On Sunday evening, the second phase of IPL 2021 started as Chennai Super Kings defeated five-time champions Mumbai Indians by 20 runs. Batting brilliance of CSK’s opening batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad and all-round performance from DJ Bravo stole the show.
But the fans of IPL in Afghanistan cannot watch the matches, because the new Taliban regime in Afghanistan has banned its telecast in the country, as they believe that, cheerleaders dancing during the match with open hair is against Islamic culture. Apart from cheerleaders dancing during the match, the women who are going to watch matches in stadium without covering their heads has been termed as un-Islamic and the government there do not want to send wrong messages to the people of Afghanistan.
Former Afghanistan Cricket Board media manager and journalist, M. Ibrahim Momand said in a tweet that, Taliban has banned the IPL broadcast across the country due to anti-Islamic content shown during the match, as they believe it’s against The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. Taliban has banned most forms of entertainment, including women playing any kind of sports.
Afghanistan cricketers Rashid Khan, Mohammed Nabi and Mujeeb-ur Rahman are playing in IPL. Rashid Khan, who recently left the captaincy of Afghanistan, is very disappointed and disgruntled with the latest developments in Afghanistan.
Earlier, Taliban had announced that women in Afghanistan will not be playing any sports. Following that Cricket Australia threatened them to cancel their proposed Test match in November at Hobart, if women in Afghanistan are allowed to play sports.
Director General of Sports in Afghanistan, Bashir Ahmed Rustamzai had declined to answer as to whether women in Afghanistan will be allowed to play sports or not and said it is up to top level Taliban leaders to decide.