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Pakistan assist Afghanistan’s request for cricket after Australia deny playing with ‘Taliban-oppressed nation’

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The Pakistan national cricket team has been scheduled to play a three-match T20I series against Afghanistan in Sharjah, UAE, in late March. PCB Chairman, Najam Sethi, made the announcement, but the series is still subject to government approval. This series is planned to take place immediately after the conclusion of the HBL Pakistan Super League season eight and before the arrival of the New Zealand team in Pakistan in April.

The Afghan cricket board had initially proposed the series with Pakistan, offering to host the matches in UAE. However, it’s noteworthy that Australia had recently withdrawn from a series against Afghanistan in the UAE, citing Taliban measures to further restrict women’s rights.

Sethi also revealed that the revenue generated from the series will be divided equally between the two boards. This move is seen as an opportunity for both teams to display their skills and improve their performance on the international stage, while also allowing PCB to generate income for the development of cricket in Pakistan.

It’s worth mentioning that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there is a lot of uncertainty in the international cricket calendar, and many teams have had to cancel or reschedule their series. This series provides an opportunity for both Pakistan and Afghanistan to play some competitive cricket.

It’s crucial to remember that the series is still pending government approval as the safety of the players and staff is the top priority. If all goes well, the series will be a thrilling chance for cricket fans to watch the two teams in action.

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