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Refugee Team In Australia For Afghanistan Women Cricketers? Letter To ICC Revealed

Afghanistan women cricketers during training (X.com)Afghanistan women cricketers during training (X.com)

In T20 World Cup 2024, Afghanistan men's team created history by qualifying for the semis, but women cricket has not been in healthy state as it was banned by Taliban after taking over the country in 2021.

Since then, there have been numerous attempts to restart women's cricket, but things have not worked out, even after Australia cancelled the Afghanistan men's tour to their country in 2023. 

Now, the 17 contracted Women Cricketers from Afghanistan have asked ICC to help them setup a refugee team in Australia and help Afghan girls live their dream of playing cricket according to a report from PTI.

"We, the formerly contracted players of the Afghanistan women's team, are proud and excited by the achievements of Afghanistan at the ICC Men's T20 World Cup and wish to congratulate Rashid Khan and his team on reaching the semi-finalsA profound sadness remains that we, as women, cannot represent our country like the male cricketers."

"As former Afghan cricketers now living abroad, we are unable to represent the Afghanistan women's national team. We are asking the ICC to assist us in setting up a refugee team in Australia. Through this team, we aim to represent all Afghan women who dream of playing cricket but are unable to in Afghanistan."

Pressure on Afghanistan Government -

It remains to be seen how ICC and Afghanistan cricket board reacts to this request, but with cricket fever catching up big time in the war-prone nation after T20 World Cup 2024 heroics, the letter will surely help build more pressure on Taliban-run Afghanistan government.