Australia will play a one-day international against Afghanistan next month as a warm-up for the series against Pakistan.
The game - the first meeting between the sides - will take place in the Middle East, although a venue is yet to be confirmed.
As well as a warm-up for the Australia-Pakistan series, the match precedes the ICC World Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka, in which Australia, Pakistan and Afghanistan are all competing in September-October.
"Everyone in world cricket have been really impressed with how cricket has flourished in Afghanistan, despite its pressing national problems," Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said.
"As an ICC member, CA strongly supports world cricket's ambition for cricket to continue to develop as a global sport and that, combined with the strong relationships between our two countries, encouraged us to look at how we might recognise and encourage Afghanistan by playing them on the field".
"We also look forward to hosting Afghanistan in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Australia in August."Afghanistan's national team was formed in 2001 - the same year the ongoing war began - although cricket was first played in the country since the middle of the 19th century.
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