Afghanistan A replaces Australia A in Proteas triangular series

Afghanistan chief executive Shafiqullah Stanikzai expressed confidence that the upcoming South Africa Tour would provide his side with good exposure to competitive cricket.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has accepted Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) offer to play the triangular series which also features India A.   -  Getty Images

 

In the wake of Australia A’s decision to boycott its tour to South Africa due to the ongoing pay dispute between Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers’Association (ACA), the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has accepted Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) offer to play the triangular series which also features India A.

Australia A was slated to play a pair of four-day matches against South Africa A as well as a limited-overs tri-series against the Proteas’ and India A-teams.

Confirming the news about Afghanistan’s acceptance, CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat said, “We are delighted that Afghanistan have accepted our invitation and look forward to welcoming them to our country for the very first time. Afghanistan were deservedly granted Full Member status at the ICC annual conference last month after showing impressive growth in recent years”.

“They are a passionate cricket nation and I expect the Afghanistan ‘A’ team to compete strongly against our ‘A’ team and India ‘A’ in the upcoming tri-series,” he added.

Echoing similar views, Afghanistan chief executive Shafiqullah Stanikzai expressed confidence that the upcoming South Africa Tour would provide his side with good exposure to competitive cricket.

“We are very pleased to accept Cricket South Africa’s invitation to participate in the upcoming triangular series,” Stanikzai said.

“This will be our first-ever visit to South Africa and I am certain that this will give Afghansitan ‘A’ team very good exposure to competitive cricket,” he added.

The tri-series is set to begin from July 26, with Afghanistan A now taking on India A in the first match in Pretoria.

After the final of the one-day series, India ‘A’ will continue its tour and play two four-day matches against South Africa ‘A’.

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