A three-match series between Pakistan and Afghanistan will be played in Sri Lanka prior to the Asia Cup, according to the Pakistan Cricket Board. The three games will take place in Hambantota and Colombo and conclude on August 26, four days before the Asia Cup is set to begin.
The three games will provide Babar Azam’s team a chance to hone their combinations before the 50-over ACC Men’s Asia Cup, according to a statement from the PCB. Afghanistan will perform admirably and put up a great display during the series in anticipation of the eagerly awaited Men’s Asia Cup and the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, according to ACB Chairman Mr. Mirwais Ashraf.
“Our team’s morale has been strengthened for the Pakistan Series by our recent ODI assignment, a 2-1 series win in our away visit to Bangladesh. We are happy with our Asia Cup preparations because we recently participated in several ODIs in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, and facing Pakistan in Sri Lanka would help our team better understand the venue and the circumstances there, according to a statement released on Monday by Mirwais.
1st ODI, Hambantota, 22 August
2nd ODI, Hambantota, 24 August
3rd ODI, Colombo, August 26.
Pakistan will next return to Multan for the opening match of the Asia Cup against Nepal. Afghanistan will also go to Lahore on September 3 to face Bangladesh.