Afghanistan to host three-match series against Australia and West Indies in the Middle East ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup | Image credit: AP
Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) officials have confirmed that they will likely host a three-way set against Australia and the West Indies in the Middle East just before the start of the 2021 T20 FIFA World Cup. The limited series hosted by Afghanistan will face the second IPL 2021. The match which is also scheduled to take place in the United Arab Emirates, with matches scheduled to take place in the first week of October, either in Qatar or the United Arab Emirates.
After the siege over the past two decades, social and political unrest in Afghanistan reached its climax when US and NATO military forces withdrew from its territory in the wake of the Taliban uprising in the capital, Kabul.
Cependant, le déclenchement d’une crise humanitaire aussi massive n’a pas croisé le fer avec l’organe de contrôle de la nation derrière le cricket, car l’ACB reste confiant dans son soutien des combattants talibans, quidé contrôlent l’contrôlent condition.
The announcement caused quite a stir in the cricket world, as it will be Afghanistan’s first international competition since the Taliban took power in the country.
As per ACB’s plan, the tri-series has been confirmed, but the venue has yet to be finalized as a main event – ICC T20 WC 2021 will also be hosted in the United Arab Emirates and Oman from 17 October.
“Our team will travel abroad to play the Tri-Series, we hope, and we can host two important nations, Australia and the West Indies. We are planning to conduct this series in one of the Arab countries, possibly Qatar or the United Arab Emirates. Not decided yet. Hamid Shinwari, CEO of ACB, confirmed that the series was confirmed in light of the availability of the site. ESPNCricinfo.
The Chairman added that the current leadership of the team is favorable as Afghanistan faces Australia in a unique and historic Test match in Hobart from 27 November.
“We have administrative support for cricket. After the T20 World Cup, we will go to Australia to play a unique test match. Discussions with Cricket Australia are ongoing. “After the World Cup, the team will go there,” said Shinwari.
While most international cricket boards, as well as the International Criminal Court, monitor the activities taking place in Afghanistan under Taliban rule, there is still some control over the scheduling of cricket matches with their team.
Confirmation of the planned three-series will prove to be a milestone in the development of cricket in the country since the Taliban rose to supremacy last month.
Alas! Fans will miss the presence of stars such as Rashid Khan, Mujibur Rahman and Muhammad Nabi in some matches in the series as they will commit to playing for IPL franchises in the second phase of IPL 2021. Many Australian players and Windies will also not be available for games if all goes according to plan.