Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman, Najam Sethi, has announced that Pakistan will play against Afghanistan in Sharjah in late March, pending government approval. The series is scheduled to take place right after the conclusion of the HBL Pakistan Super League season eight and before the arrival of the New Zealand team in Pakistan in April.
Afghanistan had recently proposed a three-match ODI series with Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in March. It is worth noting that Australia had withdrawn from a series against Afghanistan in the UAE, citing Taliban moves to further restrict women’s rights.
Sethi announced that the revenue generated from the series will be shared equally between both boards. This move is seen as an opportunity for both teams to improve their performance on the international stage, and for the PCB to generate revenue for the development of cricket in the country.
This series also comes at a time when there is a lot of uncertainty in the international cricket calendar due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Many teams have had to cancel or reschedule their series, and this series provides an opportunity for both Pakistan and Afghanistan to play some competitive cricket.
It is important to note that, the series is subject to the government’s approval, as the safety of the players and the staff is the top priority. If all goes well, the series will be an exciting opportunity for cricket fans to watch the two teams in action.