Afghanistan Cricket Team have been practising in India for quite a few years now due to the polarised situation in the country. They have been in training in Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Dehradun for the last few years and have played all their matches at the same venue. However, they will now shift their base to Lucknow, after approval from the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administration.

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CoA clears Afghanistan to play in Lucknow

The war-zone country has made rapid progress in international cricket since becoming a full-member nation. Afghanistan have stunned a lot of big teams and also have some quality players in their ranks. The likes of Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi have gained big playing in various franchise-based T20 leagues across the globe.

Ekana International Cricket Stadium, Lucknow Curators, India vs Windies 2018
Ekana International Cricket Stadium (Credits – Twitter)

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Afghanistan, who had a disappointed World Cup campaign will look to recover quickly and come out stronger. They will now get a new stadium to train in India. CoA in their meeting has approved the Ekana International cricket stadium in Lucknow to hold their international matches — Tests, ODIs and T20s. Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) CEO Asadullah Khan confirmed the development to a news agency. 

“We have received formal approval of our request from the BCCI. Dehradun did not have enough five-star accommodations which was proving to be a hurdle in organising international games. Now we should have no more problems in this regard at Lucknow,” Khan said. 

Meanwhile, Afghanistan will play T20I series in September involving Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in Bangladesh. They have appointed Rashid Khan as the new skipper across formats who will look to deliver the goods post the World Cup.