Afghanistan pacer Naveen-ul-Haq pulls out of BBL after Australia called off ODI series

The top eight teams will qualify for the 2023 ODI World Cup, but Pat Cummins & Co. have already qualified for the tournament. Afghanistan will now have all 30 points. 


Afghanistan pacer Naveen-ul-Haq pulls out of BBL after Australia called off ODI series

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Australia was set to play three-match ODI series against Afghanistan in March in the United Arab Emirates. But as the Taliban recently snatched away girls’ and women’s education and employment, Cricket Australia (CA) called off the series despite its being a part of the ICC ODI Super League. The top eight teams will qualify for the 2023 ODI World Cup, but Pat Cummins & Co. have already qualified for the tournament. Afghanistan will now have all 30 points. 

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This decision follows the recent announcement by the Taliban of further restrictions on women’s 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 anticipating improved conditions for women and girls in the country,” the statement added. 

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Naveen-ul-Haq criticized CA for their “childish” decision

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Naveen-ul-Haq

Afghanistan pacer Naveen-ul-Haq criticized CA for their “childish” decision and pulled himself out of the Big Bash League (BBL) where he played a couple of matches for the Sydney Sixers this year. “time to say won’t be participating in be participating in big bash after this until they stop these childish decisions that how they went about the one-off test now ODI when a when a country is going through so much in place off being supportive you want to take the only reason of happiness from them #CA,” Naveen wrote on Twitter. 

In November 2021, Australia was set to play a Test match in Afghanistan but that match was canceled after the Taliban’s surging back to power in the nation. Afghanistan is also the only full-member nation of the International Cricket Council (ICC) without a women’s team.

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