Afghanistan Cricket Board to bear extra expenses for early arrival in Sri Lanka
Deccan Chronicle.| Bipin Dani
Afghanistan cricket team wave to the audience after winning the third T20 cricket match between Afghanistan and Bangladesh in Dehradun. (file photo)
Hyderabad: Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) will pay the expenses for the team's early arrival in Sri Lanka, according to the team manager Zia Khan.
The 15 members of the Afghanistan team and 12 support staff members have already arrived in Sri Lanka on Tuesday night. All the three ODIs' will be played in Hambantota on June 2, 4 and 7.
The team arrived about 10 days before the commencement of the bilateral ODI series. "Our board will bear the expenses for the early arrival", the team manager, Zia Khan, speaking exclusively over the telephone from Colombo, said.
"We will be under the SLC (Sri Lanka Cricket) umbrella from 28th onwards", he said.
"Four more players are to join the squad and two of them are arriving on 28th".
Rashid Khan, Noor Ahmad, Fazal Haq Farooki and the wicketkeeper Rahmanullah Gurbaz are yet to arrive in Sri Lanka. They are playing IPL in India and are to join once their team positions are finalized in the Indian League.
"We have come here early to have conditioning training and play a practice match on 28th. Our first conditioning camp was held at the Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club Ground, in Colombo (4 pm onwards) and for the remaining days we are scheduled to practice at the SSC ground from Thursday onwards. We are also requesting the SLC to give us a few players for the practice match on 28th. If we get them, it will be good or the match will be played among our players", he added.
All matches at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium will be day matches. This is because, the home team Sri Lanka, after the current tour will travel to Zimbabwe where qualifying matches will be day matches, it is learnt.
Sri Lanka is yet to announce the final squad from the pool. Both teams are scheduled to travel to Hambantota on 29th May.