Ashghar Stanikzai will hope to lead Afghanistan into their new era © AFP
Ashghar Stanikzai will hope to lead Afghanistan into their new era © AFP

Afghanistan have called off their tour of Pakistan, which was scheduled to be in April due to security concerns. The tour may now take place in September 2016. Afghanistan were supposed to play three One-Day Internationals (ODI) in Pakistan. Head of  ICC Executive Committee Giles Clarke’s visit to Pakistan visit has been called off. He was supposed to be in Pakistan to monitor the security ahead of World XI’s visit to Pakistan. Afghanistan recently participated in the ICC World T20 2016 in India, where they defeated West Indies in their final match in the Super 10 stage, which was their biggest scalp in their short cricketing history so far. READ: T20 World Cup 2016: Afghanistan team amazed by warm homecoming welcome

Afghanistan had set up a camp in Pakistan under former coach Kabir Ali. They played many matches against departmental teams before heading off to participate in the Inter-continental Cup. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have refused to comment on this issue for now, but said that the tour was not officially scheduled. READ: T20 World Cup 2016: Afghanistan fans express enlightenment over fascinating performance

Afghanistan cricket has been on a rise of late. They participated in their first-ever 50-over World Cup in 2015 and then played in the ICC World T20 as well. Afghanistan before playing the World T20, where they played in the qualifying stage before playing in the Super 10 stage of the T20 World Cup. Their major players include wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad, Mohammad Nabi, Ashghar Stanikzai among others. They have played ZImbabwe in the recent past against whom they have tasted a lot of success. They will be key in ensuring Afghanistan cricket progress in the right directin.