Afghanistan looking to host Pakistan in UAE

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24 May 2021 | 05:30 AM
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Afghanistan looking to host Pakistan in UAE

The two teams have met frequently in ICC and Asian Cricket Council events but have never played a bilateral series at the senior level

The Afghanistan Cricket Board is keen to host Pakistan for a white-ball series in the United Arab Emirates in August-September.

Pakistan and Afghanistan have met frequently in ICC and Asian Cricket Council events but have never played a bilateral series at the senior level although Afghanistan have sent their team to Pakistan several times to play against the A-sides.

A source in the Pakistan board said that the two boards had opened talks on the planned series which would include three ODIs and as many T20Is in Abu Dhabi or Dubai.

"The Afghanistan board is keen to have the series before the World T20 Cup which is in October," the source said.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan had also asked the PCB to arrange a bilateral series with Afghanistan when senior Afghan players including Mohammad Nabi had met him in January this year. The Afghan players had requested him to do something and start proper bilateral series between the two countries at the senior level.

The source said that the PCB was looking at the option of playing the series when the team returns from West Indies in August.

"The plan is for the Pakistan team to stop over in UAE and play the series in August as the Indian cricket board is also likely to host the remaining matches of its unfinished Indian Premier League in the UAE sometime in September-October.

"And a number of Afghan players including their captain, Rashid Khan, Nabi, Mujeeb ur Rehman and a few others take part in the IPL for different teams, the source said.

He said the PCB wants to have the series in August as they also have to host England at home before the T20 World Cup.

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