Afghanistan in debut one-day against Pakistan
Pakistan and Afghanistan will play their first ever one-day
international cricket match in Sharjah next February, the Pakistan
Cricket Board (PCB) announced Friday.
It will be Afghanistan's first one-day against a top international
team, taking place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on February 10,
shortly before Pakistan begins a one-day series against England, the PCB
Cricket was made popular in Afghanistan by refugees who spent years
living in Pakistan when Soviet troops invaded their country in 1979.
Since then, Afghanistan has made lightning progress in the sport,
finishing fifth in the World Cup qualifiers in 2009 and earning one-day
status the same year.
The run of positive results has continued, as they won the World
Twenty20 qualifiers, which allowed them to play top teams in the
WorldTwenty20 in the West Indies last year.
Afghanistan are now placed ninth in the International Cricket Council
They toured Pakistan in May for three unofficial one-days against a
second tier team on the first visit of an international side since
gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan team in March 2009, suspending
international cricket in Pakistan. AFP