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