Afghanistan officials are adamant a one-off Test against Australia will happen in Hobart but political disquiet could yet play a part.
Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein says he has “real concerns” about Hobart hosting the first-ever Test match between Australia and Afghanistan after the recent takeover of the country by the Taliban.
The historic clash involving the two nations is scheduled to start on November 27 at Bellerive Oval and looms as a key Ashes tune-up for captain Tim Paine‘s side.
It’s also a significant fixture for the Tasmanian skipper, who could captain his country at home for the first time. It’s also set to the first test in Tasmania since 2016.
The Taliban, having completed a swift takeover of Afghanistan, has declared it wants the game to happen, and Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chief executive Hamid Shinwari told Cricinfo the new government supported the…