Afghanistan to make its Test debut against India, in India

Lynette Rowe
December 12, 2017

India has also not kept Pakistan amongst its six proposed opponents for the World Test Championship beginning in 2019.

The BCCI on Monday rolled out the red carpet for war-ravaged Afghanistan by agreeing to host the country's maiden Test match but chose to cold-shoulder a cricket-starved Pakistan in its latest Future Tours Programme (FTP).

India were awarded the tournaments during the International Cricket Council (ICC) Annual Conference in London in 2013.

Also, Joint Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary confirmed that Afghanistan will play their first ever Test against India in India.

Paying heed to captain Virat Kohli's complaints on player fatigue, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday chose to reduce the workload of Indian cricketers by shortening its cricket calendar.

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In another first, India will host Afghanistan for a Test match between the two teams.

This October the ACB, led by its chairman Atif Mashal and CEO Shafiqullah Stanikzai, met Johri in Mumbai, requesting India to consider playing against Afghanistan.

Afghanistan earned the Test status, alongside Ireland this June, realising their five-day cricket dream after impressive performances in ODIs and T20 Internationals.

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. India and Pakistan have not played bilateral cricket since 2012 due to political tensions between the two neighbours.

India played 36 Tests, 73 ODIs and 18 T20Is in the previous FTP and had to play an insignificant series against scheduled hastily which is now in progress.

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