Taliban-ruled Afghanistan has banned the broadcast of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) in the country, citing the dancing and presence of “female audience and spectators” in stadiums. The militant group took over the country following the hasty exodus of the United States of America this year, banning most forms of entertainment, including many sports.
“Afghanistan national (TV) will not broadcast the @IPL as usual as it was reportedly banned to live the matches resumed tonight due to possible anti-islam contents, girls dancing & the attendance of barred (sic) hair women in the (stadium) by Islamic Emirates of the Taliban,” former Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) media manager and journalist M. Ibrahim Momand tweeted.
Ever since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, women have been banned from working in offices or participating in sports activities as that is considered anti-Islam. The terrorist group has stressed that women’s rights would be respected within the framework of Islam. Last week, Afghanistan’s new sports chief said that the Taliban will allow 400 sports – but declined to confirm if women can play a single one.
Former broadcaster and journalist Fawad Aman, who has served as spokesperson of the Ministry of Defence, termed the ban imposed by the Taliban on IPL as “ridiculous” in a tweet. “Taliban have warned that Afghan media outlets should not broadcast the Indian Cricket League due to girls dancing and the presence of female audience and spectators in stadiums,” Aman added.
The second phase of the IPL resumed in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday with a match between Chennai Super Kings and defending champions Mumbai Indians. Two matches of the second leg of the IPL have already been held. The knockout stage is scheduled to begin on October 10 with the final slated to be held on October 15.
Earlier, Taliban announced that the historic first cricket test between Australia and Afghanistan in Hobart this November is set to go ahead as planned following reports of Taliban giving green light to the said event. The Test match, due to be played for last year but was put off due to the Covid-19 pandemic and international travel restrictions, will be Afghanistan’s first Test in Australia.
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