Pakistan vs Afghanistan Series has been Postponed Indefinitely
The current situation in Afghanistan and the outbreak of the coronavirus have raised fears about the AFG vs PAK series. Finally, Pakistan vs Afghanistan series has been postponed indefinitely. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said in a tweet on Monday (August 23rd) that the series would be held next year as per the new schedule.
Unrest has been raging across the country since the Taliban took over Afghanistan. Also, all international flights with Afghanistan are closed. He said the decision was taken after discussions between the two boards considering the complexities of the trip and the overall situation.
Before the series was suspended, Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chief executive Hamid Shinwari told the media that they were trying to move the series from Sri Lanka to Pakistan. However, in the current situation in Afghanistan, the series has been postponed.
Shinwari said the mental state of the cricketers was also taken into consideration in making the decision. “We agreed to play until the evening,” he said. We are grateful for the support given to us by the Pakistan Board. However, considering the mental preparation of the players, it has been seen that they are not ready.
Adequate preparation is needed to play the series against Pakistan. The ACB chief executive said that his failure to prepare properly was one of the reasons for postponing the series. “We need time to keep up with the weather and conditions. If we visit Pakistan without any preparation, our boys will not do well. You need to be fully prepared to play against Pakistan. Due to this, the series has been postponed indefinitely.
All commercial flights have been suspended since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan. Sri Lanka’s government announced a 10-day lockdown on Friday as coronavirus infections increased.
The ACB had planned that the team would travel by road from Afghanistan to Pakistan. From there it was to go to Colombo via Dubai. The situation became quite complicated due to Covid-19.
The ICC Super League series was originally scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates. However, the series was postponed to Sri Lanka due to the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) and the T20 World Cup 2021.