After Afghanistan cricketer Naveen ul Haq pulled himself out of the Big Bash League (BBL) on Thursday, Rashid Khan finds himself in the same boat. He won't be considering taking part in the Australian league after Cricket Australia (CA) has mixed politics with sports.
Since Afghanistan's government has limited their women as per Islamic rules and regulations, CA finds it against women's empowerment, hence, denying to play scheduled series with Afghanistan. As a result, Naveen has withdrawn himself from BBL, whereas Rashid will not consider playing in the league, proving to be true Afghan.
On Twitter, he wrote,
“I am really disappointed to hear that Australia have pulled out of the series to play us in March. I take great pride in representing my country and we have made great progress on the world stage. This decision from CA sets us back in that journey. If playing vs Afghanistan is so uncomfortable for Australia, then I wouldn’t want to make anyone uncomfortable with my presence in the BBL. Therefore, I will be strongly considering my future in that competition,”
Cricket! The only hope for the country.— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) January 12, 2023
Keep politics out of it. @CricketAus @BBL @ACBofficials ♥️ 🇦🇫 ♥️ pic.twitter.com/ZPpvOBetPJ
Almost a week back, Rashid pulled him out of Adelaide Strikers to captain in ILT20 for MI Cape Town. However, favouring his country to show patriotism is now another reason why not choosing BBL over the country will be his final decision.