UAE to host Afghanistan cricket home fixtures  


Afghanistan cricket games will be hosted in the UAE Image: Zayed Cricket Stadium, Rizwan Ullah Wazir, CC BY 3.0

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host Afghanistan’s home games for the next five years, as per an agreement signed between the two cricket boards – the Emirates Cricket Board and the Afghanistan Cricket Board.

‘NEWS 18’ stated that the move was prompted by the political situation in Afghanistan which has not hosted international teams.

As part of the agreement, Test-playing nation Afghanistan will play UAE in a three-match T20I series in each of the five years.

Until now, the Afghanistan team has been playing and conducting its training sessions on a series-by-series basis.

The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) would also provide logistic support to the Afghanistan Cricket Board.

Sharjah (UAE)-based the United Arab Emirates Cricket Board is the governing body of certain cricket activities in United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is United Arab Emirates’s representative at the International Cricket Council (ICC) and is an Associate Member and has been a Member of that body since 1990. It is also a Member of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).

Kabul (Afghanistan)-based the Afghanistan Cricket Board is the official governing body of cricket in Afghanistan. It is Afghanistan’s representative at the International Cricket Council (ICC) and was an associate member of ICC from June 2013 until becoming a full member in June 2017.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is the world governing body of cricket. Headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), its members are 108 national associations, with 12 Full Members and 96 Associate Members. Founded in 1909 as the Imperial Cricket Conference, it was renamed the International Cricket Conference in 1965, and took up its current name in 1987.

Colombo (Sri Lanka)-based the Asian Cricket Council, also known as ACC, is a cricket organization which was established in 1983 to promote and develop the sport of cricket in Asia. Subordinate to the International Cricket Council (ICC), the Council is the continent’s regional administrative body, and currently consists of 26 member-associations.

As per the ICC’s Future Tours Programme (FTP), Afghanistan are set to host Australia, Pakistan and West Indies in three One Day Internationals (ODIs) each, as well as Zimbabwe across formats next year leading into the 2023 ODI World Cup.

The ICC Future Tours Programme is a schedule of international cricket tours which structure the program of cricket for International Cricket Council (ICC) Full Members, with an objective of each team playing each other at least once at home and once away over a period of 10 years.

‘NEWS 18’ further stated that the matches will be played across venues in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.

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