Afghanistan U19 series against Bangladesh gets rescheduled due to visa delay

Suhaib Ahmed

29th Aug, 2021. 08:19 pm
Afghanistan U19 series against Bangladesh get rescheduled due to visa delay

Afghanistan U-19 cricket team is waiting for the visas from Pakistan as they will travel to Pakistan by road and then travel to Bangladesh by air.

The current situation in Afghanistan has taken its toll on its cricket team as well. Recently, the ODI series which was supposed to be played between Afghanistan and Pakistan in Sri Lanka was rescheduled. Now, as per the reports, the U-19 match between Afghanistan and Bangladesh which is to be played in Bangladesh is likely to be rescheduled.

Afghanistan U-19 team is waiting for their visa from Pakistan so they can fly from Pakistan to Dhaka. The commercial flight has been banned from Kabul by the Taliban to seize power.

Because of this, the Afghan team will now travel to Pakistan by road, from where they can take a flight to Dhaka. The team was likely to reach Dhaka on 13th August. They are supposed to play 5 ODI matches and 1 Test match in Sylhet. The series was planned to go till 20th September.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) agrees to delay the Afghanistan series.

The media manager of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) Hikmat Hassan said, “There is no flight from Kabul. We are waiting for the Pakistan visa so that we can go there by bus and later come to Bangladesh by air,”

According to the report, the BCB has no issues with the delay.

BCB game development manager AEM Kawser said, “We can always accommodate them (Afghanistan Under-19) even if they come within a week from their deadline as we don’t have any Under-19 program in September,”

The Bangladesh U-19 cricket team is the defending champions having won the World Cup in South Africa in 2020. The 2022 edition is set to be played in West Indies and BCB is desperate to host some matches. Most of their plans were stopped due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

BCB set a training camp for the U-19 Bangladesh team in Sylhet. They aim to be prepared for the Afghanistan series.

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