Taliban ban IPL broadcast in Afghanistan over “anti-Islam content”


Broadcasting of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been banned in Afghanistan by the country’s new Taliban government, according to reports. Top Afghan cricketers like Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb ur Rahman compete in IPL 2021.

The 2021 IPL season resumed in the United Arab Emirates – which is also an Islamic State – on Sunday, September 19 with a game between the Chennai Super Kings and the defending champions Mumbai Indians.

Former Afghanistan Cricket Board media director Mr Ibrahim Momand tweeted that due to possible anti-Islam content, girls dancing and the presence of women with barred hair in the Taliban’s Islamic Emirates , IPL broadcasting has been banned in the country.

Other journalists in the country have also reported that the Taliban government has banned IPL broadcasting.

Last week, Afghanistan’s new sports chief said the Taliban would allow 400 sports – but declined to confirm whether women could play just one. “Please don’t ask any more questions about women,” Bashir Ahmad Rustamzai told AFP news agency.

During the brutal and oppressive regime of the extremists from 1996 to 2001, women were completely banned from playing any sport while men’s sport was tightly controlled. Women have also been largely banned from education and work.

Many Afghan women and women’s rights activists around the world fear a repeat of such policies after the group toppled the US-backed government last month.

(With contributions from the agency)


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