The ODI series series between Pakistan and Afghanistan, which was scheduled to be played in Sri Lanka between September 1-8, has been postponed to 2022, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed.
"The ACB had contacted the PCB on Monday evening, requesting to postpone the series for 2022 citing disruption of flight operations in Kabul, increased Covid-19 cases in Sri Lanka, mental health of their players and non-availability of broadcast equipment," PCB said in a release.
Afghanistan's political crisis due to the takeover by Taliban has seen public life disrupted in the country which also put the country's cricket future in doubt. Recently, Azizullah Fazli was named the new chairman of the ACB.
"We have worked very closely with the Afghanistan Cricket Board to make this series happen and were keen to play them in the inaugural bilateral series, but we understand their challenges and have, therefore, agreed to reschedule the series for 2022. The PCB historically enjoys an excellent relationship with the ACB and will do everything to ensure the series is played in 2022 as it is critical for both the sides in terms of direct qualification for the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023," PCB Director International Zakir Khan said.