Pakistan cricket team will play travel to Afghanistan’s capital city to play a friendly T20 match against the hosts. This will be for the first time any international team tours Afghanistan. However, the date for this friendly fixture is not out yet but is likely to take place in July or August. Also Read - SA vs PAK Live Streaming Cricket 4th T20I: Preview, Squads, Prediction - Where to Watch South Africa vs Pakistan Stream Live Cricket Online on Disney Hotstar App, TV Telecast on Star Sports
The announcement comes at a time when relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan are not best. However, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has said that politics will not be allowed to interfere in cricket. Also Read- Champions Trophy 2017: Junaid Khan takes a dig at Virat Kohli ahead of Indo-Pak tie Also Read - Pakistan Temporarily Shuts Down All Social Media Sites Including Facebook, Twitter
“This visit by Afghan board head has helped in renewing the bond of friendship,” Khan told a press conference in Lahore after a meeting with his Afghan counterpart Atif Mashal. Also Read - Pakistan Minister Addresses Presser 2 Hours Late, Journalists Stage Walkout | Watch Viral Video
“I hope this tour should be used to positively influence the political arena and create a good atmosphere between the two friendly nations,” he added.
Khan also revealed that the first friendly would be held in Kabul and then the two teams will travel to Pakistan. Besides it Pakistan and Afghanistan will lock in international series as well later sometime.
“Our Afghan government does not believe to mix sports with politics and it is our clear policy that we have the authority to invite any team and it is the duty of our government to provide security,” Atif Mashal said at a press conference.
“Sport should not be mixed with politics; especially cricket should be kept away from politics. Both the countries have to look national interest but the sports is sports,” he added.