Afghanistan cricketer Naveen Ul Haq boycotts BBL after Australia cancel Afghan ODI series

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Naveen’s
decision
comes
after
Australia
decided
to
withdraw
from
travelling
to
Afghanistan
for
the
upcoming
ODI
series.

Naveen-ul-Haq
is
currently
playing
for
Sydney
Sixers
in
the
BBL,
but
it
looks
like
he
will
quit
the
team
effective
immediately.
He
has
so
far
played
for
the
Sixers
twice
in
this
year,
picking
up
2
wickets.

Cricket
Australia
(CA)
has
announced
the
national
team’s
withdrawal
from
a
planned
ODI
series
against
Afghanistan
due
to
the
Taliban’s
treatment
of
women.

Australia
were
scheduled
to
take
on
Afghanistan
in
a
three-game
ODI
series
in
the
United
Arab
Emirates
in
March,
as
part
of
the
ICC
Super
League.

But
CA
announced
on
Thursday
that
it
would
opt
out
of
the
series
following
consultation
with
relevant
stakeholders,
including
the
Australian
Government.

“This
decision
follows
the
recent
announcement
by
the
Taliban
of
further
restrictions
on
women
and
girls’ education
and
employment
opportunities
and
their
ability
to
access
parks
and
gyms,”
CA
said
in
a
statement.

“CA
is
committed
to
supporting
growing
the
game
for
women
and
men
around
the
world,
including
in
Afghanistan,
and
will
continue
to
engage
with
the
Afghanistan
Cricket
Board
in
anticipation
of
improved
conditions
for
women
and
girls
in
the
country.

“We
thank
the
Australian
Government
for
its
support
on
this
matter.”

The
Taliban
took
back
control
of
Afghanistan
in
2021
when
NATO
forces
left
the
country
in
a
chaotic
withdrawal.

That
ended
a
20-year
war,
which
began
when
the
United
States
invaded
Afghanistan
in
the
wake
of
the
September
11
attacks
in
2001.


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