Pakistan had in the past rejected playing Afghanistan with a full strength side, excusing they had a busy schedule. The Afghan board, however, this time had luck in convincing them playing a single ODI match against Afghanistan.
Former Afghanistan batting-coach and former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif had also proposed a one-day series between his country and Afghanistan as a way to help combat the threat of terrorism. "Both countries have been badly affected by terrorism and a cricket series between them can serve as a reminder to the people that they must fight this threat together," Latif told the media back then.
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The ODI, to be televised by a number of sports channels around the world, would go a long in promoting the game in Afghanistan and earning the two countries considerable revenue, believed Dr. Noor Mohammad, the board's cricket promotion affairs head.
Similar talks were underway with other cricket-playing nations, he said, hoping the negotiations would yield a positive result. More ODIs would lend a boost to the sport in the country, he continued.
Meanwhile, cricket fans expressed pleasure about the Pakistan-Afghanistan duel. Such a contest was his longstanding desire, said Mahfoozul Haq, a resident of Jalalabad to Pajhwok News Agency.