<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Afghanistan team reaches Pakistan, to play 12 matches" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130122105939.jpg" title="Afghanistan team reaches Pakistan, to play 12 matches" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Afghanistan team will play 12 matches on the tour of Pakistan © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Karachi: Jan 21, 2013 </strong><br /> <br /> At a time when no Test playing nations,<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Bangladesh-tour-of-Pakistan-in-January-unlikely/21545" target="_blank"> including minnows </a><a href="/tags/Bangladesh/post" target="_blank">Bangladesh</a>, are willing to visit <a href="/tags/Pakistan/post" target="_blank">Pakistan </a>due to security concerns, the Afghan team has reached Lahore for four-week stay during which they will play 12 matches against <a href="/tags/Pakistan-A/post" target="_blank">Pakistan A </a>and other teams.<br /> <br /> The Afghanistan team led by <a href="/tags/Nawroz-Mangal/post" target="_blank">Nawroz Mangal</a> and coached by Kabir Khan also held a press conference in Lahore on Monday with Pakistan's former Test captain and head of game development at the national academy to outline plans for the tour.<br /> <br /> "It is a four weeks program for which the <a href="/tags/Afghanistan/post" target="_blank">Afghanistan </a>team has come to Pakistan. They will be using our facilities at the national academy and also our coaches, besides playing eight one-day matches and four T20 matches," Intikhab said.<br /> <br /> He said the Pakistan board was happy to host the Afghanistan side as it bid to try to revive international cricket in Pakistan.<br /> <br /> "The good news is that we are also in the process of negotiating with two or three countries to come to Pakistan soon," he said.<br /> <br /> The former captain said there was also a proposal to allow Afghanistan to take part regularly in Pakistan's national T20 and One-day competitions so that their players could improve their skills.<br /> <br /> "Coming to Pakistan means that our players get to play against tough competition and get quality facilities and coaching at the national academy," coach Kabir Khan, a former Pakistan test bowler, said.<br /> <br /> He said the tour was in preparation for the qualifying rounds of the ICC World Cup in March and also a series against <a href="/tags/Scotland/post" target="_blank">Scotland</a>.<br /> <br /> "But our main emphasis remains on preparing a strong squad for the T20 World Cup which will be held in 2014. Because it is a brand of cricket that suits our players," he added.<br /> <br /> Afghanistan captain Mangal said that Pakistan had always supported Afghanistan cricket but the same sort of support was still required from other Test playing nations as well.<br /> <br /> "Cricket is followed passionately in our country. That is why we are focusing and investing a lot in this sport. We have good talent coming up but we have just two grounds and no academy. That is why we have come to Pakistan," he said.