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Cricket Australia is still planning to organize a test match against Afghanistan.

"Planning for the historic first test match between Australia and Afghanistan in Hobart is well underway," Cricket Australia stated late Tuesday on its website.

Despite the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan and the country’s extreme insecurity, Cricket Australia is hopeful that a planned test match against the country will go ahead.

The governing body stated that preparations for the one-off match in Hobart on November 27 were going according to plan.

“Planning for the historic first test match between Australia and Afghanistan in Hobart is well underway,” Cricket Australia stated late Tuesday on its website.

“The CA and the Afghanistan Cricket Board are working together to make the match happen.”

The match was supposed to take place late last year, but it was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

CA was responding to Taliban statements claiming that the Afghanistan team’s itinerary would not be disrupted.

“We desire positive relations with all countries in the future,” Ahmadullah Wasiq, deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural council, told Australia’s SBS television.

“Afghan players can go (to Australia) and come here once good relations are established.”

The rescheduled encounter in the Tasmanian state capital will take place shortly after the ICC T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, which both Australia and Afghanistan will participate in.

The test will serve as a warm-up for Australia before of their Ashes series against England, which begins in December.

The Taliban outlawed most forms of entertainment, including several sports, during their first term in office, and stadiums were used as public execution sites.

The firm stance Cricket, on the other hand, is tolerated by Islamists, and many fighters enjoy it. They’ve also promised to use a more lenient form of Islamic law this time around.

Nonetheless, once the Taliban gained power, Afghan speed bowler Naveen-ul-Haq told BBC radio that many of his teammates were afraid.

“The Taliban have claimed they won’t bother any sportsmen, but nobody knows,” said Haq, who plays in the Caribbean Premier League in the West Indies.

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