With a three-match One-Day International series which was expected to be played between Afghanistan and Ireland on the outskirts of Belfast in July, the scenario took a U-turn which means that the happening of the series looks beyond the bounds of possibility. This is due to the fact that the Afghanistan’s domestic T20 league’s match fixtures seem to come in contact with Afghanistan-Ireland ODI fixtures which clearly justifies the fact that they are giving special importance to their domestic league.
Afghanistan Board stuck to their own angle of an arc as they believe that this would bring a change in their young players’ career. They want tender cricketers to excel in the formulaic brand of Shpageeza Cricket League and on the contrary, Cricket Ireland wasn’t that happy with the decision taken by Afghanistan.
This is not the first time Afghanistan Cricket Board had cancelled the series as previously they too they did the same against Pakistan but in the friendly T20 series due to improper tie-ups between the two. Afghanistan’s decision to cut the tie-ups with Pakistan came after when Pakistan Cricket Board were adamant not to give NOCs to their selected players to feature in Afghanistan’s domestic league in the wake of a disastrous bomb blast in Kabul that killed over 90 people at the spot.
Though it was a whole-hearted decision from Afghanistan Cricket Board, Cricket Ireland officials were not pleased as there wouldn’t be any fixtures in the next month. Quite recently, Ireland played against Afghanistan in Belfast and in India. CI officials were let down and one of them added to his words while addressing ESPNcricinfo as he said, “We are disappointed the matches won’t proceed in July.”
“We have enjoyed two very competitive recent ODI series against Afghanistan in Belfast and India. Hopefully we will continue to work with the ACB to see if there are further opportunities to reschedule the matches at a later date. Our preference is to give as many opportunities as possible to our senior men to play our closest rivals on our home turf,” CI official added in a statement.