Afghanistan vs Pakistan moved to Sri Lanka from UAE
Afghanistan Cricket Board official announced that the three-match ODI series between Afghanistan and Pakistan has been shifted from the UAE to Sri Lanka.
Unable to Schedule The Venue In The Region
The series, which will begin on September 1 at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium in Hambantota, was originally scheduled to take place in the United Arab Emirates, but the hosts were forced to adjust their plans due to a lack of venues in the region.
ACB sought the UAE and Oman to host the series against Pakistan, however, both countries were unable to do so owing to upcoming responsibilities. In September, the rest of the IPL 2021 will be played in the UAE, which will also host the T20 WC alongside Oman after India’s primary T20 competition concludes.
Preparation on Hold Due to Covid Cases
ACB had considered staging the series in Zimbabwe but had to put their preparations on hold due to an increase of Covid cases in the country.
“Yes, we will host the ODI series against Pakistan in Sri Lanka,” said Hikmat Hassan, the ACB’s media manager. This will be the first bilateral series between the two countries, and the matches will be more important because they will be part of the ICC ODI Super League.