PM Imran Khan praises Afghan cricket team’s progress

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday appreciated the Afghan cricket team for the progress they have achieved despite all the shortcomings.

The premier’s remarks came during a Q&A with a delegation of Pak-Afghan Youth Forum (PAYF), which called on him here at the PM Office.

To a question about the promotion of sports in Afghanistan, especially cricket, PM Imran Khan said that no country in the history of cricket but Afghanistan had achieved so much progress in a short period of time.

“The position at which Afghanistan stood at the moment in cricket had been realised by other countries in 70 years,” he said.

He said that the main reason behind this success was the learning of the game by Afghan refugees in Pakistan, which was appreciable.

During his maiden Kabul visit in November 2020, the prime minister had invited Afghan cricket team to visit Pakistan.

He was also presented a signed bat by the Afghan cricketers.

First bilateral series

Meanwhile, the first bilateral series between the two countries is rescheduled and will now be played in Sri Lanka, instead of UAE.

The three-match ODI series will be played at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium in Hambantota, Sri Lanka between September 1 and 5

The venue was changed as the stadiums in the UAE were unavailable because of the second leg of IPL 2021, which will be played in September.