ODI series between Pakistan and Afghanistan scheduled next month is doubtful after Sri Lanka imposed a 10-day nationwide lockdown.
Over the last few days, there were tensions of the series getting cancelled after the chain of events that folded in Afghanistan’s national capital Kabul, where the Taliban has seized control.
PCB offered to conduct Pakistan vs Afghanistan ODI series in Pakistan but ACB rejected
But both Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) were confident on the series going ahead as it was planned, but the recent development in Sri Lanka, which is expected to host the three ODI matches for the two teams, has put the series again in danger of being scrapped. The decision will soon be out after discussions between the boards.
According to a report published in Geo News, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had earlier offered the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) to play the series in Pakistan but the ACB rejected the proposal.
The ACB officials wanted the ODI series to be held in a neutral venue and according to the board’s plan, their players would arrive in Pakistan by road and from there they would fly to Sri Lanka via Dubai.
Pakistan vs Afghanistan ODI series uncertain to happen
Earlier, a PCB spokesperson had said the ODI series between the two neighbouring countries was scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka from September 3 to 9.
The spokesperson had said the board planned to start the training camp for the series from August 21 to 28, but since the Afghan board has failed to do its job so far, PCB plans to hold on to the squad announcement and training camp.
“We do not want to incur additional expenses,” he had added.
The ODI series earlier was going to be conducted in the United Arab Emirates, but because of the second phase of IPL 2021 taking place in the Gulf nation in September, the series was shifted to Sri Lanka.