Hamid Shinwari, CEO of Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Friday said that the one-day series against Pakistan will be held as per the schedule.
However, a day later, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) put on hold a training camp that was scheduled to start on Saturday in Lahore and also the announcement of its squad for the ODI series against Afghanistan next month.
The series is due to begin on September 3 in Hambantota in Sri Lanka with the Sri Lanka board hosting the matches on behalf of the ACB. It was shifted to Sri Lanka after stadiums in the United Arab Emirates – where Afghanistan play their home matches – were instead preparing to host the Indian Premier League.
With Taliban taking over the reins of Afghanistan and the country facing its worst crisis in last two decades, the PCB wants a confirmation from ACB whether the series is on and only then will they announce the squad.
“Once they give us the complete series travel plans and itinerary, we will have the camp and also release our squad,” PTI quoted an official from PCB.
The ACB is said to be in talks with the Taliban authorities and US troops, which are controlling all flights in and out of Kabul airport.
One senior Afghan cricket official said they would soon get permission and details of how and when their players will fly out of Kabul to Colombo.
Pakistan is expected to rest senior players including captain Babar Azam, Muhammad Rizwan and pacers, Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi for the series, which is the first bilateral series between the two countries.