In its proposal, the ICC had recommended a six-team event for both the men’s and women’s competitions which was approved by the IOC. By 2025, LA28 and ICC will work out a competition structure as well as how teams can qualify for the event.
LA28 organizers have emphasized gender equality at the Olympic Games, which typically feature both genders in individual and team sports. However, Afghanistan does not currently field a women’s cricket team, and 22 of the 25 contracted players have moved abroad since the Taliban takeover in August 2021. However, there remains a possibility that the team male participate in the event in five years. ‘ time.
“(In) the Olympic competitions the teams are presented by the national Olympic committees of those countries,” Allardice told the bbcPerplexed Podcast. “As an international sports federation, we positioned our sport with the LA28 organizers for inclusion. And the IOC and they (LA28) have included cricket. In terms of the position of the Afghanistan National Olympic Committee, it is probably something that the IOC should “We can tackle more precisely than I can. But I know that they (the IOC) have been following the progress or developments there. “Our position on cricket and supporting our member in Afghanistan is no different to other international sporting organisations.”
In its communication with the Taliban government, the IOC has been emphasizing that the country’s National Olympic Committee (NOC) will be in danger of being suspended if women’s access to sports continues to be restricted. The IOC has not authorized Afghanistan’s participation in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
IOC President Thomas Bach had noted at the Mumbai session that the onus was on the National Olympic Committee of Afghanistan to show the progress it was making to ensure that women cricketers were encouraged and supported to compete at all levels. . “In this broader context, cricket will ultimately be considered,” he said.
“They were in the process of doing it through 2021,” Allardice said. “And in 2021, the country’s regime changed and introduced rules and laws that prohibit women from playing sports in the country. While we have spoken to the Afghanistan Cricket Board and their position is that they must operate within the laws of the country . country and the rules established by the government.”
An ICC working group, led by its vice-president Imran Khwaja, has been in contact with the Taliban government for the past year with the ultimate goal of helping women play cricket safely. “The question for the ICC board is: do we support our members in their ability to promote cricket within the rules set by the country’s government? And the view is yes,” Allardice said.
As a full member, the ACB receives significant funding. According to the ICC financial distribution model for the next cycle (2024-27), the ACB will receive approximately $16.8 million as part of commercial income. Allardice said boards of directors had autonomy to use the funds as they saw fit.
“How those members distribute those funds and the use of that money is largely up to those members. With any of our members, we have a check and balance on how that money is distributed and whether it goes toward certain contracts or others.” contracts. We do not stipulate how this should be managed.”