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IPL 2021: Taliban bans UAE leg broadcast, cites 'anti-Islamic' content

The UAE leg of the IPL 2021 will not be broadcast in Afghanistan owing to the possibility of "anti-Islamic material" being broadcast during the broadcast. Afghanistan is presently under the Taliban regime's authority.

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Afghanistan, First Published Sep 20, 2021, 3:28 PM IST
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The new Taliban administration has prohibited the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 in Afghanistan, so fans will have to miss out this season. On September 19, the IPL 2021 resumed in the United Arab Emirates, an Islamic state, with a match between Chennai Super Kings and reigning champions Mumbai Indians. The UAE leg of the IPL 2021 will not be broadcast in Afghanistan owing to the possibility of "anti-Islamic material" being broadcast during the broadcast. Afghanistan is presently under the Taliban regime's authority.

IPL 2021 would include top Afghan cricketers such as Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, and Mujeeb ur Rahman. Most types of entertainment, including numerous sports, have been outlawed by the Taliban, and women are barred from participating in sports entirely. M Ibrahim Momand, a former media manager and journalist for the Afghanistan Cricket Board, tweeted that IPL transmission is forbidden in the nation owing to probable anti-Islam material, girls dancing, and the presence of barred hair ladies in the Taliban's Islamic Emirates.

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Despite the fact that the hardline Islamists have shown they don't mind men playing cricket by organising a match in Kabul shortly after foreign forces withdrew, Afghanistan's new director-general for sports, Bashir Ahmad Rustamzai, has refused to say whether women will be allowed to play sports, deferring the decision to top-level Taliban leaders. The takeover has cast doubt on Afghanistan's future participation in Test matches, as the International Cricket Council requires nations to have an active women's squad.

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Earlier this month, Australia's cricket leaders threatened to postpone a historic first Test match between the two countries, scheduled for November, after a top Taliban official said on television that women's participation was "not required."

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