Taliban ban IPL broadcast in Afghanistan citing ‘anti-Islamic’ content during match

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The Taliban have reportedly banned the broadcast of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on the national television of the country, reports said on Tuesday.

The former media manager of Afghanistan Cricket Board Muhammad Ibrahim Momand took it to Twitter Monday to announce the news.

According to Momand’s post, the restriction has reportedly been imposed due to the transmission of “anti-Islamic” content during IPL matches, including the appearance of dancing cheerleaders and the presence of bareheaded women in the stadiums.

“Afghanistan national TV will not broadcast the @IPL as usual as it was reportedly banned to [broadcast] live matches resumed tonight due to possible anti-Islam content, girls dancing & the attendance of [bareheaded] women in the stadium by Islamic Emirates of the Taliban,” he wrote.

Moreover, an Afghan journalist, Anees Ur Rehman, also Tweeted that the Afghan sports TV channel has already paid for the transmission of the sport event.

“Taliban ban on @IPL cricket matches on the Afghanistan National Television. RTA sport already paid the transmission fees,” said the post.

However, the Taliban, who formed an interim government in Afghanistan, haven’t issued an official statement in this regard yet.

Many international players are participating in the IPL season 14, currently going on in the United Arab Emirates.


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