Pakistan-Afghanistan ODI Series Pushed to 2022
The Pakistan Cricket Board and the Afghanistan Cricket Board have mutually agreed to reschedule next month’s three-match ODI series in Sri Lanka to 2022. The series was scheduled to take place in Hambantota from September 1 to September 8.
“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, the mental health of their players, and non-availability of broadcast equipment,” PCB said.
“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.
Azizullah Fazli was recently appointed as the ACB’s new chairman. His appointment was the first major cricketing development in Afghanistan since the Taliban’s takeover of the political establishment.