Australian cricket's loss has been Afghanistan's gain, with the new Test nation jumping at the chance to send players on a development tour of South Africa. The Afghanistan A side will now play in place of Australia A in the triangular series alongside hosts South Africa A and India A.
Afghanistan Chief Executive Shafiqullah Stanikzai said his playing group was relishing the opportunity to take part in the tri-series against two of world cricket's superpowers.
"Afghanistan were deservedly granted Full Member status at the ICC annual conference last month after showing impressive growth in recent years".
"We are delighted that Afghanistan have accepted our invitation and look forward to welcoming them to our country for the very first time", commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat. It will be a great opportunity for the Afghan boys to play against two of the stronger teams in worldwide circuit.
"They are a passionate cricket nation and I expect the Afghanistan A team to compete strongly". "This will be our first-ever visit to South Africa and I am certain that this will give Afghanistan "A" team very good exposure to competitive cricket".
Travis Head was then set to captain Australia A in a one-day series involving South Africa A and India A.
The two four-day matches between India A and South Africa A will be staged in Benoni (Aug 12-15) and Potchefstroom (Aug 19-22).