The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has announced the schedule for a three-match ODI series against Pakistan, which will take place in Sri Lanka. The series is set to be held from August 22 to 26, with the first two matches scheduled in Hambantota on the 22nd and 24th, and the final ODI to be played in Colombo on the 26th.
These ODIs will provide an opportunity for Babar Azam’s side to fine-tune their combinations ahead of the 50-over ACC Men’s Asia Cup.
Pakistan’s national men’s team will gather in Sri Lanka on August 17 and will have training sessions on August 19, 20, and 21.
It is worth noting that in the four ODIs played between Pakistan and Afghanistan, Pakistan has emerged victorious in all of them. Their last encounter in the format was during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in 2019.
- August 17: Pakistan assembles in Sri Lanka
- August 19, 20, 21: Training sessions
- August 22: First ODI in Hambantota
- August 24: Second ODI in Hambantota
- August 26: Third ODI in Colombo
- August 27: Departure for Pakistan
Following their return to Pakistan, the team will continue preparations for their first Asia Cup match against Nepal, scheduled to be played in Multan on August 30.
After facing Nepal, Pakistan will head back to Sri Lanka for their second match of the tournament, which is against arch-rivals India and will be played in Kandy on September 2.
In total, Sri Lanka will host nine games during the Asia Cup, including the final on September 17. Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka are in one group, while the other group comprises India, Pakistan, and Nepal.