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Afghan cricket boss to visit Bangladesh


By AFP
Published : 23 Sep 2021 08:23 PM

Newly appointed Afghanistan cricket chairman Azizullah Fazli said Wednesday he would visit neighboring Pakistan later this week to invite the side for a one-day series.

Avoiding commenting on the latest developments, Fazli also said he planned to visit other regional cricketing powers.

“I am taking a tour of Pakistan from September 25 and then will go to India, Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates to meet officials of cricket boards,” he told AFP over the phone from Kabul.

Fazli said he would meet new Pakistan Cricket Board chairmanRamiz Raja, “and offer to host Pakistan for the series which we were due to play in Sri Lanka in September”.

The three-match one-day series between Pakistan and Afghanistan was cancelled over logistical problems and a Covid-19 outbreak in Sri Lanka.

It was part of a one-day league which is a qualification process for the 2023 World Cup.

“We are seeking to improve Afghanistan cricket so that will come with cooperation from other countries,”Fazli added.

Raja confirmed Fazli would visit Pakistan.

The war-torn nation has steadily risen in international cricket over the past few years, with stars such as the world’s top spinner Rashid Khan, but there have been calls for a boycott of the men's team after the hardline Taliban’s takeover last month.

The change of government has called into question the future of Afghanistan’s participation in Test matches, as under International Cricket Council regulations, nations must also have an active women’s team.The Taliban are yet to announce a policy on women playing sport, but a senior official has said it would be “not necessary”.

Fazli, in his second term as chairman after serving the board from September 2018 to July 2019, said he was committed to improving facilities in Afghanistan.