Australia on Friday defended their decision to pull out of an ODI series against Afghanistan following a Taliban crackdown on women’s “basic human rights”.
“Basic human rights is not politics,” Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley said in a statement sent to AFP after Afghanistan’s cricket board lashed the cancellation as “pathetic”. The Australian men’s team had been due to face their Afghan counterparts for three ODIs in the UAE in March.
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“It is clearly a very challenging and sad situation. We did not take this decision lightly,” Hockley said.
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