Tasmania Premier has concerns over Australia-Afghanistan Test in Hobart


Peter Gutwein said he would be seeking the advice of the local Hazara community

Hobart’s Hazara community will help determine whether the city hosts a men’s cricket Test between Australia and Afghanistan.

The first ever Test involving the two nations, originally slated for 2020 but delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, is scheduled to start on November 27.

The match looms as a key Ashes tune-up for Tim Paine’s side but also a significant fixture for the Tasmanian skipper and indeed Cricket Tasmania, which hasn’t hosted a Test since 2016.

The Taliban, who recently completed a swift takeover of Afghanistan, has declared it wants the game to happen. But the question as to whether it should remains unanswered in the minds of many.

Tasmania Premier Peter Gutwein, speaking in a state budget estimates hearing on Monday, highlighted reports about the future of women’s sport in Afghanistan as being “particularly” concerning.