Afghanistan, which is run by the Taliban, has prohibited the transmission of the immensely popular Indian Premier League (IPL) due to the presence of “female audiences and fans” in stadiums. The international athletic community has been concerned about the Taliban’s view on women engaging in sports since the hardline group took control of the war-torn country last month.
M Ibrahim Momand, a former media manager for the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) and a journalist, said the live broadcast of IPL matches was prohibited owing to probable “anti-Islamic” material. “Ridiculous: Taliban have prohibited the transmission of Indian Premier League (IPL) in Afghanistan,” commented another journalist, Fawad Aman, who has also worked as the spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence on Twitter.
According to a source in the media, Afghanistan’s new sports chief indicated last week that the Taliban will allow 400 sports to be played, but declined to comment on women’s involvement. He was quoted as stating, “Please don’t ask any more questions regarding ladies.” Women were prohibited from participating in any sport during the hardline group’s rule, which lasted from 1996 to 2001. Following its takeover of the country last month, the organisation has stated that women’s rights will be maintained within the Islamic framework. The knockout stage will begin on October 10 and end on October 15, with the final scheduled for October 15.