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Afghanistan likely to host Australia and Windies for T20I tri-series



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Afghanistan are likely to host Australia and West Indies for a T20I tri-series in October before the upcoming T20 World Cup, which is slated to begin from October 17 to November 14 in UAE and Oman.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has also confirmed that the side's first-ever Test against Australia - a one-off match - on November 27 at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart will go ahead as scheduled.

According to ACB CEO Shinwari, the tri-series will be confirmed once the venue availability is clear, which is likely to take place in Qatar or the UAE.

"We are planning to conduct this series in one of the Arab countries, maybe in Qatar or the UAE. It still hasn't been decided. The series is confirmed given that a venue is available,” Shinwari told Cricinfo.

"We have support for cricket from the management. After the T20 World Cup, we are going to Australia to play a one-off Test match. Talks with Cricket Australia are in the pipeline. After the World Cup, the team will be heading there," he added.

The one-off Test was originally planned for December 2020 but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This will be Afghanistan's seventh Test since they gained the Full Member status in 2017.