Taliban Bans IPL: The Taliban has banned sports for women in Afghanistan as the cultural commission head of the regime Ahmadullah Wasiq said that women’s sport is considered inappropriate and unnecessary.
As per recent reports, the regime has now banned broadcast of Indian Premiere League in the country as its shows presence of ‘female audience and spectators’ in stadiums.
Journalist M Ibrahim Momand who was also the former Afghanistan Cricket Board media manager said that the live broadcasts of IPL matches have been banned in the country as it has ‘anti-Islamic’ content. He tweeted on Sunday, “Afghanistan national (TV) will not broadcast the @IPL as usual as it was reportedly banned to live the matches resumed tonight due to possible anti-islam contents, girls dancing & the attendance of barred (sic) hair women in the (stadium) by Islamic Emirates of the Taliban.”
Another journalist, Fawad Aman wrote, “Taliban have warned that Afghan media outlets should not broadcast the Indian Cricket League due to girls dancing and the presence of female audience and spectators in stadiums.” The second phase of IPL began on Sunday with a match between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.
The Taliban in its official announcements has said that 400 sports are allowed in the country but they refused to comment of women playing sports. The chief Afghanistan’s sports was quoted saying “Please don’t ask more questions about women.”
The cultural commission chief of Taliban had told an Australian Broadcaster, “I don’t think women will be allowed to play cricket because it is not necessary that women should play cricket.”
“In cricket, they might face a situation where their face and body will not be covered. Islam does not allow women to be seen like this.”
After the news of the Taliban not allowing its women’s cricket team to play surfaced, the cricket association of Australia announced that it will cancel the matches with Afghan men’s team unless a clarification on women cricketers is given.