ODI series between Pakistan and Afghanistan has moved from Sri Lanka to Pakistan after the Sri Lankan government imposed a 10-day nationwide lockdown in their country.
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.
Pakistan vs Afghanistan ODI series reshuffled second time in a month
This is the second time the series has had to shift in the last one month. The original plan was to conduct the series in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where Pakistan’s most of the home matches take place.
But as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to play the remaining fixtures of IPL 2021 in UAE, the bilateral series had to move towards Sri Lanka.
After the military organisation Taliban seized control in Afghanistan, there was a lot of tension revolving around the future of the series. But both Afghanistan Cricket Board and Pakistan Cricket Board ensured the series will go ahead as it was planned before.
Afghanistan cricket team was supposed to travel to Pakistan via road
In fact, the Afghanistan cricket team was granted Pakistani visas as they were unable to board flights from their own country due to the Taliban takeover.
With Taliban forces capturing Afghanistan and its capital city Kabul, the country is undergoing political turmoil. Due to the tense situation prevailing in the country, there are no commercial flights available from Kabul city.
Earlier, the Afghanistan squad was supposed to travel to Pakistan via road and from there they would board a flight to UAE (Dubai). From Dubai, the team would have boarded a flight to Colombo- Sri Lanka’s capital city.
According to PCB, the ODI series was scheduled to be played between September 3-September 9. This would be the first bilateral series between Pakistan and Afghanistan, as both of them have faced each other in tournaments like World Cup and Asia Cup.