Karachi, May 10 : Afghanistan will play a one-day cricket match against Pakistan A in the garrison city of Abbottabad, a few kilometres from the hideout where Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed earlier this month.
Afghanistan, who play a three-match series against Pakistan A May 25-29, will be the first international side to tour Pakistan in more than two years.
The Afghans will play the other two games at Faisalabad and Rawalpindi, said a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) statement.
International cricket has been suspended in Pakistan over security fears since militants attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009. The attacks, which killed eight people and wounded seven Sri Lankan players and their assistant coach, prompted the International Cricket Council (ICC) to strip Pakistan of its share of matches for the 2011 World Cup.
Pakistan and Afghanistan cricket board officials hope the tour will encourage other international teams to change their mind.
The Afghan team, which is coached by former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif, will arrive on May 24 before playing matches in Faisalabad the following day, Rawalpindi on May 27 and Abbottabad on May 29.(IANS)
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