CSA chief Haroon Lorgat © Getty Images
CSA chief Haroon Lorgat © Getty Images

After Australia A boycotted the tour of South Africa due to the pay dispute issues, Cricket South Africa (CSA) has brought in Afghanistan who were recently granted Test status by the ICC. The Afghanistan A side will now play in place of Australia A in the triangular series alongside hosts South Africa A and India A. It will be a great opportunity for the Afghan boys to play against two of the stronger teams in international circuit.

“We are delighted that Afghanistan have accepted our invitation and look forward to welcoming them to our country for the very first time,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat, as reported by cricbuzz.com. “Afghanistan were deservedly granted Full Member status at the ICC annual conference last month after showing impressive growth in recent years. They are a passionate cricket nation and I expect the Afghanistan A team to compete strongly against our A team and India A in the upcoming tri-series,” said Lorgat.

“We are very pleased to accept Cricket South Africa’s invitation to participate in the upcoming triangular series,” commented Afghanistan Chief Executive, Shafiqullah Stanikzai. “This will be our first-ever visit to South Africa and I am certain that this will give Afghanistan ‘A’ team very good exposure to competitive cricket.”

The tri-series will start from July 26 with the final taking place on August 8. After the tri-series will conclude, India A will play South Africa A in two four-day games, with the first one starting on August 12 at Willowmoore Park, Benoni.