Afghanistan A replaces Australia A in triangular series

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 17, 2017

It will be the first tour by any representative Afghanistan side of South Africa.

"Afghanistan were deservedly granted Full Member status at the ICC annual conference last month after showing impressive growth in recent years", the CSA Chief Executive added.

An "A" team from Afghanistan has accepted an invitation from Cricket South Africa to replace Australia A in the triangular one-day series against South Africa A and India A to be played later this month.

"We are very pleased to accept Cricket South Africa's invitation to participate in the upcoming triangular series", commented Afghanistan Chief Executive, Shafiqullah Stanikzai. With no further progress in talks, the players decided they would boycott the triangular series between the "A" sides.

Lorgat added, "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".

Afghanistan was recently given an entry into Test Cricket.

The three teams will play each other twice before the top two advance to the August 8 final at the Tuks Oval in Pretoria, which will host all games apart from the opener, to be played at Gronkloof.

Australian cricket's loss has been Afghanistan's gain, with the new Test nation jumping at the chance to send players on a development tour of South Africa.

The giant strides that they have made in global cricket, a just reward for which was the exhibition game against MCC XI at Lord's, demand more opportunities so that the players get to play against stop-quality sides and gain exposure. The tri-series would be followed by two four-day games between India "A" and South Africa "A" scheduled for August 12 in Benoni and August 19 in Potchefstroom.

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