Islamabad: A fighting Afghanistan on Wednesday lost to Pakistan's second side by five wickets in their first confrontation, with officials hoping a three-match series can foster more foreign tours.
International cricket has been suspended in Pakistan since militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in March 2009, killing eight people and wounding seven visiting players and their assistant coach.
Sri Lanka has refused to tour Pakistan in October and November this year, but officials hope the visit by the Afghan side will be a small step towards reviving international cricket in the country.
Afghanistan, who won the toss and decided to bat at Diamond Cricket ground, recovered through a fighting 72 by vice captain Mohammad Nabi, who lifted his team from a precarious 94-8 to 152 all out in 37.3 overs....more
08:02 PM, Jan 29, 2008