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“The first group of eight players arrived in Dhaka today. The remaining players will arrive in two other groups,” said Rabeed Imam, a Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) spokesman.

They are the first Afghan team to play international cricket in any form since the Taliban took control of much of their country in mid-August.

Imam said the Afghan athletes left for the northeastern city of Sylhet immediately after they arrived in Dhaka.

A video shared by the BCB showed them in red t-shirts arriving in Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

The series is also the first competitive action of Bangladesh’s U-19 cricketers since they won the World Cup in February 2020.

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