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Afghanistan to face India in their inaugural Test

Afghanistan are set to make their Test debut
Afghanistan are set to make their Test debut
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Afghanistan are all set to make their Test debut with their Asian neighbour India as confirmed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India following the Special Governing Body meeting on Monday.

The game will be played in India next year with the exact details on the venue and dates expected to be announced in due course of time.

Earlier, Afghanistan were set to play Zimbabwe in a Test series in the United Arab Emirates but Zimbabwe Cricket turned down the offer as they wanted to focus on the Qualifiers leading into the World Cup.

"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," said BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan Cricket Board chairman Atif Mashal thanked the BCCI counterparts for agreeing to the request made by the board to make their Test debut against India.

"Afghanistan will play its first Test against India. The exact date and venue of the match will be shared in a joint press conference in due course. I personally thank BCCI board for the decision"

Ireland, who were the other nation to be granted the Test status in June will host Pakistan in their inaugural Test in May next year while it is also expected that India will visit the country for a two match series ahead of their tour of England.

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