Web Desk (24 News) — Pakistan cricketers will play their first Twenty20 match in the Afghanistan capital of Kabul later this year, officials from the nations said on Saturday, as the neighbours put aside political tensions for two upcoming friendlies.
The announcement of the games, the first of which is scheduled for July or August, comes as Islamabad and Kabul face off over border skirmishes and terrorism.
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“This visit by Afghan board head has helped in renewing the bond of friendship,” Khan told a press conference in Lahore after a meeting with his Afghan counterpart Atif Mashal.
Khan said the first friendly would be held in Kabul, followed by a second fixture in Pakistan. An international series was also agreed between the two countries and slated for an unspecified later date.
Afghanistan’s Mashal said that while the boards were “trying to keep sports – especially cricket – away from politics”, he hoped the matches would have an impact.