Afghanistan to play its maiden and historic test match with India
By Khaama Press - Mon Dec 11 2017, 3:37 pm
The Board of Control for Cricket in India BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary informed in this regard as he was unveiling the plans for the coming years.
“Afghans were scheduled to play their first Test in 2019 versus Australia but considering the historic relationship between India and Afghanistan, we decided to host their first Test,” he said.
Choudhry further added that the exact dates for the test match will be chalked out later.
This comes as Afghanistan was granted Test Status by the International Cricket Council (ICC) late in June this year.
The Afghan team obtained the Test Status together with Ireland after their memberships were approved as Full Members by the ICC, meaning they have become cricket’s 11th and 12th Test-playing nations.
Afghanistan and Ireland’s boards had applied to the ICC to have their status upgraded from Associates, and this was put to vote at the meeting late in June and was unanimously supported.
The Afghanistan cricket team made great strides in the cricket field during the past several years having first gained ODI status in 2009 with a sixth-place finish at that year’s World Cup Qualifier in South Africa.