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The ICC ODI Super League matches as part of the first-ever bilateral series between Afghanistan and Pakistan is postponed due logistical issues and lack of time for preparations. The decision to postpone the series was agreed mutually between both ACB and PCB Leadership.
The series was originally scheduled to be played in UAE this September. However, it was shifted to Sri Lanka to be played in Hambantota. Ultimately, the travelling difficulties to hold the series in Sri Lanka compelled the board to consider playing the matches in Pakistan itself.
Considering the current situation in Afghanistan and its relative impact on players, it was mutually decided to postpone the series for time being and play it at a later date in 2022.
ACB CEO Hamid Shinwari expressed Thanks to Sri Lanka Cricket for their sincere support. He added that the increasing COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka was also a vital factor in the boards deciding to schedule the matches elsewhere.
Mr. Shinwari further added, “With all the delay in making efforts to play in Sri Lanka, we lost enough time for preparations. Therefore, making a trip to Pakistan without preparation in such a short time is not going to be feasible for our players. “
The three-match ODI series between both teams is also important considering that it is part of the ICC ODI Super league with 30 points at stake.