Taliban in Afghanistan: Afghanistan women’s cricket team in jeopardy as players hide in Kabul amid Taliban reign: The tense situation is mounting up day by day for the countrymen as the Taliban have established their reign over Afghanistan. While the earlier news claimed that the intruders are here to support cricket, the reality is the total opposite. Forget about supporting cricket as a sport, the reports have emerged how Afghanistan women cricket players were targeted by the Taliban in the city.
The dread of the Taliban, who have already come looking for Afghanistan’s women’s cricket team is so much that the women cricketers aren’t just hiding but have also changed then names. As per BBC reports, Asel and many of her international teammates are hiding. In fact, Asel isn’t her real name.
“Every woman playing cricket or other sports is not safe right now,” she says. “The situation is very bad in Kabul.
“We have a group on WhatsApp and every night we are talking about our problems and sharing plans about what we should do. We are all hopeless.”
Ever since the Taliban have intruded in the country since mid-August, Asel has hardly stepped outside her home. The fear is so much that she has locked her cricket kit away.
“The village where they play cricket, some people who knew them are working with the Taliban. When the Taliban came here and took Kabul they threatened them, saying, ‘We may come and kill you if you try to play cricket again,‘” Asel says.
Another Afghan women cricketer- Taqwa, who is also using a fictitious name, fled the country after the intruders entered Kabul.
“I don’t want to think about what would’ve happened,” she says. “When the Taliban came to Kabul, for a week I didn’t eat anything, I didn’t sleep.
“I was not only thinking about myself, I was worrying about my girls. They are sacrificing their lives, their studies. Some even didn’t get married so they could play for Afghanistan. I’m very worried about their lives.”
Yet another former player disguised in the name of Hareer while speaking to BBC mentioned how her cricket commitments from Afghanistan went beyond just taking wickets and scoring runs.
“When I play I feel like a strong woman,” she says. “I feel confident and I feel proud of myself.
“I can imagine myself as a woman who can do anything, who can make her dreams come true.”
Earlier, Roya Samim, a female cricketer from Afghanistan, who had approached International Cricket Council (ICC) for their cricketing future since the Taliban took over the country, felt dejected after receiving a lack of support from the prestigious body.
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