was not taken effectively by many, particularly the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) and their gamers.

The ACB described the choice as “unfair” and “pathetic” in a livid response, whereas spinner Rashid Khan mentioned he was contemplating his future in Australia’s Large Bash league (BBL) and wrote on Twitter: “Cricket! The only hope for the country. Keep politics out of it.”

“Basic human rights is not politics,” Hockley mentioned defending the choice.
“It is clearly a very challenging and sad situation. We did not take this decision lightly and consulted widely including with our government. We were hopeful of playing the series and have been in regular dialogue with the Afghanistan Cricket Board, however announcements by the Taliban in late November and late December led to our decision to withdraw from these games,” Hockley added.
Rashid, who performs for the Adelaide Strikers, has beforehand voiced assist for girls in Afghanistan for the reason that Taliban seized management. His worldwide group mate Naveen-ul-Haq mentioned he won’t play within the BBL “until they stop these childish decisions”.

Reacting to Rashid’s menace, Hockley mentioned: “We acknowledge and applaud Rashid Khan’s and other Afghanistan cricketers’ comments at the time condemning the Taliban’s decision to ban women from universities. Rashid will always be welcome in the BBL.”
“We stay dedicated to supporting the expansion of the sport for men and women around the globe and hope that improved situations for girls and ladies in Afghanistan signifies that we will resume bilateral cricket within the not too distant future,” the CA chief concluded.
(With inputs from businesses)

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