KABUL: Afghanistan introduced on Tuesday it’ll host Pakistan for 3 Twenty20 Internationals in Sharjah later this month, the primary bilateral collection between the neighbours.
Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) stated their dwelling season will begin with the collection in opposition to Pakistan.
“Afghanistan’s worldwide dwelling season 2023-24 will start with a three-match T20I dwelling collection in opposition to Pakistan to be performed in Sharjah on March 25, 27 and 29,” stated a ACB launch.
Afghanistan was as a result of begin its season with a One-day Worldwide collection in opposition to Australia in March this yr however Cricket Australia (CA) refused to play in protest on the remedy of ladies within the war-torn nation.
CA had additionally refused to host Afghanistan for a Take a look at match in November 2021 for a similar cause.
ACB chairman Mirwais Ashraf welcomed Pakistan’s choice to play his crew.
“We admire Pakistan Cricket Board’s willingness to play Afghanistan in March. It is a vital accomplishment for the 2 neighbouring nations,” Ashraf stated within the assertion.
Afghanistan have performed Pakistan in three T20 Internationals and 4 ODIs in multi-national occasions — with none win to date — however this would be the first bilateral collection between the 2 nations.
Our Sports activities Reporter from Lahore provides: In the meantime, chairman of the PCB Interim Administration Committee Najam Sethi welcomed the collection.
“I’m delighted that the inaugural Pakistan versus Afghanistan T20I collection will probably be performed later this month in a metropolis that has a big expat group and which has all the time supported cricketers from each the nations,” a PCB press launch quoted Sethi as saying.