Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was effusive in praise of the Afghanistan cricket team for their remarkable growth in cricket for the past three years. Despite all the challenges and difficulties, Afghanistan have defied all the odds and consistently shown the drive to learn and evolve with the game. Even the International Cricket Council (ICC) rewarded them with a Test status in 2017 and the team went on to beat Zimbabwe this year by playing a fearless brand of cricket.
Imran was impressed with the quality of cricket being played by Afghanistan and lauded their efforts by saying, no country in the history of cricket has achieved so much success in such a short period of time. While speaking during a Q & A with a delegation of Pak- Afghan Youth Forum (PAYF), which had given a call on PM office, the Former Pakistan fast bowler said, “The position at which Afghanistan stands at the moment in cricket was realized by other countries in 70 years,” Imran Khan said to International the News.
Pakistan and Afghanistan were all set to feature in a bilateral series in UAE. However, those plans have now been altered and the teams will instead play the series in Sri Lanka from September 1. The change in venue at the last minute was owing to the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) taking place in the UAE from September 19. With Sri Lanka being relatively free during that time, the series will take place there from September 1 to 5.