Afghanistan began what could be their last series before suspension by clinching a five-wicket T20I win over the UAE on Thursday.
After the home side made 142-5, Afghanistan reached their target with five balls to spare.
Karim Janat top-scored with 53, his second T20I half-century. His runs came off 38 balls and featured two fours and three sixes.
Afsar Zazai hit 48 from 40 balls with four boundaries and two sixes.
The ICC is under increasing pressure to ban Afghanistan from the sport in response to the governing Taliban’s crackdown on women’s rights.
Australia controversially pulled out of a planned three-match series against the Asian side in January in protest over hardline restrictions which include a ban on women taking part in sport in the country.
The ICC is due to discuss the issue of Afghanistan, which is the only top nation without a women’s team, at a meeting in March.
Earlier on Thursday, the UAE were put into bat and skipper Chundangapoyil Rizwan top scored with 48 from 41 balls.
His innings included two boundaries and two sixes.
Rizwan put on 75 for the second wicket with Muhammad Waseem (33).
Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan took 2-34 in his four overs, dismissing Waseem and then Basil Hameed for a duck in successive balls.
The remaining two games also take place at Abu Dhabi on Saturday and Sunday.
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