Cricket brings happiness for Afghan public but can’t help if Australia refuses to play us: Rashid

New Delhi, Apr 15 (PTI) “You can’t do anything about it,” Rashid Khan conceded as he tried to make sense of Australia’s refusal to play bilateral cricket with Afghanistan men’s team, which he believes, achieves nothing beyond denying happiness to his people.

Cricket Australia cancelled an ODI series Down Under in 2023 and as recent as last month, refused to play a T20 series scheduled in the UAE later this year due to its government’s concerns over “marked deterioration” of treatment of women in the Taliban-ruled state.

But Afghan players, including Rashid, continue to be welcome in the Big Bash League.

“I want, all the players want, to play cricket because that is the only source of happiness for people back home in Afghanistan and if you take that away, there is nothing that people could celebrate or enjoy,” Rashid told

Source: PTI News


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