A Refugee Team in Australia? Here’s What Afghanistan Women Request From The ICC

With the Taliban acquiring power in Afghanistan, it doesn’t take an activist to see the unfavourable conditions for women in the country. While the Afghanistan men’s cricket team has the proper recognition and support that took them to the semifinals of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024, the women’s team is not even officially recognised. Afghanistan women request ICC for refugee team in Australia.

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The Afghanistan men’s cricket team has entered a whole new league as they defeated big teams like Australia to enter the Semifinals of the T20 World Cup 2024. It’s a matter of joy since Afghanistan used to play matches against teams like Japan just a decade ago. As the people celebrate on this big achievement for the team, Afghanistan women’s team is struggling for an official spot.

Afghanistan women request ICC for a refugee team in Australia

The Afghanistan women’s cricket team has 17 female players. These cricketers were contracted by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) in 2020. The women are now requesting the ICC’s help to establish a refugee team in Australia, following the Taliban’s control, since Afghanistan no longer has a women’s national team.

The players submitted a letter to ICC Chair Greg Barclay on Saturday, asking for assistance in officialising themselves, despite the ACB’s inability to acknowledge them. They essentially admitted that “due to the government policies of Afghanistan, the Afghanistan Cricket Board and thus the ICC cannot recognise them as a national team of Afghanistan”.

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“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-finals,” the letter read. “A profound sadness remains that we, as women, cannot represent our country like the male cricketers.”

“We want to recruit and train girls and women who love cricket to show the world the talent of Afghan women, and to demonstrate the great victories they can achieve if given a chance through the leadership and financial support of the ICC” Said the letter.

What are the goals of having a refugee team?

Due to the Taliban’s stance on women, the ACB is unable to acknowledge a women’s team. There are concerns from different sources that pushing for a women’s team with the Taliban government could endanger lives.

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A large number of women in sports from Afghanistan relocated overseas, with a notable amount of the country’s female soccer players and cricket players now residing in Australia. Some can also be found in the UK and Canada.

“Our goals in having a refugee team are to develop and showcase our talent, give hope to the women remaining in Afghanistan, and to draw attention to the challenges women of Afghanistan face,” the letter said.

“Like the Afghanistan men’s team, we aim to compete at the highest levels. We want to recruit and train girls and women who love cricket to show the world the talent of Afghan women, and to demonstrate the great victories they can achieve if given a chance through the leadership and financial support of the ICC.” The letter included.

The majority of these players still participate in cricket games at community clubs, and despite receiving support from different groups, they have not been able to establish themselves as an official team. At this particular time, while Afghan cricket is in the spotlight, they have decided to bring attention to themselves and offer a way to end their ongoing exclusion.

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With the Taliban acquiring power in Afghanistan, it doesn't take an activist to see the unfavourable conditions for women in the country. While the Afghanistan men's cricket team has the proper recognition and support that took them to the semifinals of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024, the women's team is not even officially recognised. Afghanistan women request ICC for refugee team in Australia.

The Afghanistan men's cricket team has entered a whole new league as they defeated big teams like Australia to enter the Semifinals of the T20 World Cup 2024. It's a matter of joy since Afghanistan used to play matches against teams like Japan just a decade ago. As the people celebrate on this big achievement for the team, Afghanistan women's team is struggling for an official spot.

Afghanistan women request ICC for a refugee team in Australia

The Afghanistan women's cricket team has 17 female players. These cricketers were contracted by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) in 2020. The women are now requesting the ICC's help to establish a refugee team in Australia, following the Taliban's control, since Afghanistan no longer has a women's national team.

The players submitted a letter to ICC Chair Greg Barclay on Saturday, asking for assistance in officialising themselves, despite the ACB's inability to acknowledge them. They essentially admitted that "due to the government policies of Afghanistan, the Afghanistan Cricket Board and thus the ICC cannot recognise them as a national team of Afghanistan".

"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-finals," the letter read. "A profound sadness remains that we, as women, cannot represent our country like the male cricketers.”

"We want to recruit and train girls and women who love cricket to show the world the talent of Afghan women, and to demonstrate the great victories they can achieve if given a chance through the leadership and financial support of the ICC” Said the letter.

What are the goals of having a refugee team?

Due to the Taliban's stance on women, the ACB is unable to acknowledge a women's team. There are concerns from different sources that pushing for a women's team with the Taliban government could endanger lives.

A large number of women in sports from Afghanistan relocated overseas, with a notable amount of the country's female soccer players and cricket players now residing in Australia. Some can also be found in the UK and Canada.

"Our goals in having a refugee team are to develop and showcase our talent, give hope to the women remaining in Afghanistan, and to draw attention to the challenges women of Afghanistan face," the letter said.

"Like the Afghanistan men's team, we aim to compete at the highest levels. We want to recruit and train girls and women who love cricket to show the world the talent of Afghan women, and to demonstrate the great victories they can achieve if given a chance through the leadership and financial support of the ICC.” The letter included.

The majority of these players still participate in cricket games at community clubs, and despite receiving support from different groups, they have not been able to establish themselves as an official team. At this particular time, while Afghan cricket is in the spotlight, they have decided to bring attention to themselves and offer a way to end their ongoing exclusion.

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