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‘Human rights are not politics’: Cricket Australia chief defends withdrawal decision

Cricket Australia’s decision about pulling out Australia Afghanistan ODI series in March, became a political hot talk across the world. This escalated further when Afghanistan Cricket Board officials and Rashid Khan, their T20 captain started calling ‘Politics’ to CA’s decision.

The CA’s above decision was described as “pathetic” and “unfair” by Afghanistan’s Cricket Board. Soon after AFG Cricket Board’s comment, Rashid Khan, who is AFG national side captain in T20, threatened to pull out from Australia’s BBL.

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Now CA head Nick Hockley has defended their decision in a statement,

“Human rights are not politics, stated Cricket Australia’s chief executive Nick Hockley, as he defended the decision to withdraw from the ODI series against Afghanistan after criticism from the Afghanistan Cricket Board and their players.

A day ago, Cricket Australia announced that they pulled out of their three-match series against Afghanistan, which was scheduled to take place in March in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), citing the Taliban’s moves to impose further restrictions on women’s and girls’ education in Afghanistan.

In response, Afghanistan Cricket Board described the decision as “unfair” and “pathetic” in a furious comeback. At the same time, spinner Rashid Khan added that he was considering his future in the Big Bash League, writing on Twitter: “Cricket! The only hope for the country. Keep politics out of it.”

Rashid Khan, who plays for Adelaide Strikers in BBL was the first AFG cricketer who reacted to CA’s decision. Also Read: Timeline about the upcoming marriage of KL Rahul and Athiya Shetty in January 2023

Here’s what he said;

“If playing vs Afghanistan is so uncomfortable for Australia, then I wouldn’t want to make anyone uncomfortable with my presence in the BBL.”

His full comment;

“I am disappointed that Australia pulled out of the series to play us in March. I take great pride in representing my country and we have made great progress on the world stage. This decision from CA sets us back on that journey. If playing vs Afghanistan is so uncomfortable for Australia, then I wouldn’t want to make anyone uncomfortable with my presence in the BBL. Therefore, I will be strongly considering my future in that competition.”

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