The Afghan Cricket Board continue to forge ahead with plans for their own showpiece Twenty20 competition, to be staged in the UAE in October.
On Tuesday, the respective cricket boards of the UAE and Pakistan jointly announced they were working through issues brought about by a packed 2018-19 calendar.
Less than a day later the ACB released a statement of their own confirming the Emirates Cricket Board have endorsed the staging of their new franchise league, the Afghanistan Premier League , scheduled to run from October 5 to 23.
The Pakistan Cricket Board, who have been long-term tenants of the UAE, have become increasingly alarmed by the number of new high-profile enterprises flooding the cricket landscape of the Emirates.
Their concerns centred around the perceived threat to their own premier events, such as bilateral series involving the national team, as well as the Pakistan Super League.