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Afghanistan 'A' Replace Australia 'A' in South Africa Triangular Series

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: July 17, 2017, 3:15 PM IST
Afghanistan 'A' Replace Australia 'A' in South Africa Triangular Series

Afghanistan cricket team (Getty Images)

New Delhi: With Australia ‘A’ pulling out of the tri-series against South Africa ‘A’ and India ‘A’ later this month, Cricket South Africa have roped in Afghanistan ‘A’. The ongoing pay dispute between Cricket Australia and the players has seen the players boycott the tour and it will be the first time that an Afghanistan side is touring South Africa.

There were question marks on the successful organisation of the tri-series and rumours were doing the rounds that it would be a bilateral series between the Indian and South African side before CSA made the announcement.

With the Afghanistan Cricket Board accepting CSA’s invitation, the tri-series will be played out as per plan with Afghanistan ‘A’ playing their Indian counterparts in the first match on July 26 in Pretoria.

“We are delighted that Afghanistan have accepted our invitation and look forward to welcoming them to our country for the very first time,” CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat said.

“Afghanistan were deservedly granted Full Member status at the ICC annual conference last month after showing impressive growth in recent years.”

Lorgat added: “They are a passionate cricket nation and I expect the Afghanistan A team to compete strongly against our A team and India A in the upcoming tri-series.”

Shafiqullah Stanikzai, the Afghanistan chief executive, said: “We are very pleased to accept Cricket South Africa’s invitation to participate in the upcoming triangular series. This will be our first-ever visit to South Africa and I am certain that this will give Afghanistan ’A’ team very good exposure to competitive cricket.”

The three teams will play each other twice before the top two teams advance to play the final on August 8.

Fixtures: July 26: Afghanistan v India

July 28: South Africa v India

July 30: South Africa v Afghanistan

August 1: India v Afghanistan

August 3: South Africa v India

August 5: South Africa v Afghanistan

August 8: Final
First Published: July 17, 2017, 3:15 PM IST

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