Human rights watch calls on ICC to ban Afghanistan


Human Rights Watch has called for the International Cricket Council (ICC) to follow through on its own anti-discrimination policy and suspend Afghanistan from ICC membership.

The organisation’s director of global initiatives Minky Worden said the suspension of Afghanistan from participating in international cricket should stand “until women and girls can once again participate in education and sport in the country”.

The call from the New York-based body – a non-governmental group which conducts research and advocacy on human rights – follows Cricket Australia’s decision to pull the national team out of the ODI series against Afghanistan in the United Arab Emirates in March.

In a statement, Cricket Australia said it was committed to “supporting growing the game for women and men around the world, including Afghanistan.”—Ariana news