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Pakistan invite Afghanistan for home series

29 November, 2020

Pakistan have invited Afghanistan’s national cricket team on a recognised tour for the first time, officials said Tuesday, following a visit to Kabul by Prime Minister Imran Khan -- one of the game’s greatest players.

“We’ll try to look for a possible window for this tour -- and if not 2021, we’ll definitely try to plan a series in 2022 season,” said Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief executive Wasim Khan.

“A cricket series between Pakistan and Afghanistan could be a harbinger of love and peace between the two countries,” he told AFP.

An Afghan national side toured Pakistan in May 2011, although they only played a second-string side and matches were not given first-class status.

Pakistan premier Khan visited Afghanistan on Thursday, where he vowed to help reduce spiralling violence and push for a ceasefire between the Taliban and Afghan forces.

Before entering politics, the Oxford-educated Khan was one of the world’s leading cricketers -- a destructive all-rounder with a devastating ability to swing the ball and brutally attack the opposition’s bowling.