ODI Series: Afghanistan and Pakistan’s limited-overs series has been postponed. There had been speculations that the series will be relocated from Sri Lanka to Pakistan after the Sri Lankan government enforced a 10-day national curfew. However, Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) CEO Hamid Shinwari stated that the series could not be held due to the current situation.
“We have mutually decided to postpone the Afghanistan-Pakistan ODI series, keeping the conditions and mental health of the players in mind,” ACB CEO Hamid Shinwari stated.
There was a lot of speculation about the series’ continuation once the Taliban took control of Afghanistan. However, both the Afghanistan Cricket Board and the Pakistan Cricket Board are optimistic that the series will go forward as planned. There are no commercial flights available from Kabul city due to the political unrest in Afghanistan. The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) ran into logistical problems moving the team to Hambantota, where the series was set to begin on September 3.
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The series was to be the first bilateral series between Pakistan and Afghanistan, as the two countries had previously only played each other in World Cup and Asia Cup tournaments.
“The Pakistan Cricket Board and the Sri Lanka Cricket Board had fully supported us in terms of assisting us with hosting the series, but it is not viable to hold the series in the current environment,” Shinwari continued.
Pakistan had previously granted visas to Afghan cricketers. Fawad Chaudhry, Pakistan’s information minister, announced the series on Sunday, expressing his hope that it will bring “smiles to the faces of their people.”
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