Afghanistan will play their first full series against West Indies when they embark on a tour to the Caribbean in June 2017. Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), on Monday (July 25), announced that the national team will play five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) in mid-June, although the cricket board did not reveal the specific dates.
“This is a major series with very attractive teams featuring some of the world’s best players. We look forward to some very entertaining cricket in T20 and ODI. On behalf of Afghanistan Cricket Board, I am very thankful to West Indies Cricket Board for agreeing to be hosts for the series,” Shafiq Stanikazi, the chief executive of ACB, said.
Michael Muirhead, West Indies Cricket Board’s CEO, welcomed the additional games to West Indies’ cricketing calendar. “This series will add to the variety of cricket our teams will be playing for the next year and we are happy to be able to have teams visit the region to add exposure for all our players,” he said.
Afghanistan have only played two full series against full members of the International Cricket Council (ICC), both times against Zimbabwe. Afghanistan, who toured Zimbabwe for a series of five ODIs and two T20Is in October 2015, came up with a fine performance, winning the ODIs 3-2 and then went on to clinch a 2-0 victory in the two-match T20I series. Afghanistan’s impressive run continued as the finished with similar results in the return series in Sharjah two months later.
Since the matches against Zimbabwe, Afghanistan are yet to suffer a series loss. After a 1-0 victory in the two-match ODI series against Scotland earlier this month, Afghanistan returned home with a 2-2 result at the conclusion of the five-match ODI series against Ireland.
While they are yet to face West Indies in an ODI, they played their first T20I against the Caribbean team during the league stage of the ICC World T20 tournament in India in 2016. A spirited performance in that game saw Afghanistan clinch a thrilling six-run win against the Darren Sammy-led side, which eventually went on to clinch the trophy by beating England.