The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has announced the schedule of a three-match ODI series against Pakistan which will be played in Sri Lanka.
ACB, on Monday, confirmed that the Afghans will host Pakistan in Sri Lanka in three One Day internationals from August 22 to 26.
The two teams will play the first two matches in Hambantota on 22 and 24 before they travel to Colombo for the final ODI on 26.
These three matches will provide Babar Azam’s side an opportunity to fine-tune their combinations ahead of the 50-over ACC Men’s Asia Cup.The national men’s side will assemble in Sri Lanka on 17 August and will train on 19, 20 and 21 August.
Pakistan and Afghanistan have played four ODIs and Pakistan have won all of them. The two sides last played each other in the format in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.
17 Aug – Pakistan assemble in Sri Lanka
19, 20, 21 Aug – Training sessions
22 Aug – First ODI, Hambantota
24 Aug – Second ODI, Hambantota
26 Aug – Third ODI, Colombo
27 Aug – Departure for Pakistan
After reaching Pakistan, the team will continue the preparations for their first Asia Cup match against Nepal which will be played in Multan on August 30.
After playing against Nepal, Pakistan will once again travel to Sri Lanka to play their second match of the tournament against arch-rivals India, which will be played in Kandy, on September 2.
As many as nine games will be played in Sri Lanka including the final on September 17.
Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka are in the same group whereas the other group contains India, Pakistan and Nepal.