A Chinese proverb says, “A journey of thousand miles starts with a single step”.
Afghanistan is courageous and gutsy enough to take those steps. Lately, Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has granted contracts to 25 women players to be part of the National Women’s Cricket team of Afghanistan.
The players were selected from the trial camp which was held at Kabul International Stadium on the 17th of October 2020.
ACB tweeted officially,
There was indeed one women team formed in early 2010, straight 10 years back from now, but it was mustered out due to prevailing safety and fear issues which were under the Taliban rulers. Drawing out a leaf from the Men’s Cricket team of Afghanistan, ACB came to the conclusion of the formation of the women team.
Women haven’t given up!
One of the players from the freshly formed Women’s Cricket team, Roya Samim has told in an interview that her exemplar is India’s proud left-handed batswomen, Smriti Mandhana, and West Indies Women’s Cricket Team Captain, Stafanie Taylor and she wants to be as good as them or maybe she would prove even better than them.
The official training of the women players has not started still and seems to start in the ending days of the month by an International Coach.
But the crux of the matter is the conventional and traditional curtailments for the women in Afghanistan as the people find it hard to give them an explorative exposure to the world and they would come on TV as well, but the Afghanistan Cricket Board promises to cope with it too.
The former chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board, Farhan Yusefzai, said that he was clued-up to the resistance to the establishment of a National Women Cricket Team.
The girls have to face several oppositions regarding the cultural and religious rules and conditions so said Roya’s colleague and teammate Naheeda. She adds that the fire of her dedication and eagerness is not that small that it could be extinguished by these factors.
There is a round of applause and pat on the back needed for the optimistic and great and commendable action taken by the Afghanistan Cricket Board and the citizens of Afghanistan.
Farhan Yusefzai said that Islamic countries like Pakistan and Kuwait don’t even have a Women Cricket team and they are proud to announce the foundation of a women’s team.
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