Afghanistan-Zimbabwe-Ireland ODI series set for Oct
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Wednesday announced signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Zimbabwe on their first bilateral ODI series to be played in October this year.
ACB Chairman Shafiqullah Stanikzai told a press conference in Kabul that the series would be played in Zimbabwe, in which Ireland would also take part.
Financially supported by the Alokozai International Company, the tournament has been named after Alokozai, the official said, calling it the first-ever tournament to be financially supported between an associate and a full ICC member teams.
Stanikzai said during the tour, Afghanistan would also play two international Twenty20s against Zimbabwe.
Then later in December this year, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe would play five ODIs and two T20s at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium in the United Arab Emirates, according to Stanikzai.
In January, 2016, the Afghanistan and Zimbabwe A teams would play two four-day matches and four ODIs in Sharjah, he added. In April next year, Afghanistan-A team would tour Zimbabwe to play one four-day and one ODI matches against Zimbabwe-A team.
Tomorrow, Afghanistan-A team would leave for Sari Lanka to play matches against local clubs, the ACB chief said. Two months later, the Afghanistan under-19 cricket team would participate in the Under-19 Asia Cup and the young cricketers had launched their practice in Kabul.
Stanikzai said the Afghanistan disabled cricket team would tour Bangladesh in the near future ahead of the Asia Cup.
He said they were in contact with India, England, Sari Lanka and other ICC full member cricketing nations and they had assured Afghanistan of their complete cooperation.
The ACB chief said an agreement would be reached next month with Pakistan on a number of matches and that India had assured assistance to Afghanistan in technical sphere.
About next year’s Twenty20 World Cup in India, Stanikzai said a commission had been tasked with evaluating Afghanistan’s performance in the event.
He said Afghanistan would undergo training sessions both at home and abroad ahead of the T20 World Cup and a comprehensive plan had been devised in this regard. India had assured assistance in this regard, he concluded.
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