Afghanistan to host Pakistan for a limited over series in UAE, says Reports

Afghanistan are most likely to host Pakistan for a bilateral series in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), says various media reports.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) are in talks for conducting a bilateral series in the mid-year. Some reports suggest that the series is likely to be played in August-September. Sources further added that the series will consist of three ODIs and as many T20Is, and will be played after the completion of Pakistan’s tour of the West Indies. The limited-overs series will be hosted in a neutral venue- UAE.

Former Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi in February this year had revealed about his meeting with Pakistan’s Prime Minister and World Cup winning captain Imran Khan and he promised Nabi about giving Afghanistan a series with Pakistan.

“Meeting Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan was exciting. We had lunch & had a photoshoot with him. We asked him to give Afghanistan a series with Pakistan and he has promised that. We enjoyed that meeting and discussed some cricket things with him,” said Mohammad Nabi, in a tweet posted by journalist Saj Sadiq in February 2021.

Pakistan are set to travel to the West Indies for two Tests and five T20Is towards the end of July. Between the completion of this tour and the T20 World Cup if PCB can find a window to play the series against Afghanistan then it’s most likely to happen this year only.

PCB dropped a hint on the Afghanistan series

“In addition to playing England, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and the T20 World Cup in away series, we will be hosting New Zealand, England, West Indies, and Australia in the next eight months,” the PCB’s chief executive Wasim Khan had said in an official press release.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are yet to play each other in a bilateral series, however, both sides have played each other in multinational tournaments like the Asia Cup and World Cup. It would be a historic moment for both the neighbouring countries as they play their first-ever bilateral series against each other.

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Vaibhav Tripathi
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