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REUTERS
July 18, 2017

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Afghanistan replace Australia for South Africa ‘A’ tour

Afghanistan replace Australia for South Africa ‘A’ tour

JOHANNESBURG: Afghanistan have replaced Australia in a development tour of South Africa after the latter pulled out due to a pay dispute between its players and board.With talks between the union and governing body Cricket Australia (CA) deadlocked, the players decided they would boycott the triangular series between the ‘A’ sides.

Australia’s ‘A’ team, captained by Test batsman Usman Khawaja, were scheduled to play two four-day matches and a 50-over tri-series against India and South Africa on the tour.Afghanistan will now join South Africa and India for the series starting later this month.

“We are delighted that Afghanistan have accepted our invitation and look forward to welcoming them to our country for the very first time,” Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat said in a statement.

“They are a passionate cricket nation and I expect the Afghanistan A team to compete strongly against our A team and India A in the upcoming tri-series.”

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