The three-match ODI series between Afghanistan & Pakistan has been moved to Sri Lanka from the UAE the Afghanistan Cricket Board confirmed on Saturday.
The ODI series which was initially planned to commence in the UAE will now be played at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium in Hambantota from September 1. The Afghanistan Cricket board had to change their plans of hosting the ODI series in the UAE due to the non-availability of stadiums.
The ACB had approached UAE & Oman for hosting the series against Pakistan but both countries failed to accommodate them due to the upcoming assignments. The remainder of IPL 2021 will be played in the UAE in September & India will also host the T20 World Cup in Oman & UAE after the completion of IPL 2021. The ACH had also considered staging the ODI series in Zimbabwe but had to cancel their plans due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Zimbabwe.
“Yes, we will host the ODI series against Pakistan in Sri Lanka,” ACB’s media manager Hikmat Hassan told Cricbuzz on Saturday. This will be the first-ever bilateral series between Afghanistan & Pakistan & the series carry much significance as they come under the ICC ODI Superleague Series. Pakistan is currently at the fifth spot with 40 points scored from nine matches while the Afghans are placed at the eighth spot with 30 points, having won all three matches so far.