Pakistan To Play Afghanistan In Sharjah

Afghanistan are keen to play more matches against ICC Full Members
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Pakistan will play Afghanistan in a Twenty20 International in Sharjah on 8th December as part of a Pakistan Cricket Board agreement to support cricket in Afghanistan.

The match will be Afghanistan's third match against a Full Member outside of the ICC World Twenty20, where they played India and South Africa in 2010, and then India and England in 2012.

In February last year, they took on Pakistan and then met Australia in August in One-Day Internationals.

A Memorandum of Understanding between the two boards was signed earlier this year in which the PCB promised to support cricket in Afghanistan and this match is being undertaken as part of the MOU.

"We are very pleased to be able to announce with the PCB the T20 match between our two countries," Dr Noor Mohammad Murad, Chief Executive of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), said.

"we are excited by the opportunity to play against a full member nation, especially Pakistan which is our great cricketing friend.  Win or lose, the experience gained by our players will be absolutely invaluable.

"One of the issues for Afghanistan cricket in recent years has been that we are amongst the top teams of amongst the other Associate and Affiliate members and we tend to win a high percentage of our matches against them. Our national team needs the challenge of playing against some of the elite cricket teams like Pakistan and Australia in order to raise their performance level. 

"So far only Pakistan and Australia have given us this opportunity, but we are hoping that more Full Member nations will follow their example.  

"We believe we can give the Pakistani team a good run for its money in December. T20 is one of our strengths and last year we gave India a scare in the T20 World Cup 2012. We hope to give the Pakistani team a strong challenge and, who knows, maybe even more than that."

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