The new Afghan government has announced to ban broadcast of the IPL in the country for its “unIslamic content”.
Former Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) media manager and a reporter from Kabul Muhammad Ibrahim Momand said that Afghanistan national TV will not broadcast the Indian Premier League (IPL) live mainly because of “inappropriate dressing” and dancing of cheerleaders as well as presence of female spectators.
The IPL’s UAE leg started on September 19. Afghanistan players Rashid Khan and Muhammed Nabi are also participating in the tournament. Still, the live broadcast of IPL will not be allowed.
Meanwhile, the Afghanistan Cricket Board has reportedly appointed former iconic all-rounder Mir Wais Ashraf as the chief selector and ex-cricketer Abdullah Mazari as the member of Afghanistan Cricket Board selection committee.
On September 12, the Afghan Minister of Higher Education had said that female students could continue their education in universities, including the postgraduate level, but they would have to sit in special classrooms and wear modest dress.
Abdul Baqi Haqqani, the Minister of Higher Education in the Taliban cabinet, had announced the new education policy at a news conference. “Taliban do not want to take the time to 20 years back. We will start building the things of the present time,” he had said.
The education minister had said female students would face other restrictions, including a mandatory dress code under the Taliban’s new policies, which would require hijab for female students.
“Classrooms will also be gender segregated. We will not allow boys and girls to study together,” Haqqani had said. Subjects taught in universities will also be reviewed. Earlier, the Taliban had banned music during their previous visit to power.
On the other hand, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid had said that efforts were underway to recognize the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan at the international level and the international community had also given positive signals in this regard.