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‘The one happiness in Afghanistan is cricket’

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Afghanistan cricket group will take the sphere on Monday within the T20 World Cup, its first outing because the Taliban takeover of the nation.

Afghanistan will tackle Scotland of their opening recreation of cricket’s T20 World Cup 2021, the group’s first outing because the Taliban takeover of the nation.

Because the group ready for the match, captain Mohammad Nabi performed a straight bat on Sunday to the inevitable questions on politics.

“Everybody is aware of that again dwelling in Afghanistan there’s loads taking place and every part from the previous couple of months,” he acknowledged within the pre-match press convention forward of the sport in Sharjah on Monday.

“However, as a cricket perspective, everyone is prepared for this World Cup and we ready properly. The followers are actually ready as a result of the one happiness in Afghanistan is cricket.

“In the event you’re prepared to do properly within the event and we win the video games, the followers are actually blissful and there shall be lots of smiles on faces.”

After the Taliban retook management of Afghanistan in August, the cricket group briefly confronted the potential of being banned from the event if the women’s team was dismantled.

Then, star spinner Rashid Khan stepped down as captain earlier than visa points positioned yet one more hurdle within the group’s path.

All-rounder Nabi was handed the captain’s arm band and the remainder of the group skilled in Qatar previous to their arrival within the United Arab Emirates.

“There was somewhat problem after we arrived in Dubai,” Nabi stated, acknowledging that the final 10 days weren’t “preferrred”.

Ladies in sport

Sport in Afghanistan confronted an unsure future following the Taliban’s takeover of the nation in August.

Tons of of athletes, particularly feminine athletes, went into hiding or have been evacuated from the nation for worry of reprisals or being shunned by the brand new Taliban authorities.

These outdoors the nation feared the worst, having seen a whole ban on girls’s sport when the armed group managed Afghanistan from 1996 till the United States-led invasion in 2001.

A high-ranking Taliban official was not too long ago quoted as saying that ladies shall be banned from sport within the nation (though officers later claimed the assertion was not translated precisely from Pashto).

Past winners of the T20 World cup, 2007: India, 2009: Pakistan, 2010: England, 2014: Sri Lanka, and West Indies has won twice, 2012, and 2016.

Afghanistan Cricket Board’s not too long ago appointed Chairman Azizullah Fazli advised Al Jazeera that there isn’t any ban on girls’s sport as of but.

“We’ve spoken to the highest Taliban authorities officers and their stance is that there’s formally no ban on girls’s sport, particularly girls’s cricket. They haven’t any drawback with girls collaborating in sport,” he stated whereas in Qatar’s capital Doha earlier this month.

“We’ve not been requested to cease girls from enjoying cricket. We’ve had a girls’s group for 18 years. However what we want to bear in mind is our faith and tradition. If girls adhere to that [attire] there isn’t any drawback in them collaborating in sporting actions.

“Islam doesn’t permit girls to put on shorts like the opposite groups do whereas enjoying soccer particularly. That’s one thing we want to bear in mind.

“A Taliban official additionally not too long ago stated sport and politics shall be stored separate and those that perceive the sport and are technically well-versed shall be appointed into related positions. The federal government has advised us it should help us in any method wanted.”

Afghanistan’s success in T20 is constructed on their big-hitting batting and the spin bowling of their ‘Huge Three’, Khan, Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

In all, eight of their 15-man World Cup squad have expertise enjoying skilled T20 cricket in different international locations.

“I believe it’s for these cricketers enjoying cricket all around the world, particularly 5, six, seven gamers are enjoying completely different franchise cricket from final six months,” stated Nabi, who performed within the not too long ago accomplished Indian Premier League season within the UAE.

“We’re enjoying lots of cricket in UAE and we all know the circumstances,” he stated. “Everybody again house is considering that Afghanistan have the perfect group in these circumstances. And our group is assured,” he stated, warning that “we already focused a lot of the groups in our group.”

Further reporting by Faras Ghani