Afghanistan A replaces Australia A in Proteas triangular series

Afghanistan A replaces Australia A in Proteas triangular series

Now, with the Afghanistan Cricket Board accepting CSA's invitation, the tri-series will progress as planned, with the first match slated for July 26 between Afghanistan and India in Pretoria.

An "A" team from Afghanistan has accepted an invitation from Cricket South Africa to replace Australia A in the triangular one-day series against South Africa A and India A to be played later this month.

"We are delighted that Afghanistan have accepted our invitation and look forward to welcoming them to our country for the very first time", commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.

Afghanistan was recently given an entry into Test Cricket. "This will be our first-ever visit to South Africa and I am certain that this will give Afghanistan "A" team very good exposure to competitive cricket", Stanikzai said. It will be a great opportunity for the Afghan boys to play against two of the stronger teams in global circuit.

The two four-day matches between India A and South Africa A will be staged in Benoni (Aug 12-15) and Potchefstroom (Aug 19-22). Meanwhile, the Australia "A" side which was supposed to tour were supposed to play two four-day matches and a 50-over tri-series against India and South Africa.

This is a historical move, as far Afghanistan cricket is concerned, and adds to their growing recognition amongst the top Test nations, following their induction into the Test arena alongside Ireland last month.

Playing against an Indian side that has worldwide cricketers like Manish Pandey would surely add to the experience that the Afghans so deservingly need.