Afghanistan beat Scotland in a match played in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates - the first major victory for the team since the Taliban takeover of the country.
Captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan hit half-centuries to secure Pakistan's first-ever victory against any opposition in a T20, while India also faced the ignominy of losing by such a margin for the first time.
The two arch rivals will meet on the pitch to battle out who gets the upper hand in the T20 World Cup tournament.
Ian Watmore's decision to cancel tour to Pakistan over unspecified security concerns drew a huge reaction.
The International Cricket Council has arranged psychologists to keep a check on players' mental health during the month-long tournament.
Pakistan says New Zealand received threatening emails before and after it arrived in Pakistan, including an email sent from India to the wife of Martin Guptill in which the opening batsman received a death threat.
Officials believe Islamabad is paying the price for taking a stand on geopolitical issues that did not go down well with powerful Western countries.
There were already fears that other countries would follow suit after New Zealand abruptly cancelled a series last week over unspecified security concerns.
The abrupt decision by the Black Caps to suspend a much-anticipated tour has fanned conspiracies. But Islamabad will do better by ensuring future home games do not go the same route.
The NZ team suspended all matches despite assurances from Pakistani authorities of "foolproof arrangements" to ensure security. It was the first time in 18 years the side was touring Pakistan.
Cricket Australia's warning comes after a senior Taliban member told Australian media that Afghan women will not be allowed to play cricket or possibly any other sport because "their face and body will not be covered".
The Afghan cricket team has received approval for a Test match in Australia, raising some hopes the Taliban will refrain from a blanket ban on all forms of entertainment as it did in the 1990s.
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