The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Wednesday announced its pre-Twenty-20 World Cup plans ahead of the championships scheduled for next year in India.
In the run up to event, the Afghan National Cricket Team will play T-20 and ODI matches against several world class teams – including teams that have permanent membership at the International Cricket Council (ICC), the ACB executive director Shafiqullah Stanekzai told a press conference in Kabul.
Stanekzai said Afghanistan will face Zimbabwe for the first time in October, where they will play two T-20 matches.
In addition, the national side is also expected to meet Pakistan and Sri Lanka in ODI matches prior to the T-20 World Cup, Stanekzai continued.
“Our national team will leave for Zimbabwe in October to play two 20-20 matches,” he said, noting that a triangular series between Afghanistan, Ireland and Zimbabwe was also expected in the same month.
Afghanistan’s Alokozai Group, which is sponsoring the matches, has signed the contract with Zimbabwe, according to ACB officials.
“This contract will result in the development of our cricket board on an international level,” said Mirwais Seyal, marketing director of Alokozai Group.
These statements came a day after the Afghan cricketers returned home after participating in the T-20 qualifying rounds in Ireland and Scotland. The Afghan cricketers qualified for the 2016 ICC T-20 World Cup.
The team also secured fifth place in the qualifying rounds by recording five victories, two loses and two draws during the tournament.