Afghanistan to tour Sri Lanka for ODI series

Afghanistan Cricket Board on Tuesday confirmed the Afghanistan National Cricket Team will tour Sri Lanka for a three-match ODI series in early June.

The three ODIs are scheduled for the 2nd, 4th & 7th of June at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota.

The ODI series is part of the two countries’ long-term commitment, which will serve both teams in preparing for the ACC Asia Cup 2023 and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 in October and November this year.

Naseeb Khan, CEO of the ACB, stated: “We are pleased with our communications and the outcome of our negotiations with Sri Lanka Cricket regarding this event.

“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,” he added.

“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,” added Naseeb Khan.

Afghanistan last toured Sri Lanka in November last year when they played a three-match ICC Cricket World Cup Super League ODI series against the hosts. Afghanistan won the first match, but lost the third, while rain washed the second match out, leveling the series 1-1.