Afghanistan A replaces Aust A in series

Paola Ditto
Luglio 17, 2017

Meanwhile, the Australia "A" side which was supposed to tour were supposed to play two four-day matches and a 50-over tri-series against India and South Africa.

"We are very pleased to accept Cricket South Africa's invitation to participate in the upcoming triangular series", Afghanistan Cricket Board's chief executive Shafiqullah Stanikzai said.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed on Monday that Afghanistan A had accepted a late request to replace Australia A in the tri-series that starts next week.

Post this fallout, there were reports that India and South Africa would play a five-match bilateral series, but now with the Afghanistan Cricket Board having accepted Cricket South Africa's (CSA) invitation, the tri-series would be organized as initially scheduled.

It may be recalled here that The International Cricket Council (ICC) had voted last month and made Afghanistan, along with Ireland, full members of the organisation and thereby allowed the two nations to become part of the elite 12 nations who play test matches.

"This will be our first-ever visit to South Africa and I am certain that this will give Afghansitan "A" team very good exposure to competitive cricket", Stanikzai added.

Australia A pulled out of the tournament - also including India A and South Africa A - earlier this month following the ongoing pay dispute between Cricket Australia and the players.

India A is the third side in the triangular series.

Travis Head was then set to captain Australia A in a one-day series involving South Africa A and India A.

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