Afghanistan Cricket Board Announces UAE Tour for National Team

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has officially confirmed that the national team is gearing up for an exciting tour to the United Arab Emirates later this month. The series will include three T20Is and two 50-over warmup matches against the hosts at the prestigious Sharjah Cricket Stadium in UAE.

After two 50-over warmup games on December 25th and 27th, both teams will transition to the eagerly anticipated three T20I matches scheduled to kick off on December 29 in Sharjah. Notably, this marks Afghanistan’s second tour to the UAE in 2023, with the Rashid Khan-led side clinching victory in the first series 2-1 in Abu Dhabi in February.

Series Highlights:

  • Two 50-over warmup matches on December 25th and 27th.
  • Three T20I matches starting from December 29 in Sharjah.
  • Played under the cooperation agreement signed last year between Afghanistan and the Emirates Cricket Boards.
  • Based on the agreement, Afghanistan will engage in an annual series of three T20I matches with the UAE.

In an official statement, Naseeb Khan, CEO of the Afghanistan Cricket Board, expressed gratitude for the collaborative efforts with the Emirates Cricket Board. He highlighted the positive impact of the inaugural UAE Series earlier this year, providing the team with a solid foundation for subsequent events throughout the year.

“Our collaboration with the Emirates Cricket Board has been helpful. Banking on our positive previous experience, we eagerly anticipate the upcoming UAE series for the same purpose again,” said Naseeb Khan.

Emphasizing the significance of the upcoming tour, Khan added, “This marks the commencement of our new year, expected to provide the AfghanAtalan squad with the necessary impetus for an action-packed 2024 season featuring plenty of T20 cricket.”

“We are delighted to host the Afghanistan team for the second time this year. 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,” remarked Mubashshir Usmani, General Secretary of the Emirates Cricket Board.

 

 

The series will not only conclude Afghanistan’s assignments in 2023 but will also mark the beginning of a busy and action-packed 2024. As Afghanistan Cricket prepares for various bilateral commitments, the highlight of the year remains the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup scheduled for June 2024.

 

 

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