Afghanistan will tour the United Arab Emirates in the three-match T20I series

Afghanistan will tour the United Arab Emirates in the three-match T20I series© AFP

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) confirmed on Thursday that the team will tour the United Arab Emirates later this month to play a series of three T20Is and two 50-over warm-up matches against the hosts at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the UAE. Both teams will first meet in two 50-over warm-up matches on December 25 and 27 before the start of the three T20I matches, which are scheduled to be played from December 29 in Sharjah. This will be Afghanistan’s 2nd trip to the UAE in 2023, with the Rashid Khan-led side winning the first series 2-1 in Abu Dhabi earlier this year in February. The series will be played under the mutual cooperation agreement signed last year between Afghanistan and the Emirates Cricket Boards. Based on the agreement, Afghanistan will play a three-match T20I series with the UAE on an annual basis.

“Our collaboration with the Emirates Cricket Board has been helpful. The inaugural UAE series earlier this year provided us with an excellent basis to prepare for the following events throughout the year. Building on our positive past experiences, we eagerly look forward to the upcoming UAE series for the same purpose again,” Afghanistan Cricket Board CEO Naseeb Khan said in an official statement.

“This upcoming tour marks the beginning of our new year, which is expected to give the Afghan Atalan team the necessary momentum for an action-packed 2024 season, with plenty of T20 cricket to be played,” he added.

“We are delighted to host the Afghanistan team for the second time this year. We had a very competitive T20I series in February and this tour will once again provide excellent opportunities for our seasoned as well as young players against formidable opposition,” Secretary General Emirates Cricket Board Mubashshir Usmani said.

“Afghanistan performed incredibly well in the ODI World Cup and they are a team on the rise with a strong support base in the UAE. We look forward to welcoming the Afghanistan team,” Usmani further added.

The series concludes Afghanistan’s duties in 2023 and will also mark the beginning of an eventful and action-packed 2024. Afghanistan Cricket is gearing up for a busy year ahead, which includes various bilateral commitments alongside the major event, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup scheduled for June 2024.

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