Under the new Taliban government, Afghan women will be banned from playing sports which includes the women’s cricket team.
During an interview, the deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural commission Ahmadullah Wasiq stated, “I don’t think women will be allowed to play cricket because it is not necessary that women should play cricket,”.
He added, “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.”
He said that in the media era, people will be watching photos and videos of the sports while adding, “Islam and the Islamic Emirate do not allow women to play cricket or play the kind of sports where they get exposed.”
The US state department expressed concerns over the new cabinet, which includes all-Taliban individuals with concerning track records.
The department added that the Taliban would be held accountable for its promise to provide a safe passage to foreign nationals and Afghans and ensure that the country would not be used as a base to harm another country.
The new government has also been scrutinised by the EU, who stated that “it does not look like the inclusive and representative formation in terms of the rich ethnic and religious diversity of Afghanistan we hoped to see and that the Taliban were promising over the past weeks,”.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas stated that the composition provided very little optimism that the Taliban has changed.