Afghanistan players
Afghanistan will host Pakistan in Sharjah later this month. Image Credit: AP

Kabul: Afghanistan announced on Tuesday it will host Pakistan for three Twenty20 internationals in Sharjah later this month, the first bilateral series between the neighbours.

Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) said their home season will start with the series against Pakistan.

“Afghanistan’s international home season 2023-24 will begin with a three-match T20I home series against Pakistan to be played in Sharjah on March 25, 27 and 29,” said a ACB release.

Afghanistan was due to start its season with a one-day international series against Australia in March this year but Cricket Australia refused to play.

Test match

Cricket Australia had also refused to host Afghanistan for a Test match in November 2021.

ACB chairman Mirwais Ashraf welcomed Pakistan’s decision to play his team.

“We appreciate Pakistan Cricket Board’s willingness to play Afghanistan in March. This is a significant accomplishment for two neighbouring countries,” Ashraf said in the statement.

Afghanistan has played Pakistan in three Twenty20 internationals and four ODIs in multi-national events but this will be the first bilateral series between the two countries.