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Pakistan delays training camp and announcement of squad for series against Afghanistan

With Taliban taking over the reins of Afghanistan earlier this month, the country is in tatters facing its worst crisis in last two decades

Update : 21 Aug 2021, 04:53 PM

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) delayed the training camp scheduled to start on Saturday and also the announcement of the squad going ahead to the ODI series against Afghanistan next month in Sri Lanka.

According to reports, the PCB wants a confirmation from Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) whether the series is on and only then they will start preparing for the series. With Taliban taking over the reins of Afghanistan earlier this month, the country is in tatters facing its worst crisis in last two decades.

The three-match ODI series is scheduled to start on September 3 at Hambantota with the Sri Lanka board hosting the matches on behalf of the ACB.


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As per reports, a PCB official said the Afghanistan cricket authorities are yet to confirm of when Afghanistan cricket team will leave Kabul for Colombo and also the schedule of the matches.

"Once they give us the complete series travel plans and itinerary we will have the camp and also release our squad," said the PCB official requesting anonymity to the media.

The reports also suggested that Afghanistan Cricket Board is in discussion with the Taliban authorities and US troops regarding the flight to Colombo. All flights in and out of Kabul airport are now in control of the Taliban and US troops.

One senior Afghan cricket official said they would soon get the permission and details of how and when their players will fly out of Kabul to Colombo.


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Pakistan in the series are likely to rest their senior cricket with likes of captain Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan and pacers Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi. The series is the first bilateral series between the two countries.

The four senior players are being rested to be fresh for the home series against New Zealand and England and the World T20 in UAE.

Afghanistan are also among the participating nations at the T20 World Cup.

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