Afghanistan cricket returns to UAE for its home fixtures

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Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) and the Emirates Cricket Board have signed a five-year agreement that will see the Afghanistan national team host its home fixtures in the UAE.

According to the ACB, this new agreement will also allow Afghanistan cricket to utilize the UAE’s world-class venues.

As part of the agreement, Afghanistan will play a series of three-T20I matches annually, against the UAE’s national team, for the duration of the agreement.

In return, the Emirates Cricket Board will provide valuable logistic support to the ACB, including visa assistance and office space.

Naseeb Khan, the ACB’s CEO, welcomed the new agreement and expressed his confidence that it will serve and benefit both parties’ future goals and ambitions.

Mubashir Usmani, the General Secretary of the Emirates Cricket Board said: “Both parties, the Emirates Cricket Board and the Afghanistan Cricket Board enjoy long and cordial relations and we are happy to support the ACB in ensuring that they have a home for their cricket.

“We are also thankful to the Afghanistan Cricket Board for agreeing to play a series of T20I matches against the UAE Team each year. This will give our UAE team invaluable exposure and help in their development,” he added.

In 2016, Shahid Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex in Greater Noida became the home ground for the Afghanistan national cricket team after they previously played out of Sharjah, in the UAE.