“Taliban love cricket”: ACB, says Pakistan ODI series to be played on schedule

KABUL (Pajhwok): A three-match One-Day International (ODI) series against Pakistan will go ahead as scheduled, says Afghanistan, the Pajhwok reported. 

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) said in a statement on Tuesday the ODI series against Pakistan would not be affected by the change of government, reports said.

ACB CEO Hamid Shinwari was quoted saying: “Taliban love cricket and they are supporting their team. Our ODI series against Pakistan will go as per schedule in Sri Lanka.”

The training camp for the national team is set to resume today (Wednesday) after a gap of two days in the wake of Taliban taking over Kabul, reports said.

Afghanistan will host Pakistan for three ODIs in the first week of September in Hambantota, Sri Lanka. An upcoming One-Day International (ODI) series between Pakistan and Afghanistan is to be played in the first week of next month, added media reports.

With schedule for three-match series yet to be decided, Afghan and Pakistani cricket boards are still in talks, a Pakistani source said on Sunday.

“The Pakistan Cricket Board recently rejected Afghanistan’s proposal of two different venues for the matches to be played in Sri Lanka.”

The PCB wants the series — part of the teams’ qualification round for the 2023 World Cup — to be played at one venue. (Pajhwok)

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