Afghanistan cricket chiefs are still awaiting instructions from the country's new Taliban government on the future of the women's game and are not anticipating a decision any time soon, a top cricket official has said.
The Taliban named a new government yesterday, three weeks after sweeping to power when the Western-backed government collapsed in the wake of the withdrawal of US-led foreign forces.
When the Taliban last ruled Afghanistan two decades ago, girls were not allowed to attend school and women were banned from work and education.
"So far, we don't have any news from the government," Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chief executive Hamid Shinwari said.
"Its future will be decided by the new government.
"We are still in an emergency state in the country. Whenever we get to a normal state, that decision will be made."
The Afghan women's squad was quietly disbanded amid safety concerns a few years after it was formed in 2010 but the ACB revived the team last year and gave contracts to 25 players.
The ACB's popular programme for girls has already been paused, Mr Shinwari said, but men's cricket has been allowed to continue as before.
"So far, whatever message we've received is of support for the game," he added. "(For the) past two weeks, I've been trying convey our mission to the authorities and government officials - how this game can contribute - and that has paid off.
"We haven't experienced any impediments so far."
Cricket's popularity has soared in Afghanistan and players like spinner Rashid Khan have become marquee names in Twenty20 leagues across the cricketing world.
The men's team will compete in the Twenty20 World Cup, scheduled in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman in October-November, before touring Australia for a one-off test.
The ACB is also looking to stage a T20 tri-series, involving Australia and West Indies, prior to the World Cup.
The ACB wants to hold its pre-World Cup training camp either in the UAE or in Qatar, so that head coach Lance Klusener and bowling coach Shaun Tait can join the squad.
The team have played their 'home' games primarily in India and UAE in recent years, but if the Taliban recognise the game's potential, Mr Shinwari is hopeful they will be able to host international matches in Afghanistan.