White Ball captain Aaron Finch said on Wednesday that Australian players were backing the country’s board for threatening to cancel the test with Afghanistan if the Taliban government banned women from playing cricket.
The governing body Cricket Australia has said it will cancel the November 27 election in Hobart if reports prove that women will be banned from playing in South Asian countries.
“There is no doubt that this is a really challenging time, but we support the position of Cricket Australia,” Finch told reporters at a press conference.
The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACP) said last month that it was committed to women’s cricket but was waiting for government instructions on its future.
The Afghanistan men’s team is preparing for the Twenty20 World Cup starting on October 17 in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.
Australia’s Test captain Tim Payne has questioned whether teams can refuse to play Afghanistan in the World Cup last month and how the International Cricket Council, the game’s global governing body, will allow them to play.
The ICC will discuss Afghanistan and women’s cricket at its next board meeting during the World Cup.
Finch has denied that Australia will be comfortable playing with Afghanistan in the World Cup until the two teams meet at least until they advance to the semi-finals.
“This is an ICC decision,” he said. “We hope things will work out for themselves and that Afghanistan will play a major role in international cricket.
“We have seen how important they are and there is no doubt that the growth of their game in Afghanistan is huge.”