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Asked ICC for help when Taliban came, but nothing happened: Afghanistan cricketer Roya Samim

With her nation in tatters and her dreams slowly fading away, Samim is living her life as a refugee in Canada with her two sisters, who are also cricketers in the Afghan women’s team.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: September 1, 2021 7:34:58 pm
AfghanistanWomen's cricket in Afghanistan is in turmoil. (Reuters Photo)

With Afghanistan in a state of turmoil following the Taliban takeover, cricketer Roya Samim said she is still waiting for the International Cricket Council (ICC) to respond to how things stand for her and her teammates’ cricketing future. Worried about the fate of her teammates, who have been left behind, Samim told The Guardian: “My other teammates who stay in Afghanistan are afraid, they stay in their houses.”

“We all emailed the ICC but got no response from them,” Samim said, adding that even the Afghan Cricket Board (ACB) did not say anything. “Why do they not respond to us, why do they not consider us, even treat us that we don’t exist in the world? After the Taliban came into Kabul, we requested (the ICC) that please save all the girls, we are worried for our teammates. The Afghan Cricket Board [ACB] also said nothing, they just said: ‘Wait’.”

The ICC, however, denied receiving any email.

As of now, Samim is living as a refugee in Canada with her two sisters, who are also cricketers in Afghan women’s team.

“Leaving Afghanistan, it was a sad day for me. I just cried,” she said. “I really love everything that I had: my job, my cricket, my teammates, my home town, my relatives. Everything that I have, I leave behind. Even now when I remember this day I will cry,” The Guardian quoted Samim as saying.

Samim fears a repeat of the Taliban rule of 2001 when women were not allowed out of the house without a burqa and in the companionship of a male relative. Sport was out of the question and though the Taliban have not made a definitive statement about the future of female participation in sport, the cricketer is not hopeful: “The Taliban are against girls studying, so how would they want a girls’ cricket team?”

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