AFG vs PAK: Pakistan players- Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi rested for ODI series against Afghanistan

AFG vs PAK: Pakistan players- Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi rested for ODI series against Afghanistan
AFG vs PAK: Pakistan players- Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi rested for ODI series against Afghanistan

AFG vs PAK: Pakistan players- Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi rested for ODI series against Afghanistan: The three-match ODI series between Afghanistan and Pakistan will go as per the schedule despite the Talibans take over in the Afgan country. All the matches will be played at Hambantota, Sri Lanka, the venue decided before the turnout of the events in Afghanistan. However, as per the recent updates, key Pakistan players- Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi have been rested for the white-ball series against Afghanistan.

The series is due to begin from September 3, but will involve a three-day quarantine period on arrival for both sides as per ESPN Cricinfo reports.

Cricket is doing very well,” Shinwari told ESPNcricinfo. “We are going to the office (ACB). The cricket team is preparing for the Pakistan series in Sri Lanka. It is confirmed. We are committed to sending a team to Sri Lanka as soon as possible. There is transition going on here in Afghanistan hence there is a vacuum in flight operations and availability is affected. But we will fly out as soon as we find a flight. We have our boys assembled in Kabul and they are preparing for the series.

We hope the squad will depart in the next four days. We have updated both the PCB and Sri Lanka Cricket and both are on board. I am thankful to SLC for hosting us and that is really generous of them.

AFG vs PAK: The two contesting countries haven’t announced their squads yet for the upcoming series.

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Cricket will go on, says ACB CEO Hamid Shinwari

ACB CEO Hamid Shinwari assured the fans that the ongoing turmoil would have no impact on the cricket affairs of the Afghan country.

AFG vs PAK: Shinwari was confident the game would not be affected adversely. “They [Taliban] are supporting cricket ever since the beginning,” he said. “They never had any issue with cricket. The thing is people love cricket here in Afghanistan and that’s why it has to go with the flow. My confidence that cricket will not be affected is because of two factors: firstly, the legacy. Cricket development in Afghanistan was initiated during Taliban’s first stint 20 years ago. Secondly ACB offices are operating. So far we have seen no issues.
AFG vs PAK: He further assured that the Afghan cricketers will continue to fulfil cricket commitments as per the schedule. After the series with Pakistan, they will play the T20 World Cup scheduled in October-November.
The cricketers are doing very well. They have been assured and they are also happy that cricket will be going on. They are committed to going to Sri Lanka, playing against Pakistan, and after that to the T20 World Cup. Cricket has become an important tool for community development in the country. And the players in particular are icons, and understand the importance.”
AFG vs PAK: Pakistan players- Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi rested for ODI series against Afghanistan
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