India’s proposed white-ball series against Afghanistan faces uncertainty: Report

The much-anticipated white-ball series between India and Afghanistan is now in doubt, according to sources familiar with the matter. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is reportedly facing challenges in scheduling the three-match ODI series due to limited time between the World Test Championship final and a comprehensive series in the Caribbean.

Originally, the plan was to conduct the three ODIs between June 20 and 30, with the Indian squad then departing for the Caribbean around July 7. However, with the expected confirmation of the Asia Cup schedule in September, concerns have arisen about the players’ lack of rest before the more significant assignment of the World Cup in October-November.


While the BCCI officials did not provide specific reasons for the reconsideration, there are believed to be other factors at play. One possible factor is the conclusion of the BCCI’s broadcast deal with Disney Star, as the new tender has not yet been issued. While there is a chance of an interim arrangement, it remains uncertain whether the board will secure a favorable price ahead of the complete tender process for the bilateral series.

Mirwais Ashraf, the President of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), is currently in India at the invitation of the BCCI for the IPL final. In addition, there will be a meeting of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on the sidelines of the May 28 final, providing an opportunity for the two boards to engage in discussions regarding this proposed short bilateral series. Although a final decision has not been reached, the current outlook appears doubtful unless a last-minute change of heart occurs.

In the midst of these developments, cricket fans and stakeholders await further updates on the status of the India-Afghanistan series and hope for a resolution that allows for meaningful cricketing action between the two nations.