Pakistan will host
the three-match ODI series against Afghanistan, ESPNCricinfo reported on
The series has been marred with logistical issues since its
announcement. The Afghanistan Cricket Board had to first move the series from
the UAE, where it was initially planned, to Sri Lanka as venues there were
unavailable due to the second-leg of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.
However, the future of the series was again in doubt after
Sri Lanka went into a 10-day lockdown on Friday, restricting all international
travel until August 30.
ACB CEO Hamid Shinwari told ESPNcricinfo that logistical
challenges caused due to the absence of flights out of Kabul and a Covid-19
lockdown in Sri Lanka was the reason behind the decision.
“The series had to be moved out of Sri Lanka due to the
logistic challenges,” he said.
The Pakistan government has already issued visas to the
Afghanistan squad for the series.
The development was also confirmed by the Federal Minister
for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhary
Numerous reports suggested that National Stadium Karachi is
likely to host the series, however, there is no official announcement made on