West Indies to host Afghanistan cricket team in 2017
By Khaama Press - Mon Jul 25 2016, 2:08 pm
According to ACB, an agreement has reached between West Indies and Afghanistan Cricket Boards to play 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is in June, 2017 in West Indies. This will be the first time that two dynamic and entertaining sides of the Cricketing World face each other in a full series.
“Playing with Twenty20 champions will boost technical prospects for us,” Nasimullah Danish, Chairman of Afghanistan Cricket Board.
While CEO of the ACB, Shafiq Stanikazi, says “this is a major series with very attractive teams featuring some of the world’s best players. We look forward to some very entertaining cricket in T20 and ODI. On behalf of Afghanistan Cricket Board, I am very thankful to West Indies Cricket Board for agreeing to be hosts for the series.”
WICB’s CEO, Michael Muirhead noted that “this series will add to the variety of cricket our teams will be playing for the next year and we are happy to be able to have teams visit the region to add exposure for all our players.”
The series is due to start mid-June and the specific dates and venues will be announced in due course.
This comes as the former head coach of Afghanistan cricket team Inzamam-ul-Haq earlier said the Afghan team needs to play against big countries in a bid to help the minnows prosper as an international team in the future.
Inzamam was speaking following a historic win by the Afghan team against the powerful team of West Indies which the Afghan team defeated by 6 runs in their last match of Super 10 of ICC World Twenty20.
The impressive performance by the Afghan team was not only welcomed by the Afghan spectators but surprised the international cricket fans.
“No doubt it’s a very big win for us,” former Pakistan captain Inzamam said. “Today’s win is a signal that this team can do much better if it gets more opportunities against big nations.”
Inzamam further added “Afghanistan has talent, skill and passion, and the more we play against big teams, the more we will learn and give such performances.”
The Afghan team defeated West Indies by 6 runs mainly with the support of the Afghan bowlers who successfully restricted the batsmen of West Indies to 117 runs as they were chasing a target of 124 runs set by the Afghan team.