KABUL: The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Tuesday announced the schedule for the three-match home T20 series against Pakistan, which will be played in Sharjah from March 25 to 29.
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ACB Chairman Mirwais Ashraf thanked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for agreeing to play against Afghanistan and hoped for a close working relationship between the two cricket boards.
“We appreciate the Pakistan Cricket Board’s willingness to play against Afghanistan in March. This is a significant achievement for the two neighboring countries.
“We are optimistic and look forward to continuing our wonderful partnership with the PCB and frequent cricket assignments, which will further strengthen our team and our cricket as a whole. All in all, we are excited to host and play Pakistan in what will be a thrilling cricket series between the two countries.
It may be mentioned here that the ACB executives approached the PCB to play a three-match ODI series, after which Australia withdraw from ODI series against AfghanistanCiting restrictions on women’s rights in the country
Meanwhile, PCB management committee chairman Najam Sethi told a press conference in January that cricket’s governing body was not interested in an ODI series, but a T20 series could be an option subject to the approval of the Pakistan government. .
“I met the chairman and executives of Afghanistan. [Board] The crux of the matter in Dubai is that they requested us to play three matches,” shared Sethi.
“My position was that if we play those matches, it will not benefit any cricketing nation, so we have no interest in going ahead and playing those matches.
“Again, keeping it short, because I had a detailed discussion with them. We came to the conclusion that, subject to government approval, Pakistan and Afghanistan would be right after the end of PSL 8 and New Zealand Before the arrival, three T20I matches will be played in Sharjah.
Notably, the upcoming T20I series will mark the first bilateral series between Pakistan and Afghanistan as the two sides have only met in Asia Cup and ICC events.