Afghanistan will take on Pakistan in a three-match ODI series in Sri Lanka, as part of preparation for the upcoming Asia Cup and Men’s ODI World Cup, scheduled to be held in India later this year.
The first two matches will be held in Hambantota on August 22 and 24 while the third and final match will be played in Colombo on August 26.
Notably, Afghanistan will host Pakistan for the second time in a bilateral series this year after securing a 2-1 series victory in a three-match T20I series earlier this year in Sharjah.
Both the sides have played four ODIs, with Pakistan winning all of them. The two sides had last faced-off in the ODI format in the Men’s ODI World Cup 2019 in England, where Pakistan won the match in the league stage.
“Our previous ODI assignment was a 2-1 series victory in our away tour to Bangladesh, which has boosted the team’s morale for the Pakistan series. We are satisfied with our preparations for the Asia Cup as we have featured in multiple ODI commitments in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh recently, and playing Pakistan, in Sri Lanka, will help our squad read the conditions and further prepare for the event,” said Mirwais Ashraf, Chairman of Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) in a statement.
As per the schedule, the Green Brigade will assemble in Sri Lanka on August 17 and will have practise on August 19, 20 and 21.
After the end of the series against Afghanistan, Pakistan will reach back home on August 27 to take on Nepal in the first match of the Asia Cup 2023 at the Multan Cricket Stadium on August 30.
Tour itinerary – Afghanistan vs Pakistan
August 17 – Pakistan assemble in Sri Lanka
August 19, 20, 21 – Training sessions
August 22 – First ODI, Hambantota
August 24 – Second ODI, Hambantota
August 26 – Third ODI, Colombo
August 27 – Pakistan depart for home