Australia’s governing board for cricket is due to host Afghanistan for the one-off Test at the prestigious Bellerive Oval stadium in Hobart, Tasmania.
“Driving the growth of women’s cricket globally is incredibly important to Cricket Australia. Our vision for cricket is that it is a sport for all and we support the game unequivocally for women at every level.
“We thank the Australian and Tasmanian Governments for their support on this important issue,” it added.
“The ACA unequivocally endorses Cricket Australia’s statement on the upcoming Test Match against Afghanistan,” the statement read.
“What is happening now in Afghanistan is a human rights issue that transcends the game of cricket.
“And while we would love to see players such as Rashid Khan play against Australia, hosting this Test Match cannot be considered if that same opportunity to play the game is denied to Roya Samim and her teammates.”
‘My country is in chaos’
“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,” Wasiq told SBS News.
Khan, who captains the Afghanistan Twenty20 side, has been vocal on social media about the conflict in his native country.
“Thousands of innocent people, including children and women, get martyred everyday, houses & properties being destructed. Thousand families displaced.
“Don’t leave us in chaos. Stop killing Afghans & destroying Afghaniatan [sic]. We want peace,” he added.