Afghanistan to play 5 ODIs and 2 T20 matches against Zimbabwe; tour starts from Oct 16

Afghanistan is all set to face Zimbabwe in a bilateral series in October this year. The itinerary of the tournament was announced by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Tuesday.
 
During the 14-day tour, starting October 16, Afghanistan will play five one day internationals (ODIs) and two twenty20 matches against the hosts in Harare.
 
While Afghanistan has remarkably evolved over the past few years, with a string of impressive performances against ICC Associate teams, Zimbabwe has become a depleted side.
 
This series is significant for both the teams as they seek to climb up the ICC rankings.
 
Last year, Afghanistan made its maiden overseas tour to Zimbabwe, the first against a Test-playing side, where they played four ODIs and two four-day games.

While Afghanistan has remarkably evolved over the past few years, with a string of impressive performances against ICC Associate teams, Zimbabwe has become a depleted side

The 28-day tour was a vindication enough that the young Afghan team can play against Test-playing sides in unfamiliar conditions.
 
After losing first few matches, the way they bounced back and squared the series was remarkable, which won them praise and adulation from cricket fans across the world.


 
Meanwhile, Afghanistan has the chance to participate in the Asia Cup 2016 after it was announced that one ICC Associate team will get the opportunity to take part in the main draw of the tournament.
 
A four-team qualifier tournament – between ICC Associate teams Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Oman and UAE – will take place in November and the winner will then join Asia’s four Test-playing nations of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
 
The four-team qualifier tournament is set to be held in November, scheduled around fixtures for the ICC Intercontinental Cup and WCL Championship.

The ACB has begun the hunt for new head coach of the national team as the one-year contract of Andy Moles ended last month

Afghanistan will play Papua New Guinea in a four-day match at Sharjah between November 21 and 24.
 
Asia Cup 2016 will be held between March 1 and March 10, just before the World Twenty20. Afghanistan has already qualified for the World Twenty20 2016 that will be played in India.
 
The ACB has begun the hunt for new head coach of the national team as the one-year contract of Andy Moles ended last month.
 
According to sources in the ACB, many names are being considered for the important assignment, mostly former cricketers from Pakistan and India.
 
 

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