The Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium (MRICS) in Hambantota will host the three ODI matches that will make up the national team’s trip to Sri Lanka in early June, according to the Afghanistan Cricket Board.
The two nations’ long-term commitment includes the series, which will help both sides prepare for the ACC Asia Cup 2023 and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 in October and November of this year. The location for the 50-over Asia Cup has not yet been determined, although India will host the ODI World Cup.
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“We are pleased with our communications and the outcome of our negotiations with Sri Lanka Cricket regarding this event,” Naseeb Khan, the ACB CEO said. “Aside from a thorough ICC Future Tours Program, the ACB is dedicated to arranging more bilateral series with the other boards. We have our sights set on the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, and we are working hard to arrange more bilateral cricket for our National team in the buildup for the event.
“Our previous tour to Sri Lanka was an incredible experience in which both countries played competitive cricket, and we are looking forward to engaging in some high-voltage cricket this time as well,” he added.
The most recent time Afghanistan visited Sri Lanka was in November of last year when they competed in a three-match ICC Cricket World Cup Super League ODI series against the hosts. Afghanistan split the series with the other team, winning the first game by 60 runs before falling short in the decider by four wickets. The second one-day game was canceled.
Afghanistan tour of Sri Lanka 2023: Full schedule
- 1st ODI – June 2, Hambantota
- 2nd ODI – June 4, Hambantota
- 3rd ODI – June 7, Hambantota
This will be a great practice for both sides before the big World Cup later this year.