Afghanistan in Zimbabwe 2013-14 December 11, 2013

Zimbabwe set to host Afghanistan next month


Zimbabwe is set to host Afghanistan for a limited-overs tour starting late next month, ESPNcricinfo has learnt. This will be the first time Afghanistan are hosted by a Full Member board for an international series. The series, which is likely to include several Twenty20s and one ODI, is set to start from January 28.

Amid financial crisis in Zimbabwe cricket, a planned visit by Sri Lanka in October 2013 was postponed on ZC's request because of a lack of funds. However Afghanistan while touring Zimbabwe will bear their logistic expenses of their own.

This year Bangladesh, India and Pakistan all visited Zimbabwe between April and September. The series against Bangladesh and Pakistan consisted of two Tests, three ODIs and two T20s each and corporates associated with the two visiting countries, such as Cool & Cool from UAE and Haier from Pakistan were signed on as sponsors. The India series consisted of just five ODIs but provided ZC with a much-needed cash injection.

Afghanistan have qualified both for next year's World Twenty20 as well as the 2015 World Cup and in return received a massive financial boost from the ICC. They will receive $1 million from the ICC as preparation fee for the 2015 World Cup, in addition to the $422,000 awarded in April as part of the ICC's Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme. Next year, the top Associate and Affiliate Members - including Afghanistan - will also receive approximately $750,000 through the ICC Development Funding Policy.

Pakistan hosted Afghanistan in 2011 but fielded an A team against the visitors. Afghanistan played their first ODI against a Full Member country last year in February when they took on Pakistan in Sharjah.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Cricinfouser on December 15, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    The only thing iam concerned over is to lose our bowlers due to lack of matches, and lack of professional Physiologs and bowling coaches. such as brilliant Hamid Hassan who pick injuries, it be a waste if his carreer is over before its even kicked off in high level cricket :). but no particular worries about the currents batsmen.

  • Edrees on December 15, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Will be a dream come true, seeing Afghanistan playing in Asia Cup next year.

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Afghanistan will put up a good show of cricket against Zimbabwe..Insha Allah

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    thanks zimbabwe for supporting afghanistan

  • Dummy4 on December 12, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    Great achievement it cricket fiel for mre associate to build their scale thanks to Zimbabwe

  • Dummy4 on December 12, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    Why Afghanistan is not playing in Asia Cup 2014. As they got ODI status, they should play this ODI series.

  • Muhammad Younas on December 12, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    An other good opportunity for Afghanistan cricket team to be ready for 2014 and 2015. Our cricket team has to improve their weakness. Playing with full member countries can improve our cricket team.

    Best of Luck Afghanistan for Victories.

  • Blaen on December 12, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Great news for Zim and I totally agree with many posters here! This is an excellent way for Zimbabwe to a) Generate revenue, b) keep zim team on there toes with international cricket.

    For Zim to improve, they need a constant diet of international cricket and with their test victory over Pakistan, they will be hungry to show the world that they can punch above their weight.

    Zim should also extend offers to Nepal and Ireland team as well as they could generate substantial income from television rights. Cricket South Africa should also assist by offering to host these affiliate nations for a ODI or T20 match. SA can play their 2nd String side to give them experience.

  • ESPN on December 12, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    It will be good for AFG to host a full member team for the first time

  • Azooz on December 12, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    I dunno why some Afghan fans are thanking ICC for this series ?? Don't you see ACB is paying the expense for it!

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