Tim Paine wants Australia to play bilaterals against Afghanistan

Former Australian wicketkeeper-batter Tim Paine has voiced his support for playing a cricket series against Afghanistan, directly opposing Cricket Australia‘s (CA) current stance. Cricket Australia has consistently refused to play bilateral series with Afghanistan due to the country’s restrictions on women’s athletes. Afghanistan remains the only full-member nation without a women’s cricket team, a situation unlikely to change under the current Taliban government in Afghanistan.

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Paine expressed his views, stating, “We don’t have to abandon Afghanistan’s men’s cricket team… the bilateral series could be something we use to raise awareness and try to help women in Afghanistan rather than just shutting the door.” He believes that playing these series could be a way to highlight and support women’s issues in Afghanistan instead of avoiding engagement entirely.

Cricket Australia had previously pulled out of a scheduled one-off Test against Afghanistan in 2021, an ODI series in March 2023, and a three-match T20I series in August 2024. Earlier this year, Cricket Australia also indefinitely postponed a planned T20 series against the Afghanistan cricket team. Despite these cancellations, Afghanistan and Australia still face each other in ICC events. The Rashid Khan-led Afghan team notably registered a thrilling victory over Australia in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024. They also nearly defeated Australia in the previous year’s ODI World Cup, only to be edged out by Glenn Maxwell‘s heroics.

Following Afghanistan’s notable win over Australia in the T20 World Cup 2024, Rashid Khan expressed a desire for regular competition against top teams. He stated, “Sports bring the nation together,” acknowledging that some issues are beyond their control but expressing hope for a solution.

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Afghanistan’s performance in the T20 World Cup 2024 has been commendable. The team started with three consecutive victories, including a win against New Zealand in the group stage. However, they faced a heavy 104-run loss against the West Indies in a subsequent group-stage match. In the Super 8 stage, they lost to India by 47 runs in their first match but bounced back with a 21-run victory over Australia, followed by a win against Bangladesh, securing their spot in the World Cup semifinals for the first time.

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Former Australian wicketkeeper-batter Tim Paine has voiced his support for playing a cricket series against Afghanistan, directly opposing Cricket Australia's (CA) current stance. Cricket Australia has consistently refused to play bilateral series with Afghanistan due to the country's restrictions on women's athletes. Afghanistan remains the only full-member nation without a women's cricket team, a situation unlikely to change under the current Taliban government in Afghanistan.

Paine expressed his views, stating, “We don’t have to abandon Afghanistan’s men’s cricket team… the bilateral series could be something we use to raise awareness and try to help women in Afghanistan rather than just shutting the door.” He believes that playing these series could be a way to highlight and support women's issues in Afghanistan instead of avoiding engagement entirely.

Cricket Australia had previously pulled out of a scheduled one-off Test against Afghanistan in 2021, an ODI series in March 2023, and a three-match T20I series in August 2024. Earlier this year, Cricket Australia also indefinitely postponed a planned T20 series against the Afghanistan cricket team. Despite these cancellations, Afghanistan and Australia still face each other in ICC events. The Rashid Khan-led Afghan team notably registered a thrilling victory over Australia in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024. They also nearly defeated Australia in the previous year's ODI World Cup, only to be edged out by Glenn Maxwell's heroics.

Following Afghanistan's notable win over Australia in the T20 World Cup 2024, Rashid Khan expressed a desire for regular competition against top teams. He stated, “Sports bring the nation together,” acknowledging that some issues are beyond their control but expressing hope for a solution.

Afghanistan's performance in the T20 World Cup 2024 has been commendable. The team started with three consecutive victories, including a win against New Zealand in the group stage. However, they faced a heavy 104-run loss against the West Indies in a subsequent group-stage match. In the Super 8 stage, they lost to India by 47 runs in their first match but bounced back with a 21-run victory over Australia, followed by a win against Bangladesh, securing their spot in the World Cup semifinals for the first time.

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