Pakistan have invited Afghanistan’s nationwide cricket staff on a recognised tour for the primary time, officers stated Tuesday, following a go to to Kabul by Prime Minister Imran Khan — one of many sport’s biggest gamers. “We’ll try to look for a possible window for this tour — and if not 2021, we’ll definitely try to plan a series in 2022 season,” stated Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief govt Wasim Khan. “A cricket series between Pakistan and Afghanistan could be a harbinger of love and peace between the two countries,” he instructed AFP.
An Afghan nationwide facet toured Pakistan in May 2011, though they solely performed a second-string facet and matches weren’t given first-class standing.
Pakistan premier Khan visited Afghanistan on Thursday, the place he vowed to assist scale back spiralling violence and push for a ceasefire between the Taliban and Afghan forces.
Before getting into politics, the Oxford-educated Khan was one of many world’s main cricketers — a harmful all-rounder with a devastating capacity to swing the ball and brutally assault the opposition’s bowling.
Afghanistan beat Pakistan final yr in a pleasant forward of the World Cup in England, sparking wild scenes in Kabul the place jubilant followers fired machine weapons into the evening sky, triggering safety lockdowns in overseas embassies.
Most Afghans solely grew to become accustomed to the sport from the Eighties, when hundreds of thousands had been exiled as refugees close to the Pakistan metropolis of Peshawar, simply 50 kilometres (36 miles) from their border.
The two nations have performed solely a single official one-day match and one Twenty20 worldwide — each within the United Arab Emirates.
Relations between the 2 nationwide cricket our bodies are sturdy, nevertheless.
“A strong Afghanistan means a strong Asian block… so Pakistan will continue to play its part and help Afghan cricket,” stated Wasim.
Afghanistan are scheduled to host Pakistan for 3 one-day internationals as a part of World Cup 2023 Super League, most certainly to be performed within the United Arab Emirates.
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