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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 September 2018

Sharjah to host Afghanistan's ODI series against Ireland and Test involving Zimbabwe

The three ODIs will be played on December 5, 7 and 10.

Sharjah Cricket Stadium will be even busier as it prepares to host internationals involving Afghanistan, Ireland and Zimbabwe. Pawan Singh / The National
Sharjah Cricket Stadium will be even busier as it prepares to host internationals involving Afghanistan, Ireland and Zimbabwe. Pawan Singh / The National

Afghanistan will play three one-day internationals with Ireland in Sharjah in December and they are also eyeing their inaugural Test against Zimbabwe, an official said on Sunday.

"We are hosting a three-match ODI series between Afghanistan and Ireland in December and there are also discussions on Afghanistan playing their inaugural Test at our ground after the ODI series," Mazhar Khan, general manager of Sharjah Cricket Stadium, told Agence France-Presse.

The three ODIs will be played on December 5, 7 and 10.

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Both Ireland and Afghanistan were accorded with Test staus this year to become the 11th and 12th Test nations.

While Ireland have scheduled their inaugural Test with Pakistan at home in May, Afghanistan are hoping to play their first Test against Zimbabwe.

"We are ready to host Afghanistan's first Test and for that dates will be finalised soon," Mazhar said.

Sharjah has hosted the most one-day internationals with 228. They will host the fifth and final one-day against Sri Lanka on Monday.

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