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    Afghan-Pakistan ODI set for Feb. 10

    KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan would play their first-ever one-day match against a full International Cricket Council (ICC) member, Pakistan, in February, officials said on Thursday.

    The encounter is penciled in for February 10, 2012 at the Sharjah International Stadium in the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) Chief Executive Nasimullah Danish said.

    In an exclusive talk with Pajhwok Afghan News, Danish said the event had been arranged as a result of lengthy negotiations with the ICC and Asian Cricket Council.

    Pakistan had positively responded to a request from ACB for the one-day international (ODI), he said, thanking ICC and ACC. He also praised Pakistan's reply to the ACB request.

    The ODI, to be televised by a number of sports channels around the world, would go a long in promoting the game in Afghanistan and earning the two countries considerable revenue, believed Dr. Noor Mohammad, the board's cricket promotion affairs head.

    Similar talks were underway with other cricket-playing nations, he said, hoping the negotiations would yield a positive result. More ODIs would lend a boost to the sport in the country, he continued.

    Meanwhile, cricket fans expressed pleasure about the Pakistan-Afghanistan duel. Such a contest was his longstanding desire, said Mahfoozul Haq, a resident of Jalalabad.