The Afghanistan Cricket Board, on Sunday, announced the dates for Afghanistan’s all-formats away tour of Sri Lanka which will be held in February. Afghanistan will play a one-off Test followed by three ODIs and three T20Is. They will then head to the UAE where they will host Ireland for a full series which includes one Test, three ODIs and three T20Is.
The one-off Test will be played at the SSC in Colombo from February 2 to 6. The R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo will host the three ODIs on February 9, 11 and 14. The teams will then travel to Dambulla for the three T20Is which will be played on February 17, 19 and 21.
The series against Ireland begins with the Test which will be held from February 28 to March 3 in Abu Dhabi. The ODIs and the T20Is will all be played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. March 7, 9 and 12 are the dates announced for the ODI matches while the T20Is will be played on March 15, 17 and 18.
The tour of Sri Lanka initially included only the Test and the three T20Is but the ACB held talks with the SLC to facilitate the addition of the three ODIs. “The addition of these three ODIs is a significant move to ensure a complete and comprehensive tour which not only provides good exposure to Afghanistan Cricket but will also foster stronger relations between the two nations. Playing Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka is always tricky but is a challenge that AfghanAtalan can easily embrace,” said ACB chairman Mirwais Ashraf.
ACB CEO Naseem Khan added: “The Year 2024 is a very busy and full of highly voltage competitions for the Afghanistan National Team which is a very good and positive sign for Afghanistan Cricket. The upcoming tours of India, and Sri Lanka, and then the home series against Ireland will help us to prepare the team for the much-important T20 World Cup. Eagerly looking for the multiple series upfront.”