The three-match ODI series between Afghanistan and Pakistan has been moved to Sri Lanka from the UAE, an Afghanistan Cricket Board official confirmed on Saturday (July 24).
The series that will commence from September 1 at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium in Hambantota was initially planned to be played in UAE but the hosts had to change their plan due to the non availability of venues in the region.
Cricbuzz understands that ACB had approached UAE and Oman for hosting the series against Pakistan but both countries failed to accommodate them due to the upcoming assignments. The remainder of IPL 2021 will be played in UAE in September and the country will also host the World T20 alongside Oman after the completion of India’s premier T20 competition.
ACB had also contemplated staging the series in Zimbabwe but had to shelve their plans due to the rise in Covid cases in the country.
“Yes, we will host the ODI series against Pakistan in Sri Lanka,” ACB’s media manager Hikmat Hassan told on Saturday. This will be the first ever bilateral series featuring these two countries and the matches carry more significance since they come under the ICC ODI Super League.