Afghanistan Test to be ‘indefinitely postponed’ this week, as Hobart pitches for Ashes Test

Cricket Tasmania boss Dominic Baker says affirmation of the “indefinite postponement” of Australia’s Check in opposition to Afghanistan will come this week.

Earlier this month, Cricket Australia mentioned it might not comply with taking part in within the match, slated to start on November 27 in Hobart, until the Taliban softened its stance on permitting girls to play sport.

Talking to Triple M Hobart, Baker mentioned CA can be following by with that risk.

“It’ll be formally postponed indefinitely this week. That will come out in the next couple of days,” Baker mentioned.

“It’s about giving the Afghanistan government some direction around what they have to do to get back into sport.

“It isn’t acceptable that they do not enable feminine sport. In the event that they wish to play aggressive male sport, notably within the cricket sphere, they must rethink what they do with feminine sport.”

Baker said the move was giving the Taliban some “incentive”, an opportunity to work on how female cricket would become part of Afghanistan’s program.

“We’re not going to cancel it altogether,” he said.

Baker additionally put Hobart ahead as a possible venue for an Ashes Check, ought to a match in Perth or some other scheduled metropolis show untenable.

An Aussie batsman walks after being dismissed by a South African bowler. An out-of-focus crowd sits on the ground beyond
Hobart has not hosted a Check since South Africa routed Australia in 2016.(

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At the moment, there is still doubt as to whether an England team will tour Australia this summer at all as their players wait for further details on what restrictions would await down under.

On Sunday, WA Cricket chief executive Christina Matthews called for the schedule of matches to be shuffled so Perth could avoid any border issues.

However, Baker said, Hobart was ready to step in if Perth was unable to host its Test.

“We might be prepared, keen and capable of play a Check match right here if we get the chance,” he mentioned.

The primary Ashes Check is because of begin in Brisbane on December 8.