On Tuesday, Afghanistan announced that it would play host to Pakistan for the first bilateral series between the two countries, which will consist of three Twenty20 internationals later this month in Sharjah.
According to a report from The News on Wednesday, Afghanistan will play host to a three-match T20 bilateral series with Pakistan. The series is slated to begin on March 25 in Sharjah.
This is the first time the two countries have participated in a bilateral series of many matches against each other.
On March 27, the second match of the series will take place, and on March 29, the series will be decided after the final match. At the conclusion of Iftar, all of the matches will be played.
At the conclusion of the eighth and final season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), which will take place on March 19, Pakistan’s national squad will leave for Sharjah on March 23 in order to compete in the three-match series.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) reports that both teams competed in one One-Day International (ODI) and one Twenty20 International (T20I) at the same venue in Sharjah during the year 2012. Pakistan was victorious in both of their matches.
The Two Neighbors Met Only In Multi-Team Events Outside.
Other than this, the two neighbouring countries have never competed against one another in a single-team event.
The Head of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), Mirwais Ashraf, had high hopes that this series would strengthen ties between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
“We are hopeful and looking forward to further strengthening our squad and our cricket as a whole by extending our relations with PCB, as well as continuing fantastic partnerships and frequent cricketing missions with them,” “
We are looking forward to hosting Pakistan and competing against them in what promises to be an exciting set of cricket matches between our two nations.
“I am delighted that inaugural Pakistan versus Afghanistan T20I series will be played later this month in a city that has a large ex-pat community and which has always supported cricketers from both countries,” said Najam Sethi, Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). “I am delighted that the series will be played in a city that has always supported cricketers from both countries.”
This year’s cricket season for Afghanistan was supposed to begin in March with a one-day international series against Australia, but Cricket Australia declined to participate in the series.
Cricket In addition, Australia declined Afghanistan’s invitation to host a test match in November of 2021.
ACB chairman Mirwais Ashraf expressed his satisfaction with Pakistan’s decision to compete against his squad.
We are thankful to the Pakistan Cricket Board for agreeing to a match against Afghanistan in March. According to what Ashraf said in the release, “this is a huge accomplishment for two countries that are neighbours.”
“I could not be more thrilled to announce that the first-ever Twenty20 International series between Pakistan and Afghanistan will be played later this month in a city that is home to a sizeable diaspora and which has always shown its support for cricketers from both nations “Mr. Najam Sethi, Chair of the PCB Management Committee, said the following:
“During the 1990s, the PCB and the ACB have maintained a solid and friendly partnership that benefits both organizations. Even in the present day, Afghanistan players continue to have a significant amount of popularity in the HBL PSL. When the cricket players from both teams compete in the forthcoming international series while wearing their national jerseys, I have no doubt that they will display the greatest levels of performance and excite the throngs of cricket fans who are passionate about the sport. He added.
Afghanistan and Pakistan have competed in some riveting matches in the Asian Cricket Council and the International Cricket Council, including the gripping affair in the 2019 ODI World Cup and, most recently in the 2022 Asia Cup, but this will be the first time that the neighbouring countries will be involved in a bilateral series. Afghanistan and Pakistan are both members of the International Cricket Council.
Schedule for Afghanistan versus Pakistan T20I series:
- 1st T20I: March 25, Sharjah
- 2nd T20I: March 27, Sharjah
- 3rd T20I: March 29, Sharjah