Cricket News: What comes as a major shocker for all cricket fans is that the ODI series between Pakistan & Afghanistan has been shifted from Sri Lanka to Pakistan after the Sri Lankan government imposed a 10-day nationwide lockdown in their country.
This is the second time that the Afghanistan vs Pakistan ODI series has been shifted in the last month. The original idea was to conduct the series in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). After the Taliban took over the control of Afghanistan there were a lot of speculations about the future of the series. But Both ACB & PCB ensured that the series will go ahead as planned.
According to a report by ESPNcricinfo, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) CEO Hamid Shinwari confirmed the latest developments of the series being shifted to Pakistan. This will be the first bilateral series between Afghanistan & Pakistan as both the countries have faced each other only in World Cup & Asia Cup before.
Earlier, Pakistan had also issued visas to Afghanistan cricketers. Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had announced on Sunday said that he hopes that the upcoming series will bring “bright smiles to the faces of their people”.
For the last few weeks, Afghanistan is undergoing major political turmoil after Taliban forces captured Afghanistan. Also, there are no commercial flights available from Kabul city. The Afghanistan Cricket team was granted Pakistani visas as they were unable to board flights from Afghanistan due to the Taliban takeover.
According to media reports, Afghanistan Cricketers will arrive in Pakistan by Monday or Tuesday. “Yes, the entire Afghan cricket contingent has been granted visas by Pakistan and they are expected to cross the border into Pakistan anytime on Monday or Tuesday,” a source told The News.
Initially, the ODI series was scheduled to be played between September 3 to September 9. However, ACB & the PCB are in contact with each other & will soon announce the new dates & schedule for the ODI series.
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