The first bilateral series between the neighbours will be three Twenty20 internationals (T20I) that Afghanistan will host for Pakistan in Sharjah later this month.
The series against Pakistan will kick off Afghanistan’s domestic season, according to the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB). “Afghanistan’s international home season 2023-24 will begin with a three-match T20I home series against Pakistan to be played in Sharjah on March 25, 27, and 29,” said a ACB release.
Afghanistan was due to start its season with a one-day international series against Australia in March this year, but Cricket Australia refused to play in protest at the treatment of women in the war-torn country.
Cricket Australia had also refused to host Afghanistan for a Test match in November 2021 for the same reason. ACB Chairman Mirwais Ashraf welcomed Pakistan’s decision to play his team.
“We appreciate the Pakistan Cricket Board’s willingness to play Afghanistan in March. This is a significant accomplishment for two neighbouring countries,” Ashraf said in the statement.
Afghanistan has played Pakistan in three T20Is and four ODIs in multi-national events, but this will be the first bilateral series between the two countries.