Afghanistan vs Pakistan: ODI series shifted to Sri Lanka from UAE, confirms Afghanistan Cricket Board – Afghanistan Cricket Board confirmed that the three-match ODI series between Afghanistan and Pakistan has been shifted to Sri Lanka from the UAE. The series will kick start on September 1 at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium in Hambantota. The hosts had to change their plans due to the non-availability of stadiums in the country.
According to Cricbuzz, ACB had requested UAE and Oman to host the series against Pakistan but both nations failed to accommodate them due to the upcoming matches, thus the series was shifted to Sri Lanka. BCCI has already declared that the IPL 2021 phase 2 will be played in UAE in September while the World T20 is also scheduled to take place in UAE and Oman later this year. The other option was Zimbabwe but due to rising cases of Covid in the country ACB had to go with Sri Lanka.
“Yes, we will host the ODI series against Pakistan in Sri Lanka,” ACB’s media manager Hikmat Hassan told Cricbuzz on Saturday.
The series between Afghanistan and Pakistan will be the first-ever bilateral series between these two nations. The matches carry more importance since they come under the ICC ODI Super League.
Pakistan are at number five with 40 points in nine games while Afghanistan are at number eight with 30 points as they have won all the matches in ICC ODI Super League.