A one-day sequence between Pakistan and Afghanistan, scheduled for subsequent month in Sri Lanka, has been postponed till 2022 following the Taliban’s takeover of energy in Afghanistan.
The 2 nations had been attributable to play three ODI matches in early September in Sri Lanka, however the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) mentioned late on Monday that the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) had requested the sequence be postponed.
“The PCB has accepted the ACB’s request to postpone next month’s ODI series due to players’ mental health issues, disruption in flight operations in Kabul, lack of broadcast facilities and increased Covid-19 cases in Sri Lanka,” the PCB tweeted.
“The two boards have agreed that the series, which was planned from September 1-8, will be rescheduled for 2022,” the assertion mentioned.
“Now we have labored very carefully with the ACB to make this sequence occur and had been eager to play them within the inaugural bilateral sequence, however we perceive their challenges and have, subsequently, agreed to reschedule the sequence for 2022,” PCB Director Worldwide Cricket Zakir Khan.
“The PCB traditionally enjoys a superb relationship with the ACB and can do all the things to make sure the sequence is performed in 2022 as it’s important for each the edges by way of direct qualification for the ICC Males’s Cricket World Cup,” he mentioned.
With industrial flights from Kabul airport but to renew, media studies mentioned the Afghanistan crew had been seeking to journey to Pakistan by street and fly to Colombo through Dubai.
However the logistical challenges elevated after Sri Lanka final week introduced a 10-day lockdown to curb the unfold of Covid-19, as surging infections and deaths overwhelm the island’s well being system.
The Taliban have mentioned they might not intrude with males’s cricket within the nation, Afghanistan’s largest sporting success of current years. The destiny of the ladies’s programme, nonetheless, stays unclear.