Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has accepted Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) invitation to replace Australia A in the triangular series against South Africa A and India A to be played later this month. This comes after Australia A pulled out of the tri-series due to the ongoing pay dispute between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA).

“We are delighted that Afghanistan have accepted our invitation and look forward to welcoming them to our country for the very first time,” CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat said. Also Read- Australia Pay Dispute: Chris Gayle Backs Australian Players in Pay Dispute Fiasco

“Afghanistan were deservedly granted Full Member status at the ICC annual conference last month after showing impressive growth in recent years. They are a passionate cricket nation and I expect the Afghanistan A team to compete strongly against our A team and India A in the upcoming tri-series.,” he added.

“We are very pleased to accept Cricket Soth Africa’s invitation to participate in the upcoming triangular series,” said Afghanistan Chief Executive, Shafiqullah Stanikzai.

“This will be our first-ever visit to South Africa and I am certain that this will give Afghanistan ’A’ team very good exposure to competitive cricket,” Stanikzai added. Also Read- NatWest T20: Spectator Pulls off One-handed Blinder Without Spilling His Beer

India A will continue their tour after the final of the one-day series for the two four-day matches against South Africa A. The tri-series starts on July 26 with India A taking on Afghanistan A. The final of the tai-series will be played on August 8.

(Inputs CSA Press Realase)