Will Pakistan vs Afghanistan Series Go Ahead After Taliban Takeover?

The three-match ODI series between Pakistan and Afghanistan, scheduled to be played in Sri Lanka in September, is in doubt after the Taliban took over in Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s participation in the upcoming T20 World Cup is also in doubt due to the situation in the country.


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Despite the uncertainty, Sri Lankan Cricket Board (SLC) has announced that the preparations for the series are already underway, and they are ready to host the two teams for a historic series. The three-match ODI series is scheduled to be played between 1 to 5 September in Hambantota.

Afghanistan national cricketers, Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan have requested the people in power to make peace and control the situation in the country. Both Nabi and Rashid are currently taking part in ‘The Hundred’ in England, while the whereabouts of several Afghanistan cricketers are still unknown.

According to various sources, every effort is being made to locate the whereabouts of their international stars.


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The two teams are scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka by next week as a precaution for COVID-19. SLC has stated that they have had no communication with the Afghanistan Cricket Board and are unsure whether the series will go ahead as planned.

The three-match series is the first time in history that Pakistan and Afghanistan will play a bilateral series. The two teams have previously played against each other in ICC tournaments, including the Asia Cup and the ICC World Cup.