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Afghanistan announce squad for ODI series against Pakistan

Afghan Cricket Board (ACB) on Friday announced a 17-man squad for the upcoming three-match ODI series against Pakistan.

Pakistan cricket team is scheduled to tour the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the three-match One Day International (ODI) series against Afghanistan.

The series will be part of the 2020–23 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League. The 3-match ODI series is scheduled to start in September 2021.

This will be the first assignment for the newly appointed ODI captain Hashmatullah Shahidi and his deputy Rahmat Shah. Afghanistan last played in the 50-over format in January in the three-match series against Ireland and won all the three games of the contest.

Meanwhile, both the cricket boards have mutually decided to play the limited-overs series in UAE. However, the venues haven’t been finalized as of now. Mainly there are three choices for the cricket boards including Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai. One of the Afghanistan cricket board officials asserted: “It [The series] will be played in UAE but we are yet to confirm the venue. We are discussing to host it either in Sharjah, Abu Dhabi or in Dubai.”

Pakistan and Afghanistan last faced each other in the 2019 World Cup in England. The two teams had played out a thriller then. Afghanistan had posted a competitive total of 227 runs in their 50 overs with vital contributions from Afghan and Najibullah Zadran.

Pakistan, in response, were in tatters at one stage with only 156 runs on the board and had only four wickets in hand.

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