‘Taliban love cricket’: ACB says Pak-Afghan ODI series to go as per schedule

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The Afghan Cricket Board (ACB) has cleared uncertainty over an ODI series between Pakistan and Afghanistan teams, saying the tournament will be played as per schedule.

Doubts grew about the cricket series after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, ousting President Ashraf Ghani’s government on Sunday.

In a statement, ACB said that any change of government in the country would not affect the ODI series against Pakistan.

ACB CEO Hamid Shinwari in a statement said, “Taliban love cricket and they are supporting their team”. He added that the matches will be played as per schedule in Sri Lanka.

He said that the team will resume its training camp from tomorrow.

Afghanistan is scheduled to host Pakistan for three ODI matches in the first week of September in Hambantota, Sri Lanka.

The team are also scheduled to play in the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in October which could also now be in doubt. The Taliban government that ruled Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001 frowned upon organised sport.

Star spin bowler and T20 captain Rashid Khan and all rounder Mohammad Nabi are currently playing The Hundred tournament in England. Both made pleas for peace in their country before the Taliban takeover.

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