The Afghanistan Cricket Board has tweeted that their World Cup Super League series against Ireland may be pushed back a few days.
Doubts about the series venue began to surface three weeks ago when it emerged that Afghanistan were having trouble securing visas for their squad to travel to the UAE and that Oman was being lined up as an alternate venue.
In their squad release on Saturday, Afghanistan stated that the series would indeed be held in Oman, which I'm sure was news to the Irish team currently in Abu Dhabi preparing for the clashes!
However, this morning the ACB announced that visas had been secured last night and the team would indeed travel to Abu Dhabi rather than Oman today.
There is a ten-day quarantine in place in the region, which means they would be free to play from the 16th, if they return negative Covid tests.
In a further complication, three of their main players are still playing in the BBL in Australia, with Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi both in action in the Melbourne versus Adelaide game today.
With the first match due to begin on the 18th, they are certainly cutting it fine to travel to Abu Dhabi.
The full statement by the Afghan Cricket Board is given below.
"Afghan national team is set to travel to UAE today where they will play a three-match ODI series against Ireland later this month as part of the ICC ODI league. The national team, therefore, will not travel to Oman, where they were scheduled to hold the series due to UAE Visa restrictions earlier.
"As part of the ICC ODI league matches, the series between both teams was initially scheduled to be hosted at UAE. However, due to visa restrictions by UAE in the wake of COVID-19, ACB planned to have Oman as the alternate venue.
"Fortunately, the UAE Authorities granted visas to Afghan players and relevant officials later last night and the decision was taken to reschedule the series in UAE. Afghanistan Cricket Board had applied for UAE visas in late November, which was delayed due to reasons mentioned above.
"Consequently, the hurdles may result in the series being postponed by three to four days than originally scheduled."