The upcoming three-match ODI series between Afghanistan and Ireland get rescheduled due to delayed visas.
Supposedly, the ODIs between Afghanistan and Ireland were supposed to start on January 18. As the games were supposed to be held in the UAE, the Afghanistan team, who were the hosts for the said tour, had their visas delayed. With that, the said ODI series had been rescheduled to January 21 instead.
The Afghanistan Cricket Board actually found it difficult to secure the required visas for their departure towards UAE. Despite experiencing delays in the process, they were still able to get it. With that, Ireland will push through with the said series after being reluctant to play because of the delay.
Ireland’s confirmation was stated by Richard Holdsworth, Cricket Ireland’s high-performance director, who said, ‘We were pleased to accommodate the Afghanistan Cricket Board's request for a slight extension of the tour understanding that the delayed arrival time of the Afghan side, combined with their quarantine requirements meant that the previous schedule could not be achieved’.
‘We are pleased that after discussions over recent days, an agreement was reached on keeping the series in Abu Dhabi after the Afghanistan squad's visas came through. We are thankful to the Emirates Cricket Board and Abu Dhabi Sports Council in working with us to ensure the series will be played in a safe and healthy environment’, Holdsworth added.
The three ODIs which the two teams are about to play are a part of the ICC's World Cup Super League. With that, Holdsworth also stated that they are looking forward to having a great series with Afghanistan. However, he stated that their current focus is still on their four-match series against UAE which is slated to start on Friday.
The original schedule for the three-match ODI series is on January 18, 21, and 23 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. As it had been moved, the games will now be played on January 21, 24, and 26 at the same venue. To further understand how ODIs are played, head over to Betwala.
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