Afghanistan plays against Pakistan in three ODIs.© Twitter
Afghanistan’s three-match ODI series against Pakistan has been moved from Sri Lanka’s Hambantota to Pakistan due to logistical issues during the Afghan team’s journey. Afghan Cricket Board (ACB) CEO Hamid Shinwari confirmed the shift of the ODI series to ESPNcricinfo. No commercial flights are departing from Kabul following the Taliban takeover of the country and Sri Lanka announced a 10-day lockdown on Friday, two days after the country reported 3,793 new cases and the highest-ever single-day death toll of 187.
All three matches in the series between Afghanistan and Pakistan were to be played in Hambantota and include a three-day quarantine period on arrival for both sides.
The Afghanistan team will now travel to Pakistan later this week and the ACB has yet to announce the location(s) for the ODIs starting September 3.
Azizullah Fazli was reappointed Sunday as the new chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB). Fazli has already served one term as ACB chairman, from his appointment in September 2018 – following the resignation of Atif Mashal – until July 2019, when he was replaced by Farhan Yusufzai after Afghanistan’s bottom-most place at the 2019 World Cup in England.
His appointment came a week after the Taliban took control of Kabul and the government collapse, with President Ashraf Ghani fleeing the country.
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