If you were to question an Afghan about Australia’s past in their country, they would almost certainly bring up the atrocities committed by Australian troops for fun. The people of Afghanistan will remember this long after the last Australian departs. Including the global media, Australian soldiers have admitted to fellow coalition members that they killed Afghan civilians for sport.
But the Australians shouldn’t forget the Afghans who drove camels in the Outback between 1860 and 1930; they made enormous efforts, and service, and showed incredible grit. They deserve our gratitude for the honourable service they have provided to Australians. In times when the country lacked many of its modern resources, Afghans made substantial contributions to Australia’s economic development by importing goods. Once upon a time, many different products were sent to Australia, including food and medicine. Afghans contributed significantly to the economic progress of Australia.
Tragically, modern-day Australia has abandoned the Afghan cricket team, Tragically, if you look at contemporary Australia, you’ll see that the country has turned its back on the Afghan cricket team rather than supporting the Afghan people. When it comes to politics, Australia has doubts about the legitimacy of the Afghan de facto government. If Australian troops fought like civilised soldiers and ceased slaughtering Afghan civilians, Afghanistan would be a very different place.
Australian troops there opted to massacre locals rather than face the Taliban, and that contributed to the Taliban’s success in regaining power. I may bring up the war crimes done by Australian forces in Afghanistan as cited in the Australian media, but everyone is aware of them since they are common knowledge. Here, I don’t want anyone’s health to be negatively impacted by reading about the terrible atrocities done by Australian troops in Afghanistan.
Not playing matches on the International Cricket Council’s schedule would be unfair to the Afghan cricket team and would likely infuriate their fans (ICC). Let the Afghans know you mean no harm by your actions. If there is a problem, you and your Afghan colleagues should work out your disagreements politically.
Afghanistan has been a war-torn nation for forty years. The whole globe, including Australia, has been in this country for the previous two decades. If we had spent the previous 20 years rebuilding education instead of war, the country would be a better place now. The Afghan youth who stayed uneducated for the previous two decades would not be on the side of the issue now. Therefore, there would be less hardship in this nation.
But just as you are turning away from playing with Afghanistan’s brilliant cricket team, which is the only achievement of the previous 20 years, you also assume responsibility for the challenges the nation has confronted now and over the last two decades. Therefore, do not seek retribution for this issue from Afghanistan cricket or cricket supporters.