Dates confirmed for Afghanistan tour to Pakistan
Afghanistan will become the first national side to tour Pakistan since the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team later this month when they play three one-day matches against Pakistan A at the end of this month.
The tour starts with a day/night match on 25 May in Faisalabad, continues with a match at Rawalpindi on 27 May and concludes on 29 May in Abbottabad, a city that was in the news recently as the place where Osama Bin Laden was killed.
The Afghanistan Cricket Board were hoping to secure an ODI against the full Pakistan team, though the Pakistan Cricket Board turned down that request due to Pakistan's other commitments, which include two ODIs against Ireland at Stormont, also at the end of this month.
Afghanistan are yet to face a full member in an ODI, despite the six ODI status associates and affiliates being guaranteed at least one per year. Their only matches against full members since gaining ODI status in 2009 were the 2010 World Twenty20 matches against India and South Africa.
The team are still mostly in the dark as to what other fixtures they will be playing this year. They will compete in the ACC Twenty20 Cup in Nepal in December, but no fixtures for the Intercontinental Cup (or indeed which two teams will join the six ODI status teams) have been announced by the ICC beyond the Scotland v Netherlands match at Aberdeen in June.