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Afghanistan players must take the road to Pakistan on their way to Sri Lanka (Ld with correction in first paragraph)

Kabul, August 21 (IANS) The Afghan cricket team seeks to travel to Pakistan on Sunday before heading to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from Islamabad by plane en route to Colombo. The restricted team will play three ODIs against Pakistan in Sri Lanka from 3 September.

All matches will be played in Hambantota, located 238 km from Colombo.

“All Afghanistan players have visas and they will enter Pakistan through the Turkham border, the busiest port of entry between the two countries,” a source aware of the development told IANS.

Turkham’s border crossing connects Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province with Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The journey from Kabul to Peshawar through the Turkham border is three and a half hours long. The team will likely fly to Islamabad from Peshawar and from there to the UAE.

The Afghanistan team will then fly to Colombo from the UAE.

Afghanistan experienced a sudden change in the rule this month after the Taliban took over the country with President Ashraf Ghani fleeing and going into exile.

However, cricket is likely to continue unhindered as the eighth edition of the Shpageeza Cricket League, their franchise-based T20 tournament on the lines of the Indian Premier League, Big Bash League and Pakistan Super League, is held at Kabul Cricket Stadium from 10th to 25th. September.

–IANS

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