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Afghanistan is willing to become the first team to tour Pakistan for an international series since March 2009.
No country has wanted to tour Pakistan ever since the Sri Lankan national team were ambushed by armed militants in Lahore.
Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chief executive Noor Mohammad Murad, who recently met Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan, stated that the national team are keen to play a number of ODIs against Pakistan.
“Our focus and request was basically to play ODI matches with Pakistan,” Murad was quoted as saying by Dawn. “The Afghanistan board is ready to send the national team to various cities in Pakistan to help the revival of international cricket.”
Since the cricketing facilities in Afghanistan are still not up to International Cricket Council (ICC) standards, Murad noted that the national team will also be willing to play Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.
“Considering the ICC regulations, we can also host them (Pakistan) in the UAE, that was the main focal point of the discussion,” he said. “Initially he (the PCB chairman) showed his keenness to develop this kind of co-operation but we are still waiting for the implementation plan.”