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Afghanistan to play Ireland, Zimbabwe in Sharjah
By a staff reporter October 23, 2017
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Sharjah: Afghanistan will play three one-day internationals with Ireland in Sharjah in December and they are also eyeing their inaugural Test against Zimbabwe, an official said on Sunday.

“We are hosting a three-match ODI series between Afghanistan and Ireland in December and there are also discussions on Afghanistan playing their inaugural Test at our ground after the ODI series,” Mazhar Khan, GM Sharjah cricket stadium, said. The three ODIs will be played on Dec.5, 7 and 10.

Both Ireland and Afghanistan were accorded with Test status earlier this year to become the 11th and 12th Test playing nations.

While Ireland have scheduled their inaugural Test with Pakistan at home in May, Afghanistan are hoping to play their first Test against Zimbabwe.

“We are ready to host Afghanistan’s first Test and for that dates will be finalised soon,” said Khan.

Speculations are ripe that the war-torn country will use iconic Sharjah Satdium as their home ground after being granted the Test status Earlier they were using Noida, India, as their home ground.

If it happens, Afghanistan will become the second team after Pakistan to use the UAE grounds as the home venue. Pakistan have been playing their home matches in the UAE since a terror attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team bus in 2009.

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