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Sep 20

Afghanistan in Bangladesh ODI Series, 2016/17

From 25th September to 1st October 2016 at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Afghanistan will be welcomed by Bangladesh. During this event, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will play three One-Day Internationals (ODIs).

The first bilateral series

Speaking about the series, chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board Nasimullah Danish said that this will be the first-ever series played between Afghanistan and Bangladesh. He added that they were looking forward to bringing entertaining cricket to those in Bangladesh who love the sport.

Danish also said that with ICC full members, they have already successfully completed a number of tours and are in close discussions about future plans. He went on to say that when there are ICC full members in a series of matches, it proves that Afghanistan has secured its spot within the cricketing world.

He finished by saying that the series are good for the team because they are able to test themselves in a number of different conditions, and this also aids in team development. In his eyes, Bangladesh is the perfect place to do this. One thing you can be sure of is that both teams will need their cricket wicket keeping gloves!

Previous meetings

Afghanistan and Bangladesh have met each other three times before at the international level. They met once in a Twenty20 International and twice in ODIs. In 2014, they met at the Asia Cup. Afghanistan came out victorious on this occasion, managing to beat Bangladesh by a total of 32 runs.

Later on in the year, the teams met at Mirpur in the ICC World T20, and it was Bangladesh that took the title in this meeting. They won this game by nine wickets, winning the game on home turf.

Their most recent meeting was in Australia during the ICC World Cup 2015. Afghanistan made its World Cup debut at this event, but the team was ultimately defeated by Bangladesh by 105 runs.

The upcoming series will allow Afghanistan to showcase its skills against a nation that is at test-playing level. The chief executive of the Afghanistan Cricket Board, Shafiq Stanikzai, said that they are thankful to the cricket board for hosting Afghanistan and that they’re committed to taking part in as many international games as they can.

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