Cricket Australia (CA) is facing accusations of double standards for deciding to let the Australian cricket team play against Afghanistan in a crucial World Cup match. Earlier this year, CA canceled a three-match series against Afghanistan due to the Taliban’s restrictions on women’s rights, including the rights of female cricketers. However, they proceeded with the World Cup match, which has raised questions about their stance on human rights. Naveen-ul-Haq, an Afghan fast bowler, criticized CA’s decision on social media, highlighting what he perceived as hypocrisy. Steve Smith, an Australian cricketer, stated that the decision was above his pay grade and that he was focusing on the match. CA defended their stance by stating that there is a distinction between bilateral series controlled by them and World Cup events regulated by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The World Cup match holds great significance for both teams, with Afghanistan still contending for a semi-final place. Despite previous controversies and boycotts in past World Cups, Australia aims to secure a place in the knockout stage by winning the match against Afghanistan. Smith acknowledged Afghanistan’s talent and acknowledged the need for a strong performance to defeat them.
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