DUBAI: The Afghanistan cricket team will play its home matches in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after signing a five-year agreement with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB).
Afghanistan will also play a three-match T20I series against UAE every year as part of the agreement.
“The basis of the historic agreement will see the Afghanistan Cricket Board host its home fixtures, and utilise the world-class venues, in the UAE. Afghanistan Cricket Board will also play a series of three T20I matches each year with UAE National Team,” the ECB said in a press release.
“In return, Emirates Cricket Board will provide valuable logistic support to the Afghanistan Board, including visa assistance and office space,” it added.
ECB General Secretary Mubashshir Usmani believes that the agreement will be beneficial for both parties.
“Both the Emirates and Afghanistan Cricket Boards enjoy long, cordial relations, and we are happy to support the ACB in ensuring that they have a home for their cricket. We are also thankful to Afghanistan Cricket Board for agreeing to play T20 internationals against UAE Team each year. This will provide our UAE team with the invaluable exposure and help in their development,” said Usmani.
Meanwhile, Naseeb Khan, the ACB CEO, acknowledged that the cooperation will help both parties achieve their future goals and ambitions.