Cricket: Afghanistan embark on Zimbabwe tour
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan cricket team on Monday left Kabul for Zimbabwe to play five ODIs and two Twenty20s against the hosts, starting later this month.
Before their departure, cricket board officials briefed reporters about the team’s tour.
Nasimullah Danish, Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chairman, said Zimbabwe were a full ICC member and playing with them was a huge achievement.
He said Zimbabwean cricket officials had pledged to telecast the matches on a TV channel, but due to some problems, they failed to honour the commitment.
He said ACB would do everything to make possible live broadcast of the matches, adding they were ready to resolve problems between the Zimbabwean cricket board and the Ten Sports.
ACB Executive Director Shafiqullah Stanikzai said the national side was fully prepared for the matches against the African nation.
Skipper Asghar Stanikzai said they were familiar with ground conditions in Zimbabwe as the Afghans had earlier toured the nation.
Farid Hotak, the ACB spokesman, said the Afghan team would play some practice matches with Zimbabwe-A team ahead of the formal matches beginning from October 5 with the first T20 match. The second match of the same format would be played on October 30.
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