Afghanistan were to play a five-match ODI series as part of their preparations for the upcoming 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England, starting May 30.
Afghanistan were to play a five-match ODI series as part of their preparations for the upcoming 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England, starting May 30.

Afghanistan’s proposed tour of Zimbabwe for five one-day international matches in April has been called off due to prohibitive costs of broadcasting the matches live on television, according to an official statement from Zimbabwe Cricket. (ALSO READ: Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie star in Ireland’s series-levelling win)

Afghanistan were to play the series in Harare between April 18 and 28 as part of their preparations for the upcoming 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England, starting May 30.

“The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) had requested Zimbabwe Cricket to host the series in Harare to help their team prepare for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England, and while both boards had agreed to share the tour expenses, the prohibitive costs of broadcasting the matches live on television – which the ACB was insisting on – unfortunately derailed the proposed series,” the release stated.

“They wanted the games to be televised but we opted for live streaming due to the costs involved,” Zimbabwe Cricket’s acting managing director, Givemore Makoni, told the Sunday News. “They have fired the CEO who we had agreed the tour with.”

Afghanistan, drew the five-match ODI series against Ireland 2-2 at Dehradun recently, and are now left with a couple of ODIs against Scotland at Edinburgh and two against Ireland in Ireland, before playing warm-up games against England and Pakistan in preparation for their World Cup opener against Australia at Bristol on June 1.