The Afghanistan Cricket Board is optimistic about continuing their operations under the Taliban regime. The ACB, continuing to operate from its Kabul office, has confirmed that their upcoming One Day Series in Sri Lanka will go on as per scheduled.
Afghanistan are scheduled to play three-match ODI series in Sri Lanka from September 3. The ACB is targeting to send the team in the next three to four days.
“Cricket is doing very well. We are going to the office of Afghanistan Cricket Board (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,” ACB CEO Hamid Shinwari has reportedly told espncricinfo.com.
“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.”
All the three ODIs will be played in Hambantota.
T20 LEAGUE IN KABUL
The ACB is also set to host an expanded form of Shpageeza T20 Cricket League at the Kabul Cricket Stadium next month. In the upcoming eighth edition of the league, two more teams have been added to the roster, bringing the total number of franchises to eight.
“This time round, SCL will provide audiences and fans with a new experience. It will also be great financially for players,” Shinwari had said in a statement.
One of the franchises – Band-e Amir Dragons’ owner Anwar Mukhles expressed his thanks to the ACB and said: “I would like to thank all franchise owners who will ensure that people in Afghanistan will enjoy the game of cricket amid recent events unfolding in the country. Our national players will play in their own country and will also entertain their fans here.”
The eight franchises are namely Hindukush Stars, Pamir Zalmiyan, Speenghar Tigers, Kabul Eagles, Amo Sharks, Bost Defenders, Band-e Amir Dragons, Mis-e Ainak Knights.
Notably, Hindukush Stars and Pamir Zalmiyan are the new participants in the tournament.