The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) was suspended earlier this year owing to COVID-19 conditions across India and was then shifted to UAE, where it resumed on September 19 onwards.
With COVID-19 cases falling in the middle east, a limited number of spectators were allowed to enter the stadium and witness the IPL 2021 games live.
However, this hasn’t gone down well with the Taliban, which has warned the Afghanistan media outlets to not broadcast the UAE-leg of IPL 2021 citing the presence of female audiences and spectators in stadiums.
“Ridiculous: Taliban have banned the broadcasting of Indian Premier League (IPL) in Afghanistan. Taliban have warned that Afghan media outlets should not broadcast the Indian Cricket League due to girls dancing and the presence of the female audience and spectators in stadiums,” Afghanistan journalist, Fawad Aman, said in a tweet.
Have a look at Fawad Aman’s Tweet:
Ridiculous: Taliban have banned the broadcasting of Indian Premier League (IPL) in Afghanistan.
Taliban have warned that Afghan media outlets should not broadcast the Indian Cricket League due to girls dancing and the presence of female audience and spectators in stadiums.
— Fawad Aman (@FawadAman2) September 21, 2021
Even though the Taliban has allowed the Afghanistan men’s cricket team to play, they have banned women from playing any sport, as the hardline Islamist organisation had made it clear that they do not mind men playing cricket, pulling together a match in the capital Kabul shortly after foreign forces withdrew.
Afghanistan national 📻 📺 will not broadcast the @IPL as usual as it was reportedly banned to live the matches resumed tonight due to possible anti-islam contents, girls dancing & the attendence of barred hair women in the 🏟️ by Islamic Emirates of the Taliban. #CSKvMI pic.twitter.com/dmPZ3rrKn6
— M.ibrahim Momand (@IbrahimReporter) September 19, 2021
After the Taliban banned women from playing the sport, Cricket Australia had made it clear that they might not be hosting Afghanistan men’s team for the proposed one-off Test match in Hobart.