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Pakistan-Afghanistan ODI Series Moves from UAE to Sri Lanka

In a recent development, the upcoming three-match One Day International Series between Pakistan and Afghanistan was moved to Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium in Hambantota, Sri Lanka.

Pakistan and Afghanistan close horns in their very first bilateral series between 01-05 September. The three-match ODI series was previously scheduled to take place in the UniArab Emirates, but has now been moved to Sri Lanka.

According to a report published in ESPNCricinfo, the reason for the relocation in the venue is the unavailability of the site in the United Arab Emirates.

Over the next few months, many cricket actions will take place in the United Arab Emirates, while the Emirates country will host the second phase of the Indian Premier League before the seventh edition of the ICC T20 World Cup for men is presented between 17 October and 14 November.

The ODI series from Pakistan and Afghanistan will be part of the World Cup Super League

Hamid Hasan (C) in Afghanistan responds while Pakistani Imam-ul-Haq (L) and Pakistan’s Babar Azam (R) run between the wickets during the 2019 Cricket World Cup group match between Pakistan and Afghanistan at Headingley in Leeds. [Image-AFP]

Although the second phase of the 14th season of the IPL is scheduled to start from September 19, teams will start their practice from the second week of August, making the site unavailable for the ODI series.

Meanwhile, this is the first time that Pakistan and Afghanistan have tackled each other in a bilateral series.

The bitter neighbors have so far locked horns in four one-dayers with the Babar Azam-led unit winning each of the four encounters. The parties last met during the 2019 World Cup, which was a serious matter with fans of both teams committing violence in the stands.

Afghanistan sparked a real battle for Pakistan, but the Men in Green eventually won the match by three wickets.

The three-match ODI series will be vital for both Pakistan and Afghanistan as it is part of the ICC ODI Super League.

Pakistan are currently fifth in the Super League table with 40 points, while Afghanistan are languishing in eighth place after scoring just 30 points.

Also read 5 Indian players who won ‘Man of the Series Award’ in their debut ODI series

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