Monday, November 29, 2021

Afghanistan Test match vs Australia officially postponed

SYDNEY (NWN) – Cricket Australia has confirmed the expected postponement of its historic first Test against Afghanistan due to an alleged ban on women’s cricket in the Central Asian country.

The match was scheduled to start on 27 November. Two months ago, Cricket Australia announced that it would have “no choice” but to unilaterally cancel the test following reports of a Taliban takeover ban on women’s cricket in Afghanistan.

On Friday, Cricket Australia confirmed that the Test would not take place as scheduled, with an internal three-day match in Brisbane to replace the fixture as the Australian Test team prepares for the Ashes series against England.

“After extensive consultation with relevant stakeholders, Cricket Australia and the Afghanistan Cricket Board have agreed to postpone the inaugural Men’s Test match,” CA said in a statement.

“CA remains committed to supporting the enhancement of the game for women and men in Afghanistan and around the world, however, given the current uncertainty, CA has deemed it necessary to postpone the Test match until a later time when the situation is clear. CA is looking forward to hosting Afghanistan players in the BBL this season, who are great ambassadors for the sport, and to host both Afghanistan women’s and men’s teams in the not-too-distant future. “

This is the fourth Test match that Australia has postponed to 2021, after South Africa’s three-match tour was also abandoned earlier this year due to the Covid-19 travel restrictions.

Captain Tim Paine’s team will later enter the much-awaited Ashes series after not playing any Test cricket in 11 months.

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Afghanistan all-rounder and national T20 captain Mohammad Nabi said: “It is disappointing that this year the Test match is not going ahead but I am happy that the match has only been postponed and not cancelled.

“My representative has been assured by Cricket Australia that they are committed to the development of cricket in Afghanistan, so I look forward to hearing how we can work together in this regard.”

England have confirmed their tour matches with a three-day warm-up match between the England men’s team and the England Lions at the Redlands in Brisbane from 23-25 ​​November.

Both the England teams will also play four-day warm-up matches at the Ian Healy Oval in Brisbane from November 30 to December. 3.

This will be England’s final preparation ahead of the first five Tests of the Ashes series starting at the Gabba in Brisbane on December 8.

The second Australia-England Test is to be played in Adelaide from 16-20 December, the third in Melbourne from 26-30 December, the fourth in Sydney on 5-9 January and the final Test from 14 January. 18. The Perth trial is subject to further negotiations with Western Australian state officials on the current quarantine restrictions that could still be in effect in mid-January.

Australia kept the Ashes, having defeated England in Australia in 2017-18 and then retained it when the 2019 series in England was drawn.


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